School of Music

The La Moine Brass Quintet - Members


Bruce Briney
Office: Studio(E) Browne Hall

Professor of Trumpet at Western Illinois University, and Music Director of the Quincy (IL) Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Bruce Briney pursues a diverse career as a studio teacher, performer and conductor. Commercial recordings of Briney's work as a conductor and instrumental soloist are represented on the Crystal, Koss, Premiere, Ravello and RMC labels and distributed by Amazon. 

He is a recent contributor to Mike Cichowicz and Mark Dulin's Vincent Cichowicz Flow Studies and a collaborator on the recording release of James Stephenson's The Devil's Tale for the Ravello label. 

He has performed and presented at conferences and conventions throughout the nation including the International Trumpet Guild Convention, Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, Texas Music Educators Convention, New York Brass Conference, North American Association of Brass Bands, and College Music Society meetings.

Dr. Briney received a BM (1982) from the University of Illinois and MM (1983) and DMA (1997) from Northwestern University. His primary teachers were Vincent Cichowicz and David Hickman.

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Randall Faust
Office: 126A Browne Hall


Randall Faust is a Professor of Music at Western Illinois University, and Hornist of the Camerata Woodwind Quintet and LaMoine Brass Quintet.  In addition, he has taught classes in music theory and brass pedagogy, as well as directing the Western Illinois University Brass Ensembles.   Dr. Faust’s previous teaching experience includes The National Music Camp/Interlochen Arts Camp, where he served as Conductor of the Sunday Morning Brass Choir, Auburn University, where he was the Conductor of the Auburn Brass as well as Hornist of the Auburn Faculty Brass Quintet, and The Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, where he was Hornist of the Shenandoah Woodwind Quintet and Brass Quintets. 

He has served the International Horn Society in a variety of roles including Composition Contest Coordinator, Advisory Council Member, Secretary, President, and as Host of the 41st International Symposium, which was held at Western Illinois University in 2009. 

In addition, he has hosted the Western Illinois Horn Festival every year since 2002.  Furthermore, Dr. Faust is active as a composer of music for brass instruments.  He has written over 40 works featuring brass instruments that have been performed in venues from Carnegie Hall to the National Gallery of Art to the Symposia of the various International Brass Societies.

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John Mindeman
Office: Browne Hall

John Mindeman has enjoyed a varied career as a trombonist, teacher, arranger and composer. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Opera Theater, the Millar Brass Ensemble, the Orquesta Filarmonica de Santiago, Chile, and many others. His arrangements have been played and recorded by the Chicago Brass Quintet, Monarch Brass, the Millar Brass Ensemble, and Tower Brass of Chicago. His compositions include works for brass ensemble, string trio, string quartet, and mixed chamber ensembles.

Mr. Mindeman holds degrees in trombone performance from Wheaton College, American Conservatory of Music and Northern Illinois University. He has taught at Roosevelt University, Northern Illinois University, Birch Creek Music Performance Center, and is currently Associate Professor of Trombone and Euphonium at Western Illinois University.

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Catherine Sharp

Catherine Sharp is a Master's student at Western Illinois University where she is earning her degree in trumpet performance. She plays second trumpet in the WIU LaMoine Brass Quintet.

She completed her undergraduate at Southeast Missouri State University, also in trumpet performance. Catherine has competed in state competitions such as MTNA and has received second and third place during three years of her undergraduate career. This year, she was named a winner of the WIU Concerto and Aria Competition.

Catherine enjoys playing second trumpet in the Qunicy Symphony Orchestra. She is involved in several school ensembles and is being trained in several musical genres and styles.


Terry Solomonson
Office: Studio (A), Browne Hall

Terry Solomonson is Associate Professor of Tuba at Western Illinois University. He is currently principal tubist with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and Opera Illinois. Dr. Solomonson has performed with the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, the Kentucky Opera Orchestra, the New Louisville Brass Quintet, the Owensboro Symphony, the Bloomington-Normal Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony and the Knox-Galesburg Symphony Orchestra.

He has performed as soloist with the Louisville Orchestra, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and many university and high school bands. His jazz experience has included performances with Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich and Louis Bellson.

As an educator, Dr. Solomonson has served for several years as artist-in-residence at Maple Mount Music Camp, WIU’s own Summer Music Institute, and as a summer clinician at Chautauqua Institute, Middle Tennessee State University, Bradley University, Kentucky Wesleyan University, Hanover College, and others.

Dr. Solomonson hold degrees from Murray State University, the University of Louisville and the University of Illinois.

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