The brass players of Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra took a well deserved bow after performing Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition on November 19 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall.
Front Row from Left to Right trumpets are: Joel Montgomery, Mason Shay, Ryan Fulton and Courtney Labritz.
Second row from left to right trombones are: Lukas Helsel, Colton Dietz, Kevin Hannequin, Jonathan Perez and Michael Fleming on tuba.
Colton Dietz is in his first year with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. He is a senior at Norwin High School and studies trombone with Kevin McManus and has studied with Duquesne Jazz Professor Jeff Bush. He is a member of the Norwin High School’s Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Chambers Singers, and Jazz Band.
In addition to PYSO, Colton has played with community groups such as, The Pittsburgh Trombone Project, Trombone Sunday, The Bone Forum, Pittsburgh Youth Jazz Orchestra, Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra – Summer Philharmonic, and was fortunate to perform alongside Pittsburgh Jazz Legend, Harold Betters.
In 2017, he received 2nd place for the Tribune-Review Young Artists Competition and also was chosen to participate in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra EQT Student Side By Side. Colton has participated in music festivals through NAfME, PMEA, and WCMEA, including, 2016 NAfME All-National Orchestra, 2017 NAfME All-East Orchestra, 2016 PMEA All-State Wind Ensemble, and 2017 PMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble. Recently he was selected for the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band.
Colton attended the Cleveland Trombone Seminar in 2017 and spent the summer of 2016 at Interlochen Center for the Arts exploring orchestral performance along with Chamber
Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble.
With all that is going on in Colton’s musical life, it’s hard to believe he has time for academics, but he must since he’s also a member of the National Honor Society! After high school Colton plans to pursue a Bachelor of Music Education Degree and Bachelor of Performance Degree.