Brass and Percussion

The Band Program at the University of Texas Arlington is a comprehensive program encompassing all types of performing organizations and opportunities. In our three concert ensembles and marching band, we strive to provide positive musical opportunities that are important for those students who are preparing for careers in music as well as those non-majors who simply enjoy performing. No matter what your major, you will find the UTA Bands to be a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

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The Brass and Percussion Area

Music majors of all concentrations study with our faculty and can participate in any of our ensemble offerings. Brass and Percussion undergraduates may major in music performance, music education, music business/media, music theory, or composition. Graduates may major in music education, conducting, or performance. Private instruction is offered on all brass and percussion instruments by our faculty of artist-teachers, many of whom hold prestigious performance posts in the region.

Faculty

Dr. Douglas Stotter, D.M.A. University of Iowa

Department of Music

Professor, Director of Bands, Brass and Percussion Area Coordinator

Area: Conducting, Bands, Brass and Percussion

Douglas Stotter

Email: dstotter@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2442

Office: FA 237

Bio: Dr. Douglas Stotter is Director of Bands, Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Brass/Percussion Area in the UTA Music Department. He conducts the Wind Symphony and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting and wind literature courses while overseeing all aspects of the band program. He is active as conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States and most recently in China, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Prior to his appointment at UTA, Dr. Stotter served for seven years as Assistant Director of Bands at Indiana University, where he conducted the Concert and Symphonic Bands and taught advanced undergraduate and graduate instrumental conducting courses in the IU School of Music. Previously, Dr. Stotter was Director of Bands and head of instrumental music education at Valdosta State University, where he conducted the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Marching Band and taught courses in conducting, marching band techniques and secondary instrumental methods. Dr. Stotter has also served as Director of Bands at the University of Missouri-Rolla, Doane College in Nebraska and at Galesburg (Illinois) High School. Dr. Stotter's textbook, Methods and Materials for Conducting, was published in 2006 by GIA Publications and is now in use at numerous universities across the country. His other publications include contributions to the text Teaching Music Through Performance in Band (Volumes 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9), as well as research into the history of Edwin Franko Goldman and the Goldman Band published in the Journal of Band Research. His arrangement for concert band of songs by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Three Dorset Songs, was published in 2003 by Daehn Music and performed in 2004 at the Midwest Clinic. His latest arrangement, a setting of Percy Grainger's Sussex Mummer's Christmas Carol, was published in 2006 by Daehn Music. Dr. Stotter also served for 9 years as Editor of the College Band Directors National Association Report. Dr. Stotter received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music education from The University of Michigan and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from The University of Iowa. He is a member of the Conductors Guild, the Music Educators National Conference, the National Band Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Texas Music Educators Association and is an active member of the College Band Directors National Association, serving on the National Executive Board as treasurer. He is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma chapters at Indiana University, the University of Missouri-Rolla, Valdosta State University and the University of Michigan.

Dr. Chris Evans, D.M.A. University of Oklahoma

Department of Music

Assistant Professor in Practice, Associate Director of Bands, Director of the Maverick Marching Band

Area: Marching Band, Winds and Percussion

Chris Evans

Email: christopher.evans@uta.edu

Office: FA 314

Bio: Dr. Chris Evans is the Associate Director of Bands and Director of the Maverick Marching Band at UTA. In addition to the marching band, Dr. Evans teaches the Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, Marching Band Techniques, and Instrumental Methods and Materials. Previously, Dr. Evans was the Associate Director of Bands at Flower Mound High School. While at Flower Mound, he primarily taught the Concert Band and the JV marching band while assisting with all other aspects of the program. Dr. Evans also served as Assistant Director of Bands at Juan Seguin High School and was a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma. While at OU he assisted with the concert ensembles, the Pride of Oklahoma marching band, and conducted the women’s basketball band for 2 years. Before graduate school, he taught middle school in Georgia for three years. Dr. Evans, a native of Birmingham, Alabama earned his Bachelors of Music Education from Auburn University. He earned his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Oklahoma. His professional associations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (honorary), and Tau Beta Sigma (honorary).

Dr. Rick Bogard, D.M.A. University of North Texas

Department of Music

Professor

Area: Trumpet

Rick Bogard

Email: bogard@uta.edu

Office: FA 246

Bio: Rick Bogard has been heralded by the American Record Guide for his “... sweet tone quality; reliable in all registers, his pitch is excellent, and he plays with feeling.” In a review of his solo CD Trumpet Songs, The Journal of the International Trumpet Guild stated: “…brilliantly performs…displays an enviable purity of sound and an exceptionally consistent sense of lyricism as he weaves poetic lines that ebb and flow with expressive energy.” Bogard is a tenured Professor of Music at University of Texas at Arlington, where he has been on the faculty since 1990. He served the university as Chair of the Department of Music from 2012 to 2018. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trumpet performance from the University of North Texas, a master’s degree from Baylor University, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Central Arkansas. His teachers include Ronald Fox, Thomas Booth, John J. Haynie, and Leonard Candelaria. Bogard has been a member of the Dallas Opera Orchestra since 1989 and served as principal trumpet of the orchestra during the 1993-94 season. During his tenure with the Dallas Opera, he has performed on over 700 performances, including three world premieres and several recordings. He played first trumpet on Verdi’s Othello in the inaugural opera performance in Dallas’ Winspear Opera Hall. He has recorded Mahler, Shostakovich, and Respighi on six CDs with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and participated with the DSO in opening concerts of the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. Bogard was a founding member of the Dallas Wind Symphony (now Dallas Winds) and has been a member of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the Waco Symphony Orchestra. He has toured with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and has been a soloist with the Texas Wind Symphony, the UT Arlington Wind Ensemble and the UT Arlington Symphony Orchestra. Bogard has performed and held master classes throughout the United States and in Mexico, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Russia, and Sweden. He has performed and presented at the International Trumpet Guild Conference, the MENC National Convention, Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, and the College Music Society National Convention. Bogard has written an etude book for trumpet titled “Daily Warm-Ups and Skills Studies”, published by Gore Publishing Company. His 2002 Research Enhancement Grant from the University of Texas at Arlington produced a solo CD, Trumpet Songs. (Centaur Records) Rick Bogard is currently an Artist/Clinician for the Vincent Bach trumpet division of the Conn-Selmer Corporation. His bio is included in David Hickman’s book “Trumpet Greats”, a biographical compendium of 2,212 important trumpeters since the year 1542. Rick lives in Dallas with wife Kathy and shih-tzu Katie, where he is an avid but mediocre golfer.

Dennis Bubert, M.M. Southern Methodist University

Department of Music

Senior Lecturer

Area: Trombone

Dennis Bubert

Email: dbubert@uta.edu

Office: FA 250

Bio: Dennis Bubert, trombone, teaches applied trombone, brass class, and conducts the trombone choir at UTA. He previously taught at Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas. His former students hold positions in major and regional orchestras, military bands, and schools and universities across the United States. Mr. Bubert is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University and has done post-graduate study at the University of North Texas. His principal teachers include Edward Kleinhammer and Arnold Jacobs, both long-time members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Mr. Bubert has been the bass trombonist of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra since 1981. He previously held the same post in the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and has performed with virtually every major ensemble in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Opera. He has also played at a number of music festivals in this country and appeared as a recitalist/clinician in the US and abroad. "I try to teach with the complete musician in mind--physical, mental, and musical--and encourage my students to be as much involved as possible with the musical aspects of performing while de-emphasizing the physical process of creating that performance. It's important for them as musicians to be very involved with artistry, and minimally involved with mechanics." In addition to his dual roles as teacher and performer, Mr. Bubert is also the originator and editor of the "Orchestral Excerpt Class" column in the quarterly Journal of the International Trombone Association.

Gerald Wood, M.M. in Music Performance, University of Southern Mississippi

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: French Horn

Gerald Wood

Email: geraldwoodhorn@gmail.com

Phone #: 817-272-3471

Office: FA 422

Bio: Gerald Wood is currently a freelance musician and private instructor throughout the DFW area, in addition to his duties as a regular extra with both the Dallas and Fort Worth Symphonies. He has completed his course work for a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Horn performance at the University of Illinois under the direction of Dr. Kazimierz Machala. He has also completed a Masters of Music Performance at the University of Southern Mississippi and received a Bachelors of Music Education at Stephen F. Austin State University. In the fall of 2003 he spent time in Winterthur, Switzerland studying at the Musik Hochschule, Zürich with David Johnson of the American Horn Quartet. Mr. Wood’s playing experience runs the gamut of performance ensembles, both large and small. He has marched with The Cavalier Drum and Bugle Corps, played in numerous university ensembles and regional orchestras and played in many nationally renowned chamber ensembles, including the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, and has been a member of the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse Horn Quartet since the fall of 1998. Mr. Wood has won numerous first place solo honors including the concerto competition held at the 21st annual Southeast Horn Workshop, the Drum Corps International Individual and Ensemble Competition, the 2001 Midwest Horn workshop, the University of Illinois School of Music Concerto Competition and most recently Grand Prize at the International Women's' Brass Conference, in addition to being a finalist in seven major symphony auditions. A strong supporter of music education, Mr. Wood has taught horn privately for over sixteen years to all ages. He is husband to Molly and father to Seth, Sam and Lydia and currently resides in Colleyville.

Edward Jones, Applied studies in tuba University of North Texas, M.M. in Music Performance Texas A&M Univ Commerce, B.M.Ed, Fort Hays State University

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Tuba

Edward Jones

Email: edjones@uta.edu

Office: FA 247

Bio: Edward Jones teaches applied tuba and co-directs the Tuba Euphonium Ensemble at the University of Texas at Arlington. From 1985-2003 he was on the faculty of the Texas A&M University-Commerce where he taught applied tuba and euphonium, coached brass chamber groups and directed the tuba-euphonium ensemble. He holds degrees from Fort Hays State University and Texas A&M-Commerce and has done additional graduate study in applied tuba at the University of North Texas. His principal teachers are Lyle Dilley of Hays, Kansas and Donald Little, Professor of Tuba and the University of North Texas and retired principal tuba with the Forth Worth Symphony. In 2001 he was appointed Principal Tuba with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Previously he was tubist with the Northeast Texas Symphony, the Richardson Symphony and East Texas Symphony Orchestras and the Dallas Wind Symphony. He has performed and recorded with the Dallas Symphony and the Dallas Opera Orchestras. Also an active chamber musician, he performs with the Iridium Brass Quintet and the FWSO Brass Quintet. As a soloist, he has given numerous recitals throughout Texas and the Southwest and has been a featured artist at regional and international tuba conferences.

Donald Bruce, M.M. Euphonium Performance

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Euphonium

Donald Bruce

Email: donald.bruce@uta.edu

Office: FA 247

Dr. Andrew Eldridge, D.M.A. Texas Christian University

Department of Music

Assistant Professor of Percussion and Graduate Advisor

Area: Percussion

Andrew Eldridge

Email: andrew.eldridge@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-6114

Office: FA 224

Bio: Dr. Andrew Eldridge is Coordinator of Percussion and Graduate Advisor at the University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to UTA, Andrew taught percussion and music theory at Texas Christian University, and taught percussion at Texas Wesleyan University. Andrew’s musical interests lie at the intersection of percussion and electronics. His recent musical experiments combine live-looping acoustic percussion in Ableton Live controlled with midi controllers. Andrew also enjoys creating music with mobile music set-ups that are accessible to the general music lover. Under his direction, the UTA Percussion Ensemble was selected to present the New Literature Session at the 2017 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). The ensemble also performed a Showcase Concert at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) annual convention in February 2017. Andrew served as an instructor for the TCU drumline that received First Place and the prestigious Fred Sanford Award in the 2012 PASIC Indoor Drumline Competition. He was awarded Most Influential Teacher for 2011 while teaching as Director of Percussion / Assistant Band Director at Rockwall-Heath High School in Rockwall, Texas. Prior to UTA, Andrew taught theory at Texas Christian University and percussion at Texas Wesleyan University, and has also held full-time staff positions at Birdville High School, North Richland Hills, Texas; Kaufman High School, Kaufman, Texas; and Naaman Forest High School in the Garland Independent School District. Andrew serves on the Percussion Ensemble Committee for the Percussive Arts Society. He served a three-year term on the Lone Star Wind Orchestra Board of Directors, and has been performing with the group as a section percussionist since 2009. Andrew was selected to present a clinic on crowd-funding at the 2013 Midwest Clinic and 2014 Texas Music Educators Association annual convention. Most recently, he was selected to present a clinic called “Launching the MIDI Controller into the Music Curriculum” at the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association annual convention. An avid performer of new music, Andrew has individually commissioned and given the world premieres of music written for percussion by Dan Welcher, Kyle Kindred, Dwayne Rice, Martin Blessinger, Ryan George, and David Maslanka. The UTA Percussion Ensemble commissioned and gave the world premieres to music by Nathan Daughtrey, Francisco Perez, and Michael Varner. Additionally, he was a finalist in the 2012 and 2014 Southern California International Marimba Competition, a semi-finalist in the 2013 Great Plains International Marimba Competition, and awarded 2nd place in the 2002 PASIC International Multi-Percussion Competition. As an arranger, he wrote the drumline parts for the 2004 Fed-Ex Orange Bowl and 2006 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Andrew holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance from Texas Christian University, a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Texas A&M University – Commerce. He proudly endorses Yamaha Percussion, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Remo Drumheads, and Sabian Cymbals.

Christopher Nadeau, M.M. in Percussion Performance, Colorado State University

Department of Music

Assistant Adjunct Professor

Area: Percussion

Christopher Nadeau

Email: christopher.nadeau@uta.edu

Office: FA 224

Mike Drake, B.M. University of North Texas

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Jazz Studies, Percussion/Drum Set

Mike Drake

Email: mjdrake@uta.edu

Office: FA 367-G

Bio: Originally from Durban, South Africa, Mike moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex to study at the University of North Texas in Denton, where he earned a degree in jazz studies. Both locally and nationally, he is very active leading his band, as well as performing as a sideman sharing the stage and/or recording with such acts as: Jeff Tyzik, Sutton Foster and Megan McGinnis, Denzal Sinclaire, Carmen Bradford, Lee Musiker, Bill Watrous, Byron Stripling, Jeff Clayton, Wycliffe Gordon, Jason Alexander and Noell Berry, Liz Callaway and Hugh Panaro, Tony Desare, Megan Hilty, Emily Skinner, Maureen McGovern, Sylvia McNair, Tommy Tune, David Cassidy, Ben Vereen, Vincent Gardner, Tom Wopat, Cathy Rigby, Mitzi Gaynor, and Sutton Foster, Rosemary Clooney, Hector Guzman, Keely Smith, Fifth Dimension, John Gary, Joan Rivers, The Platters, The Coasters, The Inkspots, Mamas and Papas, Jerry Jeff Walker, Eartha Kitt, Phil Perry, Toni Redd, Mike Migliore, Gale Bliss and Jerri Sager, Ellis Hall, Lou Marini, Eddie Gomez, Randy Brecker, Conrad Herwig, Dick Oatts, Dave Liebman, Bobby Shew, Marvin Stamm, Kenny Werner, Ed Calle, Paquito De’ Rivera, Bobby Shew, Kenny Rankin, Vincent Gardner, Vic Juris, Brian Bromberg, Bobby Militello, Jeff Jarvis, Kevin Mahogany, Byron Stripling, Joe Henderson, Billy Taylor, Lee Konitz, George Mraz, Lewis Porter, John Pattitucci, Frank Wess, Conti Condoli, Sharel Cassity, Michael Dease, Linda Oh, The Gatlin Brothers, Tim Ishii, Brian Mulholland, Dan Cavanagh, Ken Edwards, Mark Murphy, Steve Morse, Andrew Firth, Dave Pietro, Dan Haerle, Sharel Cassity and Michael Dease Stefan Karlsson, Lynn Seaton, Fred Hamilton, Rosana Eckert, Rodney Booth, Pete Brewer, Jay Saunders, Jim Riggs, Joe McBride, Harvey Mason, Paul English, John Adams, Brian Piper, Dave Zoller, Genie Grant, Trella Hart, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, The Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Pete Petersen and The Collection Big Band, The Cal Lewiston Orchestra, The Memphis Horns Big Band, to name a few, and numerous shows with the Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas Theater Center, and Casa Manana, as well as numerous orchestras around the US and Canada. Mike is also active in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex as a drum set instructor, both at the University of Texas in Arlington, as well as privately in his studio. He has also performed many drum set workshops and jazz camps, in the United States, as well as internationally. Mike is also sought after to record on numerous CDs for various artists, as well as radio and television commercials.