Brass Faculty

Brass Faculty

Andrew Mitchell, Trombone

Andrew Mitchell has appeared as a soloist and clinician throughout the United States and Europe. He frequently performs with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and many other ensembles in his native Metro Detroit, including the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, and the Motor City Brass Quintet. He is Principal Trombone of the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, and the Midland Symphony Orchestra, and has previously held positions in the Sinfonia Gulf Coast (FL), and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has also performed with the Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the orchestras of Kalamazoo, Toledo, Tallahassee, Flint, Lansing, and Ann Arbor. Summers, he is an Artist-in-Residence at the Bay View Music Festival, as a member of Spectrum Brass. He was previously Assistant Professor of Trombone at Ball State University, and has also taught at Florida State University, and the University of Michigan, where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. In 2018 he will join the faculty of Youngstown State University as Assistant Professor of Trombone.

Scott Thornburg, Trumpet

Trumpeter Scott Thornburg has performed as a soloist and chamber musician around the world. Following undergraduate and graduate study at the University of Miami and the Juilliard School, Mr. Thornburg lived in New York City where he was principal trumpet with the New York City Symphony, the Summerfare Opera Orchestra, Philharmonica Virtuosi, the Stamford Symphony, Musica Sacra, and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He performed at the Caramoor Festival as principal trumpet with the Orchestra of St. Lukes, and toured South America, Europe, and the U.S. with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, Mr. Thornburg is a member of the New York Trumpet Ensemble and has performed with the Canadian Brass, Parnassus, and the New York Brass. He was invited to fill in for one of the regular members of the American Brass Quintet who was on leave during the fall 1997 season. Mr. Thornburg spent two months performing around the country with the group and conducting masterclasses and chamber music coachings at the Juilliard School where the American Brass Quintet is in residence. For four years he toured the U.S. and Canada for Columbia Artists with the trumpet and organ duo Toccatas and Flourishes. He has also appeared as soloist with the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the St. Lukes Chamber Ensemble, the Juilliard Symphony, the Brass Band of Battle Creek and, most recently, on U.S., European, and South American tours with the New York Chamber Soloists. 1996 held performance and master class tours in Spain and Russia and in the Spring of 2000, a tour with the Summit Brass.

Mr. Thornburgs recording with pianist Silvia Roederer was released in 2001 and he has recorded with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Lukes, Philharmonia Virtuosi, the New York Trumpet Ensemble, and with the organist Richard Morris.

Since the fall of 1989, Mr. Thornburg, his wife Sue Larsen and their three children, Laura, Lee and Eric, have lived in Kalamazoo, Michigan where he is a Professor at Western Michigan University as well as a member of the acclaimed Western Brass Quintet and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. In the summer he teaches and performs at the Bay View Music Festival in Bay View, Michigan.

Brian Buerkle, Trumpet

Brian Buerkle holds music degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Duquesne University. Currently, he serves as Principal Trumpet of the Sinfonia Gulf Coast (FL) and has held positions as Acting 4th/Utility Trumpet with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (2006-2007), Acting 2nd/Sub-Principal Trumpet with the West Virginia Symphony (2007-2010), 2nd Trumpet with the Lexington Philharmonic (2000-2001), and 2nd Trumpet with the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra (1999). He is also a member of several new and innovative chamber ensembles, including the Spectrum Brass, the Pittsburgh Brass, and the Motor City Brass. Brian is a former member of the prestigious faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI).

As an active freelance musician, Brian has performed and recorded with some of America's finest orchestras, including the Pittsburgh Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony and Pops, Columbus Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, and Kentucky Symphony. His extensive chamber music experience has led to additional performances and recordings with the Spectrum Brass, Pittsburgh Brass, Motor City Brass, Canterbury Brass, Queen City Brass, American Wind Symphony, and Burning River Brass. He can be heard on the Telarc, PentaTone, BrassJar, Centaur, Albany, Summit, PSO, and AWSO record labels.

Brian has earned notable awards from the Music Academy of the West, the International Trumpet Guild, and the National Trumpet Competition. In October of 2010, Brian was featured in a profile article--of the International Trumpet Guild Magazine--recognizing his many achievements as a professional musician. Aside from his skills as a trumpeter, Brian is also an accomplished conductor and arranger. His publications for brass have been performed and recorded by groups worldwide and his conducting experience ranges from brass ensembles and vocal choirs to symphony orchestras. In 2009, he joined the classical music review team at the American Record Guide and also became the Owner and President of the Southern Ohio Music Company - a business specializing in the sale and distribution of high quality brass sheet music (

During his free time, Brian can be found doing a number of activities including playing tennis, racquetball, golf, baseball, darts, billiards, and ping-pong. He is also an avid audiophile and maintains an extensive collection of classical music recordings. He currently resides in Cincinnati, OH, where he enjoys an active and diverse playing career.

Aaron Brant, Horn

In addition to playing horn in the Spectrum Brass and Bay View faculty wind quintet, Aaron Brant is currently serving as principal horn of the Dayton Philharmonic as well as principal horn of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. He is also the instructor of horn at the University of Dayton. Prior to his appointment in Dayton, Aaron served as principal horn of the South Bend Symphony for four seasons where he made his solo debut in 2009, performing Richard Strausss Horn Concerto No. 1.

Aaron also spent four seasons as third horn of the Ann Arbor Symphony. He performs regularly with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and has performed with orchestras in eight states. He has worked with a wide range of chamber ensembles and over the past several years and had the opportunity to work with crossover, jazz and pop artists like Josh Groban, Diana Krall, Mannheim Steamroller and Andrea Bocelli.

Aaron earned his bachelors degree at CCM with Randy Gardner, formerly of the Philadelphia Orchestra. After undergraduate studies Aaron continued his training at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University where he studied with Peter Landgren, who at the time was a member of the Baltimore Symphony and is now dean at CCM. While at Peabody Aaron received periodic instruction with Barry Tuckwell.

Aaron is also committed to training and educating musicians. He keeps a busy private teaching studio of dedicated and successful students, participates in the DPO educational program SPARK and is a member of the Dayton Philharmonics Carillon Brass Quintet. Once, following a brass quintet performance in North Carolina an approaching audience member, Gunther Schuller, hailed him, saying "Aaron, youre a helluva of a horn player!"

Matthew Lyon, Tuba

Matthew Lyon is Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium and Brass Area Coordinator at Ball State University. Previously the Instructor of Low Brass at the University of Windsor, he holds degrees from DePaul University, The University of Michigan, and the Interlochen Arts Academy. He was the first tuba player to receive the New Horizons Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and the Dean's Creative Endeavor Award at Ball State University

Professor Lyon has performed recitals and held master classes in South America, China, Canada, Austria, and throughout the United States. He has been a featured soloist with the Interlochen Arts Academy Band, the Ball State Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and is a regular guest artist at various national and international music conferences. As a chamber musician, he has performed with MusicNOW, the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, the Motor City Brass Quintet, Today's Brass Quintet, the Da Camera Brass Quintet, and the Great Lakes Brass Quintet. He is a founding member of the Peninsula Brass.

As an orchestral player, he was Principal Tubist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for two seasons and has performed with the orchestras of Detroit, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Grand Rapids, Fort Wayne, the Michigan Opera Theatre, and the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra. He is currently Principal Tuba of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to teaching at Ball State University, Professor Lyon is summer faculty at the Interlochen Low Brass Institute and the Yamaha Music for All Summer Symposium. 2018 will be his first summer at the Spectrum Brass Seminar in Bay View.

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