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(Published: June 04, 2012)

Scotch Plains, NJ - June 1, 2012

RS Berkeley is pleased to announce the additions of new company endorsers, Juan Quinones, Tom Hamilton, Vinnie Cutro, Marius Neset, Rick Savage and James Buckley. "We are excited to welcome such a talented and diverse group of new endorsers to the RS Berkeley family. Over the last ten years, we have continued to build our brand with the support and insight from some of the world's most well respected musicians. To have them believe in our future allows RS Berkeley to be at the forefront of musical instrument manufacturing," mentioned company President, Les Silver.

Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Juan Quinones began playing the trumpet at the early age of five. By fifteen, Juan started to work as a professional in the Latin music industry, performing with salsa singer, Victor Manuelle, D.L.G.,Gilberto SantaRosa and Celia Cruz. Juan has performed/recorded with some of the most notable names in music, including KC & The Sunshine Band, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Ricardo Arjona, Ricardo Montaner, Juan Gabriel, Cristian Castro, Ricky Martin and Miami Sound Machine and Gloria Estefan to name a few.

Tom Hamilton has played with acclaimed, world renowned acts such as The Temptations, Phil Woods, Dave Liebman, and Clarence Spady. He teaches saxophones, clarinet and improvisational Jazz at Marywood University.  He is also the music instructor in the Pocono Mountain School District. Tom is a graduate of William Patterson University with a Bachelors degree in music studies and has completed graduate studies at Marywood University for music education.

Educated at world renowned music school Indiana University, jazz trumpeter Rick Savage has lived and worked in and around New York City for the past 25 years. Rick has a rich composing background. He recently scored "A Whole New Day" for Cinemax, staring James Gandolfini. Some of his other composing credits include jingles and industrial films for Nissan and Pfizer. An extremely versatile musician, Rick has performed and/or recorded with Tania Maria, Gerry Mulligan, Jack McDuff, Mel Lewis, Nancy Wilson, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Toshiko Aikioshi, Warne Marsh, Randy Brecker, Michael Jackson, Daniel Ponce, Nestor Torres, Henry Mancini and many others.

In April 2011 Marius Neset released Golden Xplosion, an album that led to the saxophonist and composer becoming one of the most talked about newcomers on the European jazz scene in recent years. At just 25 years old, he was described by Terje Mosnes in Norway's Dagbladet as "the most talented Norwegian saxophonist since Jan Garbarek in the 1960s", but it is the maturity in both his writing and playing, combined with the extraordinary energy and commitment he puts into every performance which really impresses.

"Marius Neset combines Brecker's power and Jan Garbarek's tonal delicacy, but has a vision that makes all 11 originals on this sensational album feel indispensable, and indispensably connected to each other. Neset is on his way to being one of the biggest new draws on the circuit" - John Fordham (Guardian*****)

Throughout 2011 Neset toured extensively throughout Europe, including performances at Molde, Copenhagen, Cork and Manchester Jazz Festivals as well as a hugely successful 8-date UK tour. His debut London concert at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho in September, was recorded for national broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and saw every major UK jazz journalist attend to see him perform to a sell-out crowd. "Twenty-five-year-old saxophonist Marius Neset is a marvel. He makes his instrument dance like a gazelle and soar like an eagle, and he's an ingenious composer too" - Ivan Hewitt (Telegraph*****)

With a nomination for best newcomer at the Danish Music Awards in November, a run of 30 European performance dates and the German release of Golden Xplosion planned for early 2012, in less than a year Marius Neset has developed into one of the leading new names in European Jazz.

A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Jim Buckley has been part on the jazz scene for over 40 years. As both a leader and a sideman, he has had the distinction of performing and touring with Phil Woods, George Young, Lew Delgato, The Temptations, and many others. As an educator, he has been teaching music for over 25 years with the Scranton School District and he has also served as an adjunct professor of jazz history at the University of Scranton.

During the past 30 years Vinnie Cutro has performed with noted jazz greats such as Horace Silver, Buddy Rich and Lionel Hampton. He has traveled extensively throughout the world appearing at jazz festivals and concerts in Europe, Japan, Africa, Canada, South America and the USA.

As a member of the Lionel Hampton Quintet, he performed guest appearances with various symphonic orchestras, including the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Omaha Symphony.

As a freelance musician, he has had the opportunity to work with artists such as : Aretha Franklin, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Mike Stern, Billy Hart, Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Mintzer, Ray Charles, Blood Sweat And Tears, Jim McNeely, Mike Richmond, Jay Anderson, Arturo O'Farrel Orchestra, The Mel Lewis Orchestra, Jimmy McGriff, Machito Orchestra, Xavier Cugot Orchestra, Mel Torme, Bernard Perde, Barry Manilow, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Al Kooper, Donald Fagen, Diane Moser's - Jazz Composers Orchestra, The Spirit Of Life Ensemble, Mike Treni - Jazz Composers' Workshop Orchestra, Mark Egan and the Mike Longo Orchestra to name a few.

Born in New Jersey in 1953, Vinnie Cutro received his formal musical training throughout the years and continued his education at New Jersey University where he received his B.A in Music Education. Then his working education began as a freelance musician in the New York Area. He later continued his education at New York University where he received his Masters in Jazz Performance. There he furthered his studies in jazz composition, classical studies, jazz arranging and counterpoint with Dr. Tom Boras and Jim McNeely.

Vinnie Cutro is currently performing in the New York area with his new ensemble which is called Vinnie Cutro & New York City Soundscape.

For ordering information, visit your favorite music retailer or visit rsberkeley.com to find a dealer near you. Since 2002, RS Berkeley has offered the most complete and innovative selection of brass, woodwind and string instruments and accessories. Generations of musicians trust RS Berkeley to provide instruments and accessories that maximize their playing ability and improve the clarity, intonation and sound of their instruments. Additional information can be found by visiting our website at rsberkeley.com.

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