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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 & Woodwind Performance, students will:

  1. Display mastery of tone, intonation and technical facility on their instrument and appropriate doubles.
  2. Be prepared to improvise in all styles (Jazz, Rock & pop, Gospel, Funk/R&B, Brazilian and Afro Cuban) using a thorough command of theory and style-appropriate vocabulary.
  3. Have extensive experience performing with both large and small ensembles, demonstrating an ability to interact with other musicians, be dependable section players, take direction, follow a conductor, and lead their own projects.
  4. Have a solid foundation in core music literacy: functional keyboard skills, arranging techniques, ear training and pedagogy.
  5. Be prepared for the current music industry: demonstrate competencies in music technology, music business, and marketing skills essential to today’s complete artist.
  6. Be able to effectively mentor and have a meaningful impact on developing musicians. Have a firm grasp of rehearsal techniques, pedagogy, and clinic presentation in service of teaching musicians of all backgrounds and experience levels.

Program PacingAudition Requirements

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)