The La Moine Brass Quintet


The La Moine Brass Quintet

The La Moine Brass Quintet

The La Moine Brass Quintet is the resident faculty brass quintet of the School of Music of Western Illinois University. Quintet members include Nicole Gillotti, trumpet; Jena Gardner, horn; Jett Walker, trombone; and James Land, tuba.

These WIU faculty musicians hold illustrious careers in orchestral, chamber, and solo performance with international recognition. The quintet is completed by Rebecca Hari, trumpet studio graduate assistant and first-year master's degree student.

The LBQ performs regularly on the WIU School of Music's Faculty Chamber Music Series, often premiering several original compositions and arrangements, and has presented clinics and performances at universities, high schools, and conferences throughout the country. Additionally, the quintet hosts the annual WIU Brassfest. This on-campus event welcomes area brass musicians for a day of musical enrichment featuring guest artists such as the Boston Brass, the American Brass Quintet, the Dallas Brass, and the Louisville Brass Quintet, as well as musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Brassfest 2024

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

The La Moine Brass Quintet - Members


Nicole Gillotti, DMA
Assistant Professor of Trumpet
Browne Studio E


Jena Gardner, DMA
Assistant Professor of Horn
Browne Studio D
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Jett Walker, DMA
Assistant Professor of Trombone
Browne Studio C
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James Land, DMA
Assistant Professor of Tuba
Browne Studio A
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Work with the Quintet

The La Moine Brass Quintet is committed to the education and development of young musicians, and welcomes the opportunity to work with music educators and their ensembles in the following areas:

  • Side-by-side playing in ensemble rehearsals
  • Fundamental concepts of brass playing
  • Individual coaching of solo literature for brass players
  • Choosing brass quintet music
  • Developing a brass quintet within a high school
  • Preparing for a solo performance or audition
  • Brass sectional rehearsals
  • Career opportunities available in music

If you are a music educator interested in hosting the quintet at your school, please contact us at