Rotary Club of Pittsburgh Speaker Series and Lunch Meeting

  • 27 Jan 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Fogo de Chao, 525 Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh PA 15222


  • This invitation is extended to all supporters and non-members of WSBA.

    Please register and pay at the door
  • - Full dinner service at Fogo de Chão
    - FREE parking
    - $20 off the admission price if you register by 5 am on Oct. 21, 2020 (Your price is $30)

    Pay at the door! You must be on the registration list to receive the discounted rate or you pay the full rate of $50
  • Participation access will be sent 1-2 hours prior to the meeting. You must be registered to gain access.

    There is no charge to participate in the zoom meeting.

Registration is closed

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Please join the members of WSBA at the Speaker Series and Lunch Meeting.

Meet James Gourlay


12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


Fogo de Chao, 525 Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh PA 15222
Free parking is available at the 350 Oliver Avenue Garage. 
Bring your ticket in to meeting to validate parking.
Park in the 1st garage on the left.
Text 412 780 5878 if you are unsure which garage.

(ZOOM Option is also available!)


Noon - Seating at Fogo de Chao (Private Room) Special rate for WSBA Premier Members

Begin ZOOM*

12:25 pm - Call to order and start of the meeting

12:35 pm - Program (Speaker)

1:10 pm - End of Program

1:10 pm - Rotary Announcements

1:30 pm - Adjourn / Networking

Meet Dr. James Gourlayan extraordinary performer, teacher, and academic.
James signed on as a Pittsburgh Rotarian some years ago and served as our Executive Secretary under the Presidency of our wonderful Jim Ludwig. Although he is now quite busy traveling the world with the internationally acclaimed River City Brass Band (based right here in Pittsburgh), and unable to join us regularly, we consider James a dear friend of Pittsburgh Rotary.
He is funny, delightful and a joy to listen to him speak – and play.

As well as his work as a soloist, conductor, and member of some of Europe's finest orchestras,
James has held high level Academic and administrative posts such as Head of School, Wind, Brass, and Percussion at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) as well as Deputy Principal and Director of the School of Music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD), now known as the Royal Conservatoire for Scotland.

Under James Gourlay's leadership, the Royal Northern College of Music became one the top schools in the world for brass and wind studies, winning two awards presented at Buckingham Palace by Her Majesty the Queen of England, and the School of Music of the RSAMD was voted best Music School by the Guardian newspaper's Education & Universities Guide.  

James has been a member of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, English Brass, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of Zürich Opera House and has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic.
He has been Musical Director of a number of the greatest brass bands in the World, such as the Grimethorpe Colliery Band (stars of the movie ‘Brassed Off') and is in demand as a clinician, giving classes and lectures in Paris, Lausanne, and at the Juilliard – and in his adopted City of Pittsburgh - as well as an orchestral conductor working internationally.

He is currently Music Director and CEO of the River City Brass, the world's only full-time professional brass band, adjunct professor of tuba at Duquesne University, and is International Chair of Low Brass Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England.

Additional event details

WSBA Premier members receive $20 off the ticket price for in-person attendance for this event. FREE parking is also offered! This is an incredible value for our members! You must be registered by 5 am on Jan. 27, to receive this discount.
You will pay $50 at the door without a registration.

Registration details:
YOU MUST BE registered and you will pay the discounted rate at the door.
The registration list will be forwarded to the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh. If you are on the registration list, you pay $30 at the door. If you are not on the list, you pay $50

The zoom meeting is also available to our members and associates, at no charge, but you must register to obtain the participation access link. *Zoom instructions for log in/phone in codes will be sent approximately 1-2 hours before the meeting begins by email to only those registered.

The lunch will be a FULL DINNER SERVICE provided by Fogo de Chão

Located at the corner of Smithfield and Oliver, Fogo de Chão offers authentic Brazilian culture and cuisine in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh. Upon entering, guests have a panoramic view of the restaurant, featuring an open kitchen with the churrasqueira grill, a White Carrara marble Market Table, and an expansive bar. The warm, contemporary dining room welcomes guests with Brazilian-inspired design elements including a hand-woven rope wall and a bas-relief interpretation of Antônio Caringi’s famous statue, O Laçador, an embodiment of the gaucho culture of Southern Brazil.

Be sure to visit their website to consider their location for your next business meeting, special event, or for catering for your special event.

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