Sound Bytes

(Updated April 1, 2014)

The Keystone Brass Quintet was founded in the fall of 1976 and presented its first public concert in the spring of 1977 on the campus of York College. More than 300 performances and 36 years later, three of the five founding members remain with the ensemble. The cohesive nature of the ensemble playing and richness of their sound is due in a very large part to the high level of musicianship of the unchanging personnel.

The ensemble's extensive repertoire is as varied as the audiences for which they have performed. Renaissance and Baroque music from the 15th and 16th centuries, romantic melodies, Broadway show tunes, big band music, marches, opera and contemporary literature all find their way into programs presented by this talented group of musicians. Several members of the group arrange and compose for the quintet.

Concerts have been given in dozens of churches, on a score of college campuses, and at numerous schools, summer concert series, nursing homes and libraries.



Doug Winemiller - trumpet

Doug is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College where he was first chair and soloist with the college symphonic band and jazz ensemble. He has studied with James Thurmond at Lebanon Valley College and Donald Tison of the Baltimore Symphony. Doug has performed with the York Symphony and as a free-lance musician. He retired from teaching music and computer science in the South Eastern School District.

Peter Johnston - trumpet

Peter is a graduate of Millersville University where he received a B.S. in Music Education. He toured the east coast with a seven piece band after graduation. From 1979-1981, he was principal trumpet with the Orquestra Sinfonica de Venezuela and the National Opera and Ballet Orchestras of Caracas. He is music instructor in the Gettysburg School District and performs as a soloist in the Gettysburg, York, Harrisburg, and Lancaster area.

Stephen Burg - French horn

Steve was principal horn with the York Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the Harrisburg Opera Orchestra, the Pine Street Presbyterian Festival Orchestra of Harrisburg, the York Oratorio Society Orchestra, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, the Spring Garden Band of York and various other free-lance groups in the Central Pennsylvania Area.

Michael Dietz - trombone

Mike is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, earning a performance degree in 1976. He was principal trombone with both the York and Harrisburg Symphonies, and has studied with Glenn Dodson of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mike is an active recitalist in the area.

James Biddle - Tuba

Jim received a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Westminster College, New Wilmington Pa. His main instruments are tuba and string bass. He had studied with Mr. John Turk, a nationally known tuba player for many years. He played tuba with Western Pa orchestras and has performed on Pittsburgh Public TV. Jim has over 20 years experience in private teaching of band and string instruments. He has also many years of public school teaching strings and band instruments and is currently the middle school band director at York Suburban. He has performed in this area extensively with his family quartet, Biddleboy Brass , and plays with the Black Rose Brass Quintet and St. Mary's Brass, along with area bands and orchestras.

For more information on the KEYSTONE BRASS QUINTET contact Steve Burg: