The Western Illinois University School of Music brass faculty and BCA will present BRASSFEST 2022 from 2:30-9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23 in the COFAC Recital Hall.

The event will feature performances by WIU’s La Moine Brass Quintet and special guest artists, the Blair Brass (Vanderbilt University). Additionally, instrumental masterclasses, clinics and opportunities for all participants to play will be included.

This year’s schedule includes:

• 2:30 – 3:15 p.m.: La Moine Brass Quintet Recital

• 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.: Reading sessions, by instrument

• 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Blair Brass Quintet Masterclass

• Dinner break

• 7:30 p.m.: Blair Brass Quintet Recital

Admission to all events is $25 and admission to just the evening concert is $10.

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Blair Brass (Vanderbilt University)

The Blair Brass Quintet, founded in 1995, has performed throughout the Southeast and is very involved in exposing young people to their music through school concerts. Their repertoire ranges from traditional to contemporary.

Members of the ensemble provide private instruction, coach chamber music, teach orchestral technique and conduct brass seminars. The Blair Brass Quintet’s members are: Jose Sibaja, trumpet; Jeff Bailey, trumpet; Leslie Norton, horn; Jeremy Wilson, trombone; and Gilbert Long, tuba.

La Moine Brass Quintet (Western Illinois University)
The La Moine Brass Quintet was formed in 1992, becoming the resident faculty brass quintet of WIU’s School of Music the following year. Quintet members include Professor Bruce Briney, trumpet; Assistant Professor Jena Gardner, horn; Associate Professor John Mindeman, trombone; and Assistant Professor James Land, tuba.

These WIU faculty musicians bring together performance experience in over 25 professional orchestras in North, Central and South America. Each year the ensemble also includes a graduate assistant in trumpet. Second-year music master’s degree student Caylan Laundrie, of Brooklyn, WI, currently completes the group.

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