LSYO WORKSHOP FEATURED ARTISTS
Percussion Featured Artists
Lauren Floyd, Timpanist
Lauren Floyd is a timpanist and percussionist who, as the Charleston Gazette-Mail describes, “play[s] with subtlety and grandeur.” She is currently serving as Acting Principal Timpanist of the West Virginia Symphony. She is also a Fischoff National Chamber Competition Bronze Medalist and is the Artistic Director for her trio, Lineage Percussion. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Georgia and a Master of Music from the University of Maryland.
An avid performer, Lauren has played with several orchestras, including the National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Tucson Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, National Philharmonic, and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. She also enjoys playing with chamber ensembles such as the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, Choral Arts Society of Washington, City Choir, Washington National Cathedral Orchestra, and the Children’s Chorus of Washington. Lauren works for her own trio to curate performances and community engagement events that support the growing industry of percussion chamber music. Lineage Percussion has received many accolades, creating history at the Fischoff National Chamber Competition by being the first percussion group to ever receive a medal.
In constant support of her field, Lauren strives to be an active participant in advocating for her craft. While in her undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia, she was a member of the Percussive Arts Society University Committee. She has written pieces for two magazines, the Percussive Arts Society’s Rhythm! Scene and Yamaha’s Support Ed. Lauren has also served as the Percussion Coordinator for the National Orchestral Institute + Festival from 2019 to 2023. She is aware of the significance community engagement has within the arts. Lauren provides masterclasses to schools in the DC area as well as when she visits her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. She appreciates the opportunity to share her passion about the importance of music and the arts with young minds.
When she’s not performing, you’ll find Lauren outside on a trail or exploring new cuisines.
Brent Behrenshausen, Tuned Percussion
Brent Behrenshausen is a percussionist and educator residing in Reading, Pennsylvania. Brent has performed with a variety of organizations and artists during his professional career including: The Pennsylvania Ballet, Opera Philadelphia, Delaware Symphony, Reading Symphony Orchestra, Bay Atlantic Symphony, Allegro Symphony, Bach Choir of Bethlehem, The Philadelphia Brass, Kennett Symphony, Northeastern PA Philharmonic (Scranton, PA), Lancaster Symphony, Hershey Park Entertainment and Resorts, The Celtic Woman Singers, Celtic Thunder, and Clay Aiken.
In 2008 Brent recorded percussion tracks for Def Jam Records' platinum-selling Hip-Hop artist LL Cool J for the Rapper's 2008 release, Exit 13, and has recorded percussion tracks for NFL Films' television series "Game of the Week.”
In addition to performing as a freelance percussionist, Brent is the Adjunct Percussion Professor at West Chester University, Immaculata University, Elizabethtown College and Lancaster Bible College. He was the drum line instructor and arranger for the Shippensburg University Drum Line from 2012-2018, and was instructor/arranger for the Wilson High School Marching Band/Indoor Drum Line from 2011-2017. Brent also works often as a consultant for Windish Music and Productions, through which he has been director and arranger for Hershey Park's two-time internationally award-winning (IAAPA Brass Ring Awards) drumming group, "Cocoa Rhythm Factory." Brent is the director of the West Chester University High School Honors Percussion Ensemble: the Philadelphia region's only university-affiliated high school percussion ensemble.
Brent holds a Bachelor's degree from West Chester University in Music Education with a focus in percussion and a Masters Degree in Percussion Performance from Duquesne University, where he studied with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra percussionists Andy Reamer (Principle Percussion) and Chris Allen (Section Percussion/Assistant Principle Timpani).
Brent is an endorser of Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets.
Aaron Bertoglio, Auxiliary Percussion
Aaron Bertoglio is a versatile and energizing drummer who toured the nation with countless artists and bands playing funk, rock, latin, indie Christian, alternative and jazz. The go-to studio drummer for multiple regional artists and bands, the depth of his percussion prowess is showcased on multiple recordings with his band drumfish. Drumfish has been featured on AOL Music, reaching a staggering 3.5 million downloads. Drumfish music is also licensed for use by MTV, the Discovery Network and America’s Most Wanted.
To date, Aaron performs throughout the DMV, maintains a private teaching studio and serves as the percussion battery and front ensemble director/instructor with the award-winning Loudoun County High School Marching Band. Aaron holds a BA in music performance from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Double Bass Featured Artists
Sam Suggs, Bow Technique and Audition skills
Through “brilliant and compelling programming” (The Strad) and creative performances that “quite simply boggled the mind” (Oregon Arts Watch), performer-composer Sam Suggs was the first bassist in a generation to join the Concert Artists Guild. He was named “New Artist of the Month” by Musical America after winning the 2015 International Society of Bassists Solo Competition, and was recently named one of “five up-and-coming bass players” to watch by Strad Magazine.
Lauded by The Boston Globe, for his “precise technique, interpretive vision, and impeccable musicianship,” he has performed alongside the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, A Far Cry, Mostly Mozart Festival, at Chamber Music Northwest, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center. In small chamber settings he has worked with the Amernet, Argus, Borromeo, Rolston, and Ulysses Quartets and in crossover projects with PUBLIQuartet, Founders, Triplepoint, Now Ensemble, and Andy Akiho’s Foundry.
Only the third double bassist to receive the prestigious DMA from the Yale School of Music in the history of the program, Sam is Associate Professor of Classical and Jazz Bass at James Madison University and has served on the faculties of the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival, the Heifetz International Music Institute, the Milt Hinton Institute, the Sewanee Music Center, and Bass Works. A native of Buffalo, he spends his time between the Northeast and the Shenandoah Valley performing with various chamber, crossover, and contemporary projects, and giving recitals and masterclasses. @s3suggs
Daniel Murray, Improvisation and Ensemble Playing
Daniel Murray, also known by his artist name Dani Brofe (Bro-faye), is a multi-stylistic musician that enjoys laying down a canvas for other artists to paint on. The double bass is his primary instrument, but over his musical journey thus far he has also learned how to play the electric bass, cello, and piano. Dani was born and raised in Columbia, SC where he started playing soccer at the age of 5. Between soccer and other sports that he played along the way he feels that the presence of sports built up necessary foundations of diligence, courage, and not to mention teamwork, which he applies to his musical pursuits on the daily.
Today, Dani engages the current musical generation with Bow Dojo, an online community that offers artistic development to string players of all skill levels by bringing his original compositions, arrangements, and energy for holistic treatment through musical pursuit. He believes that his mission on the bass is to sound very much like the human voice, and that its vast size alone generates a lot of possibilities for sound. In Dani’s case because of his upbringing Dani gravitates towards soul, hip hop, rock, and R&B. He feels that the journey of replicating a human voice in its small “linguistic delicacies” is a way to truly enjoy developing one’s technique.
Dani has been a featured clinician at several institutes including UNT Summer Strings Institute and ASTA Double Bass Fest. In addition, he has worked with young musicians in the Carnegie Hall Link Up Orchestra and Atlantic Music Program. Dani holds a Bachelor of Music degree from University of North Texas and his Masters of Music in Bass Performance from Carnegie Mellon.