Opened April 20, 2017
Hello, Dolly! Orchestra
Reed 1 - Piccolo/Flute/
Reed 2 - Flute/Clarinet/Alto Sax
Reed 3 - Flute/Clarinet/
Bass Clarinet/Tenor Sax
Reed 4 - Clarinet/Bari Sax/Bassoon
Trumpet 1/Piccolo Trumpet
Trombone 2/Bass Trombone
Assistant Conductor / Percussion
Andrew Blanco is a percussionist in New York City with a diverse career of performing and recording with symphony orchestras, opera companies, chamber ensembles, bands, singers, composers and on Broadway. He is currently the percussionist and assistant conductor for the TONY Award winning Broadway revival of Hello Dolly, starring Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce. He has most recently performed with the Broadway productions of An American in Paris, Bullets Over Broadway, and Nice Work If You Can Get It as well as with the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, and Novus NY.
Andrew earned both a Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Percussion and a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. He maintains a private teaching studio in New York City and is an artist endorser for Pearl drums and percussion, Adams musical instruments, Sabian cymbals, Evans drumheads and Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.
Clarinet / Bari Sax / Bassoon
Multi-instrumentalist Alden Banta enjoys a varied career playing woodwinds for commercial, jazz, and classical music, as well as in collaboration with singer-songwriters. On Broadway, Alden currently plays woodwinds in the orchestra for Hello Dolly, with other theater credits including Finding Neverland the Musical, Motown the Musical, Chaplin, Catch Me If You Can, Sondheim on Sondheim, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Spamalot, and, for five seasons, the orchestra for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
As a freelance bassoonist, Mr. Banta has performed with many of New York City's premier ensembles, including the Orchestra of St. Lukes, The Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Opera New Jersey, and the New York Pops. He was recently part of the Gil Evans Project, which recorded newly discovered works by Miles Davis collaborator and composer Gil Evans, released on compact disc and the Live at the Jazz Standard release, Lines of Color. A member of the BMI Jazz Composers Orchestra, he often performs in many modern jazz groups and big bands throughout the city.