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The Bachelor of Music in Performance in Trumpet, Trombone or Saxophone is a professional degree in contemporary music designed for students wishing to pursue a career in the music industry.

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Music program in Brass and Woodwind Performance, students will:
  • Develop the skills necessary to be successful in a recording environment by auditing and participating in recording sessions for film and television & recording artists
  • Develop technical proficiency, endurance, proper tone production and sound quality on their instrument
  • Gain practical experience on their appropriate “doubles”. Brass students will perform on Keyed instruments: C, D, Eb & Piccolo Trumpet, Tenor, Bass Trombones & Euphonium. Woodwind students will perform on Alto, tenor & bari saxophones as well as flute & clarinet
  • Perform in diverse ensembles both contemporary and traditional. These include but are not limited to: big bands, classical chamber groups, wind ensembles and combos in a variety of genres (Jazz, Rock & pop, Gospel, Funk/R&B, Brazilian and Afro Cuban)
  • Have proficient keyboard and theory knowledge (composing, arranging and transcribing), be knowledgeable of the business of music, understand music tech and be completely literate in the field of music
  • Have the ability to improvise, including soloing in a variety of musical styles and settings

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” was released in fall of 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)