grew up in Florida
where his father rolled cigars for a living, as well as holding two other
jobs. Alfredo Sanchez was
determined his son would not have to work three jobs, and encouraged him to
take up music, specifically the trumpet. Unfortunately, he would not live to
see his son’s success.
Alfredo passed away before Adel’s twelfth birthday. In the tradition of mourning, Adel’s
mother didn’t let him practice trumpet in the house. His music teacher convinced her
otherwise, insisting that his father would have wanted him to.
He must have
practiced very diligently, because he enrolled at Juilliard on a full
scholarship. His teachers
included James Chambers, Adolf Herseth, Arnold
Jacobs, Madame Rene Longee, and William Vacchiano.
He spent three
years with the Kansas City Philharmonic and then joined the National
Symphony Orchestra in 1969.
Other artists and groups with whom he has worked include the
American Symphony, Leonard Bernstein, Antal
Dorati, Rafael Drurian, Christopher Hogwood, Richard Kaplan, Lorin
Maazel, Sir Neville Marriner,
Howard Mitchell, Vittorio Negri,
the New York Philharmonic, the Philharmonia
Virtuosi of New York, Mstislav Rostropovich,
Alexander Schneider, Gerard Schwarz, Norman Scribner, William Steinberg, Leopold
Stokowski, and Michael Tilson Thomas.
In 1970, he
became an instructor at The Catholic University of America, where he taught
for the better part of four decades.
He became assistant director of the American Youth Philharmonic in
1990. In 2001, he was on the
faculty of MasterWorks.
January 2002, the AYP made its debut at Carnegie Hall. They were joined on stage by Adel
and his good friend, Arturo Sandoval.
The program included music penned by Arturo for the soundtrack of
For Love or Country, as well as Manuel de Falla’s
The Three Cornered-Hat, Franz
Joseph Haydn’s “Trumpet Concerto”, and Antonio Vivaldi’s
“Concerto for Two Trumpets”.
In the spring
of 2003, the NSO Principals Brass Quintet honoured
its North Dakota residency. At the time, it consisted of horn
player Martin Hackleman, trumpeters Steven
Hendrickson and Adel, trombonist Milton Stevens and tuba player David Bragunier.
The fivesome educated and entertained audiences
at Beulah Middle School, Kenmare High School, the North Dakota College of
Science in Wahpeton, Red River High School and St. Paul’s Episcopal
Church in Grand Forks, the University of Mary in Bismarck, and West Fargo
High School. Their repertoire included: Morley Calvert’s “Suite
from the Montegegian Hills”; Duke Ellington’s
“Three American Jazz Classics”; Georg Frideric
Handel’s “Hallelujah” and overture to Berenice; W.C. Handy’s “Beale Street Blues”; Gustav Holst’s “Second Suite in F”; and,
Peter Schickele’s “Fanfare to the
Common Cold” and “Variations on a Joke”.
March 2004, they appeared in concert at the McLean
Community Center’s Alden
Theatre in McLean, Virginia. Adel joined forces with the Patrick
Henry College Orchestra for music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Schubert,
Giuseppe Tartini and Richard Wagner at the United Methodist
Church in Purcellville, Virginia,
on 12th March 2004.
Sunday 2005, he shared the stage with the Quintessential Brass Repertoire
at the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. for Bach’s “Wie will ich mich freuen” (“My
Spirit Be Joyful”) from Cantata,
BWV 146. He was back at the
NPC on 22nd May 2005 for some Musical Hors d’ouevres
courtesy of the Barham Organ Concert Series where
he and fellow NSO members Martin Hackleman and
Milton Stevens teamed up with harpist Dotian Levalier and organist William Neil.
July 2005, members of the NSO performed a Kinderkonzert
called Got Rhythm? at the Kennedy Center Theater Lab. The program comprised the second movement
from Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Pastoral” symphony, Georges
Bizet’s “Habanera” from Carmen, and—what else—“I Got Rhythm” by
2008, Adel and violinists Elisabeth Adkins and Holly Hamilton were in Greenville, South
Carolina, for an NSO residency at the Governor’s
School for the Arts and Humanities.
Robert Oppelt, bassoonist Lewis Lipnick, cellist Yvonne Caruthers, flautist Aaron
Goldman, horn player Scott Fearing, oboist William Wielgus,
violinist Ricardo Cyncynates and violist Daniel
Foster were the players in an NSO residency in Arkansas in March 2009. Their itinerary included master
classes at the University of Arkansas and rehearsal and sectional coachings of the University of Central
Arkansas Symphony in Reynolds Performance
April 2009, Adel, bassist Richard Barber, clarinetist Edward Cabarga and violinist Glenn Donnellan
reprised their Got Rhythm? Kinderkonzert at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
which he appears include The American
Brass Journal and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s recording of
Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of
Paul Hill Chorale recordings
O Come All Ye Faithful (Frederick
Oakeley/John Francis Wade)
Arranger – Jackson Berkey
Conductor – Paul Hill
Organist – Sondra Proctor
Brass and Percussion Ensemble