Press Release

New West Symphony

Emma Pell FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 2, 2016
(805) 435-2778




New West Symphony Principal Trumpet to Perform Hollywood Scores at Free Outdoor Concert in Calabasas


August 28 Concert Presented by the City of Calabasas and the New West Symphony to Feature GRAMMY-Winning Studio Musicians


(THOUSAND OAKS, CA – August 2, 2016) —New West Symphony’s principal trumpet Jim Grinta will headline a group of Grammy award-winning musicians performing jazz arrangements of scores from fan-favorite Hollywood movies at a free outdoor concert on Sunday, August 28 in Calabasas. The performance is part of the city’s 2016 Calabasas Sun Sets Concert Series and will take place at 6pm on the Greenbelt at Calabasas Lake, located at 23400 Park Sorrento in Calabasas.


Joining Grinta on the stage will be noted musicians Brian Scanlon on saxophone, Mark Gasbarro on piano, Tom Mendola on drums, and the New West Symphony’s Principal Tuba, Dr. P. Blake Cooper.

“The New West Symphony is excited to showcase our talented musicians in the delightful, relaxed setting of the city’s Summer Sun Sets Concert Series,” said New West Symphony Executive Director Natalia Staneva. “Jim Grinta and Blake Cooper are principal musicians with our orchestra and are representative of the level of talent that makes our symphonic concerts so wonderful throughout the season. We know they will make this outdoor concert a memorable night for families of all ages to enjoy.”


Grinta, who will soon begin his 11th season as Principal Trumpet for the New West Symphony, has played principal trumpet in the orchestras backing Andrea Bocelli for the last 10 years. He has performed with many orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, the Mexico City Philharmonic, and has played on dozens of movie and television scores.


Scanlon has recorded with Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Bette Midler, and Rosemary Clooney and many others and can be heard soloing on the title track of the 2015 Grammy-winning recording “Life in the Bubble” by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. In addition to his work on movie soundtracks, Scanlon has been a featured soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony, and Pasadena Pops.


Gasbarro works as pianist, composer, and producer, and can be heard on hundreds of recordings including Star Trek Beyond, Jurassic World, Zootopia, Inside Out, Tomorrowland, Up, Ratatouille, Cars 2, The Incredibles, Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Mission Impossible III, the Academy Awards, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. He is also an adjunct professor of piano and composition at Azusa Pacific University.


Mendola started playing drums professionally at age 13 in nightclubs around New York City where he served as house drummer for the Jazz Mania Society and performed at jazz clubs such as The Village Gate. Tom can be heard backing many award-winning artists such as Brooke Benton, Sammy Davis Jr., Isaac Hayes, Ben Vereen, Steve Allen, Linda Hopkins, Patti LuPone, Clint Holmes, Edgar Winter, Chaka Khan, Mark Isham, Taylor Dane, and more.


Dr. Cooper is a recording artist, recitalist, soloist, conductor and lecturer whose credits include Batman v Superman, Sing, The Conjuring 2, Penny Dreadful, The Lone Ranger, 300: Rise of an Empire, and League of Legends. In addition to his long list of symphonic credentials, he is also a music educator, teaching at California State University Northridge, the Longy School of Music at Bard College, the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles at Heart of Los Angeles, and the Harmony Project.


Concert attendees should enter at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center, which is accessible to the public for the concert series and offers limited parking. A free Park & Ride shuttle service is available from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Calabasas Civic Center, located at 100 Civic Center Way. Field seating is available on the lawn, and blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Limited fixed seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Light refreshments will be available at the site (cash only) or picnics are allowed. No barbeques or other heating devices are permitted.


About the New West Symphony

Founded in 1995, the New West Symphony is a professional orchestra that draws its players from the rich talent pool of professional Los Angeles-area musicians. The Symphony is the resident company of the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and Barnum Hall in Santa Monica.  It presents six Masterpiece Series concerts annually, performing major works from the symphonic repertoire with internationally-acclaimed artists as guest soloists.  It also provides quality outreach and educational opportunities for the communities it serves through its annual Symphonic Adventures concert programs for youth, its traveling Music Van, and its New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura. More information is available at or follow us on Facebook at