Kennesaw State University Brass Blast
Saturday, February 10, 2018
9am to 5pm

The KSU School of Music Brass Blast is a dynamic day of brass music making!  This event will feature classes by world-famous trumpeter Allen Vizzutti, concerts by Georgia Brass Band and the Atlanta Trombone Ensemble, and a concert and masterclass session with KSU’s very own brass faculty.  The day is packed full of fun, and will feature an end of the day concert in collaboration with all our artists.  Whether you are an aspiring middle school brass player, a high school player, or a lover of brass of any age, this day will have something for you!

How to Apply
No audition is required, and we are open to brass fans of all ages. We will have activities that will be suited to all age ranges.  No matter your age and experience level, you will have a great time playing and learning from KSU’s outstanding faculty, and our world famous guest trumpeter, Allen Vizzutti.


Participation fee:
$30 per participant
Registration deadline has passed. Please contact Doug Lindsey at with any questions you may have about registration. 

  • Brass Blast The ExperienceParticipants in Brass Blast will experience a day jam-packed with great playing and masterclass opportunities.  Some of the activities and perks include:

    • Masterclasses with our outstanding KSU brass faculty
    • Brass ensemble and like instrument ensembles
    • Event T-shirt
    • Free lunch!
    • Vendors with great brass gadgets and toys
    • Free concert featuring YOU alongside Allen Vizzutti, the Atlanta Trombone Ensemble, and the Georgia Brass Band
  • Schedule:
    Saturday, February 10, 2018

    • 8:30AM – Registration opens
    • 9AM – Welcome, opening session
    • 9:15AM – Break out sessions
    • 10:15AM – Allen Vizzutti masterclass
    • 11:30AM – Session with KSU Brass Ensembles
    • 12PM – Lunch and time to visit vendors/exhibitors
    • 1PM – Break out sessions
    • 2PM – Atlanta Trombone Ensemble masterclass
    • 3PM – Rehearsal with the Georgia Brass Band and group photo
    • 4PM – Concert with the Georgia Brass Band
    • 5PM – Event concludes. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    Participation Requirements:
    Participating students are required to complete the following forms, as required by university policy:

    Forms will be sent to participants via email and must be submitted at registration on the day of the event.

  • Allen Vizzutti KSU Brass Blast Guest Artist

    Allen Vizzutti

    Equally at home in a multitude of musical idioms, Allen Vizzutti has visited 40 countries and every state in the union to perform with a rainbow of artists and ensembles including Chick Corea, 'Doc' Severinsen, the NBC Tonight Show Band, the Airmen Of Note, the Army Blues and Army Symphony Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, Woody Herman, Japan’s NHK Orchestra and the New Tokyo Philharmonic, the Budapest Radio Orchestra, , the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Leipzig Wind Symphony and the Kosie Wind Orchestra. Performing as a classical and a jazz artist, often in the same evening, he has appeared as guest soloist with symphony orchestras in Tokyo, Germany, St. Louis, Seattle, Rochester N.Y., Syracuse, Milwaukee, Buffalo, Phoenix, Croatia, Slovenia, Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg to name a few. Music lovers in Germany, Poland, England, Sweden, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Australia and the United States have heard his brilliant sound over the airwaves of national television. Allen's status as an artist has led to solo performances at the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Newport Jazz Festival, Banff Center for the Performing Arts, Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Teton, Vail, Aspen and Brechenridge Music Festivals, the Charles Ives Center and Lincoln Center in New York City.

    From his home in Seattle Washington, Allen’s current career activities embody an impressive schedule of recitals, concerts, recording and composing. His continued commitment to music education and the value of music in everyday life results in an extensive schedule of guest appearances at universities throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Australia.

    “Trumpet player supreme.”
    -Syracuse Post Standard

    Allen's solo jazz recordings include CDs such as, "Ritzville", (Village Place Music), and “Trumpet Summit” and “Skyrocket” from Summit Records. Classical CDs currently available from DeHaske Music Publishing Recordings are “The Emerald Concerto and Other Gems”, with the Budapest Radio Orchestra, “Vizzutti Plays Vizzutti” and “Vizzutti and Soli On Tour”. His “High Class Brass”, (available on iTunes), is a wonderfully unique classical and jazz blend co-produced and performed with fellow trumpet artist, composer and conductor, Jeff Tyzik along with a 90 piece studio orchestra. Also of interest are “Baroque and Beyond”, from Sony, “The Carnival of Venus”, (Summit Records), and “A Trumpeter’s Dream, (Ludwig Music Publishing).

    As Artist in Residence, Allen has taught at the Eastman School of Music, the Banff Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas State University, Ohio State University, West Texas State University, the Skidmore Jazz Institute, and the Trompeten Akademie of Bremen Germany. He is currently Artist In Residency at the University of South Carolina.

    His extensive treatise, “The Allen Vizzutti Trumpet Method” and his “New Concepts for Trumpet”, (Alfred Music Publishing), have become standards works for trumpet study world wide. Many more of Allen’s jazz and classical books, play along recordings, and student and recital compositions are published by DeHaske/Hal Leonard, Southern Music, Village Place Music and Ars Nova. His writing includes solo pieces for flute, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, tuba, and harp, chamber groups, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, and symphony orchestra.

    Allen’s love of expression through composition has led to premier performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Budapest Radio Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic of London, the Nuremberg Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, London Symphony, the renowned Summit Brass and others. After the world premier of his “Emerald Concerto” with the Syracuse Symphony Allen’s writing was described in review: “The Emerald Concerto sparkles!...a vivacious treatment which speaks well for both his dramatic instinct and technical prowess as a composer.”

    “Finely tuned wind, easy control, polyharmonic wit, orchestral penmanship, punctuated spiritual warmth…rarely do so many qualities find themselves in one musician.”
    -Chick Corea

    While growing up in Montana, Allen was taught by his father, a self taught musician and trumpet player, until he left home to attend the Eastman School of Music on full scholarship. There he earned the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, a Performer’s Certificate, a chair in the Eastman Brass Quintet faculty ensemble, and the only Artist’s Diploma ever awarded a wind player in Eastman’s 85 year history.

    While living in Los Angeles during the 80’s, Allen performed on over 100 motion picture sound tracks, (such as Back To The Future and Star Trek), as well as countless TV shows, commercials and recordings with such artists as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Chick Corea, the Commodores and Prince. His soaring sounds can be heard on recent projects including the movies "Furry Vengeance", “40 Days and 40 Nights”, “Unfaithfully Yours”, Gridiron Gang”, “Scary Movie Four”, and the “Medal of Honor", "Gears Of War 3" and “Halo” video games. ALLEN VIZZUTTI IS A YAMAHA PERFORMING ARTIST.

     > Learn More About Allen Vizzutti


    Atlanta Trombone Ensemble Atlanta Trombone Ensemble

    The Slide by Slide Trombone Ensemble began as simply an outlet for the Atlanta Wind Symphony’s trombone section.  Since the average trombonist has a seemingly insatiable appetite for playing, the section decided to continue rehearsing during the AWS summer break in 1997. They continued to rehearse consistently and began to play more challenging music for two years at which time they decided to recruit a conductor.  This position was filled by Vince Mull, Associate Conductor of the AWS.  With an invitation to play on an AWS concert, Slide By Slide Trombone Ensemble was born.  The group now performs year-round at various venues, including area churches, malls, street festivals, block parties and etc.

    Although the concept of a trombone ensemble may seem unusual to some, our audience is always pleased with the powerful, yet mellow sounds of the trombone.

    > Learn More About The Atlanta Tombone Ensemble

    Georgia Brass Band KSU Brass Blast Guest
    Georgia Brass Band

    The Georgia Brass Band is a British-style brass band. These ensembles gained prominence in Victorian England during the early 19th century industrial revolution and traditionally were sponsored by factories, coal mines, or other industrial organizations. Today brass bands around the world carry on the tradition. Since 1999, the nonprofit Georgia Brass Band has been entertaining audiences with breathtaking performances that demonstrate the versatility and skill of some of the most accomplished performers in the United States. The group has competed successfully in several international competitions and has recorded two critically acclaimed albums. To ensure the next generation appreciates the power of music and the thrill of live performances, the Georgia Brass Band partners with schools and community organizations through its “Brass in the Class” initiative.

    > Learn More About The Georgia Brass Band

  • KSU Brass Blast

    Dr. Doug Lindsey
    Coordinator of Brass and Assistant Professor of Trumpet

    Dr. Douglas Lindsey joined the faculty at Kennesaw State University in the fall of 2012, and is very active in the Southeast. Recently as a soloist, he has been a featured artist with the Memphis Symphony, the Kennesaw State Orchestra, the Kennesaw State Wind Ensemble, the Georgia Brass Band, at the International Trumpet Guild conference, at the Atlanta Trumpet Festival, and at the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast.  An advocate of new music, over the course of the two years he has premiered 4 new works for trumpet.  Alongside pianist, Judy Cole, he has performed solo recitals all over the Southeast as a founding member of Duo Trompiano.  In addition to solo work, Dr. Lindsey enjoys an active chamber music career as first trumpet with the Premiere Brass, as founding member of the Atlanta Trumpet League, and as a member of the Isthmus Brass.  As an orchestral musician, he regularly performs as the principal trumpet of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, as section trumpet with the Atlanta Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Macon Symphony, and spent two summers at the Aspen Music Festival. As an educator, he maintains a vibrant studio of young trumpeters at KSU and at various high schools in the area, and recently started a popular regional high school ensemble, the North-Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble. Most recently, the KSU trumpet ensemble garnered praise at the 2015 International Trumpet Guild conference where they performed Erik Morale’s Infinite Ascent, and continue to find success at the National Trumpet Competition with their consecutive semi-finalist placements.  Other studio accomplishments include multiple winners from theInternational Trumpet Guild scholarship contest, job placements, successful graduate school placements, and multiple winners of KSU’s concerto competition.

    Dr. Lindsey’s former duties as music history lecturer at KSU as well as his many experiences on the cornetto and the baroque trumpet reflect his keen interest in the fields of early music and musicology.  As an avid composer and arranger, he enjoys creating work for trumpet ensemble, brass quintet, and brass ensembles.  His published dissertation, “Beyond the Galant,” is an arrangement of four Haydn symphonies for trumpet with historical information about Haydn, performance practice, and the history behind many of the works.  This work is distributed by Hickey’s music and available  His many other arrangements and compositions are available on his website

    Previous to his time at KSU, Dr. Lindsey played concerts all over Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois with the acclaimed Wisconsin Brass Quintet. Prior to his tenure with WBQ, Dr. Lindsey performed with the Yale Faculty Brass trio in a series of concerts ending inCarnegie Hall in New York City. In addition to the faculty brass, Dr. Lindsey also pursued a busy schedule with the Atticus Brass Quintet –winner of the 2009 Aspen Music Festival Quintet Fellowship. With Atticus, Dr. Lindsey had the opportunity to play outreach concerts all over Connecticut, perform alongside the American Brass Quintet, and play an exclusive concert on the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

    Previous to earning his DMA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Lindsey studied with Allan Dean at Yale, earning his Master of Music with the distinction of winning the John Swallow excellence in brass prize. Prior to Yale he studied with Ray Mase, Louis Ranger, Kevin Cobb, Scott Moore and Richard Rulli.  Dr. Lindsey received his music performance and music education degrees magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

    Dr. Lindsey is a Schilke performing artist and performs on Facet Mutes.


    Tom Gibbs
    Tom Gibson

    Artist-in-Residence in Trombone, School of Music

    Dr. Tom Gibson has earned a reputation internationally as a performer, conductor, teacher, and clinician. Formerly a trombone soloist with The United States Navy Band in Washington, DC, he moved to Atlanta in 2000 to be the Brass Department Coordinator at Georgia State University. In 2007, he resigned that position to pursue other musical interests, and he proudly joined the faculty at KSU in 2008.

    In 2001, he helped co-found The Piedmont Trombone Society, and in 2004 this group was awarded the "Kai Winding Jazz Album of the Year" by the International Trombone Society. Tom can be heard on dozens of commercial recordings, including TV spots, movie soundtracks, and albums. He has performed and/or recorded with The Atlanta Symphony, Atlanta Opera, The National Symphony, The Boston Brass, Wayne Newton, Barry Manilow, Gladys Knight, Olivia Newton-John, The Temptations, The Four Tops, James Taylor, and many others. He has performed at The White House, Kennedy Center, Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Wolf Trap and most of this country's finest musical venues.

    He has performed in the Broadway tours (at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta) of: Wicked, The Producers, West Side Story, Hairspray, White Christmas, Annie, Chicago, Young Frankenstein, Mary Poppins, South Pacific, and others. He performs as a regular member of: The Neons, The Joe Gransden Big Band, The Atlanta Superband, Il Brasso Magnifico, The Atlanta Pops, and the Augusta Symphony.

    Dr. Gibson is also on faculty at Mercer University, and he recently completed a semester of teaching at The University of Michigan as Guest Artist.

    Many of Dr. Gibson's students have gone on to professional careers as performers, professors, public school teachers, conductors, and composers. He is very proud of the accomplishments of his students and has seen them gain admission to the finest conservatories and Graduate schools in the nation. These include: The Juilliard School, The Eastman School, Cleveland Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, University of Michigan, Northwestern, and more.

    Dr. Gibson is the host of, one of the most popular trombone-related websites on the Internet with over 1 million visits each year. Through the website and his Video Podcasts, he has become a well-recognized voice in the brass world. He resides in Powder Springs, GA, with his wife Katlyn and their 2 children, Bryce and Ella.

    Dr. Gibson is a sponsored Performing Artist for Eastman Winds and he performs on a Shires Trombone.

    KSU Brass Blast

    Dr. Paul Dickenson
    Artist-in-Residence in Tuba/Euphonium

    A native of Darlington, South Carolina, Paul Dickinson works across the Southeast as both a performer and teacher. He recently joined the faculty at Kennesaw State University teaching tuba and euphonium.  His pleasing blend of technique and musicianship has earned him praises from some of the most respected brass musicians in the U.S.A. and numerous placements in major regional, national, and international competitions. He has also been a semi-finalist for prestigious military band auditions. Paul currently serves as principal euphonium for the Gwinnett Symphony Wind Orchestra, principal baritone for the Georgia Brass Band, and principal euphonium for the Poinsett Wind Symphony based in Greenville, SC. He is a founding member of DIVERGENCE, a professional tuba quartet based in Atlanta, GA.

    In addition to his pursuit of performance excellence, Paul has a passion for music education. He regularly works with middle school, high school, and collegiate students across the Southeast. For over a decade, he has been presenting master classes on a variety of issues facing developing brass musicians of all ages. In addition to his work with brass-specific pedagogy, Paul regularly works as a consultant and clinician for both concert and marching ensembles. In the past few years, his students have received high ratings at Solo and Ensemble festivals, won contracts with championship DCI corps, gained acceptance to highly competitive college studios, and have rapidly advanced to take top seats in university-level ensembles at strong music schools in the region. Several of his students now lead successful band programs in the Southeast.

    Early in May 2014, Paul began the development of a recording project called Foundations. The purpose of Foundations is to provide an easily accessible catalogue of early-to-intermediate solos and etudes for the euphonium, tuba, and trombone as a resource for music teachers, high school students, and young college musicians. The first album is now available for free perusal on Paul's website,, and future albums are in development for 2016-2017.

    Paul holds degrees in music education and performance from Furman University (BME, ’11), Georgia State University (MM, ’13), and Florida State University (DM, ’16). He was primarily taught by Mark Britt (trombone), Fred Boyd (trombone), Mike Taylor (tuba), Eric Bubacz (tuba), Adam Frey (euphonium), and Paul Ebbers (tuba/euphonium).

    KSU Brass Blast

    Mr. Jason Eklund
    Artist-in-Residence in Horn

    A native of Tucson, Arizona, Jason began his professional performing career at age 18 as substitute horn for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

    In 1998, he graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance. While at the University of New Mexico he served as Principal Horn of the Santa Fe Symphony and substitute for the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. In 2000, he earned a Master of Music in Performance from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

    While in Texas, Jason was second horn for the Plano Symphony Orchestra and third horn for the Irving and Waco Symphony Orchestras. He was also a member of Texas Winds Musical Outreach, and served as substitute and extra horn for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Jason taught horn students in 5th - 12th grades in the Richardson and DeSoto school districts.

    Jason was featured has been a featured soloist with the Tucson Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the University of New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, and the Catalina Chamber Orchestra. He has attended many summer music festivals including Aspen, Interlochen Arts Camp, Keystone Brass Institute, Kent/Blossom, and Sarasota. His teachers have included Jacqueline Sellers, Stanislav Suchanek, Patrick Hughes, and Gregory Hustis.

    Currently, Jason is an Artist-in-Residence at Kennesaw State University and an Instructor of Music Theory at Emory University. He is principal horn of the Macon Symphony Orchestra, third horn of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, fourth horn of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and a substitute with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

    Richard Williams Instructor of Horn
    Richard Williams
    Artist-in-Residence and Part-Time Instructor of Horn

    Richard Williams is a member of the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, Artist-in-Residence for horn at Kennesaw State University, host of the Atlanta Horn Chamber Music festival, and horn instructor at 
the prestigious Westminster Schools in Atlanta. He has participated in the New Hampshire Music Festival and several recording sessions for video games as well as a major motion picture soundtrack. He has served as a substitute musician with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Opera Orchestra, and as the long-term substitute principal horn of 
Symphony Orchestra Augusta 
for their 2014-2015 season. Richard frequently plays with the Huntsville and Chattanooga Symphony Orchestras and is fourth horn of the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra. For five years, he served as an adjunct faculty member at Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music.
  • For more information, contact:
    Dr. Doug Lindsey