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About Bruce C. Briney
Bruce Briney pursues a creative life that intersects the worlds of conducting, performing and teaching. As a music professor at Western Illinois University, he was selected as the Music Director of the Quincy Symphony in 2007 commencing with the organization’s 60th anniversary season. His background in conducting covers a variety of genres that include symphony orchestra, opera, wind ensemble, concert band, brass ensemble and brass band.
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. At Northwestern, his conducting teachers and mentors included John Paynter and Victor Yampolsky. His primary teachers in trumpet were David Hickman and Vincent Cichowicz with additional studies from Arnold Jacobs, Ray Mase, Charles Geyer, George Vosburgh, Ray Sasaki and Luther Didrickson.
Commercial recordings of Briney’s work as a conductor and soloist are represented on the Crystal, Koss, Premiere and RMC labels and distributed by Amazon. He has performed and presented at conferences and conventions throughout the nation including the International Trumpet Guild Convention, the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the, the Texas Music Educators Convention, the Trombone Workshop, the New York Brass Conference, North American Association of Brass Bands, and regional College Music Society meetings.
This fall marks the start of Briney’s seventeenth year as a music professor at Western Illinois University. He received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the College of Fine Arts and Communication in 2001. His students are frequent finalists and winners in the National Trumpet Competition, International Trumpet Guild Orchestra Competition, MTNA state and regional solo competitions and the School of Music Concerto Competition. Recent projects include contributions to Luis Loubriel’s book Back to Basics, a focused study on the life and teachings of brass pedagogue Vincent Cichowicz. He and his wife Robin, live in Macomb with their two children Paul and Elizabeth and a golden retriever named Bess.