Trombone/Euphonium Day

4th Annual Trombone/Euphonium Day at Southeast Missouri State University
March 14, 2020

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Where: The event will be hosted on the River Campus in the Seminary and Dobbins Buildings
Price: $15 Early Bird (register Online); Day of Registration $20


9:00AM Onsite Registration begins
10:00AM Group Warmup Class, Dr. Joseph Jefferson
11:00AM Trombone, Euphonium FUNdamentals, Mr. Brad Kerns, Dr. Matthew Hightower
11:30AM Trombone, Euphonium/Tuba Quartet Reading Session
12:30-1:30PM Lunch (on your own)
1:30PM Masterclasses, Mr. Brad Kerns, Dr. Matthew Hightower
2:30PM Q and A - A Day in The Life as a Music Major
3:30PM Recital

Brad Kerns playing his trombone in a performance

Guest Artist: Brad Kerns, Associate Professor, Trombone at the University of Kentucky

Bradley Kerns joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky in the fall of 2011. As a soloist, chamber musician, and educator Brad has performed and taught across the globe at events such as the American Trombone Workshop, the Brass in Autumn Festival in St. Petersburg-Russia, the DIA T Festival in Recife-Brazil, the Great American Brass Band Festival, the International Trombone Festival, the Inner Mongolia Art College, the International Women's Brass Conference, the Jazz Education Network Conference, the Projecto Bone Festival in Sao Paulo-Brazil, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Moscow Brass Days, the Taller de Trombone Festival in Panama, as well as multiple Brazilian Trombone Association Conferences.

Brad has been involved in nearly thirty recording projects under multiple recording labels and has performed for programs such as the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), National Geographic, the BBC England, and WRFL Lexington. Professor Kerns received a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Kentucky while studying with Dale Warren and a Master of Music Degree from Boston University while studying with Scott Hartman. Brad is an Edwards Instruments and Pickett Brass Performing Artist.

Matthew Hightower posing for a professional photo with his instrument

Guest Artist: Dr. Matthew Hightower, Assistant Professor of Tuba/Euphonium at the University of Kentucky

As a professional tubist, Matt Hightower’s performance experience covers a wide range of chamber, orchestral, and solo music that spans three continents and nine countries. He is a prizewinner of international solo competitions and has presented masterclasses to tuba/euphonium students around the world.

His growing list of solo residencies include Baylor University, Conservatory of Reykjavik (Iceland), Eastern Tennessee State University, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, the University of North Georgia, the University of Tennessee, the University of Texas, the 2019 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference, 2017 and 2018 South Central Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conferences, the 2015 & 2018 South East Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conferences, The United States Army Band Tuba/Euphonium Workshop in Arlington, VA and the Xi Xiang Music Valley (China) among others.

He is the tubist with the University of Kentucky Faculty Brass Quintet and has also performed with the Corpus Christi Brass Quintet, the Kingsville Brass Quintet, the Lexington Philharmonic Brass Quintet, the Mirari Brass Quintet, and the Atlas Tuba Quartet.

Some of his credits as a large ensemble performer include appearances with the Bloomington Camerata Orchestra, The Columbus (IN) Symphony, The Evansville Philharmonic, The Iceland Symphony Orchestra, The Jackson Symphony, the Lexington Philharmonic, the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Bach Festival, and David Baker’s 20th Century BeBop Band.

In addition to his career as teacher and performer, Dr. Hightower is an award-winning composer. In 2010 Dr. Hightower was named the winner of the KMEA Intercollegiate Composition Contest. Commissioned works by Dr. Hightower have received premier performances at the 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2019 International Tuba/Euphonium Conferences, the 2017 and 2018 South Central Regional Tuba Euphonium Conferences, the 2018 South East Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference, the John F. Kennedy Center, and the 2016 Texas Music Educators Conference. Many of his arrangements and original works are published through Potenza Music and Absolute Brass Publishing. He is also a composer for Fannin Musical Productions, where he arranges and composes music for high school marching bands across the United States.

Dr. Hightower earned a BM in music education from Murray State University, an MM in tuba performance from Indiana University, and a DMA from the University of Texas at Austin. His primary instructors were Ray Conklin, Daniel Perantoni, and Charles Villarrubia, with additional instruction in the field of composition from Mike D’Ambrosio, John Fannin, and P.Q. Phan.

Matt Hightower is a B&S performing artist.

joseph jefferson posing with instrument

Organizer/Artist in Residence: Dr. Joseph L. Jefferson Assistant Professor of Trombone/Euphonium

Dr. Joseph L. Jefferson joined the faculty at Southeast Missouri State University in the fall of 2017. As a soloist, chamber musician, and educator, Joseph maintains an active schedule in Classical, Jazz, and commercial musical settings both nationally and internationally. Dr. Jefferson has been a guest artist and presenter at the International Trombone Festival, International Horn Symposium, University of Evansville Brass & Percussion Day, Mt. Hood Community College, Mineral Area College, and Three Rivers College. He has also taught masterclasses and performed at colleges and universities in Idaho, Oregon, Virginia, Missouri, Texas, Nevada, Nebraska, and North Carolina. Internationally, Joseph has had performing and teaching residencies in Bermuda and Asia at the College of Music, Mahidol University in Thailand. In the classical genre, Joseph has performed with world-renowned artists and groups, such as: Zoltan Kiss, Christopher Bill, The Irish Tenors, Colour of Music Orchestra, U.S. Army Continental Band, and with John Phillip Sousa IV. As a jazz/commercial musician, Joseph has performed with the Stuart Dempster (World Premiere 2017 International Trombone Festival), Sean Jones, Andre Hayward, Louis Romanos Quartet, Jae Sinnett, Mike Berkowitz, Mark Michelson Big Band, Randy Brecker, Slide Hampton, as well as international R&B artists Dwele, Raheem Devaughn. Joseph’s performances have also been broadcasted on Missouri’s KRCU (90.9/88.9), and an affiliate with NPR and KFVS (Channel 12) - The Heartland's CW, an affiliate with CBS. Dr. Jefferson has earned degrees from Norfolk State (B.M), Shenandoah Conservatory (M.M.), and West Virginia University (D.M.A.) under the tutelage of esteemed faculty; including, Dr. Keith Jackson, Dr. Wayne Wells, Dr. Mike Hall, and Mr. Paul Adams. He has also studied with Amanda Stewart, Andre Hayward, Dr. Natalie Mannix, Delfeayo Marsalis, David Vining, and Donna Parkes. Joseph is an S.E. Shires and Giddings Mouthpieces Performing Artist.

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