Boylan Brass

Oct 16, 2016

$10  Available only at the door

Boylan Brass
Comprising some of Raleigh’s best symphony musicians, freelance performers, and educators, the Boylan Brass are privileged to bring decades of collective experience to every musical activity. If you’re already a member of our community, our gratitude to you is immeasurable – and if we haven’t yet met, we eagerly welcome you to share our passion for great music.

We’ve spent years forging our craft in practice and rehearsals with the goal of making music you’ll want to hear again and again. Just as every journey begins with a single step, we urge you to begin what we hope will be a fulfilling and lasting musical kinship by sampling a little bit of what we’ve poured our hearts into.  Additional information at

Member bios

Pamela Burleson was raised in a musical family in North Pole, Alaska. Her mother taught her piano and music theory, and her father was her first horn teacher. As a high school student, Pamela won the Fairbanks Symphony’s concerto competition, was awarded the Alaska Young Performing Artist award and earned a full-ride scholarship to Interlochen Arts Camp. She completed her first two years of college at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where she participated in the Donne in Musica festival in Rome, Italy as a member of Borealis Brass. While at UAF, Pam received the Yamaha Young Performing Artist award and participated in a recital at the Bands of America convention. She went on to complete her Bachelor of Music degree at the Boston Conservatory, where she studied with founding Canadian Brass member David Ohanian. She earned her Master’s degree at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where she studied with renowned performer and pedagogue William VerMeulen. Throughout her academic career, she performed in the Spoleto USA Festival, AIMS Graz Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and the Music Academy of the West. While in Houston, Pam enjoyed an active career as a horn instructor, leading sectionals and horn classes, coaching chamber ensembles, and teaching master classes, in addition to working one-on-one with more than 40 students. For three years, she was also the Video Director for the Houston Symphony, directing in-house camera work for all of the HS Pops and Children’s concerts. Pam has appeared in performance with the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, the Honolulu Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Opera, and Carolina Ballet. She is in her fourth season with the North Carolina Symphony, and enjoys working with the students of her small teaching studio.


North Carolina native Don Eagle currently serves as the 3rd trumpet in the North Carolina Symphony. Don joined the United States Army early in his career and served as 1st trumpet of the 82nd Airborne Division Band. After being honorably discharged from service, Don continued his music studies at UNC-Chapel Hill where he became in high demand as a trumpet performer. In addition to the North Carolina Symphony, Don has performed with the Raleigh Symphony, Durham Symphony, Charlotte Symphony and the Greensboro Symphony. As a chamber musician, Don was a founding member of the St. Stephens Chamber Orchestra, now known as the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. He is also a founding member of the Amalgam Brass Ensemble which performs regularly at the Duke University Chapel. Don has appeared as a soloist with the UNC-Chapel Hill Symphony Orchestra, the North Carolina Chamber Players, the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, the Elon College Chamber Orchestra, the Barton College Chamber Orchestra and the Meredith College Chamber Orchestra. He also performed Karel Husa’s Trumpet Concerto No. 1 under the direction of Karel Husa and the Duke University Wind Symphony. Currently, Don holds teaching positions at NC State University and Duke University as well as maintaining a successful private studio. In his spare time, Don enjoys road biking, swimming, gardening and retreating to his farm in the mountains of Virginia. Don has also renovated two houses in Raleigh’s historic Oakwood neighborhood and is currently restoring an old farmhouse on his property up north.


As a professional tubist, Tony performs frequently with the North Carolina Symphony and holds the Principal Tuba position in the Tar River Orchestra. Tony regularly performs with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Carolina Ballet and NC Opera. As a soloist, Tony has performed with the Triangle Wind Ensemble, Triangle Brass Band, Duke University Band, UNC Pembroke Band, St. Francis Brass Band, Advocate Brass Band, Lexington Brass Band, as well as numerous high school bands. Since 2008, Tony has been serving as the Artistic Director for the Triangle Brass Band, a British style brass band made up of volunteer musicians from the central North Carolina region. Tony served as the Director of the Triangle Youth Brass Band and oversaw the youth band program from 2001 -2013. During his tenure, the Triangle Youth Brass Band grew exponentially and has won numerous awards including 1st Prize at the North American Brass Band Association’s Youth Division Competition each year they participated. Tony teaches a very successful private tuba and euphonium studio as well as sectionals and clinics at many schools in the Triangle. Tony is a strong advocate of marching band in public and private schools. Each fall, Tony coaches marching band brass sections and also adjudicates marching band competitions. Tony attended the University of Kentucky and is a true blue fan, rooting for the Wildcats while living in enemy territory.


In October of 2010, Jonathan Randazzo was appointed Assistant Principal Trombone of the North Carolina Symphony while in pursuit of his Bachelor of Music Degree in performance at the New England Conservatory of Music. Graduating in May of 2011, Jonathan studied with Norman Bolter, former Second Trombonist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has also studied with Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic, James Markey of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Willard Sprague, a local pedagogue on Long Island. While in high school, Jonathan attended the Juilliard School pre-college division program. Jonathan is currently the Adjunct Trombone Professor at NC State University and is also in high demand as a private trombone instructor. In past years, Jonathan has been hired as guest artist-clinician at UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, East Carolina, Gardner-Webb and Appalachian State Universities. In addition to his commitments with the North Carolina Symphony, Jonathan freelances with a variety of musical ensembles, including the Boylan Brass. As a founding member of the Boylan Brass, Jonathan is committed to performing educational outreach concerts, recitals, and other special events across the state of North Carolina. During his four years of study at the New England Conservatory, Jonathan performed with many of the local orchestras as well as giving solo and chamber recitals. Other orchestral experiences include; the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, the National Orchestral Institute in College Park, Maryland and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival.


Alex Fioto enjoys a multifaceted career as a professional trumpet player in Raleigh, NC. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music degree from Rice University where he studied with William Campbell and Marie Speziale, respectively. Alex has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as principal trumpet of the San Antonio Symphony. Outside of orchestral playing, Alex performs regularly as a chamber musician. In addition to the Boylan Brass, Alex collaborates with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, the Mallarmé Chamber Players and the Carolina Brass to name a few. Previously, Alex served on faculty of St. Augustine’s University as adjunct Professor of Trumpet and was the brass instructor for KidZNotes, a Durham-based El Sistema-inspired organization. Alex is also the brass quintet coach for the Triangle Youth Philharmonic. Alex has attended numerous summer music festivals including the Brevard Music Center, Chautauqua Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center. While at Tanglewood, Alex performed under the baton of Maestro Kurt Masur, Christoph Eschenbach, and the late Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos. In his spare time, Alex enjoys teaching young brass musicians, running, biking and hiking. He lives in Raleigh with his wife, Amy and his son, Ellis.

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.