Broadway Theatre
Opened November 8, 2018

King Kong Orchestra

Michael Gacetta
Keyboard 3/Conductor
Andy Grobengieser
Keyboard 2/Associate Conductor
Isaac Hayward
Keyboard 1/Associate Conductor
Ben Kono
Reed 1
Aaron Heick
Reed 2
Alden Banta
Reed 3
Steven Sherts
French Horn 1
Sarah Boxmeyer
French Horn 2
John Chudoba
Trumpet 1/Flugelhorn
Scott Wendholt
Trumpet 2/Flugelhorn

Nate Mayland
Jennifer Wharton
Bass Trombone/Tuba
Warren Odze
Dave Roth
Sean Driscoll
Orlando Wells
Tallie Brunfelt
Katherine Cherbas
Pete Donovan


Alden Banta

Reed 3

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 King Kong, with other theater credits including Hello Dolly, 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.