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(Eng) Thailand Brass and Percussion Conference

Date(s) - 14/08/2014 - 31/08/2014

College of Music, Mahidol University Salaya Campus

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This will be an exciting six-day event featuring performances, masterclasses, and clinics by international guest artists and the top professionals in the Bangkok area. There will also be exhibits by area music merchants and international instrument manufacturers. The conference will have something for everyone. Students will have opportunities to learn from the experts, teachers can attend clinics to refine their pedagogical techniques, and brass and percussion lovers of any age can enjoy the daily performances featuring the international guest artists, regional artists, members of the TPO brass section, Mahidol faculty, and much more! We look forward to you joining us for this entertaining and inspiring event!

For more information contact:
Daren Robbins: darenrobbins@gmail.com (English language)
Kitti Sawetkittikul: boongy123@yahoo.com (Thai Language)

TPBC 2014 คือกิจกรรมสำหรับพัฒนาและเสริมสร้าง ความรู้และศักยภาพทางด้านดนตรีให้กับนักดนตรีประเภทเครื่องเป่าทองเหลืองและเครื่องกระทบ (Brass and Percussion) ที่จัดโดยภาควิชาเครื่องเป่าทองเหลืองและเครื่องกระทบ วิทยาลัยดุริยางคศิลป์, มหาวิทยาลัยมหิดล โดยภายในงานจะประกอบด้วยการแสดงของนักดนตรีทั้งชาวไทยและต่างประเทศ การสอนและให้ความรู้จากอาจารย์ชั้นเยี่ยม นอกจากนี้ยังมีการเปิดแสดงสินค้าดนตรีจากบริษัทชั้นนำอีกด้วย นักเรียนและนักศึกษาที่เข้าร่วมงานจะได้ความรู้และพัฒนาเทคนิคการเล่นและอาจารย์ก็จะได้พัฒนาและแลกเปลี่ยน


Conference Pass 500 ฿
Day Pass 200 ฿

Tickets can be purchased at the MACM Ticket Counter at any time during the conference.

Guest Artists:

American Horn Quartet

Entering its twenty-eighth season, the American Horn Quartet continues to be unique in the field of brass chamber music. Their exuberant performances have brought audiences all over the world to their feet. In 1982, four American horn players who were working and residing in Europe met for the first time to explore the potential of the horn quartet, a chamber music formation with a much longer tradition than most people realize. Mastering the already existing repertoire, they then began to compose and arrange, as well as commission new works for the horn quartet. The individual members of the AHQ are all very successful soloists in their own right, having won top international competitions in Geneva, Prague, New York, Passau and Munich. It comes then as no surprise that together they brought home top honors at chamber music competitions in Barcs, Hungary (Philip Jones Competition), Brussels and Tokyo.

Over the past twenty years, besides being featured at horn and brass festivals around the globe, the American Horn Quartet has established itself at regular chamber music concert series on the international circuit. They have also appeared as soloists with numerous symphony orchestras, among them the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Illinois Philharmonic, the Philharmonica Hungarica, the Brabants Orchestra of Eindhoven and the Bordeaux Aquitaine Symphony Orchestra in France, just to name a few.

Some of the highlights of the AHQ career include their performance on stage at the Barbican in London, an appearance with orchestra at the world famous Tonhalle in Zürich, a recording collaboration with the horn section of the New York Philharmonic, a recital in Melbourne, Australia featuring the great horn soloist Barry Tuckwell in a cameo appearance, performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and a five-minute standing ovation at the 20th International Horn Society Workshop in Tallahassee, Florida.

Summing up the career of an ensemble which has accomplished so much, presented over five hundred concerts and masterclasses world wide, and has produced ten CDs, is a difficult task indeed. Therefore we invite you to discover the American Horn Quartet for yourself.


John Marchiando, trumpet

Praised as “one of the finest trumpeters of his generation,” John Marchiando currently serves as Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico. Additionally, he performs as Principal Trumpet with the New Mexico Philharmonic, Trumpeter in the Summit Brass and Trumpeter in Tromba Mundi.

Marchiando appeared as Principal Trumpet with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra from 2006 until it’s untimely demise in 2011 and has also held positions with the Phoenix Symphony and Arizona Opera. He has performed as Guest Principal Trumpet with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Santa Fe Symphony and has appeared with many other notable ensembles, such as the Santa Fe Opera, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Chatter 20-21, Santa Fe New Music, and the Figueroa Music and Arts Project.

A committed music educator, Marchiando has given masterclasses and clinics worldwide, including at renowned institutions such as the Rafael Méndez Brass Institute, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), University of Illinois, Univerisity of Colorado, University of Denver, Royal Northern College of Music (UK), Messiah College, and West Chester University (PA). He has served as adjudicator for the National Trumpet Competition and for state competitions and festivals in New Mexico and Arizona. John also appears regularly as a clinician at high schools across the southwest. Previously, Dr. Marchiando held positions on the faculties of the University of Toledo and Arizona State University.

Active also as a soloist, John has performed with ensembles across the globe, including appearances with the Summit Brass, Denver Municipal Band, New Mexico Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony, Albuquerque Concert Band, Canticum Novum, La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, Chatter 20-21, and the Church of Beethoven. He has performed recitals and solos at the International Trumpet Guild Conference, Rafael Méndez Brass Institute, International Trumpet Festival at West Chester University, National Trumpet Competition, CBDNA National Conference, University of Illinois and the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp) in Brazil.

Marchiando can be heard on recordings on the Accord, Centaur, Summit and Stemming record labels and has also done projects for National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting System. As a music producer, John has completed several sessions for Summit Records, including the two live performance recordings by the Summit Brass and, most recently, the University of New Mexico Wind Symphony recording, Tales of Imagination, featuring horn soloist J.D. Shaw.

John received degrees from the University of Michigan (B.M. ’92, M.M. ’95) and completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Arizona State University in 2004. His dissertation, The Rafael Méndez Online Library (http://mendezlibrary.asu.edu), is the official website of the Rafael Méndez Library housed at Arizona State.

Dr. Marchiando has been extremely fortunate to study with some of the greatest trumpet virtuosi in the world, including David Hickman, Armando Ghitalla, Charles Daval, Raymond Mase, Chris Gekker and Ramon Parcells.

John Marchiando is an S.E. Shires performing Artist.


Neeraj Mehta, percussion

Neeraj Mehta is an active performer and educator, having presented concerts, clinics and master classes in North America and Europe. With interests in a wide variety of percussive styles, Dr. Mehta has performed and recorded with numerous artists and ensembles including: Michael Udow, the Michigan Chamber Players, Alan Abel and Anthony Orlando of the Philadelphia Orchestra, New Music Detroit, Linda Maxey, Michael Spiro, John Santos, and Clyde Stubblefield of the James Brown Band.

In 2008 Dr. Mehta was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study in Copenhagen, Denmark with solo-percussionist Gert Mortensen at Det Kongelige Dansk Musikkonservatorium (DKDM). While in Copenhagen, he premiered and recorded En Lys Timer (A Light Hour) by famous Danish composer Per Nørgård with Percurama. He also collaborated with composer Ole Buck on his percussion solo Rejang, and performed with the New Jungle Orchestra. At DKDM, Dr. Mehta also studied with timpanist of the Berlin Philharmonic Weiland Welzel and Swedish marimbist Johan Bridger. In addition to his contemporary percussion work in Denmark, he studied and performed with retired percussionist of Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba, Ignacio Guerra Acosta, and performed clinics in Afro-Cuban percussion with conguero of the Carlos Santana Band, Raul Rekow. As Guest Artist, Dr. Mehta performed and presented lectures on Danish percussion music at numerous American institutions including: Ohio University, Eastern Michigan University, University of Wisconsin, Lawrence University and Northern Illinois University.

Formerly the principal percussionist of the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Mehta’s orchestral work has included performances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and other regional orchestras. He is also deeply committed to the performance of new works for solo and contemporary chamber ensembles, and has worked with many internationally recognized composers including: Bright Sheng, Michael Daugherty, Virgil Moorefield, Steven Dembski, Michael Udow, Russel Hartenberger, Bob Becker and Dave Hollinden. He most recently commissioned Frantic, Gnarly, Still by Opera Company of Philadelphia Composer in Residence Lembit Beecher for violin and multiple-percussion.

In addition to his work in western art music, Dr. Mehta is an active jazz and Latin percussionist, having led the Mehta Jazz Group from the drum kit and performed regularly with Latin bands in the areas where he has lived. He has appeared at numerous venues and festivals including the University of Toledo Jazz Faculty Concert Series, the Isthmus Jazz Festival, and the Jazz at Five Summer Music Series. As conguero and percussionist with the Afro-Cuban jazz quartet Nuevo Rumbon, he has been featured at Jazzloop 2007 and the Art Tatum Heritage Jazz Festival. At the University of Michigan, Dr. Mehta served as director of the University of Michigan World Percussion Ensemble, as well as the UM Vencedores Samba Band. He was also a 2007-2008 graduate fellow of the University of Michigan Center for World Performance Studies, receiving a grant of $10,000 to conduct fieldwork in Afro-Cuban folkloric drumming.

Neeraj Mehta is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music, Theater and Dance. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts and master’s degrees at the University of Michigan and holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Mehta is an artist/endorser of Innovative Percussion, Inc. sticks and mallets and Remo Drumheads


Jonathan Ovalle, percussion

Jonathan Ovalle is a dynamic and versatile percussionist, whose performances and collaborations feature a diverse array of instruments, ensembles, and aesthetics. Born in 1976 in Mexico City, Ovalle grew up in Houston, Texas, and is a graduate of U-M where his teachers included: Michael Udow, Julie Spencer, Salvatore Rabbio, Gerald Cleaver, Michael Gould as well as additional studies with vibraphonist, Ted Piltzecker.

As a concert performer and chamber musician, Ovalle’s experience includes performances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Sarasota Opera, Brass Band of Battle Creek and the Detroit Chamber Winds, as well as a recent collaboration with clarinetist/composer, Evan Ziporyn as a part of the Detroit New Music annual marathon Strange Beautiful Music. He has numerous performances as a featured artist at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), most recently, in 2013, on a concert featuring new works for world percussion soloists and chamber percussion ensemble, and was also recently featured as a soloist at the Texas Bandmasters Convention. As a drumset and jazz artist, Ovalle has been privileged to share the stage with Jon Hendricks, Vic Juris, Roland Vazquez, Ann Hampton Callaway, David Hazeltine, Phil Markowitz, Harold Danko, Stephanie Nakassian, Gunnar Mossblad, Tim Whalen, and currently leads his own Afro-Cuban trio/quartet featuring him as both a performer as well as a composer/arranger.

Active as a composer and arranger, Ovalle’s percussion arrangements for the production of Ballroom with a Twist, created by Dancing with the Stars pro Louis Van Amstel, is currently touring and receiving performances by symphony orchestras across the United States and Canada including the Kansas City Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, and Calgary Philharmonic. His concert percussion music is published by Tapspace Publications and Living Sound Triangles. His most recent composition, Triangulation, is a solo work scored for 4 triangles and was created as part of a unique project led by Mark Berry (owner of Living Sound Triangles) who commissioned several composers to create solo pieces featuring the triangle as the primary instrument.

A passionate pedagogue, Ovalle finds motivation in unlocking students’ potential by helping them overcome technical and mental roadblocks to assist them in becoming creative, technically-sound, musically-sensitive musicians. His central philosophy works to create an interconnected web of skills and concepts that can be cross-applied in numerous areas of percussion in an effort to create the “total percussionist.” Ovalle also works to encourage the spirit of entrepreneurialism and self-advocacy in his students when it comes to building and maintaining a successful career in music and the percussive arts.


Jimmy Finnie, percussion

Jimmy Finnie joined the Indiana State University music faculty in 1994. Dr. Finnie has presented solo and chamber concerts, and clinics and master classes throughout the United States, Austria, Canada, China, Thailand and Hungary. He performs regularly with Mojah Tuba (brass, percussion, and dance fusion) Cramped Spaces Ensemble (piano and percussion quartet), Caribbean Consort Steel Band, and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Jimmy is an Artist Clinician for the Zildjian Cymbal, and Innovative Percussion Mallet Companies. As director of the Indiana State University Percussion Ensemble and Steel Drum Band, he has presented numerous concerts on elementary, secondary and university campuses throughout the State of Indiana. Similar performances have also been presented at the Percussive Arts Society’s Indiana Day of Percussion; Indiana Percussion Association Clinic Day; Indiana Music Educators Association Conference; Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, and Music Teachers National Association Conference. Dr. Finnie holds the degrees: Bachelor of Music Education from East Texas State University, Master of Music from The University of Georgia, and Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of North Texas. jimmy.finnie@indstate.edu


Indiana State University Percussion Ensemble

The Indiana State University Percussion Ensemble is one of eight performance groups in which percussionists may participate at Indiana State University. The ensemble is composed of music education, music composition, music business, and percussion performance majors Megan Casas, Thomas Davenport, Zachary Huff, Nicholas Olson, Jacob Rowe, Nathan Spellman, Ashley Sullivan and Ian Winningham. Incorporating a varied array of percussion instruments and eclectic repertoire, the ISU Percussion Ensemble seeks to heighten its performer’s musical sensitivity and technical proficiency through the study of chamber music.


Eisuke Yamamoto, trumpet

After performing in the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, he performed in the Southeast German Philharmonic as the principle trumpeter for fifteen years. Since returning to Japan, he has performed in Japan and Europe as an orchestral player, a chamber music player, and a soloist. He studied under Teruyo Hayashi, Housei Soken, Philip Jones and Fritz Vezenik. He graduated Kunitachi College of Music and Hochschule der Musik Berlin.

He is currently President of Ensemble Fata Morgana and member of a trumpet group “Pazzler” which performs various genres. He is also Professor of the Kunitachi College of Music, Guest Professor of Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, and Executive Director of Japan Trumpeters’ Association.


Takashi Fukuda, percussion

Takashi was born in Kumamoto-shi, graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts and completed the Master’s Course of the university. Since 1973 he has been a member of a Percussion Group 72(PG72), he made efforts to spread percussion music by commissioning works and by performing. Since 1976, he performed as a member of the orchestras in Tokyo including NHK Symphony Orchestra and in the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra. Also performed as a percussionist at chamber music and contemporary music festivals. In 1982, he took office as a conductor of the Kumamoto Youth Symphony Orchestra. Since then, he conducted and instructed student orchestras, citizen orchestras, wind-instrument music, Flute Ensembles, Japanese music Ensembles etc. From September of 1985 till July of 1987, he studied at Berliner Philharmoniker Karajan Academy as a scholarship student of Rotary International Foundation. In 1993, studied at Mozarteum University Salzburg Orff Institute. In 1999, he was in charge of the music of the opening ceremony of the Summer National Athletic Meet. In 2001, he formed the Percussion Ensemble 01. He has been holding concerts at Kumamoto, Kobe, Kofu, Chiba etc. In 2008, he published this ensemble CD and score ~ Yasashii Kimochi ~. From 2007, he is a Professor of Kunitachi College of Music and a music director of Kunitachi College of Music Percussion Ensemble.


Toru Miura, Music Director of Kunitachi Wind Orchestra

Toru earned a B.M. degree with the Ataka Award from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts. After this he received an M.M. degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, studied at the Eastman School performing in the Eastman Wind Ensemble, conducted by Donald Hunsberger. Upon returning to Japan Miura was appointed the principal and solo euphonium with the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra from 1978 to 2007.

He founded numerous ensembles and as a soloist & a clinician. He has appeared at six International Tuba Euphonium Conferences and two Brass Congresses. ITEA awarded him the Lifetime Achievement Award. He has performed under some of the greatest conductors, such as Maestro Frederick Fennell in which he witnessed the first hand evolution of professional wind band development into the 21st century.

In 2011, he led the KCM Wind Orchestra to United States for an exchange with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and also made two important appearances at the 65th MidWest Band Clinic performing at the final concert demonstrating their excellence in music education and virtuosity. He is currently an Invited Professor at the Kunitachi College of Music and serves on the Board of Directors of Japanese Band Directors Association (JBA) and Chair of International Relations.

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