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Press Release : Jan 4, 2016

UF Hosts First-Ever International Brass Festival January 23-25, 2016

The University of Florida (UF) School of Music is pleased to present the 2016 International Brass Festival: Year of the Trumpet at the UF School of Music January 23-25, 2016 in Gainesville, Florida. The three-day event will feature internationally recognized guest artists Jens Lindemann, Roger Blackburn, Luis Araya, Joe Jamerson, the Potsdam Brass Quintet, and the Gainesville Brass Quintet. The festival, which is free and open to the public, includes numerous master classes and recitals and is open to musicians of all ages.

Attendants are encouraged to bring their instruments to participate in a “Back to Basics” warm-up session with UF School of Music Assistant Professor of Trumpet Randolph Lee to kick off the festival. There will also be numerous opportunities for attendees to work on music and fundamentals with the guest artists during their master classes.

“Soloists, orchestral trumpeters, chamber musicians, scholars, educators, freelancers and others will come together to perform, demonstrate and discuss the different career opportunities for young musicians, as well as the skills needed to be successful in whatever they pursue,” said Lee, host of the festival. “If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the trumpet, be inspired by great playing or observe what happens when you gather a bunch of trumpet players into one room, come to this event.”

Schedule of Events:

  • Saturday, January 23, 9 a.m., Steinbrenner Band Building: Warm-up with Dr. Randolph Lee
  • Saturday, January 23, 10 a.m., Steinbrenner Band Building: Life on the Road Master Class with Luis Araya
  • Saturday, January 23, 11 a.m., Steinbrenner Band Building: Music and Entrepreneurship Master Class with the Gainesville Brass Quintet
  • Saturday, January 23, 11:45 a.m., Steinbrenner Band Building: Music with an Outside Field Master Class with Joe Jamerson
  • Saturday, January 23, 1 p.m., Steinbrenner Band Building: Brass Chamber Music Master Class with the Potsdam Brass Quintet
  • Saturday, January 23, 2 p.m., Steinbrenner Band Building: Orchestral Trumpet Master Class with Roger Blackburn
  • Saturday, January 23, 3 p.m., University Auditorium: Potsdam Brass Quintet Recital
  • Saturday, January 23, 5 p.m., Music Building, Room 101: Trumpet Celebration Concert with Guest Artists
  • Sunday, January 24, 7:30 p.m., Music Building, Room 101: Closing Concert with Jens Lindemann
  • Monday, January 25, 12:50 p.m., University Auditorium: Solo Trumpet Master Class with Jens Lindemann   

The 2016 International Brass Festival is supported in part by Cannonball Musical Instruments, SUNY Potsdam, UF Bands, UF School of Music and the UF Office of Research.

To read about this year’s guest artists and to learn more, visit Join the conversation online by using #BrassFestUF.

About the School of Music
The School of Music is one of the University of Florida College of the Arts’ three institutionally-accredited schools. The School of Music plays an important role in the academic life of the University and the community. The school’s programs provide broad-based instruction in performance, composition, history and literature and music disciplines, through a strong curriculum as well as through professional experiences such as ensembles and internships. UF students also have the opportunity to join more than a dozen music ensembles, including jazz bands, the University Choir, the University Symphony Orchestra and the “Pride of the Sunshine” Fightin’ Gator Marching Band. To learn more, visit

About the College of the Arts
The College of the Arts is one of the 16 colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. The College of the Arts offers baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its three institutionally-accredited schools — the School of Art + Art History, School of Music and School of Theatre + Dance. The college is home to the Center for Arts in Medicine, Center for Arts and Public Policy, Center for World Arts, Digital Worlds Institute, University Galleries and the New World School of the Arts in Miami. More than 100 faculty members and approximately than 1,200 students work together daily to engage, inspire and create. The college hosts more than 300 performances, exhibitions and events each year. Faculty and students also exhibit and perform at other local, national and international venues. To learn more, visit

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