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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James Land

Office: Studio (A), Browne Hall


Dr. Land is an active performer throughout the Midwest and East Coast and has performed with many ensembles; including the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Dayton (OH) Philharmonic, and the Saint Louis Low Brass Collective, among others. Additionally, Dr. Land has performed as a soloist with numerous ensembles, to include the Western Illinois University Wind Ensemble, the University of Memphis Wind Ensemble, the University of Georgia Wind Ensemble, the Saint Louis Low Brass Collective, and has presented recitals and masterclasses at many colleges and universities. Dr. Land serves on the faculty of the WIU Summer Music Institute, and has also served both as a Brass Teaching Assistant and on faculty at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, Michigan.

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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.