Conductor

Giancarlo Castro D’Addona, Conductor

Awarded composer, conductor and trumpet player. Giancarlo’s compositions have been performed around the world in concert halls such as the Royal Albert Hall in London, Carnegie Hall, Radio France Hall and many others. As a conductor he has performed with many orchestras and chamber music groups particularly in Venezuela where he was recognized as an exceptional musician in the “El Sistema” national music program. As a trumpet player he has performed in 32 countries not only as first trumpet in the Simon Bolivar symphony orchestra but also as a member of his phenomenal brass quintet. Currently he is focusing his work on composing, teaching young people, and conducting. We are privileged to have him conduct Encore Brass here in Portland.

Conductor Emeritus

Glenn Taylor was both the founder and conductor of Encore Brass.Director5A

Glenn first learned flute, then piano and saxophone, followed in his adult years by the trombone. In junior high school, he began conducting groups at school, and in high school was the Student Conductor of both the junior high and high school band. During his college years, he was the Conductor of the Cadet Band at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. While there, he led a brass ensemble that later joined both the Protestant and Catholic Chapel Choirs, playing with those groups both on campus and at locations in the northeastern United States.

After the service, Glenn moved to Portland, where he founded Encore Brass in 1978, which he also conducted. In 2003 he founded a saxophone ensemble, Second Wind, which played quartet, quintet and sextet repertoire. In 2014 he joined the Dixie Cups, a Beaverton-based Dixieland group, playing baritone saxophone and trombone, and took over bandleader duties there in 2017 after the passing of the founder. From 2015 – 2017 he performed with the Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra as a reed player. In September 2017 he was selected as the new conductor of the Portland Metro Concert Band, which rehearses and performs primarily in East Portland. Besides playing with the groups above, Glenn subs in other musical groups around town, mostly on saxophones.

Glenn’s work career was primarily with non-profit organizations in Portland. He retired from his most recent position as Director of Operations at Saturday Academy in June 2015.