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"We train young musicians to go out and do real things"

- Willie Murillo

Brass and Woodwind Department Head

  • Major prepares Trumpet, Trombone and Saxophone players for a well-rounded career that incorporates studio recording, composition, arrangement and licensing.
  • It also allows players to experience performance opportunities in big band, large and small ensembles.
  • In addition they will do combos which allow them to identify their unique sound.
  • Weekly master classes are required and give students access to learn from legendary performers.
  • Guest lecturers are hand-picked from the biggest names in the studio industry.
  • LACM prepares you for the music industry and what goes beyond school.
  • Music Business subject which allows one to learn the fundamentals of business models and more.
Brass & Woodwind Program Course Catalog

Brass and Woodwind Department Advisory Chair

Gordon Goodwin

Having amassed 21 Grammy nominations, four statues and three Emmy wins, Gordon Goodwin is the most decorated big band leader in the 21st century. He is leader of Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, an internationally known ensemble with a reputation as one of the most exciting large ensembles in jazz.

The BPB has released seven critically acclaimed records, its most recent being Life in the Bubble, which garnered four Grammy Nominations, and won the Grammy for “Best Large Ensemble Album.”

Gordon’s composing for film and television has garnered him three Emmy Awards. He has written and worked with artists like Ray Charles, Christina Aguilera, Johnny Mathis, John Williams, Natalie Cole, David Foster, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme, and Quincy Jones, to name a few. His charts are played all over the world, and along with his method books and CDs, have been a robust source of inspiration and learning for thousands of young musicians.

Goodwin is the host of a popular new radio program called “Phat Tracks with Gordon Goodwin,” airing weekends on KJAZZ, America’s jazz and blues station. His newest recording “An Elusive Man” is due for release in fall 2016.

Brass and Woodwind Faculty

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Brass and Woodwind Application Requirements

  1. 12 major scales
  2. 12 minor scales.
  3. Perform one of the following jazz heads: (play the melody once, solo over the form at least once, then play the head out)
    – Anthropology
    – Confirmation
    – Donna Lee
    – Scrapple from the Apple
    – Ornithology

Perform a classical etude (Approximately 2:30 in length)