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The world premiere recording by the Temple University Symphony Orchestra and Carol Jantsch of Michael Daugherty’s Reflections on the Mississippi (2013) for tuba and orchestra came out today!

1 day ago on August 21st, 2014 | J | 1 note
Listen to Carol Jantsch being interviewed and playing Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun on Interlochen Public Radio.

Listen to Carol Jantsch being interviewed and playing Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun on Interlochen Public Radio.

2 months ago on June 18th, 2014 | J | 45 notes

Barbara Butler, trumpet

  • Professor of Trumpet, Rice University
  • Soloist with Music of the Baroque, Chicago Chamber Musicians, and Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra
  • Former member, Eastman Brass, Eastman Virtuosi, and the Vancouver and Grant Park Symphony Orchestras
  • Former faculty member: Northwestern University, Eastman School of Music, and University of British Columbia
  • One of the most influential trumpet teachers of the last twenty years


2 months ago on May 28th, 2014 | J | 44 notes

Yes Ma’am! Brass Band

  • From the band: “YM!BB was formed in October 2012 by a group of new and experienced players who just like to make noise and jump around, forever and ever. Amen.”
  • Based in Austin, Texas
  • Members: 
  1. Kate “Low B” Carr - sousaphone
  2. James “Ruthless” Mescall - trumpet
  3. Monica “Monini” Burgin - french horn
  4. Caitlin “Cadillac” Macklin - trombone
  5. Kelly “The Brick” Sloan - trumpet
  6. Savanna “Thunder Thimbles” Adams - washboard
  7. Kelly “Paradiddle” West - snare
  8. Jen “Keepin’ It” Reel - bass drum


3 months ago on May 25th, 2014 | J | 33 notes

Gladys Kirksmith, Trombone (c. 1895-1979)

  • Professional trombonist in the early 1900s
  • Played with her five sisters as part of a group called the “Dainty Half Dozen”
  • Created ”…masterful music rendered without the aid of a man.”


3 months ago on May 22nd, 2014 | J | 24 notes

Erin Yanacek, Trumpet

  • Pittsburgh freelancer
  • Cornet, River City Brass
  • Principal Horn, Canadian Opera Company Orchestra
  • Development Associate for the Pittsburgh Youth Chamber Orchestra
  • Soloist
  • Gave this awesome interview about being a woman brass musician that you should probably read.


3 months ago on May 19th, 2014 | J | 150 notes




3 months ago on May 16th, 2014 | J | 121 notes

Joanna Hersey, Tuba (and euphonium)

  • Founding member, Athena Brass Band
  • Principal Tubist, Carolina Philharmonic and Carolina International Orchestra
  • Member, Alchemy Tuba-Euphonium quartet
  • Former Principal Tubist with the United States Coast Guard Band (she won the position at age 19!)
  • Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • Her solo album, O quam mirabilis, features arrangements of works by female composers.  


3 months ago on May 13th, 2014 | J | 8 notes

Joan Watson, Horn

  • Soloist
  • Principal Horn, Canadian Opera Company Orchestra
  • Founding Member, True North Brass Quintet
  • Former Associate Principal Horn, Toronto Symphony Orchestra (1988- 2002)
  • Former principal horn of the Esprit, Victoria, Pacific Opera and Vancouver Opera orchestras
  • Horn faculty member, Boston Conservatory and University of Toronto
  • She has been a featured soloist at the International Women’s Brass Conference, two International Horn Symposiums, and the International Brass Quintet Symposium in Atlanta
  • Host, IWBC, 2010
  • First woman brass player in the world to be featured on a Yamaha poster  


3 months ago on May 10th, 2014 | J | 44 notes


The Woman Behind The Romantic Movement

Paid My Dues, Volume 1, Issue 5, 1975

"On January 29, 1975, Martha Glare, a French horn player from Claremont, New York, has become the first woman to hold a position in any of the wind sections of the Philadelphia Orchestra."

What a neat piece of history!

EDIT: The horn player in question’s name was actually Martha Glaze, at the time, though she now goes by Martha Glaze Zook. She played with Philadelphia for 10 years. The following is her biography:

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4 months ago on April 10th, 2014 | J | 76 notes