Kennesaw State University Brass Blast

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Saturday, February 22, 2020
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Are you a musician who plays trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, French horn, or euphonium? Then join us for School of Music's annual Brass Blast clinic and a dynamic day of brass music making! This year's event will feature recitals and masterclasses with KSU’s talented brass faculty and special guest artist, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. 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:
 Thursday, February 20, 2020
Participation fee: $45 per participant

  • 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
    • Lunch included
    • Vendors with great brass gadgets and accessories
    • Free concert featuring YOU alongside KSU's brass faculty and guest artists
  • Schedule:
    Saturday, February 22, 2020

    • 8:30 am – Registration opens
    • 9 am – Welcome and introductions
    • 9:15 am – Break out sessions with KSU faculty
    • 10:30 am – KSU faculty recital
    • 11 am – Break out sessions with KSU faculty
    • 12 pm – Lunch and time to visit vendors/exhibitors
    • 1 pm – Masterclass with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon
    • 2:30 pm – Break out sessions with KSU faculty
    • 3:30 pm – Group photo
    • 4 pm – Concluding concert featuring Brass Blast participants ensemble, KSU Faculty Jazz Parliament, and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon
    • 5 pm – Event concludes. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
  • KSU Brass BlastWycliffe Gordon, trombone

    Renowned Musician, Composer, Conductor, Arranger

    • Veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet, 1989-1995
    • Original member of Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, 1995-2000
    • Featured guest artist on Billy Taylor’s “Jazz at the Kennedy Center” Series
    • Arrangement of the theme song to NPR’s “All Things Considered” is heard daily across the globe.
    • His show “Jazz a la Carte” was named one of the five best moments in jazz by the Wall Street Journal.
    • Performance experience includes work with David Sanborn, Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Natalie Merchant, Rene Marie, Dianne Reeves, Anat Cohen, Ricky Skaggs, Arturo Sandoval, Doc Severinsen, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Tommy Flanagan, Shirley Horn, Joe Henderson, Eric Reed, Randy Sandke and Branford Marsalis, to name a few.
    • Compositions performed by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon and Friends, the Brass Band of Battle Creek and numerous other ensembles, and performed in programs throughout the U.S. and abroad.
    • Wycliffe Gordon is a Yamaha Performing Artist and has his own line of Wycliffe Gordon Pro Signature Mouthpieces by Pickett Brass.

    Commissioned Works

    • “Still, We Rise: He Heard My Cry.”  Commissioned by the Gailliard Center in Charleston, SC to honor the ongoing preservation and recognition of the “Slave Dwelling Project” a joint effort with the  Historic Charleston Foundation, to bring attention to the enslaved people of these dwellings and how they lived and prospered behind the “big houses.” Premiered Jan. 13, 2019 Charleston, SC at the Gailliard Center.
    • “A Soldier’s Heart.” Commissioned by the Savannah Children’s Choir to commemorate D day in Normandy, France.  The lyrics were written by Roger Moss and are based on a quote from General Marshall on D Day with reference to the 320 Barrage Balloon Battalion.  Premiered April 29, 2018 at the Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts in Savannah, GA and again on June 6, 2018 at the American Cemetery in Coleville-Sur-Mer, Normandy, France.
    • “Celebration Suite: I, II and III.” Commissioned by the U.S. Embassy for the 70thanniversary of U.S.-Sri Lankan relations.The work is representative of the historical and positive relationship between the United States and Sri Lanka since the recognition of Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka) by President Harry S. Truman, and has elements representative of Sri Lankan culture, music and dance. Premiered during a US State Dept. Tour by Wycliffe Gordon February 2018.
    • “Within Our Gates”:  Jazzmobile commissioned Wycliffe to compose a new score for a silent film by Oscar Micheaux to include a full jazz orchestra and vocalists.  It debuted August 2011 at the Miller Theater and was performed a second time at Symphony Space April 2013.  Premiered in Georgia at the Savannah Music Festival in 2016.
    • “Hancher Shall Forever Be”:  Commissioned by University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium to compose a dedication piece for the reopening of Hancher Auditorium.  Premiered the work with the Iowa Symphony and Choir in 2016.
      “Apollo: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”: The world famous Apollo Theatre celebrated 75 years of existence by commissioning Wycliffe Gordon as the musical director and composer to present a new work that premiered May 2011.
    • “Beyond the Blackberry Patch”:  The city of Columbus, Ohio commissioned Wycliffe to compose a work about the story of this prominent neighborhood and its story through performance that involved grade school students and members of the community.  Premiered March 2012.
    • Vibrant new score for the 1925 classic silent film “Body and Soul” (notable as the screen debut of Paul Robeson – premiered at the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra’s 2000-01 season opening night performance at Avery Fisher Hall; released on DVD in 2008.
    • “I Saw the Light,” a musical tribute to Muhammad Ali – premiered by the Brass Band of Battle Creek in March 2004.

    Dedicated & Inspirational Educator

    • Presents master classes, clinics, workshops, children’s concerts and lectures to students from elementary schools to universities all over the world.
    • Director of Jazz Studies, Augusta University, Present
    • Artist-In-Residence at Augusta University,  2014-2018
    • Artist-In-Residence in Jazz Studies, Peabody Conservatory, 2018-2019
    • Artist-In-Residence in Jazz Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia PA, 2018
    • Artist-In-Residence, James Morrison Academy, Mt. Gambier Australia, 2016, 2017
    • 2014, 2016 Residencies–Columbia College Chicago, LALPC Chicago, Prince Claus Conservatoire, The Netherlands
      Professor of Jazz Arts at Manhattan School of Music, 2009-2015
    • Professor of Jazz Studies, The Juilliard School, 2002-2008
    • Associate Professor, Michigan State University 2000-2002 and Artist in Residence 2002-2003
    • “Sing It First” Wycliffe’s unique approach to technique book compiled by Alan Raph released August 2011
      First method book “Basic Training, Exercises and Suggested Studies by Wycliffe Gordon,” for future release
      Published a collection of trombone quartets, trios and duos entitled “Trombone Majesty”

    Recent Recordings

    • “I Give You Love” with his band Wycliffe Gordon and the International All Stars, 2016
    • “Within These Gates of Mine” 2016
    • “Somebody New” 2015
    • “Signature Series” 2014
    • “Hello Pops” 2011
    • 2012 release with Chesky Records titled “Dreams of New Orleans”, and “The Intimate Ellington” CD on the Criss Cross Jazz label released March 2013
    • Twenty-one total solo CDs
    • Eight co-leader CDs

    Television/Radio/Film Performances

    • Arrangements from his CD “Dreams of New Orleans” currently used in:“Race”—a biopic of track star Jesse Owens
    • NCIS: New Orleans (episode 63)
    • Manhattan (episode 111)
    • White Rabbit Project
    • Marsalis on Music
    • Performed at 2000 Grammy Awards with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
    • “Swingin’ with the Duke” – PBS special documentary
    • “Uptown Blues, Ellington at 100” (a collaboration with the New York Philharmonic) Live from Lincoln Center with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
    • “Big Train.” Live from Lincoln Center broadcast with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
    • “Jazz” a Ken Burns’s documentary featured soloist
    • “A Carnegie Hall Christmas Concert”
    • “Live from Lincoln Center: The Juilliard School at 100 Years”
    • “Journey with Jazz at Lincoln Center” – BET’s 13-part series
    • Guest artist and commentator in NPR affiliate WVIA’s special program on Tommy Dorsey (along with the late Skitch Henderson, just days before Henderson’s death).
    • “Zin, Zin, Zin, A Violin” –Compositions by Wycliffe Gordon with Marvin Hamlisch and Angela Lansbury, a DVD based on the award winning children’s book by Lloyd Moss.

    Early Life

    • Born in Waynesboro, Georgia 1967
    • Introduced to music by his late father, Lucius Gordon, a classical pianist and teacher
    • Discovered the trombone at age twelve when his older brother began to play it in junior high school band
    • Developed a passion for jazz at age 13 after listening to an extensive jazz record collection bequeathed to his family by an aunt
    • Member of the McDonald’s All-American High School Band, 1984

    Awards & Achievements

    • 2018 Presented with the “Louie Award” by the Louis Armstrong House Museum.
    • 2017 International Trombone Association Award, which recognizes the highest level of creative and artistic achievement
    • ASCAP Plus Award 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 for his contributions as a composer.
    • Downbeat Magazine “Best Trombone” Award – 2018, 2016, 2014, 2013 and 2012
    • Jazz Journalists Association “Trombonist of the Year” Award – Wycliffe Gordon received the Jazz Journalists Association Award for Trombonist of the Year (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2002, 2001); the Jazz Journalists Association Critics’ Choice Award for Best Trombone (2000) and has been nominated for the Jazzpar Award.
    • Wycliffe Gordon on the Cover of Downbeat Magazine and Brass Herald – Wycliffe Gordon was featured on the cover of the August 2014 Issue of Downbeat Magazine for his contributions to Jazz; and on the cover of Brass Herald Magazine’s February 2009 issue and was interviewed by trumpeter Jens Lindeman.
    • Wycliffe Gordon Honored in Augusta, GA – On August 17, 2007 the City of Augusta declared it Wycliffe Gordon Day by proclamation authorized by Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver. A Tribute for Mr. Gordon was held at the Doubletree Hotel in Augusta. The sold out crowd gathered to salute all the efforts and accomplishments of Mr. Gordon.
    • Wycliffe Gordon Recognized with the ASCAP Foundation Vanguard Award – On Friday, June 1, 2007 emergent and critically acclaimed trombonist /composer Wycliffe Gordon was presented with The ASCAP Foundation Vanguard Award for his innovative musical activity as a composer, instrumentalist, performer, and educator in the field of Jazz.
    • Wycliffe Gordon Awarded With Honorary Doctorate – In 2006, Wycliffe Gordon was awarded with an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Scranton (Pennsylvania), and cited as a champion of our music – a music that models the ideals of democracy through its performance demands for positive and productive interaction, honest communication, and commonality of soul; a music that celebrates triumph of the human spirit over adversity.
    • U.S. Statesmen of Jazz – Wycliffe Gordon is the youngest member of the U.S. Statesmen of Jazz (a touring ensemble featuring senior musicians), and in many tour performances continues to serve as a musical ambassador for the U.S. State Department.
    • Recipient of the Satchmo Award from the Sarasota Jazz Club
    • Received the Louis Armstrong Memorial Prize presented by the Swing Jazz CultureFoundation in Budapest, Hungary
    • Named Artist of the Year (2015) by the Augusta Arts Council
  • The Piedmont Trombone Society features:
    Wes Funderburk
    Tom Gibson
    Tim Pitchford
    Derrick Jackson
    Lee Watts

  • 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.


    KSU Brass Blast

    Mr. Richard Williams
    KSU 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.

    KSU Brass Blast

    Dr. 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).

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

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

  • For more information, contact:
    Dr. Doug Lindsey