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UF BrassFest

UF BrassFest, February 3rd-5th, 2023

2023 UF BrassFest Program Book

Featured Guest Artists

Dr. Brenda Luchsinger, horn, Alabama State University

Dr. Timothy Howe, trombone, University of Missouri

Dr. Dunwoody Mirvil, trombone, Florida Memorial University

Steven Newbold, composition, horn, Fullerton College

The University of Florida Brass Faculty
Dr. Paul Basler, horn
Dr. Randolph Lee, trumpet
Dr. Jemmie Robertson, trombone
Dr. Danielle VanTuinen, tuba and euphonium
Dr. Laura Ellis, organ
Dr. Shannon Lowe, bassoon
Dr. Evan Mitchell, piano
Dr. Hsiang Tu, piano

The UF BrassFest Faculty Brass Ensemble
Professor Jay Watkins, director

UF Student Brass Ensembles

2023 Schedule:

Friday, February 3rd:

Opening Concert: Jemmie Robertson and Dr. Laura Ellis, Trombone and Organ Duo Recital, Friday, Feb. 3rd, 2023, 6:15 PM, UA Stage

Saturday, February 4th:

Dunwoody Mirvil, Trombone Warmup Session and Trombone Masterclass, Saturday, Feb. 4th, 10:40 AM – 12:35 PM, UA Stage

Timothy Howe, University of Missouri, UF Trombone Ensemble Coaching and Masterclass, Saturday, Feb. 4th, 1:55 - 2:45 PM, UA Stage

Steven Newbold Guest Composition / Arranging Class, Saturday, Feb. 4th, 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM, UA Friends of Music Room

Timothy Howe, Trombone Guest Artist Recital with Evan Mitchell, Piano, Feb. 4th, 4:05 PM - 4:55 PM, UA Stage

Brenda Luchsinger, Horn Guest Artist Recital with Paul Basler, Piano and Tsiang Tu, Piano, Feb. 4th, 5:10 PM - 6:00 PM, MUB 101

Dunwoody Mirvil Guest Artist Clinic Presentation: Essential Techniques and Concepts for the Low Brass Musician, Feb. 4th, 6:15-7:05 PM, MUB 121

Sunday, February 5th:

Brenda Luchsinger, Guest Artist Horn Masterclass, Sunday, Feb. 5th, 11:45 AM - 12:35 PM, MUB 101

UF BrassFest Faculty Brass Ensemble Performance with Finale featuring UF Student Ensembles and the UF Graduate Brass Quintet, Feb. 5th, 12:50 PM, UA Stage


Husonics Exhibit, MUB 120
Saturday 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM and Sunday, 9:30 AM - 1 PM 





BrassFest 2022 Information Below:

UF BrassFest  February 4th-7th, 2022

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Featured Artists:

The U.S. Air Force Band Ceremonial Brass Quintet
TSgt Aaron Lovelady, Trumpet (UF Alum)
MSgt Adrian Holton, Trumpet (UF Alum)
TSgt Alexis Lovelady, Horn (UF Alum)
TSgt Andrew Reich, Trombone
TSgt Darren Workman, Bass Trombone

The University of Florida Faculty Brass Quintet
Dr. Paul Basler, Horn
Dr. Randolph Lee, Trumpet
Dr. Jemmie Robertson, Trombone
Dr. Danielle VanTuinen, Tuba

Ben Elgan, Trumpet

The UF Brass Band
Dr. Danielle VanTuinen, Director

The Tampa Brass Band
Dr. Tina DiMeglio, Director

The UF BrassFest Faculty Brass Ensemble
Professor Jay Watkins, Director

UF Student Brass Ensembles


To propose clinic or concert possibilities, please contact:
Jemmie Robertson at

Please contact any UF Brass Faculty member about information regarding the Brass Area in the UF College of the Arts School of Music.


Thank you to all previous performers and participants in the University of Florida International Brass Festivals.

Below is information about our most recent BrassFest which occurred in February 2020:

UFIBFC 2020, February 7th-9th, 2020



Featured Artists Include:
The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet
David Wakefield
The Air National Guard Band of the South Blue Yonder Brass
The UFIBFC Faculty Brass Ensemble, Conducted by Professor Jay Watkins
Philip and Shelley Martinson
Hosted by:

The University of Florida Faculty Brass Quintet
With a special appearance by:
The UF Graduate Brass Quintet

Public performances, clinics, masterclasses, competitions, and exhibitor events will take place on Saturday and Sunday, February, 8th & 9th.

Participants and Artists will gather for rehearsals on the evening of Friday, February 7th and the University of Florida Faculty Brass Quintet will present an Opening Concert. Scheduling Details will continue to be announced updated on this website.

The University of Florida International Brass Festival is a presentation of events for brass musicians and listeners of all ages and ability levels that will take place on campus at the University of Florida and in the community of Gainesville, Florida.  The UFIBF assembles artists and faculty with international reputations and performance experience for a weekend of clinics, master classes, competitions, recitals, and great music-making.

In the past, exhibitors have included Buffet Crampon, Sheridan Brass, Hoggtowne Music (Featuring Yamaha and Conn/Selmer), Edwards Musical Instruments, the Brass Band of Central Florida, and Beethoven and Company.

The University of Florida School of Music is an All-Steinway School residing within one of the top-ranked public universities in the United States. Participants will experience first-rate instruments as well as excellent practice and performance spaces within the beautiful UF campus. Housing will be available both off-campus at our host hotel and on-campus at conference housing, offering convenient walking access to all activities. Gainesville is located in the north-central part of Florida, with nearby access to the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, and the major cities of Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville.

UFIBFC 2020 was generously sponsored by funding from The University of Florida School of Music, College of the Arts, and the Office of Research.

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