ROXBURY, NJ - Joseph Soriano, a Succasunna resident and 2012 Roxbury High School graduate, was recently awarded a scholarship to perform with Imperial Brass, the New Jersey-based 28-piece brass ensemble founded in 1991 by Rutgers University alumni.

Soriano will be joining Imperial Brass as the first recipient of the Mark Freeh Memorial Scholarship. He will be performing a solo this week on the same stage as Phil Smith, a retired from New York Philharmonic Orchestra trumpet player. The concert is July 5th in Ocean Grove.

Soriano received a Master in Trumpet Performance degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhatten School of Music. He performs regularly with Gramercy Brass Orchestra, Imperial Brass and The Occasional Opera Company. 

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While at Mannes, Soriano performed at Carnegie Hall for the Scheherazade Initiative, and at the opening ceremony of the new hall at Mannes College of Music. Other performances have included the St. James Cathedral Brass Quartet, World Peace Orchestra, Mid Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation, Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia and Symphony Orchestra.

The Concert at Ocean Grove’s Grand Auditorium

Ocean Grove’s “Summer Stars Classical Series” kicks off with Imperial Brass performing at 7:30 pm in the Great Auditorium located at Pilgrim and Ocean Pathways in Ocean Grove, NJ. Tickets are $17.00 (plus applicable fees).

Imperial Brass has been delighting audiences around New Jersey for over 25 years. Originally founded as the Rutgers Alumni Brass Band by alumni Steve Dillon and Jon Korsun with arranger Mark Freeh, the band gave its first concert in April of 1991. Since then, Imperial Brass has presented highly entertaining programs that include traditional brass band literature, classical arrangements, popular music and more.