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December, 15, 2021
05:30 PM - 06:30 PM


W 179


Improving the Sound and Efficiency of High Register Brass Playing

Clinic Synopsis:

Playing in the high register can be an intimidating and frustrating experience for many brass players. While there aren’t any real “secrets” to sounding better in the high register, there are definitely some strategies in each of the different fundamental areas of brass playing that are very important. Keeping tabs on these items can help your high register become more successful, more consistent and sounding better.

Drew Leslie - Biographical Information

Dr. Drew Leslie, a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, joined the faculty of Colorado State University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance in Fall 2019 as assistant professor of trombone. Prior to CSU, Dr. Leslie was associate professor of trombone at the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University. Active as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician, Dr. Leslie has performance experience across the world in a wide variety of settings. He has played with numerous symphony orchestras across the USA as well as the Jungfrau Music Festival (Switzerland), the Mid-Europe Festival (Austria), the Wiltz Open-Air Festival (Luxembourg), the Festival Veranos de la Villa (Spain), and has been featured in performances at the International Trombone Festival, the American Trombone Workshop, the Big XII Trombone Conference, and the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference. He is currently a member of the Blue Ridge Trombone Quartet, and maintains an active performance schedule across the country. Dr. Leslie received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Trombone Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, his M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, and his B.M. from the University of Michigan. Additionally, he spent four summers studying and performing at the Aspen Music Festival and School, including two as a fellowship student. His primary instructors include Nathaniel Brickens, Per Brevig, Michael Powell, David Jackson, H. Dennis Smith, and Jonathan Holtfreter.

Stanley Curtis - Biographical Information

Stanley Curtis has developed a multi-faceted career as a trumpeter, composer, and early music specialist. After studying at the University of Alabama, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and in the Netherlands on a Fulbright Scholarship, he received his Doctor of Music from Indiana University in 2005. Having retired from a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C., he was appointed to a one-year position in 2018 and then accepted a tenure-track offer in 2019 as assistant professor of trumpet at Colorado State University. Since 2012, he has composed a number of award-winning solo and chamber works featuring the trumpet. Currently, Stanley performs as principal trumpet of the Fort Collins Symphony, and is a member of the CSU Faculty Brass Quintet. In the U.S. Navy Band, he performed hundreds of concerts in the Washington, D.C., area, went on dozens of national and international tours with the Concert/Ceremonial Band, was a member and leader of the U.S. Navy Band Brass Quartet and, as a ceremonial bugler, performed Taps thousands of times at Arlington National Cemetery. He also served as assistant principal trumpet in the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia (in Spain) from 1994- 1997 and as principal trumpet with the Evansville Philharmonic from 1991- 1994. He won third prize at the 1995 Altenburg Baroque Trumpet Competition, in Germany. He was also a concerto competition winner at Indiana University, Brevard Music Camp, and the University of Alabama.

John McGuire - Biographical Information

Dr. John McGuire has a vast array of performance and teaching experiences. He has performed with many orchestras around the country, most notably the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Opera, the Fort Worth Symphony, the New World Symphony in Miami, FL, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and the Florida West Coast Symphony. As a soloist he was awarded the title Yamaha Young Artist, has been a finalist in the American Horn Competition, won several regional solo competitions and has appeared as a guest artist at many workshops, festivals and schools across the United States. With several world-premiere performances to his credit, John is a passionate proponent for the creation of new solo horn literature as well as a sought-after contemporary music performer. Prior to serving on the faculty of CSU, John served as adjunct instructor of Horn at the University of Alabama, Mississippi State University, Appalachian State University, Texas Women's University, the Music Institute of Chicago, and Florida A&M University. In addition, John maintained a private studio of over fifty students in the Dallas/Fort Worth area public school systems for many years where he was also a prominent clinician and adjudicator. John received his D.M.A. and B.M. in Music Performance from the University of Alabama, his M.M. in Performance from Florida State University, and a Performer's Certificate from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago. His major professors were Charles Skip Snead, William Capps, and Dale Clevenger.