Meet who’s behind Providence Brass…
Christopher Frank is a native of Dallas, Texas. Growing up in a family of musicians, he learned to love music at an early age. Christopher began studying trombone at the age of 10 and has played for over 17 years. As a youth, Christopher participated in many different musical groups including The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, The Dallas Area Youth Jazz Orchestra, and the Texas All-State Symphony Orchestra.
Christopher studied trombone performance at Southern Methodist University under John Kitzman. He then continued his studies at SMU to receive his Master of Music Education. He currently teaches Orchestra and AP Music Theory at Poteet High School in Mesquite, Texas. Christopher contracts many local string, brass, and woodwind groups for churches and event planners. He is a founding member of the Providence Brass quintet and maintains a high level of musicianship. Christopher lives in Richardson with his wife and three dogs.
Cody McClarty began studying trumpet at age 10 under the direction of his older brother, James McClarty. While still in high school, Cody began studying with Tom Booth of SMU and the Dallas Symphony. Cody later was accepted to attend SMU and the Meadows School of the Arts. In November 2011 Cody was offered a position with the Air Force Academy Band in Colorado Springs. More recently, Cody was runner up to the Alabama Symphony 2nd trumpet audition. In his free time, Cody enjoys working on instruments and playing racquetball.
Michael Attaway, a native of the Dallas area, started his trumpet studies at the age of eleven. Since then, he has performed with some of the world’s finest musicians including Doc Severinson, members of The Juilliard School faculty, Leonard Slatkin, David Zinman, Jahja Ling, and many others. Michael currently mentors sixty trumpet students in the LD Bell and Prosper High School areas and regularly places students in the TMEA 5A High School All Region and All State ensembles. He is a founding member of Providence Brass, a local professional brass quintet made up of some of the top musical talent in the Dallas/Fort Worth area (www.providencebrass.com). In addition to trumpet teaching and performing, Michael is an adjunct faculty member at the Northeast campus of Tarrant County College where he teaches courses in music fundamentals and history.
Michael completed his undergraduate studies, graduating summa cum laude, in May 2004 from the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, where he studied under James Darling and Jack Sutte of the Cleveland Orchestra. Afterwards, he completed his graduate studies, receiving a Master of Music in trumpet performance, at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the guidance of Michael Sachs, principal trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra. During his summers, he could be seen at the Aspen Music School studying with Juilliard Faculty and performing with some of the world’s top talent. He has performed with professional groups across the country such as the National Repertory Orchestra, the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Cleveland Opera Orchestra, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, and the Akron Symphony Orchestra.