Brassfest 2022

Brassfest 2022

The annual Brassfest is an event hosted by the WIU brass faculty and the BCA. The day features performances by the WIU Faculty Brass Quintet and special guest artists, the Blair Brass. Additionally, instrumental masterclasses, clinics, and opportunities to play will be included.


  • When: Sunday, January 23; 2:30 - 9 pm
  • Location: COFAC Recital Hall, Western Illinois University
  • Cost: $25 admission to all events; $10 admission to evening concert only

Event Schedule

  • 2:30 - 3:15: La Moine Brass Quintet Recital
  • 3:30 - 4:15: Reading sessions, by instrument
  • 4:30 - 5:30: Blair Brass Quintet Masterclass
  • - break for dinner -
  • 7:30: Blair Brass Quintet Recital


Blair Brass (Vanderbilt University)

The Blair Brass Quintet, founded in 1995, has concertized throughout the Southeast and is very involved in exposing young people to their music through school concerts. Their repertoire ranges from traditional to contemporary. The members of the ensemble provide private instruction, coach chamber music, teach orchestral technique, and conduct brass seminars. The Blair Brass Quintet's members are: Jose Sibaja, trumpet; Jeff Bailey, trumpet; Leslie Norton, horn; Jeremy Wilson, trombone; and Gilbert Long, tuba.

La Moine Brass Quintet (Western Illinois University)

The La Moine Brass Quintet was formed in 1992, becoming the resident faculty brass quintet of the School of Music of Western Illinois University the following year. Quintet members include Bruce Briney, trumpet; Jena Gardner, horn; John Mindeman, trombone; and James Land, tuba. These WIU faculty musicians bring together performance experience in over 25 professional orchestras in North, Central, and South America. Each year the ensemble also includes a graduate assistant in trumpet. Second-year Master's degree student, Caylan Laundrie, currently completes the group.