Scott Thornburg, Trumpet
Stephen Jones, Trumpet
Lin Foulk, Horn
Daniel Mattson, Trombone
Deanna Swoboda, Tuba
Founded in 1966, the Western Brass Quintet is one of the most distinguished brass chamber music ensembles still active in the United States today. The ensemble has performed around the world
including concert tours in Thailand, China, Sweden, and Germany, as well as concerts in prestigious American venues such as the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. The Quintet is a resident faculty
ensemble in the School of Music at Western Michigan University.
Committed to promoting the composition of significant works for the brass quintet, the ensemble has premiered numerous works including Landscapes by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Karel Husa,
Masques by Ramon Zupko, Nodding Music by Elgar Howarth, Plays and Rimes by Curtis Curtis-Smith, Pro and Contra Dances by Ramon Zupko, Vox Naturae (with orchestra) by Ramon Zupko,
Dark Matters by Mark Schultz, Games for Brass by Curtis Curtis-Smith, Frame of Mind by Richard Adams, and A Flying Circus by David Colson. Audiences have described the Quintet's performances
of the latest in brass chamber music repertoire as "polished, exciting, daring, and musically satisfying." Additionally, an interest in performance practices for the music of the Renaissance and
Baroque has inspired several significant arrangements of music from these periods by Western Brass Quintet members. Two full-length compact discs have been recently recorded by the ensemble (all
premiere recordings) and are available on the Summit label.
The Quintet is dedicated to presenting this repertoire to younger audiences and has committed part of its schedule each year to public school and university performances and clinics. After a recent
WBQ clinic, a band director remarked, "Every faculty member was energetic and pulled the high school students to another level...Interacting with a group of your caliber provides benchmarks for us
to aspire to."
Members of the WBQ have performed with leading American classical music ensembles such as Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York Chamber Soloists, Canadian Brass, American Brass Quintet,
Boston Brass, Dallas Brass, and numerous music festivals and symphony orchestras. Each member is a leader in his/her field, serving as president of the International Trumpet Guild for two terms (Jones),
inspiring K-12 students to participate in music through fun programs presented through a rigorous schedule of clinics across the nation (Swoboda), or promoting the performance of compositions by
female composers (Foulk).