Madison Brass

Photo by Diane Elliott (’00)

Madison Brass

February 7, 2013 Thursday @ 8 p.m. Recital Hall

Madison Brass is the premier brass quintet-in-residence at James Madison University and features Chris Carrillo (trumpet), Christine Ennis Carrillo (trumpet), Andrew Lankford (trombone), Ian Zook (horn) and Kevin Stees (tuba).

Chris Carrillo is a Grammy nominated performer and Conn-Selmer trumpet artist. He has performed with numerous ensembles including the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and the “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band Brass Quintet; he is a former member of the symphony orchestras of Austin, Corpus Christi and Victoria. As a soloist, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Victoria Bach Festival. Noted for his musical diversity, Carrillo is also an active performer in the commercial medium having performed for national advertising campaigns including AT&T, Horseshoe and Caesar’s Entertainment. Carrillo earned his doctorate at The University of Texas at Austin and did additional study as an exchange student at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Christine Ennis Carrillo has performed with a wide variety of ensembles including the Victoria Symphony, the Corpus Christi Symphony, Keith Brion and his New Sousa Band, Opera International in Washington, D.C., the Brazos Valley Symphony and Audio Inversions Contemporary Music Ensemble. She joined the faculty of James Madison University in 2009 where she teaches applied trumpet and music theory, co-directs the JMU Trumpet Ensemble and is a member of the Madison Brass. Ennis Carrillo has previously served on the faculties of Texas A&M University-Kingsville (where she was a two-time recipient of the Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award) and The Victoria College. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from The University of Texas at Austin, and dual Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Trumpet Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Currently a member of the Madison Brass and principal trombonist with the Massanutten Brass Band, Andrew Lankford has performed with numerous ensembles including the Longview Symphony in Texas, the North Carolina Symphony, the Winston Salem Symphony, the Greensboro Symphony, the Brevard Chamber Orchestra in North Carolina, the Lynchburg Symphony in Virginia and the Kansas City Boulevard Big Band. His primary teachers include Randy Kohlenberg and Max Bonecutter. An associate professor, Lankford received his B.M.E. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, his M.M. in Trombone Performance at University of Kansas and his D.M.A. in Trombone Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Prior to joining the JMU faculty in 2001, Lankford held teaching positions at Louisiana Tech University and Armstrong Atlantic State University.

Ian Zook is an active orchestral and solo performer and has appeared in concerts throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He joined the faculty of James Madison University in 2009 and performs frequently with the Madison Brass. As a soloist, he has performed with numerous ensembles including the JMU Brass Band at the Kennedy Center, the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra, the Virginia Baroque Consort and most recently the Chamber Orchestra of Charlottesville in performances of Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. Zook holds a B.M. from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, an M.M. from the University of Michigan and is a Doctoral Candidate at Rutgers University.

Kevin J. Stees has presented solo performances at universities, conferences and workshops throughout the United States including the U.S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference, Southeastern Tuba-Euphonium Conference and the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference. He has been a finalist in several solo competitions and was a prize winner in the Second International Brass Congress Tuba Solo Competition. Professor and conductor of the JMU Brass Band, Stees received his B.S. from the University of Illinois and his M.M. from Arizona State University. He has studied with such artists as Daniel Perantoni, Charles Daellenbach, Jack Tilbury and trombonist Milton Stevens. He is co-founder/director of the Skyline Brass Music Festival held each summer on the JMU campus.

Ticket prices: $8–$10. Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.
JMU student tickets: Advance tickets — $5 discount tickets in person at the Forbes Center Box Office only with ID. One ticket per ID. Student tickets are not available online. Cash only 1½ hours prior to performance.

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