Dr. Ed Castro is a regular member of the Tacoma Opera, Lyric Brass Quintet, and the Mosaic Brass Quintet. Ed appears occasionally with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera. He serves on the faculties of Pacific Lutheran University and Northwest University. Ed received his bachelor of music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He attended Yale University where he received his master's degree. He received his doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Washington. Ed's principal teachers include Chris Gekker (former member of the American Brass Quintet); Tom Smith (member of the New York Philharmonic); Alan Dean (trumpet professor at Yale University, member of Summit Brass, St. Louis Brass Quintet, and former member of the New York Brass Quintet); Stephen Hendrickson (principal trumpet of the National Symphony); and international recording artist Allen Vizzuti.