Rachel Drehmann, aka Attila the Horn, grew up among the farms, cheese-lovers, and her fellow Packer fans outside of Green Bay, Wisconsin.
She began playing French horn at a young age and headed to Minneapolis to earn her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota, studying with such experts as Wayne Lu and Charles Kavalovski. After graduation, she trekked to New York City to study with Jerome Ashby at Manhattan School of Music, where she earned her Masters of Music degree. Since then, Rachel has been based out of Upper Manhattan and her performing career has thrived as she continues to perform in a wide range of musical genres—from classical to pop to Broadway to indie rock.
In the United States, Rachel has joined forces with Tilt Creative Brass Band, Banda de Los Muertos, Chamber Orchestra of New York and was also a member of the indie rock band A Whisper In The Noise. She performed Ligeti’s Horn Trio at the Hungarian Cultural Institute in 2008 and worked through the IHS Meir Rimon Commissioning Fund to commission and premier a piece by John Clark. As a soloist, Rachel performed Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1 with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra and was the solo horn in Shakespeare in the Park’s Euripides’ The Bacchae in 2009. As an active New York City freelancer, Rachel has performed with orchestras such as the American Symphony Orchestra, the Albany Symphony, the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic, The Knights, and Metropolis Ensemble, as well as with numerous Broadway shows. She is currently working with Ann Ellsworth to showcase a series of Baroque concertos for two soprano horns.
Internationally, Rachel has performed in the Caribbean sunshine as Principal horn of the National Symphony of the Dominican Republic and with the Santo Domingo Music Festival Orchestra. From September 2012 until September 2013, she is excited to serve as the horn player for the Love This Giant tour with pop / rock icons David Byrne and St. Vincent. This particular band has been on a whirlwind year-long tour—busing, biking, and playing shows all around the world.
Perhaps closest to Rachel’s heart is Genghis Barbie, the post-post-feminist feminist all-female horn band of which she is a founding member. In Genghis Barbie, Rachel is known as her Barbie alter-ego, Attila the Horn. She and the rest of the Barbies have enjoyed pillaging and conquering on the horn since 2010. Along with her busy performing schedule, Rachel also enjoys managing a talented gang of violin, viola, and cello bowmakers at NYC’s Salchow & Sons Bowmaking shop.
- Dieter Otto 201A, nickel free!
- Gold plated bell flare
- 3 JoyKeys
- Mouthpieces: Breslmair, Houser, Yamaha, Bruno Tilz. (all gold plated or stainless) Siegfried's Call Artist Series Rim.
- Valve oil: Hetman 11 and 13
- Mutes: Ion Balu and Eugene Rittich
- Extra mouthpiece in the case
- Dental floss
- My folding bike
- Cappuccino in the morning
- Positive energy
Something Worth Learning
Anything and everything.
- Feeling good!
- Great friends and family
- Wisconsin cheddar
- The Green Bay Packers
- Playing in a basketball league with my bro
- Genghis Barbie
Be able to set myself up with the fundamentals so I feel like I can play anything when performing.
If you always sound good, you'll never get better... Admit weaknesses and spend time on them everyday.