In the Loop
Faculty News : Aug 10, 2016

UF Trumpet Professor appears as guest artist at the Banff Centre

Dr. Randy Lee participated in the Banff Brass Festival at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Spending a week and a half in the beautiful Canadian Rockies, he assisted in putting together a show with brass legends such as Jens Lindemann, Martin Hackleman, Harry Waters, Phil Snedecor, and others. Playing in the Crossover Brass (Randy Lee and Brian Turnmire, trumpets; Martin Hackleman, horn; Harry Waters, trombone; Gabriel Sears, tuba; Kristian Alexandrov, percussion), they appeared in multiple performances throughout the Festival and around Banff, including a feature in the Canada Day Parade (

In addition, Dr. Lee performed with many of Canada’s leading Jazz artists including JUNO award winning vocalist Emilie-Claire Barlow; Alistair Kay, trombone; Order of Canada Recipients: Dave Young, bass; Guido Basso, flugelhorn; Phil Dwyer, tenor sax; Terry Clarke, drums; and former Canadian Senator Tommy Banks, piano.

If that wasn’t enough, Dr. Lee even started a new group with L.A. based tuba virtuoso Gabriel Seas called Searslee. This group pushes the boundaries of brass chamber music, blurs the lines of musical genres, and mixes comedy with virtuosic playing that is as entertaining as it is inspiring. But one may wonder if they can be taken seriously.