| The KSU Student Brass Quintet
The Kansas State University Student Brass Quintet will travel
to Lichtenberg, Germany in June of 2004 to take part in the Ensemblekurs
und Workshop für Blechbläser. This international chamber
music festival commemorates the life and work of Henri Marteau,
a violinist of world status during the late 1800s and first three
decades of the 20th century. In 1910, Marteau purchased a villa
outside of Lichtenberg in Upper Franconia because of its central
location within Europe, and because of his happy memories of the
area from his childhood. Until his death in 1934, Marteau taught
students from all over the world at Haus Marteau. His legacy of
musical achievement and concern for developing musicians formed
the cornerstone of the Haus Marteau Master Courses, a tradition
since 1982. For more information on summer courses at Haus Marteau
In August of 2003, more than forty brass players auditioned for
the opportunity to participate in this brass quintet. The quintet
will perform two full recitals and make numerous other appearances
as part of their preparation to go to Germany. The group's primary
coach, Gary Mortenson, will travel with the students to Haus Marteau
where he will coach participating quintets from Europe. Mortenson
is associate professor of trumpet and Chair of Graduate Studies
at KSU, and serves as Publications Editor for the International
Trumpet Guild. Additional coaches include KSU faculty Paul Hunt
(professor of trombone), Jacqueline Fassler-Kerstetter (assistant
professor of horn), and Steven Maxwell (instructor of tuba). Mortenson
commissioned Jukka Viitasaari from Finland and James Niblock from
the United States to write two original works for the student quintet,
to be premiered during the 2003-04 academic year.
During the workshop the quintet will appear in two recitals, rehearse
and perform with two other quintets from Europe, and be coached
by the Rekkenze Brass, a professional quintet of international status
from Germany. The Rekkenze Brass includes: Peter Knudsvig and Benjamin
Sebald-trumpets, Debra Luttrell-horn, René Jampen-trombone,
and Rainer Streit-tuba.
The KSU Student Brass Quintet
Trumpeter David Montgomery is a second year master's level student.
He came to Kansas from North Carolina where he graduated from the
University of North Carolina at Greensboro. David taught for several
years at East Gaston High School in Mt. Holly, NC.
Trumpeter Kari Brooks is a freshman music education major. While
in high school she was a three-year member of the Kansas All-State
Band, and a four-year member of her District Honor Band. Kari would
like to teach trumpet on the university level.
Hornist Crystal Lee is a junior majoring in math with a minor in
music. Crystal won the 2003 Regional Music Teachers National Association's
Wind Competition. She enjoys running, teaching horn, and would like
to teach math at the college level.
Trombonist Ben Deaver is a senior in music education. In addition
to trombone, Ben enjoys playing piano, guitar, and singing. Plans
after graduation range from teaching, to preaching, to overseas
Tubist Rich Kimball is a sophomore majoring in music performance.
He performs with the KSU Symphony Band, Concert Jazz Ensemble, and
Brass Ensemble, and hopes one day to play tuba in a major symphony
Haus Marteau (in French,
German and English)
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