Kennesaw State University Brass Blast

brass blast logoSaturday, February 26, 2022
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you’re looking to make improvement on your instrument, and have lots of fun along the way, then we hope to have you join us on campus at Kennesaw State University for our annual brass workshop. Brass Blast is an event designed for brass players of all ages and abilities. This year we will welcome Dr. Alex Lapins on tuba, and Chelsea McFarland on horn. Each artist will present an engaging class on performance and practice - you will be sure to pick up lots of great tips for your practice! Additionally, you will get to work with the KSU Brass faculty in a fun, and exciting day of brass ensembles, masterclasses, and recitals. Registration includes lunch, a unique t-shirt, and admission to the end of day concert featuring our guests, our faculty, and all of you in a mass brass ensemble work. It is sure to be an exciting day, and we hope you will join us! 

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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 ages. 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 24, 2022
Participation fee: $30 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
  • Saturday, February 26, 2022

    • 8:30 Registration opens

    • 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Meet and greet then break out to Warm-up locations

    • 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Sectionals on ensemble music

    • 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Masterclass with Alex Lapins

    • 12 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch, Exhibits, and student ensembles perform

    • 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Mass Ensemble Rehearsal

    • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Chelsea McFarland

    • 3:30 - 3:45 p.m. Pictures and Final Dress for Concert

    • 3:45 p.m. Concert; Alex Lapins, Chelsea McFarland and KSU Brass Faculty in concert with Brass Blast 2022 Members

  • alex lapins Alexander Lapins, assistant professor of tuba/euphonium, teaches applied tuba and euphonium, chamber music and performs with the faculty brass quintet at the University of Tennessee School of Music. He is a founding member of Quintasonic Brass, and during the summer he serves as an instructor at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Lapins has also taught at Northern Arizona University, the University of Indianapolis, and Indiana State University.

    Lapins has appeared as a soloist with orchestras, concert bands, and chamber groups. He has performed throughout the United States, China, South America, and Europe. A diverse performer, Lapins is the only tubist to have won fellowships at both the Tanglewood Music Center and the Henry Mancini Institute.

    Lapins performed as principal tubist of several professional orchestras and brass quintets throughout Indiana, and was a first-call substitute/extra musician with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.  He has also performed with the New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Lapins has also performed with the Disney Collegiate All-Star Band, the Guy Lombardo Orchestra, the New Sousa Band, and Harvey Phillips' Tubacompany.

    Lapins has extensive experience as a first-call studio musician. He can be heard on hundreds of recordings for Hal Leonard, Warner Brothers, Disney, Plank Road, Sacred Music Services, the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, SMS Brass Choir, and a variety of other record and publishing companies.

    Lapins is devoted to expanding the repertoire of the tuba across all genres. An avid supporter of new music, Lapins has premiered dozens of new works and has been active in regularly commissioning new works for brass.

    Lapins has been featured at regional and international ITEA conferences, the United States Army Band Tuba/Euphonium Workshops, National Association of Collegiate Wind and Percussion Instructors national conferences, and the International Women's Brass Conferences. In 2011 he hosted the Southwest Regional ITEA conference at the NAU School of Music, and in 2016 he hosted ITEA's International Tuba/Euphonium Conference at UT. He has presented guest recitals and master classes at many schools of music.
    Lapins' books "Dueling Fundamentals for Two Tubas" (2018) and "Dueling Fundamentals for Two Euphoniums" (2019), advanced and engaging fundamentals exercises in two voices, are available from Mountain Peak Music. He is also author of the tuba chapter of MPM's innovative hybrid text "Teaching Brass." 

    Lapins has graduate degrees in music performance from Indiana University and the University of Michigan, and a bachelor's degree in music industry from James Madison University. His principal teachers include Daniel Perantoni, Fritz Kaenzig, Kevin Stees, Tony Kniffen, and Mike Bunn. He has also studied with Gene Pokorny, David Fedderly, Jim Self, and Mike Roylance.

    Lapins is a member of the International Tuba/Euphonium Association, the American Federation of Musicians, the National Association of Collegiate Wind and Percussion Instructors, and the International Women's Brass Conference. He is a regular contributor to the ITEA Journal, and an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi. Alexander Lapins is an Eastman Music Instrument Company sponsored artist.

  • headshot of Chelsea McFarlandChelsea McFarland grew up in Decatur, Georgia, and went on to receive her bachelor's degree from the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Jennifer Montone and Jeffrey Lang.

    Prior to the Atlanta Symphony, Ms. McFarland was the acting principal of Symphony in C. She has been a fellow at the Music Academy of the West, as well as a member of the National Repertory Orchestra. She has also appeared with the New World Symphony.

    In addition to performing, Ms. McFarland is dedicated to bringing music to young audiences. She worked as a volunteer music teacher in the Philadelphia public school systems and continues to advocate for underserved communities.

  • 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. Paul Dickinson
    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).


    Hollie Lawing PiritchardHollie Lawing Pritchard

    Hollie is the Bass trombonist with the Savannah Philharmonic, and Principal trombonist with the Georgia Brass Band. She has played with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Opera Orchestra, Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, as well as the Hilton Head Symphony, Johns Creek Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Macon Symphony, and the Augusta Symphony, among others.

    Hollie is a founding member and Trombonist with the Midtown Brass Quintet. She played solo Trombone with the DIVA big band in the show Maurice Hines is Tappn' thru life.” Hollie Has performed twice with the Athena Brass Band at the International Women's Brass Conference. Hollie was a featured soloist on the Georgia Brass Band’s album “A Christmas Festival” and Principal trombone on their album, “American Voices.”

    Hollie graduated with her B.M. in Music Performance from Georgia State University and did Graduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Hollie is adjunct instructor of trombone at Kennesaw State University, Reinhardt University and Mercer University. She also maintains a private studio of trombone at Lassiter High School in Cobb County, as well as a studio in her home in Marietta, Ga.

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    Judy Cole


    Judy Cole is considered by local area colleagues to be one of the most versatile pianists in the Atlanta commercial music scene. She has performed for corporate presidents, university presidents, and even a former President of the United States, in venues ranging from concert halls to nightclubs and recording studios, as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist.

    When Professor Cole first arrived at Kennesaw State University, she taught classes in music theory and history, coached Opera and Musical Theatre, and accompanied student and faculty recitals. From 2008 to 2016 she played, coached and musically directed all the Musical Theatre productions for the Theatre and Performance Studies division of COTA in addition to her duties for the School of Music. 2016-19 she was the Coordinator of Collaborative Piano for the School of Music, and now teaches Accompanying, private studio lessons, Advanced Class Piano, Sight Singing for Musical Theatre and coaches/plays for the Opera Theatre classes and productions. Judy also enjoys a demanding schedule of recital performances with faculty and students. In past years, she has been a featured soloist with the KSU Wind Ensemble and the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra . 

    Mrs. Cole has worked professionally and made a successful career over the last 35 years as a free-lance pianist and commercial musician playing in a variety of settings. To quote J. Lynn Thompson, founding Artistic Director of the Atlanta Lyric Opera, "Judy Cole is one of those rare artists who can move effortlessly between styles ranging from opera to Broadway, jazz to rock and roll. She is a conductor's and singer's dream of a pianist." Mrs. Cole has been featured on numerous recordings both as an accompanist and as a soloist, including her own CD "By Request," and has several solo recordings in process at this time. As often as scheduling allows, she plays in the pit orchestra for Broadway touring shows playing at the Fox Theatre and major events at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. 

    In 2018-19 Judy was the Music Director for City Springs Theatre Company, Atlanta's newest professional theatre producing Musical Theatre shows. City Springs Theatre Company is the resident theatre company for the spectacular new Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center; the inaugural season opened with "42nd Street" in September, followed by "Elf", "South Pacific", "Billy Elliot" and "Hairspray." She continues to do special projects and events for the theatre company and occasionally plays in the pit orchestra. Additionally, Judy has been involved with the Georgia Musical Theatre Awards, better known as “The Shulers” (because of the involvement of Shuler Hensley), as a performer, show judge and performance coach for more than ten years.

    She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying with Marvin Blickenstaff. After taking a year off from school, during which she toured the United States playing in a show band, she was invited to attend the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she earned her Master of Music degree in Accompanying, with a concentration in Musical Theatre and Chamber Music. Her teachers included Olga Radosavlovich at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Dr. Robert Evans, Babbette Effron and Dr. Kelly Hale at CCM.

    In addition to local performances, Mrs. Cole travels routinely to accompany classical, instrumental, vocal, and religious Jewish music concerts throughout the US where she is known for her ability to arrive, rehearse and perform demanding concert material all within a span of several hours. She has collaborated with many of the top Cantors and musicians in the Jewish music world, including Hazzan Naftali Herstik in Jerusalem, Cantor Asher Hainovitz, and composers Simon Sargon, Bonia Shur, Michael Isaacson, and Debbie Friedman. Judy is a member of the Guild of Temple Musicians (the national organization of Jewish musicians and composers), the American Federation of Musicians, and the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance. She is the staff accompanist at The Temple in Atlanta and is still an active commercial musician.

    Judy is a mom to daughters Katy and Rebekah, their husbands Mike and Richard, an ecstatic grandmother to Charlotte, Jack, Vivian and John Fraser, and is happily married to Cantor Herb Cole.

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    Jason CasanovaJason Casanova
    Jason Casanova A native of San Antonio, Texas, Jason Casanova brings his southwestern flair to the southeast. He is in high demand as a performer and teacher of euphonium and low brass throughout the region.

    As a performer, Jason has won or placed in many regional, national, and international euphonium solo and chamber competitions. He is Solo Euphonium with the Georgia Brass Band, a founding member of Divergence
    (a tuba/euphonium quartet), and also plays with other diverse ensembles such as the 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra (performing a music from traditional Klezmer music to Frank Zappa), and Mercury Orkestar (performing traditional Balkan tunes fused with modern western pop music).

    In addition to performing and teaching, Jason is also an experienced music arranger. His arrangement of the “Serenade from the Student Prince,” was recently published by Publications with several more on the way.

    Mr. Casanova holds degrees from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX and Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. Mr. Casanova is an Artist in Residence for Euphonium and Tuba at Kennesaw State University.

    For more information, please visit his Facebook page:


    J.D. HandshoeJ.D. Handshoe

    Dr. J.D. Handshoe joined the faculty of Kennesaw State University as Part-Time Assistant Professor of trombone in the fall of 2020, and the faculty of Berry College as Artist Affiliate in Low Brass in the fall of 2019.

    As a performer, J.D. has had the pleasure of working with the Cave Run Symphony Orchestra, the Victory Brass, Saxton’s Cornet Band, the Lexington Theatre Company, the Lexington Singers Orchestra, the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra, the Dimartino – Osland Jazz Orchestra, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra 2nd Street Jazz Band, the Lexington Brass Band, the University of Kentucky Faculty Brass Quintet, the Atlanta Festival Brass, and the Emmy Award-winning “It’s A Grand Night for Singing!” orchestra. J.D. is also a founding member of the Auxilium Trombone Trio, an ensemble solely dedicated to commissioning and performing works for the often-overlooked chamber ensemble consisting of the orchestral trombone trio.

    As a member of these and other groups, J.D. has performed at the Great American Brass Band Festival, the Caramel Celebration of Bands, the Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference, the International Tuba/Euphonium Association Conference, and the American Trombone Workshop, as well as the University of The Cumberlands, Morehead State University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, the University of Kentucky, the Art College of Inner Mongolia, the Tianjin Concert Hall, Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin Conservatory of Music, and the Affiliated High School of Peking University, as well as a tour of Spain with stops in Valencia, Buñol, and Dénia.

    As an educator, J.D. has taught tuba, euphonium, tenor and bass Trombone at Kennesaw State University, Berry College, Dalton State College, Georgia Highlands College, Morehead State University, and the University of Kentucky.

    J.D. has been involved in several recording projects as both a performer and recording engineer/producer, including performing on Justin Croushore’s debut album Stuff, and With Sword and Crown released with the University of Kentucky Trombone Choir on New Branch Records, and acting as producer and recording engineer on Bradley Kerns’ 2018 album Splotch Ecology.

    As an author, J.D.’s work can be found in the 2018 GIA Music Publication Teaching Music Through Performance in Band: Jazz for Beginning Ensembles, where he authored articles on Jeff Darrohn’s Gospel Blues, and John Berry’s arrangement of the Battle/Durham standard Topsy.

    J.D. received a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Music degree from Morehead State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trombone Performance from the University of Kentucky. His primary instructors include Stacy Baker on tuba and euphonium, and Bradley Kerns, Nathan Dishman, William Mann, and Jeanie Lee on trombone.

    J.D. is an Edwards Trombones Performing Artist, and currently resides in Cartersville, Georgia with his wife, Susannah, their two dogs, Julie and Victor, and their cat, Harley.



  • 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