School of Music


Dr. Bruce Briney
Bruce Briney

Office Location: Studio(E) Browne Hall
Office Phone: (309) 298-1544
Title: Professor, Trumpet
Visit: Trumpet Studio

Bruce Briney received his musical education from the University of Illinois and Northwestern University where he earned a Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance. His primary teachers (trumpet) include David Hickman and Vincent Cichowicz with additional studies from Arnold Jacobs, Ray Mase, George Vosburgh, Ray Sasaki and Luther Didrickson. At Northwestern, he studied wind conducting with John Paynter and orchestral conducting with Victor Yampolsky.

As the Music Director of the Millar Brass Ensemble (resident brass ensemble at Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern University), Briney recorded and released five compact discs on the Crystal, Koss, Premiere and RMC record labels. During his tenure, the ensemble commissioned over twenty new works for large brass ensemble and performed clinic/concerts at the International Trumpet Guild Convention (1994, 1987), the International Trombone Workshop (1988), the New York Brass Conference (1989), the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Convention (1986), and the Texas Music Educators Convention (1993). In 1990, he became the conductor of the Illinois Brass Band, a community ensemble founded in the English brass band tradition and sponsored by the Boosey and Hawkes Corporation. With his relocation to Macomb and WIU, he co-founded and directed the Macomb Brass Band for five years.

Briney received WIU's Outstanding Teaching Award from the College of Fine Arts and Communication in 2001. distributes his new solo trumpet CD, Time Passages. The Journal of the International Trumpet Guild describes the recording as ". . . beautifully performed in every aspect from tone color to technique."

His articles on the historical development of the trumpet are published in the Journal of the International Trumpet Guild. As a trumpeter, Briney is a member of the Quad Cities Symphony, the Knox-Galesburg Symphony and has performed with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, the Peninsula Music Festival (Door County, WI), the Illinois Philharmonic, Symphony of the Shores, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Spoleto Festival Brass Quintet. Previous teaching positions include Roosevelt University and Bradley University. WIU appointment 1993.