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(Published: June 16, 2011)

RS Berkeley's innovative line of musical instruments is at again, adding eight accomplished musicians to an already impressive roster of endorsers.

Among the new faces at RS Berkeley, include: Greg Banaszak, Ezra Brown, Billy Drewes, Wayne Escoffery, Freddy Maxwell, Haneef Nelson, David Pope and Glenn Zattola.

Greg Banaszak, one of today's leading saxophonists, has performed with orchestras and at concert halls throughout the world. Mr. Banaszak is one of the most sought after orchestral saxophone soloists of his generation. As one of the few saxophonists active in both the classical and jazz mediums, Mr. Banaszak includes a combination of concerto performances, solo and chamber music recitals, and jazz festival appearances. Mr. Banaszak was recently appointed to the National Academy of Arts and Sciences as a voting member for the annual Grammy Awards ceremony. He serves on the faculties of the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University.

Ezra Brown uses his musical style to transform a mere story to a lyrical moment. This style makes him a much sought after force among his contemporaries. As saxophonist, keyboardist, music director and arranger, he has collaborated with a broad spectrum of industry greats. He has worked with an impressive list of Grammy Award winning artists - Cassandra Wilson, John Forte, Dorothy Moore, Charlie Daniels and Miki Howard. His works also includes Grammy nominated artists - Les Nubians, Bobby Blue‘ Bland, Johnnie Taylor, Brass Construction, Wilson Pickett, Gavin DeGraw, Calvin Richardson, Ryan Shaw, Gordon Chambers and Latin artist, CuCu Diamantes.

Billy Drewes has been creating music, composing, performing and recording since the mid 1970's. His main instruments include soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, clarinets, flutes, drums, percussion and piano. Featured on over one hundred CD's, with performance credits worldwide, he continually searches out new avenues for creative expression. Billy currently shares the stage with Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell, Paul Motian and Toninho Horta in venues throughout the world.

Since moving to New York City in 2000, tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery has become one of the Jazz world's most talented rising stars and in-demand sidemen. As well as performing with his quartet, his group Veneration and a collaborative group with vocalist Carolyn Leonhart, Wayne Escoffery currently performs locally and tours internationally with Ben Riley's Monk Legacy Septet, The Tom Harrell Quintet, and The Mingus Big Band/Orchestra/Dynasty.

Freddy Maxwell's career as a professional trumpet player, arranger, composer and a music educator has touched the lives of literally millions of people worldwide. During his career that spans over two decades, Freddy has toured with megastars Alicia Keys, Lionel Hampton, and the Glen Miller Orchestra among numerous other bands, performing in major cities throughout the world. He has shared stages with iconic jazz and big band stars such as Frank Sinatra, Jerry Lewis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Wynton Marsalis; rock stars Bon Jovi, The Eagles, and ZZ Top; pop stars Diana Ross, Barry White, and Tina Turner; and Latin artists Mark Anthony, Tito Puentes and Sergio Mendes.

A student of legendary musicians Donald Byrd, Cecil Bridgewater, Dave Burns, Jackie McLean, Nat Reeves, Steve Davis, Chris Casey, Raymond Williams and Roger Murtha, Haneef Nelson began playing trumpet at the age of 13. Haneef has shared the stage with Jimmy Owens, Donald Byrd, Nat Reeves, Steve Davis and some of the best rising stars in the industry, including: Dezron Douglas; Lummie Spann, Zaccai Curtis, Luques Curtis, Ray McMorrin, Josh Evans and Josh Bruneau to name a few.

David Pope is a full-time, tenured member of the faculty at James Madison University. As Associate Professor of Saxophone, his duties include applied saxophone, chamber music, and advanced jazz improvisation. David has extensively trained in most major styles of saxophone performance and is a published composer and author. He has performed with Kenny Wheeler, Bob Brookmeyer, Bob Mintzer, Benny Carter, Dave Liebman, Dick Oatts, Doc Severinsen, Lou Rawls, The Pied Pipers, Bob Gullotti, John Clayton, Clay Jenkins, John D'Earth, Carlos Bermudo, Jonathan Mele, Mark Ferber, David Goloschokin, Igor Butman, Ashish Khan, Salar Nader, Bob Hallahan and Paul McKee.

Glenn Zottola is known for his work with Lionel Hampton, the Benny Goodman Sextet and Bob Wilber, and has played for a broad range of vocalists, particularly Mel Tormé, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Williams. He has recorded over 30 albums, performed at major jazz festivals throughout the world, and was a featured soloist at Benny Goodman's Carnegie Hall 50th Anniversary in 1988. In 1995, Zottola was Band Leader on the Suzanne Somers daytime TV Talk Show at Universal Studios.

According to Les Silver, RS Berkeley's President/CEO, "The dedication and hard work RS Berkeley employees put forth in creating an innovative, dependable and sophisticated line of musical instruments has led some of the world's finest musicians to our doors. We are certainly honored and humbled to have our great roster of endorsers represent our brands around the world. We welcome Greg, Ezra, Billy, Wayne, Freddy, Haneef, David and Glenn to our family and we thank them for allowing us to help them fulfill their musical endeavors."

RS Berkeley specializes in student, intermediate and professional woodwind, brass and string instruments and accessories.

For more information, please visit our website at www.rsberkeley.com.

More Information: http://www.rsberkeley.com

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