Brass and Percussion

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    Welcome to Brass and Percussion at CU-Boulder!

Welcome to Brass and Percussion at CU-Boulder! We are home to five full-time professors and two adjuncts and focus on the areas of horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba and percussion.

Our faculty members can be heard regularly throughout the U.S. and abroad as soloists, chamber musicians and orchestral performers. With these activities, the faculty is dedicated to bringing a wealth of current knowledge to their pedagogy. Regular visits by world-renowned guest artists complement and further enhance students’ educational experience. Recent guests include the American Brass Quintet, Ian Bousfield, Karin Bliznik, Julie Landsman and many others each year.

Graduates of the Brass and Percussion program at CU-Boulder hold positions in orchestras, military ensembles, chamber groups, colleges and universities and public school music programs around the world. Recent successes include positions in the Louisiana Philharmonic, U.S. Army Field Band, New World Symphony, Sarajevo Philharmonic and many more. Additionally, students have been admitted to prestigious graduate schools and have been successful in major competitions including Fischoff, Falcone and others.

As a student pursuing an undergraduate or advanced degree in brass and percussion, you will receive private lessons and small group coaching in solo, chamber, orchestral and jazz repertoire. You'll also have the opportunity to participate in other, larger ensembles on the CU-Boulder campus. We hope that you will consider joining us; we look forward to being a part of your success!

View the Brass Proficiency Examination Policy.

Department Faculty

William Stanley
Chair, Brass and Percussion Studies
Associate Professor of Trombone
Michael Dunn
Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium
Terry Sawchuk
Associate Professor of Trumpet
Michael Thornton
Associate Professor of Horn
Douglas Walter
Professor of Percussion and Jazz
Justin Bartels
Lecturer, Trumpet
Carl Dixon
Instructor, Percussion
Mike Tetreault
Instructor, Percussion