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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Jena Gardner
Office: 126A Browne Hall 

Jena Gardner, DMA, is the Assistant Professor of Horn at Western Illinois University. In addition to teaching, she is an active soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player throughout the state of Illinois and the United States. Dr. Gardner has performed extensively around the world including tours in Europe, Mexico, Japan, and the United States. She has been a guest section member with the Chicago Lyric Opera, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, Steamboat Springs Festival Orchestra horn sections and was acting 2nd and 4th horn of the Louisiana Philharmonic orchestra for the 2012 and 2013 seasons respectively.

Dr. Gardner is a passionate chamber musician and can be heard performing with the faculty ensembles at WIU: the Camerata Woodwind Quintet and the Lamoine Brass Quintet.
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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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Mark Lipinski

Graduate trumpet student Mark Lipinski is second trumpet in the La moine Brass Quintet. He is currently a Master's student at Western Illinois University School of Music studying trumpet performance. Mark came to WIU from Wisconsin, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Music from Carthage College in Kenosha.

Recently, Mr. Lipinski hosted a solo recital entitled "Nightsongs" featuring the Flügelhorn solo of the same name along with several other pieces for Bb trumpet and C trumpet. Mr. Lipinski has performed in various locations such as the Chicago Symphony Center as well as band festivals and competitions in Florida, California, and Canada.

He has toured both locally and internationally with the Carthage Wind Orchestra across the Midwest and Japan. Mr. Lipinski has had the privilege of being a member of several quintets, musical pits, and large ensembles. He is currently involved in numerous instrumental ensembles including the Quincy (IL) Symphony Orchestra.


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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