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Brass Day 2023

Calling all High School Brass Players and Percussionists! Join us on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 for an exciting day of performances and clinics featuring Guest Artist Max Ignas and the ULM Brass Faculty.

Max Ignas

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Schedule (subject to change)

12:30 - Registration (Visit Exhibits)

1:00 - Opening Convocation and Introductions

1:15 - Warm-up/Fundamentals w/ULM Brass Faculty

2:00 - Large Brass Choir Reading Session

2:45 - Break (Visit Exhibits)

3:00 - ULM Student Ensemble Performances (Horn Choir, Trombone Choir, Trumpet Ensemble, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, Brass Choir, Student Brass Quintet, Student Trombone Quartet)

4:00 - Guest Artist Clinic (Audition Prep, performance advice, etc. with one or two ULM students and 1 or 2 high school students)

5:00 - Break (Visit Exhibits)

5:30 - Brass Choir Reading Session

6:15 - Dinner

7:30 - Guest Artist/ULM Faculty Recital

Max Ignas

Max Ignas grew up in Honolulu. One of his earliest memories was hearing the sound of the trumpet during movies and feeling captivated. Keen to develop his musical abilities, Max's parents enrolled him in piano lessons at the age of six. He started playing trumpet in the school orchestra when he was nine. His dedication blossomed in high school and Max started playing professionally at age sixteen.

Max's passion is performing and developing the trumpet's aesthetic portfolio. He loves making high-quality music videos showcasing evocative repertoire and new compositions. A new music enthusiast, Max collaborates with composers to expand the repertoire of the trumpet. He has premiered two trumpet sonatas and numerous works for solo trumpet, trumpet and electronics, trumpet ensemble, brass quintet,  and many other works for varying ensembles. In addition to new music, Max has performed with orchestras specializing in music from the Baroque period. He has also programed recitals featuring all-baroque works. Max was a semi-finalist, finalist, and prizewinner in the National Trumpet Competition's Undergraduate Soloist, Graduate Soloist, and Trumpet Ensemble divisions.

Max has performed with the Phoenix Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Oklahoma City Pops, Oklahoma City Canterbury Choral Society Orchestra, Enid Symphony, the Orchestra of the Americas, as a Guest Artist with the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band Brass in Blue, as a Guest Artist at the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Royal Hawaiian Band, and as lead trumpet with the Diamond Head Theatre.

As a teacher and clinician, Max has delivered lessons, clinics, and masterclasses in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Wyoming, Utah, and throughout Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. He also served as the trumpet faculty for the Music School at Punahou School. In addition, Max maintains a private studio. One of the cornerstones of his vision is to provide world-class instruction to at-risk and underprivileged trumpeters, free of charge. He has set up a private fund, called the Clarino Visionary Scholarship as a financial mechanism.

Max is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the New England Conservatory of Music where he is the first classical trumpet player ever admitted to the NEC doctoral program.  He received his Bachelor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees at the University of Oklahoma. Max's primary teachers have been Steve Emery, Karl Sievers, Mark Minasian, and Mauro Maur.