Kennesaw State University Brass Blast
Saturday, March 2, 2019
9am to 5pm
The KSU School of Music's annual Brass Blast clinic is a dynamic day of brass music making! This year's event will feature classes by Quintasonic Brass, concerts by the Georgia Brass Band, and recitals and masterclasses with KSU’s talented brass faculty. The day is packed full of fun, and will feature a closing concert in collaboration with participants and guest 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 guest ensembles.
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Participation fee: $35 per participant
Participants 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
- Lunch included
- Vendors with great brass gadgets and accessories
- Free concert featuring YOU alongside KSU's brass faculty, Quintasonic Brass, and the Georgia Brass Band
Schedule and Participation Requirements
Saturday, March 2, 2019
- 8:30AM – Registration opens
- 9AM – Welcome, opening session
- 9:15AM – Break out sessions
- 10:15AM – Quintasonic recital/masterclass
- 11:30AM – Session with KSU Brass Ensembles
- 12PM – Lunch and time to visit vendors/exhibitors
- 1PM – Individual masterclasses with members of Quintasonic Brass (trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba/euphonium)
- 2PM – Break out sessions
- 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!
Participating students are required to complete the following forms, as required by university policy:
- KSU Minor Code of Conduct for Participants
- KSU Minors Waiver and Release
- KSU Minors Emergency Contact and Medical Authorization
- KSU Minors Pick-up Authorization (if applicable)
Forms will also be sent to participants via email and must be submitted at registration on the day of the event.
Quintasonic Brass is a touring brass quintet made up of professional brass players from around the United States. Their mission is promote chamber music for brass instruments through creative programming, recording projects, promoting new works, and educational outreach. Its members include Vince DiMartino (International soloist), Jason Dovel (University of Kentucky), Matthew Haislip (Mississippi State University), Alex Van Duuren (University of Tennessee), and Alex Lapins (University of Tennessee).
While the group was officially formed in the summer of 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee, members of the group have been performing together for many years in other settings. Dovel, Haislip, and Lapins performed together in the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Faculty Brass Quintet multiple summers in Twin Lake, Michigan. Dovel and DiMartino have performed together in many settings for many years, and Van Duuren and Lapins are colleagues on the brass faculty of the University of Tennessee.
Members of Quintasonic Brass hold degrees from many prestigious schools of music including the Eastman School of Music, University of Michigan, University of North Texas, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri at Kansas City, Indiana University, and many other schools.
Our diverse repertoire spans from the Renaissance to contemporary flair.
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.
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 atwww.hickeys.com. His many other arrangements and compositions are available on his website www.dougtrumpeter.com.
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.
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 trombonelessons.com, 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.
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, www.DickinsonBrass.com, 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).
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.
Mr. 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.
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