School of Music

Brassfest 2024


The Western Illinois University Brassfest is an annual event hosted by the La Moine Brass Quintet. The day features performances instrumental masterclasses, clinics, and opportunities throughout for attendees to play!


  • When: Saturday, April 13, 2024 | 9AM-4PM
  • Location: COFAC Recital Hall, Western Illinois University
  • Cost:
    $30 general registration
    $10 student registration*
    *Registration is not required for WIU students and staff

Event Schedule

9:00 AM Check in
9:30 AM Welcome: La Moine Brass Quintet
10:00 AM Group Warm Ups (trumpet, horn, trombone & euphonium/tuba)
11:00 AM High School and College Masterclasses
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Special Topics in Brass Playing
2:00 PM Brass Choir Reading
2:45 PM Break
3:00 PM Final Concert


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.