The Park Avenue Orchestra - Horn Section



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Mike Knauf - Orchestra Tenor Saxophone
Mike Knauf -


Mike plays the Tenor Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet for the Park Avenue Orchestra. Mike has performed with Billy Eckstine, Tom Scott, The Temptations, and Jimmy Dorsey. His Big Band experience includes performances with the Bill O'Connell Big Band, The Chicago Jazz Orchestra and the Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. Mike has performed musicals in the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. He has recorded with numerous artist. Mike teaches woodwinds privately in the Chicago Area and he directs the jazz program at Saint Giles School in Oak Park.

Matt Sherman - Orchestra Alto Saxophone
Matt Sherman -


Matt plays the Alto Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet for the Park Avenue Orchestra. Matt has a Bachelor Degree from Milliken University Music Business. After graduation, he performed abroad as a Musician for Dolphin Cruise Lines. Matt has enjoyed performing with numerous bands and orchestras throughout the Chicagoland area. In addition to performance, he also teaches saxophone students in the West Suburban Area.


Bryan Miller - Trumpet
Bryan Miller -

Bryan plays the Trumpet for the Park Avenue Orchestra. As an officer in the USAF/ANG, Major Miller serves his country as the Commander and Conductor of the 566th Air Force Band, where he has performed for the President, Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the Tuskeegee Airmen, and the memorial services for President Ronald Regan. As a trumpet artist, Bryan has performed with the brass section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Majestic Brass Quintet and is an alumnus of the NIU Jazz Ensemble. As a music educator, he serves as the Leyden HS Music Department Chair. He also serves as the Music Director for the Illinois Ambassadors' of Music European Concert Tour.

Chuck Sloka - Park Avenue Orchestra Trombone
Chuck Sloka -

Chuck plays the trombone and arranges all the horn charts for the Park Avenue Orchestra. He is an active freelance Musician in the Chicago Land Area, who is experienced in many different genres of music. He has arranged thousands of songs for brass ensembles, concert bands, jazz bands, jazz combos, and top 40 Rock and Roll Cover Bands. Chuck has also composed a number of classical,jazz and top 40 pieces. Chuck teaches at a number of Junior High and High Schools in Chicago.