Musicians

Musicians

Lawrence Eden (Tuba) is the co-founder and leader of the M Street Brass Quintet, which is founded with trombonist, Kurt Lucas in 1978.  Larry is the Quintet’s main arranger and currently has 50 of his arrangements published.  Larry is a freelance tuba and bass player and has done extensive work in musical theater. 

Mr. Eden earned a BM degree from The University of Miami (School of Music) in 1973 and a Master of Music Education from The American University in 1975.  Mr. Eden is currently retired from a 36 year teaching position with Prince George’s County Public Schools where he taught Jr. High, Sr. High and Elementary Instrumental Music.  Mr. Eden studied music theory and composition with Alfred Reed, Frederick Fennell and Clifton Williams and arranging with Keith Laurent. 

Mr. Eden frequently freelances in the Washington D.C. metro region and is a retired Instrumental Music Director from Prince George’s County Public Schools.

Kurt Lucas (Trombone), a native Marylander, is a co-founder of the M Street Brass Quintet. He has lived a life of music having played trombone professionally since 1966, and has academic degrees in Music Education (B.Sc., University of Maryland) and Music Performance (M.A., The American University). Kurt began teaching in the Montgomery County Public Schools where he retired in 2011. Soon thereafter, he became the Band Director at the Center for Visual & Performing Arts at Suitland High School in Prince Georges County, MD.

​A member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 161-710 since 1974, Kurt has played bass trombone with The Washington Jazz Battalion and union gigs with Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, the Temptations, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder, among others. In addition to being a member of the Olney Big Band since 2018, he currently performs with The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and has played tenor trombone with the M Street Brass Quintet since 1978.​

Terry Alvey (Trumpet) is a recent retiree as the Instrumental Music Director at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland. A graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Ms. Alvey received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Trumpet Performance and continued her graduate studies at the University of Maryland and Trinity College. She is an active educator, conductor, adjudicator, clinician, and performer. Ms. Alvey began her musical career in the D.C. area as a freelance musician and a member of the Monumental Brass Quintet. The quintet performed extensively in the metro area and toured the East Coast. Performances included the Kennedy Center, Lisner Auditorium, the Joseph Meyerhoff Hall, and the White House. Ms. Alvey is now a member of the M Street Brass Quintet a Washington, D.C. based performing ensemble. Ms. Alvey has been on the faculties of the Levine School of Music, D.C. Youth Orchestras, Montgomery County Youth Orchestras, and the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra programs. Ms. Alvey maintains a private trumpet studio. Ms. Alvey has been the conductor of the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra Wind Ensemble for 16 years, has served as conductor for the Montgomery County Honor Bands, the Senior Honors String Orchestra, and the 2006– 2007 conductor for the Maryland All-State Junior Band. She is also an active member of the Maryland Band and Orchestra Directors Associations, Music Educators National Conference, and the Jazz Education Network.

Justin Nurin (Trumpet), oringally from Annapolis, MD, holds a BM from Boston University, MM from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and a Graduate Performance Diploma from Peabody Conservatory. While at Peabody, he completed additional courses and credits towards a Doctorate of Musical Arts. His main trumpet instructors included John Babcock, Joe Foley, Terry Everson, Stephen K. Bottom and Wayne Cameron.

Mr. Nurin has performed with the Florida Orchestra, Sarasota Opera, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Key West Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Ocala Symphony Orchestra and Valdosta Symphony Orchestra. He performs regularly in famous theatres such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and Washington D.C.’s National Theatre, among others. He has also performed with a number of national Broadway tours including South Pacific, West Side Story, Chicago, and Wicked; multiple tours with Mannheim Steamroller, Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses, Video Games Live, Harry Potter live; soloists Johnny Mathis, Connie Francis, Idina Menzel, Joan Rivers, and Don Rickles; rock legends The Who, Dennis DeYoung (and Styx), and Alan Parsons; and and many other national touring acts. He performs with and is on staff of the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria. As a bugler, he has been honored to have been featured to sound TAPS at Arlington National Cemetery and Gettysburg Battlefield; and with the All-Star Buglers, televised premier horse races throughout the Mid Atlantic and New York City area.

In addition to performing, Mr. Nurin has extensive teaching experience: privately and in private and public schools in Boston, Tampa, Maryland, and central Missouri, and at the university level.

Jon Eising (Horn) is the Instrumental Music Department Chair at James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring Maryland. Blake is home to the Signature Program for the Arts and Humanities for Montgomery County Public Schools. After graduating from Gaithersburg High School, he went on to get his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from The University of Oklahoma in 2002. While at OU, Mr. Eising marched in “The Pride of Oklahoma” and performed in the school’s top ensembles. Upon graduation, he was employed for two years by Noble Public Schools in Noble, Oklahoma as a band director where he worked at the middle and high school levels. During this time, Mr. Eising was also employed by The Oklahoma City Philharmonic and played professionally in various other orchestras throughout the state and region.

In 2004, he moved back to Maryland to begin work on his Master’s Degree in French Horn Performance at The University of Maryland. While at UMD, Mr. Eising studied with Marty Hackleman, Principal Horn in The National Symphony Orchestra, and worked alongside Rich Sparks and “The Mighty Sound of Maryland Marching Band” for three years as a graduate assistant. Mr. Eising has been on the music faculties of The Academy of the Holy Cross, The Academy of St. Cecelia Youth Orchestra, Montgomery County Youth Orchestra and is the site host for the Washington DC Area Music in the Parks Festival. Each year since 2006, Mr. Eising has served as conductor for various Montgomery County honors bands and orchestras. He is a member of The National Band Directors Association, Phi Mu Alpha National Music Service Fraternity, The American String Teachers Association and maintains an active private studio of the area’s top young horn players. Mr. Eising has two beautiful daughters and enjoys spending as much time as he can with his family.