Not One, but SEVERAL Announcements!

So things tend to come in threes, and this post full of exciting professional announcements is no exception!



My new clinic, “Ear on the Prize: A holistic approach to effective brass instruction” is now available for booking. Check out the link in the name for more information- I’m really excited to begin offering this clinic to schools in the region!


~TWO~Brass Lassie’s album is DONE and ready to be released! We are having a party and concert to celebrate the new album for local folks on September 7th. Details here! The album will be available to purchase in physical form or digital download on our website September 7th as well.



I am extremely pleased to announce that I have accepted the adjunct trombone instructor position at St Cloud State University starting this fall.  I am joining a faculty of incredibly talented musicians and educators, and I cannot wait to meet the students of this fine music department. Look for some great events, concerts, and opportunities coming from this direction throughout the academic year.

Welcome, August!

Hi all, It’s been a while since I’ve had an opportunity (or the inspiration) to write…I hope you haven’t missed me too much.

July was a month of travel and adventure, and lots of positive change. I spent two weeks exploring Scotland and London on vacation, taking in all the beautiful landscapes and culture. I took Brass Lassie with me, as you can see:

And someday I’ll come back with the whole band on tour.

Upon returning to Minnesota I got back to work teaching and performing, with some notable highlights:

-Brass Lassie performed at the Scottish Fair in Eagan on my birthday, July 21st, and it was a marvelous day of love and music all around.

-Subbing in for the TC Latin Jazz Orchestra at Jazz Central- truly a great group, great music, and a supportive crowd!

-Rebecca and I traveled up to St Cloud State to perform a few works (A Caged Bird and Loveletter, Postmark San Jose) and talk with the students at the Athena Band and Leadership Camp. I had so much fun answering the intelligent and insightful questions of these future musical leaders. I will have some more thoughts on what I learned from this day soon.

-I played in the live orchestra for MNKINO’s Film Score Fest on July 28th, joining a small orchestra in playing scores for about 20 short, independent local films.

Next up is a busy August: lots more Brass Lassie, a heavier teaching schedule, and trying to soak up all the remaining summer free time I can!

Here’s my two upcoming performances:

Brass Lassie at Crooners Lounge, Aug 2, 730-10pm

Brass Lassie at the Irish Fair of Minnesota, Aug 12, 12pm Main Stage

Hope to see you there!


Brass Lassie’s Debut Album: Over 50% Funded!


Brass Lassie’s Debut Album Fundraiser hit 50% exactly one week after we launch it- and it’s still going steady! We are a little ways off from our goal still, but the momentum is truly tremendous and humbling. If you’ve supported, thank you! Could you take a moment to share our music with your friends and encourage them to make a pre-order as well? If you haven’t- check us out!

 Brass Lassie Homepage

Brass Lassie on Facebook


Brass Lassie Album Fundraiser Kickoff!

Brass Lassie is getting ready to go into the studio to record our debut album- but we need your help to do it! Join us on January 20th, 2018, at the Celtic Junction Arts Center as we launch our funding campaign to bring our music to you.

Donors will be an intimate part of the recording process- with regular updates on our progress, exclusive looks into the process, and lots of fun extra gifts and goodies in addition to the finished album!

See the posters below (and feel free to share them) for more info, or check out our Facebook Event for the details. We hope to see you there!

PS Brass Lassie now has a live webpage where you can find all our updates, sign up for our mailing list, and more!

An Autumn of Performances and Events

I’ve been doing a little marketing for the upcoming Brass Lassie concert, and it occurred to me that I have a busy fall filled with some amazing performances and events I hope you can make one or two.

Friday, September 29th, 2-4pm: I’ll be joining the Bubonic Brass for the Feast of Fantasy at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. This event is ticketed separately from the Fair; visit the link for details.

Friday, October 6th, 5-7pm: my good friend and colleague Rebecca Hass and I are hosting the second meet-up happy hour for women and GNC folks in the MSP area. We hope to make these a regular thing, so we can strengthen our community and build new connections.

Sunday, October 8th, 7-830pm: October Studio Class featuring guest artist Gabe Mueller! Gabe is a lifelong friend and the inspiration for my studio classes- she hosts her own each month for her studio in St Louis.  (This is an event for members of my studio and their families only)

Sunday, October 15th, 7pm: The aforementioned Brass Lassie concert! Buy your tickets in advance for a discount.

Sunday, October 29th, morning: Reformation Sunday Services with Accent Brass.

Saturday, November 4th, 4pm: Hamline Wind Ensemble Parent’s Weekend performance

Monday, November 6th, 9pm (2 sets): The Adam Meckler Orchestra at Icehouse. I’m really honored to be invited to join the AMO this season on bass trombone (I even bought my very own bass, something I’ve needed for a while, and will share it with you when I get it!). If you’re up for Monday late night jazz, join us!

Saturday, December 2nd, 2-330pm: Hamline Wind Ensemble Winter Concert @ Sundin Hall

Monday, December 4th, 12-1230pm: ‘Lunch With…’ Lauren Husting and Rebecca Hass! This is a tasty little lunch concert featuring works by women composers written for low brass instruments and piano. This concert is free and open to the public.

Sunday & Monday, December 24-25, various times: Christmas services at St John the Baptist in New Brighton. Stay tuned for more details.

As always, I try to keep my gig calendar updated with all relevant information.


Summer is upon us!

Students, friends, family, and fans,

Summer is in the air and it’s time for an updated lesson schedule as well as info on upcoming gigs and performances!

If you are a student or a potential student, make sure to check out my Summer Schedule for lesson availabilities.

I also will keep my Performance Calendar updated as the summer goes on. Upcoming gigs include a stint on bass trombone with the Swing Sisterhood and Brass Lassie’s first summer show at the Normandale Lake Bandshell in Bloomington.

Brass Lassie will be very busy this summer, performing at the State Fair, the MN Irish Fair, and the Vintage Band Festival in Northfield! I hope you can make a performance.

2016: A Round-up Review!

Well, 2016 is coming to a close, as all years do, and it’s been one of the most professionally exciting and challenging years yet! It was one of the most diverse years for types of gigs, music learned, and students taught. Here’s a little recap of what 2016 looked like for me:

Performance Highlights:

January: BrassChix presentation to 12 delightful young women trombonists plus a performance of the first movement of Red Dragonfly; performing Stravinsky’s Octet with Winona Chamber Winds

February: “Lunch With…” in Sundin Hall at Hamline, a 30 minute recital for the community; auditioning for the doctoral program at the U of Mn

March: Exultate Choir and Orchestra’s performance of their signature pasticchio mass; Easter services at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in S Mpls,

April: Sitting in with the Hamline Wind Ensemble on bass trombone

May: Conducting and performing with the Hamline Brass Choir; The Satellites played the Dakota and 612Brew; Metro Brass presented “Hold On Tight” at the Capri Theatre in N Mpls

June: Something like a month off? Ha!

July: Brass Lassie at the Minnesota Scottish Fair; The Satellites at the Icehouse; Mill City Five at Como Pavillon

August:  Mill City Five at Minnehaha Falls and Bistro La Roux in Circle Pines; The Satellites back at Icehouse

September: My first performance with the UMN Wind Ensemble!

October: UMN Collage Concert, playing with both Trombone Choir and U Symphony Orchestra

November: Brass Lassie at Celtic Junction; UMN Trombone Choir feature recital; USO performance of concerto competition winners; Minnehaha Repertory Orchestra’s yearly concert

December: Holiday concerts with the UMN Trombone Choir, bass bone in the Hamline Wind Ensemble again; Holiday Polka with Brass Barn Polka Band at Bauhaus Brew Labs; Christmas services at St John the Baptist in New Brighton; and of course, my first doctoral recital!

Teaching Highlights: 

I taught over 800 individual lessons this year to 30 different individuals, helping them win spots in All-State bands, local honor groups like GTCYS and Minnesota Junior Winds, preparing them for solo and ensemble performances, and overall enjoying their company and growth as astonishing young musicians and people. I’m incredibly proud to have raised of $3000 in scholarship funds to allow low-income students to take lessons for a year. I continued my work at Hamline University and took on a new collegiate job at Century College in White Bear Lake.

Personal Highlights: 

I traveled to NYC, San Diego, Lutsen MN, St Louis, Iowa, and Chicago. I saw good friends and met amazing new folks. I hiked, kayaked, camped, and stewarded my gorgeous state’s natural resources. I biked all over Minneapolis and St Paul. I started my doctorate while balancing a full freelancing and educational career.

What’s in store for 2017?

The plan is to keep rocking it out. Brass Lassie, The Satellites, and Mill City Five all have more to come. My second doctoral recital is currently on the schedule for April 17th. I’ll present at BrassChix again in January and will also perform portions of my recital for the kids of St Louis Park. I have big ideas and big plans for both my teaching and my art, so stay tuned. 🙂


Weekly Round-up 7/11/16

Performances: July has been busy! Brass Lassie at the Scottish Fair this past Saturday was an amazing event- I’d never been to a Highland Games before and it was not only fun to play for the crowd but to also be a spectator to some awesome feats of strength.

Next up:

Mill City Five: July 15th, 530-7pm @ Como Lakeside Pavilion. It’s free! Good food, beer, company, and tunes. See you there.

Rehearsals: MC5 gets together this Wednesday night to prepare for our Como gig. I’m sitting in with Sheldon Theatre Brass Band in Red Wing tonight- British Colliery band is one of my favorite styles to play in and this group is full of incredible talent and leadership.

Practicing: Absolutely must get started on repertoire for my upcoming doctoral program. Want to learn the third movement of Red Dragonfly and find some other pieces to fill out the program.

Also hoping to add some technical practice back into my routine.

Listening: Nothing new or special. I’ll start doing new arrangements for the Satellites this week so that will change.

Teaching: Summer of Tunes continues. After some in-depth talks with my good friend Jason Hausback this week, and watching him work with my students on various areas, I’m excited to apply some new techniques and observations.

Studying: UMN entrance exams. On repeat.

Relaxing: Well! What’s that! I did spend a lovely weekend in Lutsen with my partner over the 4th, hikes and campfires galore. Lots of good meals and bike rides with Jason. Buying a hammock today.

Weekly Round-up 6/27/16

Performances: No performances scheduled in June at the moment, but…

The Satellites: July 7th 11pm @ Icehouse

Brass Lassie: July 9th, sets at 11a and 2pm, Minnesota Scottish Fair

Mill City Five: July 15th, 530-7pm @ Como Lakeside Pavilion

Rehearsals: Brass Lassie tonight and tomorrow, Satellites on Sunday night!

Practicing: Still adding tunes to my Tune Library! I’d like to get to 100 by the end of June- can you help?

Working on the 3rd movement of Red Dragonfly and searching for other tunes for my first doctoral recital.

Listening: I don’t have a good answer for this! With all the bike riding I’ve been doing instead of driving, I don’t listen as much to things. It’s a fair trade at the moment.

Teaching: Summer of Tunes continues. Let’s make really good sounds, too.

Studying: UMN entrance exams. Woof. Remembering this week how much I hate melodic dictation.

Relaxing: A nice weekend full of Pride, bike rides, Eloise Butler, friends, and the new season of Orange is the New Black.