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Calling all High School Brass Players! Join us on Friday, February 8 for an exciting day of performances and clinics featuring Guest Artists Quintasonic Brass and Black Bayou Brass, resident faculty brass ensemble at ULM.

Exhibits and Horn Pedagogy Clinic Provided by Houghton Horns.

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Tentative Schedule - All Events to Take Place in Biedenharn Hall on the ULM Campus

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Quintasonic Brass


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.

Black Bayou Brass

Black Bayou Brass

Black Bayou Brass has been a faculty ensemble in residence at the University of Louisiana at Monroe since 1971. Its current members are Dr. Eric Siereveld, trumpet, Dr. James Boldin, horn, and Dr. Adam Johnson, trombone. An experienced and versatile professional ensemble, Black Bayou Brass regularly performs at ULM, throughout the northeast Louisiana community, and at numerous venues outside the state. Recent performances include the 50th International Horn Symposium, 2018 International Trombone Festival, the 2017 and 2014 International Women’s Brass Conference, 2017 Mid-South Horn Workshop, the 2013 Louisiana Music Educators Association State Conference, the 2012 National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors National Conference, and a series of performances and master classes in Thailand. Its members are dedicated to performing, promoting, and creating new literature for brass trio, as well as playing standard original repertoire and transcriptions from the 16th century to the present. Devoted to encouraging and promoting music education, Black Bayou Brass performs a number of educational concerts each year at schools throughout Louisiana and the surrounding states, and offers master classes, private lessons, and ensemble coaching for all levels.