About Us

Shadyside Brass are David DeAngelo and Joe Figliulo, trumpet; Doug Peters, horn; Justin Miller, trombone and Matt Tesch bass trombone.

Born and raised in the great state of Connecticut, David is a 1985 graduate of UConn - Go Huskies! - but has lived in Pittsburgh since 1991. His teachers have included Bill Babcock (Chicago Symphony), Jeffrey Curnow (Empire Brass Quintet and The Philadelphia Orchestra), Daniel Patrylak (Eastman Brass Quintet) and Richard Green (Eastern Brass Quintet). When not tooting his own horn David is skilled punster (even if the rest of the band fails to acknowledge such his utter acts of genius), and can often be heard triggering absolute groans of disgust from the less pun-fluent of the quintet, which is all of them. For example: Procter and Gamble is looking to introduce a new line of slightly thicker toothpaste. It'll be called "Crest al Dente." David spent 3 years with the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra and has played a few concerts with the Edgewood Symphony. On his down time, David ("Dayvoe" his friends) likes to arrange Beatle songs and the occasional Renaissance piece for the quintet.

After receiving a wonderful musical education in his hometown of Batavia, NY Joe was lucky enough to study trumpet with Vincent DiMartino at the University of Kentucky, where het met lifelong friends whose talent and beautiful music inspire him to this day. After pursuing the graduate student life to heroic lengths, he has had careers in law and education. Since 2010 he has been active in Pittsburgh as co-principal trumpet of the Edgewood Symphony, a founding member of Shadyside Brass and music and for scores of operas and musical theater performances.

A native of Pittsburgh, Doug grew up performing with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony and the Westmoreland Youth Symphony before heading to Penn State for his undergraduate education. While at Penn State, Doug played with the Altoona Symphony, the Nittany Valley Symphony, the Centre Brass Quintet, and numerous university-sponsored chamber and orchestral ensembles. After school, Doug moved to Boston where he performed with the Boston Chamber Ensemble, New England Philharmonic, Brookline Symphony, the Boston Conservatory Brass Quintet, and the New England Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet. Doug is now thrilled to be back in his hometown and continues to perform with the Edgewood Symphony and the Undercroft Opera Orchestra. Doug currently serves as the Vice President of Operations for RE2, a technology company focused on robotic manipulation and enjoys acting, music, and spending time with his wife and three wonderful children.

Justin Miller has played trombone for over 30 years. He has studied with James Nova of the Pittsburgh Symphony and has performed with numerous western Pennsylvania ensembles, in the orchestra pit for many musicals, in side by side performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and with the Bill Dayton Orchestra based in Baltimore. Individuals he has performed with include Mike Vax, formerly of the Stan Kenton Orchestra, and Jay Gibble of the Capitol Bones. Currently, Justin is principal trombone and librarian of the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra, principal trombone of the Allegheny Brass Band, principal trombone in the West Hills Symphonic Band, a member of the Shadyside Brass, assistant director of the Lincoln High School Marching Blue Band in Ellwood City, PA, and music director of Untitled Virtual Ensemble. Justin is an IT professional originally from Ellwood City and now residing in Cranberry Township.


Matthew Tesch converted from tenor to bass trombone in high school and never looked back. He has primarily played in large jazz ensembles (Brandeis University Jazz Ensemble, Babson College Jazz Band, and Carnegie Mellon Jazz Band), but enjoys the small-group aspect of playing with the Shadyside Brass. Other small ensembles he has participated in include the Olin Conductorless Orchestra and the Carnegie Mellon Jazz Chamber Ensemble, as well as the pit orchestra for several musicals. His musical credits also include an orchestra conducting role for a production of the musical "The Thing About Men", and two years in the Texas 4A All-State Band. A robotics engineer by profession, when not playing music he spends his time building robots, writing software, and spending time with his wife and child.