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Baylor Brass perform Feb. 6

BOONE—The Baylor Brass from Baylor University’s School of Music will perform Feb. 6 at Appalachian State University. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert. The free performance is sponsored by the Hayes School of Music.

View larger imageThe Baylor Brass brings its distinctive sound to Appalachian State University for a Feb. 6 performance. (Photo submitted)

The quintet’s members are Wiff Rudd, Mark Schubert, Jeffrey Powers, Brent Phillips and Kent Eshelman, all members of Baylor’s music faculty.

Rudd is a professor of trumpet. A founding member of Rhythm & Brass, Rudd also is an active soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. He has performed and presented master classes at more than 300 universities on five continents and for venues such as the NY Brass Conference, the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute, the International Trumpet Guild conferences, the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Brevard Music Center, the Great American Brass Band Festival and the National Trumpet Competition.

Schubert, a member of the Baylor Brass since 2009, teaches applied trumpet and brass method courses and coaches chamber music. He had a 33-year tenure with the Honolulu Symphony. Schubert is a founding member of the Honolulu Brass, a resident chamber ensemble with Chamber Music Hawaii. He has taught applied trumpet at the University of Hawaii and he has been a faculty member of the Brevard Music Festival since 1994. He has performed with many professional music organizations including the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Opera Company of Boston, the Filarmonica de las Americas, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony and the Waco Symphony.

Powers is an associate professor of horn at Baylor. He was second horn in The Hong Kong Philharmonic, second horn in the New Jersey Symphony, fourth horn in the Philharmonic of Caracas, Venezuela, and fourth horn and Wagner tuba in The Cleveland Orchestra. He played principal horn for 16 years with the Royal Philharmonic of Flanders, Antwerp, Belgium. Presently Powers is principal horn with the Waco Symphony Orchestra and the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra.

Phillips is associate professor of trombone at Baylor. Most recently, he was assistant principal trombone of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band in Washington, D.C., and was principal trombone of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra for 15 years. He currently is principal trombone of the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra and principal trombone of the Waco Symphony Orchestra in Texas. Phillips soloed with the “President’s Own” on 30 separate occasions and has been a featured soloist with the Harrisburg Symphony.

Eshelman is the tuba/euphonium professor at Baylor. He has won first place in numerous national and international solo competitions, including the Leonard Falcone and Jeju (Korea) international competitions, and he regularly appears as soloist at regional, national and international conferences. As a jazz muscian, Eshelman has performed as soloist with the U.S. Army Blues and can be heard on the jazz tuba CD, “Life Is Good” (PKO Records).

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