The Del Mar College Low Brass Studio is dedicated to achieving high standards of musical performance in a cooperative and supportive environment. The studio is comprised of trombone, euphonium, and tuba students pursuing a wide variety of careers in music, with majors in Music Education, Performance, Theory and Composition, and Sound Recording Technology.
Low Brass Studio members regularly earn places in the Texas Two-Year College All-State Band, performing each year at the TMEA Convention. Studio members have also earned prestigious scholarships and awards, such as the TAMS Clara Freshour Nelson music scholarship, and have been recognized on the annual Del Mar College Commencement Honors Recital on multiple occasions. Upon graduation, our students are ready to continue their education and pursue their career, regularly transferring to some of the best universities throughout Texas to finish bachelor's degree.
Low brass students perform with the Del Mar College Wind Ensemble, the Corpus Christi Chamber Orchestra, the MWF Jazz Band, chamber brass ensembles, and the Corpus Christi Trombone Society, our community trombone ensemble. Many students also double on other low brass instruments and perform with other college ensembles such as the choir or Mariachi Del Mar, taking advantage of the broad and rich musical offerings in the Del Mar College music department. Our ensembles have also performed regularly out in the community at schools, events, and even live on KEDT radio.
Del Mar College brass students experience a wealth of performance and instruction without leaving campus! Our brass faculty are active as both players and teachers, performing frequently on campus as a soloists and with the DMC Faculty Brass Trio and the Corpus Christi Brass Quintet. The Low Brass Studio also regularly welcomes world-renowned guest artists to Del Mar College for performances and masterclasses. Our guests have included artists such as Brian Bowman (euphonium), Dave Kirk (tuba), James Markey (bass trombone), Mike Forbes (tuba), Ilan Morgenstern (bass trombone), and Pat Sheridan (tuba), and we have hosted chamber ensembles such as the Maniacal 4, the St. Louis Brass, C-Street Brass, and the American Brass Quintet (coming March 2018). Finally, each year Del Mar College hosts the South Texas Brass Symposium, bringing together fantastic guest artists with brass performers, teachers, and students from throughout South Texas.
From the warm acoustics of Wolfe Recital Hall, Richardson Auditorium, spacious band rehearsal room, and state of the art recording studios, Del Mar College music students study in some of the best facilities in South Texas. With the opening of Music Phase II in 2019, all of our practice rooms, studios, classrooms, and rehearsal rooms will be new and state of the art.