Marcus Locke, Principal Euphonium
Marcus Locke joined the Allegheny Brass Band in 2016. He has served as Principal Euphonium since 2017. Marcus has a Bachelor of Music degree in Musical Performance and Music Composition from The University of Akron, where he studied with tubist Tucker R. Jolly, and a Master’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Minnesota, where he studied trombone and euphonium with tubist Steven Campbell of the Minnesota Orchestra and trombonist John H Tranter of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra. He has held positions with the Freedom Brass Band in Akron, Ohio, The Brass Band of the Western Reserve in Medina, Ohio, and the Sheldon Theatre Brass Band in Red Wing, Minnesota. Marcus lives in Toronto, Ohio and works as a Transportation Specialist at Amazon.
Kate Oaks Franc, Euphonium
Kate Franc has been a member of the Allegheny Brass Band since 2009. She started in the ABB on the tenor horn and currently plays baritone and euphonium, wherever she is needed. Kate has played the euphonium since the fourth grade and comes from a very musical family! She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Grove City College. After graduation, Kate became a career nanny for several different families over the years in NJ and PA. She has been a member of district and regional bands in high school, the River City Youth Brass Band, Grove City College Symphonic Band, the Hanover Wind Symphony in NJ, and currently the West Hills Symphonic Band. Kate lives in Beaver County with her husband and preschool-age son and still works in the childcare field. She loves both the challenge and the fun presented by the brass band and looks forward to many more years of music!
Art Craft, Euphonium
Art Craft has played in the ABB for over twenty-five years and currently serves as its President. He was a student of the late Matty Shiner and has been playing lower brass instruments since the age of eleven. Art has played trombone, bass trombone and euphonium with a variety of local musical groups, including the East Winds Symphonic Band, the North Pittsburgh Symphonic Band, the West Hills Symphonic Band, the Edgewood Symphony and the Pittsburgh Savoyards Orchestra. He has also played “in the pit” for many local productions of Broadway musicals, including those at Stage 62 in Carnegie. Art holds an M.A. in English Literature and a Ph.D in Counseling Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. He was co-founder and Managing Partner of Vista Behavioral Health Associates, a Pittsburgh-based mental health practice from which he is now retired.