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Low Brass Week



Low Brass WeekJune 12-16, 2017

Low Brass Week is hosted by James A. Martin, faculty member at Webster University, former bass trombonist of the Buddy Rich Big Band, the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale (Florence, Italy) and active free-lance musician.

Joining him is Mark Kellogg, Associate Professor of Trombone, Euphonium and Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music and Principal Trombone of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Our focus is to celebrate the sounds of outstanding Low Brass artistry and explore the finer points of acquiring these skills, both musically and technically.

The week includes:

  • Establishing an effective, efficient warm-up
  • Daily low brass choir
  • Chamber music (each student will be placed in a trio/quartet according to experience level)
  • Solo playing in a master class setting
  • Special presentations on: Breathing concepts of Arnold Jacobs; Audition and recital preparation; Doubling; Orchestral and Jazz standard repertoire listening sessions
  • Introduction to improvisation

Low Brass Week is for trombone, bass trombone, baritone/euphonium, tuba.

Applicants include students who are entering 8 through 12 in Fall 2017.

Students must have at least one(1) year participation in a school band program or at least one(1) full year of private instruction.  If your student is entering grade 8 in Fall 2017, please contact James Martin at jamstl@webster.edu.  He will assess your student's level of experience to insure Low Brass Week is a meaningful and positive experience. 

Daily sessions 9 am–3 pm
(Participant recital on Friday, June 16 at 1 pm)
Each session involves active participation of each registrant.
All events are in Moore Auditorium and Stage III Auditorium.
Tuition: $250.00

Register for Low Brass Week

James A. Martin, Director

Adjunct Professor of Low Brass; Director of the Webster Wind Ensemble and Webster Jazz Collective.

Jim MartinBass trombonist Jim Martin has enjoyed a rich and varied musical career as a performer and teacher. A former member of ensembles as diverse as the Buddy Rich Big Band and Florence's Maggio Musicale Orchestra (Zubin Mehta, director), Jim is currently a faculty member at Webster University where he is Adjunct Professor of Low Brass, directs the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Collective. He has also performed with the Chicago Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, and extensively in concert and recordings with the St. Louis Symphony. An active performer at the Fox Theatre and in other theatrical settings in St. Louis, Jim is also a member of the Kim Portnoy Jazz Orchestra. A graduate of St. Louis University and the Eastman School of Music, Jim’s teachers include John Marcellus, Edward Kleinhammer, Arnold Jacobs, Jeffrey Reynolds and Mel Jernigan.


Mark Kellogg, Special Guest

Associate Professor of Trombone, Euphonium, and Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music and Co-Director of the Eastman Trombone Choir. 

Mark KelloggTrombonist Mark Kellogg enjoys playing classical and orchestral pops repertoire as the Principal Trombone of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Kellogg has appeared as soloist with the RPO on many occasions, performing the concerti of Tomasi, Albrechtsberger, Larsson, Schilkret, and Jeff Tyzik (commissioned by the RPO in celebration of the Orchestra’s 80th anniversary), works by Elliott Carter and Fred Sturm and numerous jazz and euphonium solos on the orchestra’s Pops series. Prior to his appointment in the RPO, he performed as a member of the San Francisco Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, and National Repertory Orchestra. He has been a frequent guest with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, appearing as soloist in the Eastman Theatre and on tours to Japan and Carnegie Hall. 

Active as a jazz and chamber musician, Kellogg was a founding member of the brass and percussion ensemble Rhythm & Brass, touring the United States and Japan and recording four CDs during his two years in the group. He has also performed with Clark Terry, Chris Vadala, Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Daniels, and Mel Tormé. Recent jazz and commercial recordings include collaborations with Jeff Tyzik, Gene Bertoncini, Allen Vizzutti, Steve Gadd, and Gap Mangione. His jazz recording with Eastman School faculty colleague pianist Tony Caramia, Upstate Standards, celebrates the music of upstate New York composers Harold Arlen, Alec Wilder, and Jimmy Van Heusen. Kellogg’s most recent CD, Impressions, is a collection of French music for trombone and piano, featuring pianists Joseph Werner and Christopher Azzara.

A Conn Trombone performing artist, Kellogg has made appearances at numerous low brass symposia including the International Trombone Festival, the Eastern Trombone Workshop, the Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival, the Northeast Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference, and the New York Brass Conference. He has also performed as soloist with ensembles such as the Hartford Symphony, the US Army Orchestra, the University of Rochester Symphony, the Youngstown Symphony, the Hamilton New Music Ensemble, and the Penfield Symphony.

In 2006, Kellogg initiated Eastman’s annual Summer Trombone Institute, a week-long workshop for high school and college trombonists. In June 2014, he served as co-host of the International Trombone Festival, held at the Eastman School. He lives in Pittsford, NY with his wife, flutist Joanna Bassett, and their son Rob.


Monday - Thursday

8:30 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. Breathing Exercises &
Warm Up

9:45 a.m. Low Brass Ensemble

11:00 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. Special topics: (to be selected from Doubling; Audition strategies; Solo playing; Improvisation; Orchestra and Jazz standard repertoire listening sessions)

noon Lunch

1:00 p.m. Masterclass or
Chamber Ensemble

2:00 p.m. Break

2:15 – 3:00 p.m. Low Brass Ensemble


8:30 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. Breathing Exercises &
Warm Up

9:45 a.m. Low Brass Ensemble

11:00 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. Special topics

noon Lunch

1:00 p.m. Participants Final Concert