Brass Faculty

Brass Faculty

Andrew Mitchell, Trombone

Andrew Mitchell has appeared as a soloist and clinician throughout the United States and Europe. In 2018, he joined the faculty of Youngstown State University as Assistant Professor of Trombone. Mitchell is a member of Spectrum Brass, and is Second Trombone of the Canton Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Trombone of the Midland Symphony Orchestra. Summers, he is an Artist-in-Residence at the Bay View Music Festival.  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 has previously held positions in the Sinfonia Gulf Coast, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the orchestras of Kalamazoo, Toledo, Tallahassee, Flint, Lansing,  Ann Arbor, Youngstown, and Grand Rapids. Mitchell earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan. He was previously Assistant Professor of Trombone at Ball State University. Mitchell is an artist for the Edwards Instrument Company.

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

Coalescing dual roles as artist and teacher, Aaron Brant performs a heavy volume of orchestral and chamber music concerts as well as teaches a wide array of students.

Aaron serves as principal hornist with the Dayton Philharmonic where he has been featured as a concerto soloist. Additionally, he serves as principal horn of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Aaron also performs regularly with the Cincinnati Symphony, periodically as guest Associate Principal Horn.

As an educator, Aaron teaches horn at the University of Dayton and at Wright State University. He has previously taught at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He is a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Educational Brass Quintet, AKA the Carillon Brass. Aaron also spent seven years teaching SPARK lessons in select 3rd and 4th grade classrooms in the Miami-Valley (SPARK was a DPO educational program where musicians teach State of Ohio common core curriculum using musical vehicles).

Before moving to Dayton Aaron was the principal horn of the South Bend Symphony for four seasons. In South Bend he made his solo debut in 2009, performing the Horn Concerto No. 1 of Richard Strauss. Aaron also spent four seasons as third horn of the Ann Arbor Symphony, frequently filling in as principal horn. He has also worked extensively with the Grand Rapids Symphony.

His primary teachers were Alan DeMattia of the Cleveland Orchestra, Randy Gardner (CCM) formerly of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Peter Landgren (Peabody Institute) formerly of the Baltimore Symphony.

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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