Music Department

Brass Festival

15th Annual Northwest College Brass Festival
Saturday, September 16, 2017



Visiting Artists

Dr. Micah Everett - Low Brass

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Micah Everett is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Mississippi, where he teaches applied trombone, euphonium, and tuba, conducts the trombone ensemble and tuba-euphonium ensemble, and teaches the undergraduate low brass methods course as well as graduate courses in brass literature and brass pedagogy. A Mississippi native, Everett was first trombonist in the Mississippi Lions All-State Band before attending Delta State University, where he received the Bachelor of Music Education degree, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he received both the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. His primary low brass teachers at the university level were Randy Kohlenberg, Dennis AsKew, and Edward R. Bahr. Prior to joining the Ole Miss faculty in 2012, Everett held teaching positions at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, the University of Northern Iowa, Elon University, and UNCG.

A talented multi-instrumentalist, Everett performs regularly as a solo or ensemble musician on alto, tenor, and bass trombones, euphonium, and tuba in a variety of genres. He is currently principal trombonist in the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, trombonist in the Mississippi Brass Quintet, bass trombonist in the Great River Trombone Quartet, and an S.E. Shires trombone artist. (Read More...)

Andrew Mrozinsky - Trumpet

Andrew Mrozinsky teaches private lessons in trumpet, Introduction to Music, and World Music at LCCC. He holdAndrew-Mrozinsky_croppeds a B.A. in Music with a specification in trumpet from Central Washington University and an M.A. in Music from Illinois State University.

He has been a successful private trumpet instructor all over the country, including his home state of Wyoming but also in Washington state, New York City, and central Illinois. Mrozinsky has guest instructed trumpet master classes, and worked with chamber brass ensembles as well. He currently performs with the Colorado Wind Ensemble in Denver, and freelances in the Denver metropolitan and Cheyenne areas as a performer and teacher. He has previously played with the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble, the Greenwich Village Orchestra, and gigged as a freelance trumpet player in New York City.

Dr. Amy Laursen - French Horn

Dr. Amy Laursen joined the University of South Dakota in the fall 2017. As Adjunct Professor in the musicLaursen - website department she teaches Written Theory and an online section of World’s Music. Previously, Dr. Laursen was the applied Horn Instructor at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR. There she taught applied horn, music theory and music education courses, and coordinated the annual HSU Elementary Music Workshop. While at HSU, Dr. Laursen regularly performed with the HSU Faculty Brass Trio, Faculty Brass Quintet, Faculty Woodwind Quintet, Natural State Brass Band, â€ªthe Orchestra of New Spain where she played natural horn, and substituted with the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

In the fall of 2015, Dr. Laursen completed her DMA in Horn Performance from University of North Texas where she studied with Dr. William Scharnberg. Her dissertation, Determining the Authenticity of the Concerto for Two Horns, WoO. 19, Attributed to Ferdinand Ries hopes to bring recognition to the relatively unknown work. Additionally, while at UNT she performed and recorded with the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Baroque Orchestra, Opera program, and in the Center for Chamber Brass Quintet. As a teaching fellow at UNT, Dr. Laursen taught brass methods and in the horn studio and was heavily involved in the Music and Medicine program working with Dr. Kris Chesky. Dr. Laursen received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Wyoming in 2006 and a master’s in Horn Performance from UNT in 2008. Before returning to UNT to begin her doctoral degree in the fall of 2010, she taught elementary general music, band, and orchestra for two years in Wyoming. She has taught private lessons in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, in Arkansas, and South Dakota.

Dr. Laursen is happily married to Dr. R. Todd Cranson, and together they have a dog, Joey. She enjoys gardening, yoga, and cooking.


2017Fall Brass Fest Schedule


**NEW THIS YEAR** Online Registration. Please use the button below to register for this event.



Open at 11:00 AM with various times throughout the day for trying out horns and brass accessories and music.
Music Industry display of trumpets, accessories and trumpet literature provided by Tom Bibbey Music.
Additional compositions and arrangements for brass provided by Ken Friedric of KFS Publishing

Festival Ensembles

The festival will include trumpet and trombone ensembles and a mixed brass ensemble made up of festival participants. We are hoping to bring together over 75 players this year to perform works written for both large ensembles. Don't miss this opportunity!

To obtain rehearsal copies of the music click on the trombone icon web link below. Parts will be assigned at the Brass Festival.

Ensemble Rehearsal:

Saturday, September 16th
4:00 - 5:30 PM (required!) Nelson Performing Arts Auditorium


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The Brass Festival is supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Robert Rumbolz
Associate Professor of Music


Rick Parmer
Adjunct Brass Instructor