Masterclasses and performances for brass enthusiasts of all ages

The University of British Columbia invites brass enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels to Brassfest! featuring guest artist Bill Williams, trumpet and Gordon Cherry, trombone. This day of special events will include workshops, performances, equipment and sheet music displays of interest to all brass players, and more! 

Bill Williams, trumpet

Bill Williams, trumpet

Gordon Cherry, trombone

Gordon Cherry, trombone


Preregister online: Deadline Friday, January 20 at Noon
UBC Students, Faculty, & Brassfest Performers: Free
Non-UBC Students: $20
General Admission: $30
Pay by Visa, MasterCard, or Interac Debit

Register at the door: 9:00AM Sunday, January 22
Non- UBC Students: $30
General Admission: $40
Cash or cheques only, made payable to University of British Columbia


9:00 am – 4:00 pm | Brass Resource Centre | School of Music Rm 400

This is a great opportunity to explore equipment displays of interest toall brass players. Audition professional calibre instruments, purchase mouthpieces and accessories, and browse for new sheet music. Be sure to visit each booth to maximize your raffle odds!

9:00 – 10:00 am | Registration and Check in | School of Music Lobby

Please visit the registration table to receive your Brasspass for all scheduled events. Store large instruments in Rm 114.

10:00 am – 11:00 am | Welcome Concert | Roy Barnett Recital Hall (sponsored by Tapestry Music)

Featuring UBC Brass Ensembles and guest artists Gordon Cherry and Bill Williams
Richard Strauss: Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare
UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble Brass | Robert Taylor, conductor

Elizabeth Raum: Concerto for Bass Trombone
Gordon Cherry, bass trombone | Joyce Cherry, piano

Toru Takemitsu: Paths
Bill Williams, trumpet

Gioachino Rossini: Overture to the Barber of Seville
UBC Horn Ensemble | Ben Kinsman, conductor

Kazmierz Serocki: Suite for Four Trombones

Amanda Chan, Rei Ikeda, Janine King, Marina Antoniou, Makaela Cox, Louis Lam
UBC Trombone Ensemble | Gordon Cherry, conductor

11:00 – 12:15 pm | The Path to Optimal Performance | Bill Williams |
Roy Barnett Recital Hall (sponsored by Tom Lee Music)

Gain the insight and skills you need to play well in any situation. Understand the Stress Response: an introduction to stress. What is Stress? How can it affect us? What can we do about it?

12:15 – 1:30 pm | Breakout Sessions – choose from the following:

  1. The Path to Optimal Performance: Putting new skills to use in a simulated performance environment | Bill Williams | Roy Barnett Recital Hall (sponsored by Tom Lee Music)
  2. Low Brass Master Class | Gordon Cherry | School of Music Rm 116 (sponsored by Long and McQuade)
    Launy Grøndahl: Concerto for Trombone
    Rei Ikeda, trombone | Kate Utegenova, pianoElizabeth Raum: Romanze
    Marina Antoniou, trombone | Kate Utegenova, piano

    Philip Sparke: Harlequin
    Tommy Vo | Kate Utegenova, piano

    Ralph Vaughan Williams: Tuba Concerto, I. Prelude: Allegro moderato
    Aaron Eggen, Tuba | Kate Utegenova, piano

    James Grant: Fury II from Three Furies for Solo Tuba
    Tony Taylor, tuba

  3. The Science of Healthy Brass Playing | UBC Alumnus Jason Ford, horn | School of Music Rm 113
    An in-depth look, using MRI video, to examine the internal technical habits of some of the top horn players in the world. This cutting-edge research offers both brass students and teachers a new understanding of what healthy and successful brass playing actually “looks” like.

1:30 – 2:30 pm | Lunch | Brass Resource Centre | School of Music Faculty Lounge

Sandwiches, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase in advance.

2:30 – 3:45 pm | Breakout Sessions – choose from the following:

  1. The Path to Optimal Performance: Putting new skills to use in a simulated performance environment
    Bill Williams | Roy Barnett Recital Hall (sponsored by Tom Lee Music)
    Hannah Teminsky, horn | Phil Austrom, trumpet | Louis Lam, bass trombone | +TBA
  2. A Guide for Success: Arranging, Engraving, & Publishing for Today’s Musician
    Gordon Cherry | School of Music Rm 113 (sponsored by Cherry Classics)
    Learn to arrange, engrave, and publish, from basics through advanced techniques.
    Bring one of your works (Sibelius 7.0 or Finale 2012 files only) for real time feedback and group discussion.
  3. Paul Hindemith: 1939
    UBC Alumnus Alexander Cannon, trumpet | School of Music Rm 116
    Dr. Cannon leads a class of UBC student performances of the Hindemith sonatas.

Paul Hindemith: Sonata for Trumpet and piano (I. Mit Kraft)
Joshua Valdes, trumpet | Aydan Con, piano

Paul Hindemith: Sonata for Trumpet and Piano (III. Massig bewegt)
Candice Newberry, trumpet | Aydan Con, piano

Paul Hindemith: Sonata for Alto Horn in Eb and Piano (II. Lebhaft)
Duane Kirkpatrick, horn | Kate Utegenova, piano

3:45 | Break – last chance to visit the Brass Resource Centre! | School of Music Rm 400

4:15 – 5:30 pm | Closing Concert | Old Auditorium Stage | Featuring the UBC Brass Ensemble, Larry Knopp, conductor. (sponsored by Yamaha Canada Music)

Jan Koetsier: Brass Symphony
Pavel Tschesnokoff/arr. Holcombe: Russian Litany for Brass

Let Thy Holy Presence
Salvation is Created

Modest Mussorgsky/arr. Howarth: Pictures At An Exhibition

The Great Gate of Kiev

UBC Brass Ensemble | Larry Knopp, conductor

Katie Clark
Ethan Hu
Candice Newberry
Spencer Service
Dasa Silhova
Austin Smith
Alex Song
Willy Wang

Anders Grasdal
Duane Kirkpatrick
Theresa Lei
Kristin Ranshaw

Marina Antoniou
Amanda Chan
Rei Ikeda
Louis Lam

Tommy Vo

Aaron Eggen
Tony Taylor
Jon Yenta

Bring your instrument! At the end of the concert, all participants will be invited on stage for a reading session of large brass ensemble works, conducted by Gordon Cherry. (sponsored by Cherry Classics)

Reading session works to be selected from:
Anonymous: Die Bankelsangerlieder
Bruckner: Ave Maria
Elgar: Nimrod, from “Enigma Variations”
Gabrieli: Hodie Christus
Holst: St. Paul’s Suite


All sessions will be held at the UBC School of Music (6361 Memorial Rd.) and UBC Old Auditorium (6344 Memorial Rd.) on the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia. UBC Map


Paid parking is available in the Armoury Lot or Fraser River Parkade. For more information about parking at UBC, please visit their website.


For more information please contact University of British Columbia School of Music at 604-822-3113 or Website:



January 22, 2017
UBC Music Building