College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

Brass and Percussion

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. Please visit the Ensembles page for more information. We hope that you will consider joining us - we look forward to being a part of your success!

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

Justin Bartels
Lecturer, Trumpet

Carl Dixon
Instructor, Percussion

Mike Tetreault
Instructor, Percussion

More Information on the Brass and Percussion Department

Undergraduate Degrees >>

  • Bachelor of Music in Performance
  • Bachelor of Music in Performance with an Emphasis in Jazz Studies (Trumpet and Trombone only)
  • Bachelor of Music Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music

Graduate Degrees >>

  • Master of Music in Performance
  • Master of Music in Performance and Pedagogy
  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Pedagogy

Options for Non-Majors >>

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