The Brass Area seeks to promote growth of the total musician by assisting students in achieving a wide range of goals, from excelling as performers to learning the necessary skills to become master teachers.
Students develop skills through weekly lessons and ensemble participation, choosing from three orchestras, a wind ensemble, symphonic band, marching band, jazz ensembles, jazz combos, brass quintets and a trombone choir. In addition to learning from our expert faculty, students attend master classes from brass greats such as Gene Pokorny, Gail Williams, the American Brass Quintet, Marshall Gilkes, Mark Inouye, Adam Frey, Michael Mulcahy, and others.
Active professional musicians, our brass faculty open up hands-on learning opportunities for their students outside the classroom. The Utah Symphony, for which many of our brass faculty perform, gives students up-close access at rehearsals and and has hired some top students as substitutes.
Brass area graduates have experienced great success in the professional market as teachers and performers; recent hires include positions at the University of Iowa, Brigham Young University-Idaho, Texas A&M International University and many public schools. Locally, Ballet West's Utah Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra at Temple Square and the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra have hired our graduates.
Professor Donn Schaefer had an exciting summer of performing and recording . . .
Recordings included a soundtrack for the upcoming movie "Bad Samaritan" and a new studio album with the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra. Live gigs included The Beach Boys, Eddie Daniels, Lee Musiker, Patti Austin, Vegas staple Bob Anderson, several shows with the Utah Symphony Orchestra, and playing in the house band for the Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival.
Tom Call, Jazz Trombonist and 2017 U of U graduate . . .
is headed to New York for graduate school. He will study at NYU with Elliot Mason and Alan Ferber. During Tom's senior year at the U, he composed the music for two CD projects and recitals. He is hosting a jazz festival on August 9.
Mark Davidson and Donn Schaefer hosted the first annual MountainWest Trombone Workshop . . .
at the University of Utah School of Music. This action packed day of music making included masterclasses, trombone ensemble rehearsals, group sessions, and a recital by Utah Symphony Principal Trombonist, Mark Davidson. Year two will be even bigger!