March 2022

Congratulations to University of North Texas DMA Candidate and Teaching Fellow, Justin Weis. Justin recently won first place in the Euphonium Artist Solo Competition at the 2022 South Central Tuba Euphonium Conference, as well as first place in the Tuba and Euphonium Charity Series Solo Competition!

About Justin: Though he performs a wide variety of repertoire spanning the 18th century to the present, Justin takes a special interest in contemporary repertoire and the use of electronics, demonstrated through his excellent DMA recital last month. As he nears the completion of his DMA studies, Justin is cultivating a private studio and developing a strong commitment to advocating for the euphonium as an instrument of expression outside the traditional classical settings. He aims to achieve this by presenting recitals at nontraditional venues, and publicizing his music to audiences that may not typically listen to solo euphonium music - functioning as somewhat of a modern euphonium Troubadour!

In addition to performing, Justin dabbles in arranging, having created and self-published a handful of works for euphonium quartet and tuba euphonium ensemble, all of which are available through his website. Arrangements include works by Bruckner, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, and Kalinnikov and range in difficulty from music for young players to works that will challenge even professional ensembles. 

February 2022

UNT is home to one of the most prestigious euphonium studios in the world. Student success has been relentless for more than two decades and since our last news post in 2019, the trend has continued with just some of the achievements of our euphonium students highlighted here.

Chris McGinty, won a euphonium position with the United States Air Force Band in 2019, Brandon Hawkins won a euphonium position with the United States Navy Fleet Band in 2020 and Tyler Wise also won a euphonium position with the United States Navy Fleet Band in 2021.

During 2020, Boonyarit Kittaweepitak was appointed Professor of Euphonium at the Mahidol University in Thailand, Thomas Gusewelle was appointed Director of Media and Digital Strategy at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, and Blake Birmingham was appointed Adjunct Professor of Low Brass at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.

During the past three years the euphonium studio has experienced unprecedented success in the UNT Concerto Competition. In 2019, Brandon Hawkins and Grant Jameson progressed to the final; Grant Jameson won. In 2020, Max Dobson and Greg Stevens reached the final; Greg Stevens won. In 2021 Justin Weis and Tommy Vo progressed to the final, with Ada Brooks selected as an alternate finalist, before Tommy Vo became the studio’s third winner in three years and earlier this year performed the finale from the Joseph Horovitz Euphonium Concerto with the UNT Concert Orchestra.

UNT euphonium players have also experienced competition success nationally and internationally. Awards and prizes have been won at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference (2019), Singapore Brass Festival (2019), Ronald Sachs International Music Competition (2020), Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival (2020 and 2021), Stars and Shipes Mock Band Audition (2021), Vancouver Women's Society of Music competition (2021), and the New Zealand International Brass Festival (2021). In addition, Melissa Ewing won the International Women's Brass Conference solo competition in 2019, and Brandon Hawkins won the US Army Band "Pershing's Own" Tuba-Euphonium Workshop competition in the same year.

2020 saw Greg Stevens receive the prestigious Douglas & Jane Goodrich Award from the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival, Max Swisher became one of the three "Great Grads" awarded by UNT in Spring 2020 and, in 2021, Grant Jameson won the Best Soloist prize at the Kapitol Cory Online Brass Band Championships. In addition, six students also won contracts with the Santa Clara Vanguard, Blue Knights, Boston Crusaders, Bluecoats and the Colts.

Outside the competitive arena, significant student performances have included Brandon Hawkins’ guest soloist appearance with the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" Gala Concert in 2019 and Supernova Quartet’s performance at the 100th anniversary of the Texas Music Educators Association in 2020. During the same year, Jamie Lipton and Boonyarit Kittaweepitak made guest artist appearances at the North Texas Low Brass Camp, and Thomas Gusewelle collaborated with Dallas Symphony's Bradley Welch as part of the 'Preston Hollow Sessions'.

In 2021 Euphonium Camerata (pictured here) performed recitals at the Dallas Museum of Art and the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, Tommy Vo gave a recital and masterclass at Lethbridge University, and several students performed concerts in the euphonium section of Dallas Winds, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra and the Dallas Brass Band.

October 2019

Congratulations to DMA Euphonium Student, Grant Jameson and MM Euphonium Student, Brandon Hawkins on advancing to the UNT College of Music Concerto Competition Finals following the Brass Division Semi-Finals on Friday, October 11th, 2019. Other brass students that advanced were Marcus Flores and Nathan Little on trumpet and Mason Soria on Tuba. Winners from the College-wide competition will have the opportunity to perform with the UNT Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 in the Winspear Hall at the Winners' Concert. 


You can watch the Semi-Final performance with the link below:

Grant Jameson:

Brandon Hawkins:


Congratulations to both students, and we wish you the best of luck at the UNT Concerto Competition Finals on evening of Wednesday, October 16th in the Winspear Hall!

October 2019

Congratulations to UNT College of Music Euphonium student Greg Stevens and alummi Justin Weis on advancing in the Singapore Brass Festival!

The festival received submissions from USA, Netherlands, Chile, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore! 

The following 8 musicians have advanced to the Finals!

In no particular order:

1) Yan Liang Lee (French Horn), Singapore
2) Kim Zong Yun (Tenor Trombone), South Korea
3) Hong Yi Gu (Bass Trombone), China
4) Robert Visser (Euphonium), Netherlands
5) Kelvin Tsang (Euphonium), Hong Kong SAR
6) Justin Weis (Euphonium), USA
7) Greg Stevens (Euphonium), USA
8) Suphanat Khemapattanasamarn (Tuba), Thailand

1st Reserve: Pawin Urapeuatcharewan (Tuba), Thailand
2nd Reserve: William Yee (Tenor Trombone), Singapore

Semi-Final Round Juries: George CurranAdam Frey & Ben Jacks

In the event that any of the 8 finalists wishes to withdraw from the competition, we will invite the reserves to step up and takeover his or her spot.

Finals will be held on 21st November from 1pm to 5pm at Yamaha Thomson Plaza. The final round will be open to all festival pass holders!

Please visit our website for more information. Festival passes are available for purchase now.


Congratulations to UNT College of Music Alumnus, Alison Mahovsky, for winning the The United States Air Force Band euphonium audition! Of the 21 euphoniumists at the live audition, 12 were UNT College of Music current students or alumni, including both finalists!

Alison has had a long and special history with the US Air Force Band. Her first lesson on the euphonium was with Jen Dayton Cox, former euphonium player with the Air Force Band. She won the Air Force Band’s High School Concerto Competition, attended the Air Force Band’s Collegiate Symposium, and made it to the semi-finals of the Air Force Band's audition earlier this year in May.

Alison finished her Bachelor of Music in 2013, and her Master of Music in Performance and Music Education in 2016 at the University of North Texas under the guidance of Dr Brian L. Bowman. While at UNT, she was named honourable mention at the 2014 International Women's Brass Conference solo competition and won the bronze medal at the 2016 Leonard Falcone International Tuba and Euphonium Festival. Alison will be joining UNT Alumni Erik Lundquist and Chris McGinty in the United States Air Force Band’s Ceremonial Brass after the completion of her Basic Military Training.

Congratulations again to Alison, and we wish you all the best! 


JUNE 2019

Congratulations to DMA student Melissa Ewing on being runner-up in the Mock Band Military Audition at the International Women's Brass Conference

At ITEC 2019, UNT Euphonium students Tommy Vo and Kaho Kusayanagiwere invited to participate as members of the All-Star Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble. The All-Star group was lead by composer and teacher, John Stevens, and also included a thrilling solo performance from Roland Szentpali. The All-Star Ensemble also had 2 UNT Tuba students participate, Keith Packman and David Humphreys. Congratulations and great performance by all!

The North Texas Euphonium Quartet (NTEQ) shared an excellent chamber recital at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, featuring works that were written for quartet all within the last 4 years. One work, NiTor EQuus was written by UNT MM student, Takahiro Iwamitsu. The quartet received a very well deserved standing ovation at the end of their performance. Congratulations to Chris McGinty, Dr. Danny Chapa, Dr. Vince Kenney and Dr. Irving Ray!


MAY 2019

Congratulations to SuperNova Euphonium Quartet on being awarded runner-up at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference 2019 Small Ensemble Competition! A wonderful achievement for all involved. Congratulations to all other ITEC prize winners too. Especially the Small Ensemble winners, When Tuba Come One from the UK, with whom SuperNova had the pleasure of making music with earlier this week.

Another great recital today by UNT Alumnus, Dr. Irving Ray, featuring new and exciting music for Euphonium and electronics by Ben McMillan, Jacob ter Veldhuis, and Roland Szentpali.

Congratulations to UNT Alumnus, Mai Kokubo on a great recital at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference. In the audience were several current and former members of the studio, including retired professor, Dr. Brian Bowman.

Great recital by UNT Alumnus, Erik Lundquist at ITEC 2019, with the world premier of Wistful Thinking by William Timmons.

Congratulations to incoming DMA student Tommy Vo from Canada, DMA student Boonyarit Kittaweepitak (Tee) from Thailand, and incoming MM student Kaho Kusayanagi from Japan on their performances tonight in the Solo Euphonium Artist Division Competition at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference in Iowa City, Iowa.

Congratulations to UNT College of Music's SuperNova Euphonium Quartet (Max Swisher, Brad Halloran, Jordan Drake and Greg Stevens) for advancing to the finals of the International Tuba Euphonium Conference 2019 small ensemble competition. Congratulations to NOVATEQ, When Tuba Comes One, and Butler Brass Quartet (BBQ) for advancing onto finals as well.

Student success at the International Women's Brass Conference in Tempe, Arizona this week. After winning their respective preliminary rounds, UNT College of Music DMA student, Melissa Ewing won the Category 2 Competition at the Conference, and MM Student, Justin Weis, received an honourable mention in the Catergory 1 Competition. Congratulations to both students!

Congratulations Boonyarit Kittaweepitak AKA Tee - winner of Dallas Brass Band’s ‘Player of the Year’ and ‘Player’s Player of the Year’ awards!

Chris McGinty, UNT Doctoral Candidate, recently won a euphonium position with the United States Air Force Band. Chris currently serves as Director of Instrumental Studies at North Central Texas College, having completed his Bachelor of Music Education Degree under the guidance of Dr. Kevin Wass at Texas Tech University, before earning his Master of Music Degree in Euphonium Performance from the University of North Texas under the guidance of Dr. Brian L. Bowman. A finalist for euphonium positions with the United States Marine Band “President’s Own” and the United States Army Field Band, Chris was successful in securing this prestigious position with the U.S. Air Force against stiff competition from all over the United States, including four other current UNT euphonium students. Together with UNT euphonium alumni - Irving Ray, Danny Chapa and Vince Kenney, Chris is a founder member of the North Texas Euphonium Quartet; one of the most active young chamber ensembles in the country and regular guest artists at numerous universities and music conferences throughout the United States. Currently in the latter stages of his Doctoral studies under the supervision of David Childs, Chris will begin performing with the United States Air Force Band’s Ceremonial Brass in the Fall of 2019.


APRIL 2019

Congratulations to our Spring 2019 graduates: Vince Kenney (DMA); John Ingram (MM); Justin Weis (MM); Ana Castellani (BM); Nathan Meyers (BM).


MARCH 2019

Awesome masterclass by Bryce Edwards and Dan Geldert of the US Navy Band today. Invaluable insight from two great musicians.



Congratulations to UNT Alumnus, Patrick Nyren, on winning the audition with The United States Army Field Band. Another congratulations to UNT College of Music DMA students, Donald Bruce and Chris McGinty, on advancing to the finals of the audition. We are extremely happy for Patrick and we look forward to seeing him in one of many concerts with the Army Field Band!

Excellent recital and masterclass by Millennium Brass today. Many thanks Vince DiMartino, Richard Illman, Lisa Bontrager, Scott Hartman and Marty Erickson.

It was great to welcome Regents Professor of Euphonium Emeritus, Dr. Brian Bowman back to UNT this week to give an inspirational masterclass. It was also a treat to meet the dedicatee of Gordon Jacob’s Fantasia, Michael Mamminga, who attended the UNT College of Music Brass Band concert on Monday. This evening (Friday, February 22nd) it’s the Brass Area Showcase at 8pm in Voertman Hall and the euphonium studio will be represented by a UNT Euphonium Quintet. Come along to hear a variety of brass ensembles and soloists perform music by J.S. Bach, Enrique Crespo, Esa Pekka Salonen, Saint-Saens, Erik Morales, Paul Lovatt-Cooper and Brian Balmages.

Congratulations to Sgt. 1st Class Lauren Curran for 11 years of performing with the US Army Field Band. We wish you all the success with your future endeavours as the new Senior Producer!

Congratulations Tommy Vo - UNT College of Music Masters student and participant at the recent United States Air Force Band Collegiate Symposium. The rigorous audition process to select participants for this event included a resume and recorded audio samples, which were then screened by members of the band. The three-day workshop encompassed a variety of events including: clinics, masterclasses, rehearsals, and round table discussions, before concluding with a joint public and live-streamed performance with one of the world’s finest professional wind ensembles - the U.S. Air Force Concert Band, which took place in Schlesinger Concert Hall last night. Our thanks to Jen and John Cox for being such wonderful mentors and providing this amazing experience for young euphonium players.



Congratulations Brandon M. Hawkins on winning the Final of the The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Tuba-Euphonium Workshop Solo Euphonium Competition at Fort Myer last night! Brandon is a senior euphonium student here at the University of North Texas and was one of four finalists chosen to progress in this prestigious competition following a highly competitive recorded round last year. As winner he will now be featured as soloist, performing Philip Sparke’s Pantomime, with the U.S. Army Band in the gala concert of the 2019 Tuba-Euphonium Workshop, to be held at Brucker Hall, Fort Myer this Saturday evening, February 2.



Members of the UNT Euphonium Studio have been very fortunate to have masterclasses with Professor Emeritus, Dr. Brian L. Bowman, and Jen and John Cox of The United States Air Force Bands as they prepare for the upcoming euphonium audition with The United States Army Field Band.



Following last week’s inspirational Euphonium Master Classes with Øystein Baadsvik, Dr. Brian Bowman and the United States Air Force Band’s John and Jen Cox, tomorrow (Monday October 29th) we look forward to welcoming Dr. Matthew van Emmerik, who will be giving a short recital and Master Class at 12:00pm in the Voertman Hall. Preluding this, DMA candidate, Vince Kenney will be presenting his dissertation - essentially a "how-to" for euphonium players that want to double on tuba. The presentation will take place from 9:30 - 10:30 in the Recital Hall. All are welcome at both events.

Great couple of days for the UNT Euphonium Studio. Yesterday Øystein Baadsvik treated us to an amazing recital and master class, and today we had the honour of welcoming back UNT euphonium royalty - Regents Professor of Euphonium Emeritus, Dr. Brian L. Bowman, for an excellent excerpts clinic. Later this week we’re looking forward to having the opportunity to work with the euphonium section of the US Air Force Band led by Jennifer D. Cox, SMSgt, USAF, and next week we welcome Dr. Matt van Emmerik to UNT College of Music for a recital and Master Class! Here’s some photos from yesterday’s Master Class, with thanks to Regents Professor of Tuba, Donald C. Little.

Huge congratultions to UNT Alumni and 2018 Falcone Artist gold medalist, Blake Birmingham, on recently become a Besson Artist! |

Congratulations to UNT alumnus, Lauren Veronie Curran on accepting a new position with the The United States Army Field Band as Senior Producer! Before accepting this position, she performed with the band on euphonium for 10 years and has been a champion for the instrument!



In recent weeks both UNT’s Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band have given their debut concerts of the season. On September 20, under the direction of Dennis W. Fisher, the Symphonic Band presented ‘The Russians are Coming!’ - a brilliant concert featuring the music of Dmitri Shostakovich, Dennis Mariev, Vasily Agapkin, Vasily Kalinnikov and Mikhail Glinka. September 27 saw the Wind Symphony, directed by Eugene Migliaro Corporon, give an outstanding wind version world premiere of Wolfgang’s Passing Through; part of a blockbuster program that included Makris’ Aegean Festival Overture, Martin’s Lontano: Symphony and Ticheli’s Acadiana. The ensembles featured several members of the UNT Euphonium Studio, and at both concerts we were delighted to welcome a special guest audience member, retired Professor of Euphonium - Dr. Brian Bowman.

This was a very special year for the UNT Euphonium Studio at the 2018 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival. This years guest artist was professor emeritus, Dr. Brian Bowman, and UNT students won 1st place in both the Student and Artist Division competition; Congratulations Greg Stevens and Blake Birmingham!

Congratulations to UNT current student, Donald Bruce, and alumnus, Blake Birmingham, on their recent appointment with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra. We wish them the best of luck and we will be hoping to hear them live in concert soon!



Message from newly appointed Euphonium Professor: David Childs

"Welcome to the University of North Texas Euphonium Studio. During the last two decades this institution has become an iconic place of study for euphonium players the world over, with many of its alumni now filling some of the most prestigious euphonium positions in the United States and beyond. 

"In addition to the talent and musicianship of those that have passed through UNT, the prestige and success associated with this Euphonium Studio is down to the dedication of Dr. Brian Bowman - legendary euphonium soloist and mentor to so many wonderful musicians. 

"As we embark on a new academic year, I consider it a great honour to be here as Dr. Bowman’s successor, and together with the 35 euphonium students currently enrolled, we look forward to continuing the great UNT euphonium tradition."


May 2015:

Great Plains Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference (GPRTEC) held at the Wanda L Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University:


Solo Artist: Takahiro Iwamitsu, finalist

Solo Student Division: Brandon Hawkins, winner

Mock Audition: Takahiro Iwamitsu, winner


Guest Artist Recitals:

North Texas Euphonium Quartet


Congratulations to our 2015 Leonard Falcone International Tuba and Euphonium Festival Semi-finalists:

Solo Artist: Irving Ray, Blake Birmingham, Tom Mahovsky, Takahiro Iwamitsu, Vince Kenney (Erik Lundquist, alternate)

Student Division: Aaron Becker, Brandon Hawkins, (Ada Brooks - incoming freshman)


April 2015:

North East Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference (NERTEC) held at the Ithaca College School of Music:


Mock Audition:

Erik Lundquist, winner

Bijan Davenshar, Ray Henrickson, finalists


March 2015:

South East Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference (SERTEC) held at the University of Tennessee:

Guest Artist Recitals:

North Texas Euphonium Quartet

New Acoustic Metal Experiment (NAME) Tuba Euphonium Quartet


South Central Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference (SCRTEC) held at the University of Central Arkansas:


Solo Artist:

Erik Lundquist, 1st place

Sunny Chou, 3rd place

Mock Audition:

Erik Lundquist, 1st place

Irving Ray, 2nd place


Guest Artist Recitals:

Solo recitals: 

Geoff Durbin

Patrick Nyren

Richard Demy



North Texas Euphonium Quartet


February 2015:

North Texas Euphonium Quartet performs a guest artist recital at TMEA


January 2015:

The United States Army Band Tuba Euphonium Workshop (TUSABTEW) Mock Euphonium Audition

Irving Ray and Vince Kenney, tied for runner-up

Danny Chapa and Erik Lundquist, finalists


Big congratulations to Vince Kenney for being offered the position of Adjunct Instructor of Music at North Central Texas College! 


November 2014: 

North Texas Euphonium Quartet performs a guest artist recital at Texas Tech University.


October 2014:

North Texas Euphonium Quartet performs a recital UNT and features both Dr. Bowman and Tony Baker as guest soloists.


September 2014:

North Texas Euphonium Quartet performs guest artist recitals at Illinois Wesleyan University and the University of Illinois.


August 2014: 

The 2014 Leonard Falcone International Tuba and Euphonium Festival Results: 

Artist Solo Euphonium Competition:

Vince Kenney, 3rd place

Irving Ray, Donald Bruce semi-finalists


May 2014:

International Tuba Euphonium Conference (ITEC) 2014 held at the Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University.


Solo Artist: 

Richard Demy, 3rd place

Mock Audition:

Matt Solis, 2nd place

Irving Ray, Richard Demy, finalists


Ensemble performances:

The Founder’s Tuba Euphonium Quartet

UNT Euphonium Choir


April 2014:

North Texas Euphonium Quartet concludes its 2014 spring tour with a guest artist performance at the Eastman School of Music.


March 2014:

North Texas Euphonium Quartet continues their tour with guest artist performances at University of Nebraska at Kearney and Sam Houston State University.


February 2014:

North Texas Euphonium Quartet begins its first collegiate tour by performing as a guest artist at Baylor University and Oklahoma State University.


January 2014:

The United States Army Band Tuba Euphonium Workshop (TUSABTEW) Mock Euphonium Audition:

Erik Lundquist, winner


The Founder’s Tuba Euphonium Quartet goes on tour and performs guest artist recitals at: Henderson StateUniversity,  Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City University and UNT. Members include: Danny Chapa, Jamie Lipton, Ryan Robinson and Steven Kunzer.


August 2013:

The 2013 Leonard Falcone International Tuba and Euphonium Festival Results:

Artist Solo Euphonium Competition:

Geoff Durbin, 1st place

Chris McGinty, 2nd place

Irving Ray, 3rd place

Vince Kenney, Patrick Nyren semi-finalists

Student Division: 

Lacy Smith, Andrew Lyster semi-finalists


May 2013:

Jeremy McBride and Daniel Ord accept positions with TUSAB “Pershing’s Own” Ceremonial Band


Mid-West Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference (MWRTEC) held at Illinois State University:


Solo Artist: 

Danny Chapa, winner

Erik Lundquist, runner-up

Irving Ray, Matt Solis, finalists

Mock Audition:

Chris McGinty winner

Irving Ray runner-up

Erik Lundquist, Vince Kenney, finalists


Guest Artist Recitals:

University of North Texas Euphonium Quartet, members include Danny Chapa, Vince Kenney, Chris McGinty, Irving Ray


Great Plains Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference (GPRTEC) held at the University of Nebraska at Kearney: 


Solo Artist: 

Danny Chapa, winner

Mock Audition:

Danny Chapa, winner


South West Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference (SWRTEC) held at the University of Redlands:

Mock Audition:

Matt Solis, winner


April 2013:

North East Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference (NERTEC) held at the Ithaca College School of Music:  


Solo Artist: 

Danny Chapa, 1st place

Matt Solis, 3rd place 

Mock Audition:

Matt Solis, 1st place 

Danny Chapa, 2nd place


South Central Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference (SCRTEC) held at Louisiana State University:


Solo Artist:

Geoff Durbin, winner

Irving Ray, 3rd place

Mock Audition:

Irving Ray, winner

Patrick Nyren, first runner-up

Danny Chapa, second runner-up


Guest Artist Recitals: 

Solo Recitals: Danny Chapa, Patrick Nyren, Travis Scott, Richard Demy

Lecture Recitals: Richard Demy

Ensemble Performances:

“Fat Bottom Brass” members include Patrick Nyren, Toby Furr, Jesse Orth and Adam Kobel

UNT Tuba Euphonium Ensemble 


March 2013:

South East Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference (SERTEC) held at the University of North Florida: 


Solo Artist: 

Blake Birmingham, finalist

Mock Audition: 

Matt Solis, 1st place

Danny Chapa, 2nd place


Crescendo Music Awards

Phil Marion, 2nd place


February 2013:

The United States Army Band Tuba Euphonium Workshop (TUSABTEW) Mock Euphonium Audition:

Danny Chapa, winner

Richard Demy, Erik Lundquist, Matt Solis, finalists


November 2012:

TUSAB “Pershings Own” Ceremonial Band Audition

Toby Furr, winner

Erik Lundquist, Jeremy McBride, Daniel Ord, finalists

Richard Demy, Patrick Nyren, semi-finalists


August 2012:

IWBC Student Solo Euphonium Competition:

Blake Birmingham, 2nd place

Dylan Toombs, semi-finalist


The 2012 Leonard Falcone International Tuba and Euphonium Festival Results:

Richard Demy, 1st place

Chris McGinty, Irving Ray, Phillip Marion (Student division), semi-finalists


April 2012:

US Air Force Band Audition:

Patrick Nyren, Geoff Durbin, finalists

Toby Furr, semi-finalist


March 2012:

West Point Band Audition:

Patrick Nyren, finalist


January 2012:

The United States Army Band Tuba Euphonium Workshop (TUSABTEW) Mock Euphonium Audition:

Toby Furr, winner

Danny Chapa, Patrick Nyren, finalists


October 2011:

UNT Concerto Competition

Patrick Nyren, brass winner


The 2011 Leonard Falcone International Tuba and Euphonium Festival Results:

Toby Furr, 1st place

Danny Chapa, 2nd place

Phil Giampiertro , Irving Ray, semi-finalists


August 2011:

US Marine Band Euphonium Audition

Hiram Diaz, winner
Toby Furr, Chris McGinty, Patrick Nyren, finalists 

Naval Academy Audition

Danny Chapa, finalist
Jesse Manning, semi-finalist 


Artist Solo Euphonium Competition:

Danny Chapa, 1st place
Patrick Nyren, 2nd place
Toby Furr, Irving Ray, semi-finalists 

Young Artist Solo Competition:

Dylan Toombs, 1st place
Blake Birmingham, 3rd place
Kirt Brannen, 5th place 

GPRTEC – Pittsburg, KS

Artist Solo Euphonium Competition:

Patrick Nyren, 1st place

Student Solo Euphonium Competition:

Blake Birmingham, 1st place
Dylan Toombs, 2nd place

September 2010:

TUSAB “Pershings Own” Ceremonial Band Audition

Chris Buckley, winner
Daniel Ord and Toby Furr, finalists
Danny Chapa, Richard Demy, and Patrick Nyren, semi-finalists 


Artist Solo Euphonium Competition:

Geoff Durbin, 2nd place
Mai Kokubo, semi-finalist 

Student Solo Euphonium Competition:

Toby Furr, 1st place

ITEC 2010 - Tucson, AZ:

Artist Solo Euphonium Competition:

Phil Giampietro, 1st place
Chris McGinty, 2nd place
Jeremy McBride and Mai Kokubo, finalists
Also competed: Geoff Durbin, Patrick Nyren, Danny Chapa 

Euphonium Mock Band Audition:

Chris McGinty, 1st place
Danny Chapa, 2nd place
Jeremy McBride and Mai Kokubo, finalists
Also competed: Richard Demy, Patrick Nyren 

April 2010:

USAF Band of the Golden West Audition

Travis Hyde, winner
Chris McGinty and Patrick Nyren, finalists 

Jamie Lipton accepts position as Assistant Professor of Low Brass at Henderson State University!

November 2009:

Bobby Behrend, offered position with US Navy Band

Falcone 2009:

Artist Solo Euphonium:

Chris Buckley, 1st place
Mai Kokubo, 3rd place
Danny Chapa, Phil Giampietro, Patrick Nyren, semi-finalists 

Student Solo Euphonium:

Ethan Henshaw, 1st place
Toby Furr, 2nd place (incoming freshman) 

June 2009:

Navy Band Audition

Dan Geldert, winner
Bobby Behrend, runner-up
Danny Chapa and Daniel Ord, finalists 

March 2009

MWRTEC – Tubonium:

Solo Euphonium Competition:

Phil Giampietro and Patrick Nyren, finalists

January 2009:

UNT Concerto Competition:
Mai Kokubo, brass winner 

Falcone 2008:

Hiram Diaz, 2nd place

ITEC Cincinnati, OH 2008: 

Artist Solo Euphonium
Hiram Diaz, 1st place 

Military Band Excerpt Competition:

Jeremy McBride, 2nd place

Tubonium 2008:

Solo Euphonium Competition:

Dan Geldert, 1st place
Tony Carlson, 2nd place

US Army Field Band

Congratulations to Lauren Veronie (DMA) who has just won a job in the US Army Field Band!

Falcone 2007

This year's Falcone competition was a great success for the UNT Euphonium studio. Seven UNT euphonium players were invited to attend the festival in Michigan, and the three winners were from UNT. Congratulations to Phil Eberly, (MM), Chris Buckley, (DMA '09) and Jessica Powell, (BM '09), who placed first, second and third, respectively!

56th Army Band job

Dan Ord (MM '06) has joined the 56th Army Band stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington. He is now sweating his way through boot camp. We all know finding a job in the professional euphonium world is a big deal, so congrats to Dan!

US Army Band Job

A huge congratulations to Adam Lessard (MM '07) for winning a spot in the "Pershing's Own" United States Army Band. That's a great news; Adam's hard work paid off big time! Congratulations also to Jeremy McBride (MM '07) who made the finals in the audition.

Summer 2006 News

The past summer was a great one for the studio. Congratulations to everyone who performed and competed this summer and especially those who won! A summary of the summer's events:

International Women's Brass Conference Solo Competition

Normal, Illinois - June 14-17, 2006

Michael Idzior (MM '06) - First place, Category 2 Euphonium Division

Potomac Festivals Euphonium and Tuba Competition

Fairfax, Virginia - June 20-23, 2006

  • Jeremy McBride (MM '06) - Second place, Virtuoso Euphonium Division
  • Chris Buckley (MM '05, DMA) - Third place, Virtuoso Euphonium Division
  • Donald Bruce (BM '09) - Fourth place, Virtuoso Euphonium Division

Also competed: Elisa Harvey(MM '07) and Scott Stone(MM '07)

International Tuba/Euphonium Conference Competitions

Denver, CO - June 26-30, 2006

  • Jamie Lipton (MM '05, DMA) - First place, Euphonium Artist Solo Competition
  • Adam Lessard (MM '07) - Finalist, Euphonium Artist Solo Competition
  • Daniel Ord (MM '06)- Finalist, Euphonium Artist Solo Competition
  • Also competed: Elisa Harvey(MM '07) and Scott Stone(MM '07)
  • Chris Buckley (MM '05, DMA) - First place, Mock Band Audition
  • Phil Eberly (DMA) - Second place, Mock Band Audition
  • Jeremy McBride (MM '06) - Finalist, Mock Band Audition
  • Derek Pirruccello (BM '04) - Finalist, Mock Band Audition
  • Also competed: Elisa Harvey (MM '07), Michael Idzior (MM '06), and Lauren Veronie (BM '05, MM)
  • Adam Lessard (MM '07) and Scott Stone (MM '07) - Second place, Tuba/Euphonium Quartet Competition
  • Also competed: Chris Buckley (MM '05, DMA) and Jeremy McBride
  • Robert McDaniel (BM '08) - Member, University All-Star Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble
  • Jessica Powell (BM '09) - Member, University All-Star Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble
  • Jamie Lipton (MM '05, DMA) - Performer, Young Winners Recital
  • Jeremy McBride (MM '06) - Performer, Young Winners Recital
  • Mitsuru Saito (DMA '07) - Performer, Young Winners Recital
  • Lauren Veronie (BM '05, MM) - Performer, Young Winners Recital

Everyone in the studio that attended the conference also participated in a special combined concert with the euphonium studio of Steven Mead from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. It was highly successful and brought great credit to the University.

Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival Competition

Twin Lake, Michigan - August 9-12, 2006

  • Jamie Lipton (MM '05, DMA) - First Place, Euphonium Artist Competition
  • Adam Lessard (MM '07) - Second Place, Euphonium Artist Competition
  • Daniel Ord (MM '06) - Third Place, Euphonium Artist Competition
  • Also competed: Christopher Buckley (MM '05, DMA), Elisa Harvey (MM '07), Scott Stone (MM '07) and Lauren Veronie (BM '05, MM)


  • Adam Lessard (MM '07) - Invited to audition for "Pershing's Own" U.S. Army Band
  • Jamie Lipton (MM '05, DMA) - Invited to audition for "Pershing's Own" U.S. Army Band
  • Jeremy McBride (MM '06) - Invited to audition for "Pershing's Own" U.S. Army Band
  • Meredith Healy (BM '04) - Invited to audition for "Pershing's Own" U.S. Army Band
  • Chris Sarangoulis (BM '03) - Invited to audition for "Pershing's Own" U.S. Army Band


  • Brian Meixner (DMA) - Assistant Professor of Low Brass at Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA & Second Euphonium in River City Brass Band
  • Michael Idzior (MM '06) - Assistant Director of Bands at University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • Jeffrey Cottrell (DMA '05) - Visiting Instructor of Low Brass and Theory at Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, TX
  • Mitsuru Saito (DMA '07) - Euphoniumist with Samurai Brass, Tokyo, Japan

That's a pretty impressive list. Another congratulations to everyone! (And thanks to Jamie Lipton for compiling this list.)

News Archive

2006 Falcone Semi-Finalists Announced

Graduate students Chris Buckley, Elisa Harvey, Adam Lessard, Jamie Lipton (MM '05, DMA) (MM '05, DMA) , Dan Ord, Scott Stone, and Lauren Veronie have all earned spots in this year's semi-finals competition. UNT is well represented this year, with only three non-UNT students in the competition. Incoming graduate student Philip Eberly also was selected. Congratulations to all of you for this honor!

Dr. Bowman featured on new CD, "Euphoniums Unlimited"

Dr. Bowman's beautiful playing can now be heard on a new CD, "Euphoniums Unlimited." The brainchild of R. Winston Morris, this album is unique in its exclusive use of the Tennessee Tech Alumni Euphonium Choir as accompaniment. Dr. Bowman plays several solos on the CD; the other soloists involved in the project are Jukka Myllys and Adam Frey. Buy it here!

UNT Takes Top Three Again

Congratulations to 2005 Falcone finalists Jeremy McBride for taking first place and Jamie Lipton (MM '05, DMA) (MM '05, DMA) and Chris Buckley for taking second and third, respectively! Masters candidate Michael Idzior and 2004 alumni Meredith Healy and Derek Pirruccello were semi-finalists. Congratulations to freshman Dan Geldert for taking first place in the student division!

UNT Does Well at the Potomac!

Jamie Lipton (MM '05, DMA) and Chris Buckley took first and second in the Potomac Euphonium Competition! Roger Behrend hosts this competition at George Mason University. Aside from fame, Jamie also won a chance to perform with the prestigious President's Own Marine Band.

UNT Euphoniums well-represented at Texas Regional ITEC

Congratulations to doctoral candidates Brian Meixner and Mitsuru Saito, who both played exemplary recitals at the Texas Regional ITEC in Lubbock. Congratulations also to the High Tension Euphonium Quartet (comprised of Lauren Veronie '05 and masters candidates Chris Buckley, Jamie Lipton (MM '05, DMA) (MM '05, DMA) , and Jeremy McBride) and the Vortex Tuba Quartet (includes doctoral candidate Brian Meixner) for their fine performances.

Jeremy McBride wins UNT Concerto Competition

Congratulations to masters candidate Jeremy McBride, one of the winners of the UNT concerto competition. Accompanied by doctoral candidate Mitsuru Saito, Jeremy performed the third movement Vladimir Cosma's Euphonium Concerto from memory. His performance with the UNT orchestra has been sadly delayed, but look for it in 2006!

Falcone Semi-Finalists announced

Congratulations to 2005 Falcone semi-finalists: masters candidates Chris Buckley, Michael Idzior, Jamie Lipton, and Jeremy McBride, and 2004 alumni Meredith Healy and Derek Pirruccello. They have promised to drive safely. Congratulations also to incoming freshman Daniel Geldert on advancing to the semi-final of the Student division.

Vortex Tuba Quartet plays at Ranger Stadium

The Vortex Tuba Quartet, which includes doctoral candidate Brian Meixner, auditioned and won the opportunity to perform the National Anthem at a Texas Rangers game. Their performance was flawless and so inspiring that they have been invited back!

Jamie Lipton wins Potomac Euphonium Competition

Congratulations to doctoral candidate Jamie Lipton on taking first place at the Potomac Euphonium Competition. She performed David Gillingham's "Vintage" with the President's Own Marine Band. Congratulations also to doctoral candidate Chris Buckley (2nd place), incoming graduate student Adam Lessard (4th place), and incoming freshman Daniel Geldert (2nd place, Young Artist division.)

Luis Saldana accepts job at Hebron High School

Congratulations to Luis Saldana '05 on his first job as a band director at Hebron High School. We know he will be terrific!

UNT Takes Top Three at Falcone

UNT captured all three finalist spots in the 2004 Leonard Falcone Euphonium Artist Competition. Doctoral candidate, Mitsuru Saito won the competition, alongside fellow North Texans Jamie Lipton (MM '05, DMA) (MM '05, DMA) and Jeremy McBride. Congratulations also to the other UNT finalists: doctoral candidate Elena Hansen and Luis Saldana '05, as well to alternate Pete Folliard '06.

Jazz Euphonium Student wins ITEC Jazz Competition

Congratulations to master's candidate, Toshi Terukina, on winning first place at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Budapest, Hungary. Toshi also placed third in the Street Competition. He reports, "I did 'kung-fu euphonium' with a good friend of mine, Nick from UNF, to demonstrate how to use a euphonium as a weaponary." Kudos to Toshi for presenting yet another venue for the euphonium!

Inaugural Potomac Festival Showcases UNT Talent

UNT senior, Lauren Veronie, performed with the US Navy Band following her capture of first prize at the Potomac Festivals International Tuba and Euphonium Competition. Lauren performed the Gordon Jacob Fantasia with the US Navy Band at the culmination of the three day festival in June.

Derek Pirruccello Delivers Commencement Speech

On Saturday, May 8, UNT Outstanding Undergraduate Brass Student Derek Pirruccello '04 spoke at the College of Music Commencement. During his speech, Derek urged his fellow graduates to thank those people who supported them throughout their college careers. Derek also took a moment to thank Dr. and Mrs. Bowman for their unwavering faith and encouragement towards him and the rest of the UNT Euphonium Studio. Great job, Derek!

Dr. Bowman Wins UNT Faculty's Highest Honor

On Friday, April 23, Dr. Bowman was awarded the 'Fessor Graham award, the only faculty award for which professors are nominated by their students. Named for Professor Floyd Graham, the award recognizes one faculty member each year for outstanding and unselfish service beyond the call of duty to students. Many people in the studio contributed essays and photos to the nomination package. Congratulations to Dr. Bowman for this well-deserved award!

UNT Euphoniums Sweep USAF Heartland of America Band Euphonium Audition

On Wednesday, April 14, three UNT euphonium students, masters candidate Chris Buckley, Meredith Healy '04, and masters candidate Jamie Lipton (MM '05, DMA) (MM '05, DMA) traveled to Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska to audition for the Heartland of America Band. The job was offered to Jamie Lipton, but she has decided to continue her studies here at UNT. The position has been accepted by runner-up Meredith Healy. Congratulations to all three for a great showing and for making it back to Texas safely, even if they did take a detour to Missouri!

Ryan McGeorge wins Marine Band Audition

Congratulations to Ryan McGeorge '04, winner of the euphonium position in the President's Own! Ryan will join fellow UNT alumnus, Mark Jenkins '03, in the euphonium section. Recognition is also extended to finalists Derek Pirruccello '04 and masters candidate Jamie Lipton (MM '05, DMA) (MM '05, DMA) .

Matthew Murchison wins Carnegie Mellon University Concerto Competition

Active soloist and member of the River City Brass Band, alumnus Matthew Murchison '02 recently won the CMU Concerto Competition. Previous accomplishments for Matt include include winning both the Artist and Student Divisions of the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition, as well as the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference Young Artist competition. While at UNT, Matt was a member of the Wind Symphony as well as the Tuba/Euphonium ensemble.

Mitsuru Saito wins International Phillip Jones Brass Competition

Congratulations are extended to Mitsuru Saito, doctoral candidate. This past September Mitsuru travelled to Narbonne, France, where he captured first place in the "PRESTIGE DES CUIVRES" International Phillip Jones Euphonium Competition.