School of Music

Brass Festival


January 20, 2020
Creative Arts Center
Wright State University

The Wright State University School of Music Brass Studios under the leadership of Gretchen McNamara, trombone; Aaron Brant, horn; David Diamond, trumpet; and Daniel Honaker, tuba and euphonium. are excited to host another festival for brass musicians from our region this year.

Each January we bring to you world-renowned guest artists and clinicians for a day of music making, master classes and performances. We are excited to announce the 2020 Brass Festival guest artists will include the principal brass musicians of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra: Robert Sullivan, trumpet; Elizabeth Freimuth, horn; Cristian Ganicenco, trombone; and Christopher Olka, tuba.

The day will include on-site industry vendors with instruments to try and supplies to purchase. The festival is open to high school and college students, amateurs and professionals. Parents and educators are welcome to join us for the day. All recital performances taking place throughout the day will be free and open to the public. All master classes and clinics will be reserved for festival participants.

This year’s festival will also be host to a performance solo competition in one division for collegiate students up to age 25. Competition rules, registration, and fees are described in the tabs below. Click for more information.  

Hosts: Gretchen McNamara, trombone; Aaron Brant, horn; David Diamond, trumpet, Daniel Honaker, tuba.

Register for the festival today!

$35 – Collegiate Solo Competition entry fee (includes the festival)

$25 – Festival participant fee

$10 – Music teachers/community/Wright State students

All participants under age 18 must submit a Medical Form (PDF) on the day of the event.

All festival events will take place on the Wright State campus in the Creative Arts Center. 

Directions to Wright State 

Solo Competition Info


Preliminary round (recorded): Submitted electronically by Monday, December 2, 2019
Notification of finalists: Monday, December 16, 2019

Deadline to request an accompanist for the finals round: Friday, December 20, 2019

Final round (live behind a screen): January 19, 2020, 6 p.m.

Cash Prizes: 


The first-place competition winner will perform on a recital the following afternoon (January 20, 2020) at Wright State University’s Brass Festival

Entry Fee:  $35  

Entry fee payment is online and can be made by using: 

  • Mastercard 
  • Visa 
  • Discover 
  • webCheck 

Competition Eligibility and Repertoire: 

The Wright State Brass Festival Solo Competition will be in ONE DIVISION and is open to university students regardless of degree program up to age 25 (born after January 20, 1995)

  • Entrants may select repertoire of their choice
  • Selected repertoire may be with or without piano accompaniment
  • Selected repertoire must be 10 minutes in length or under
  • Movements of larger works will be accepted
  • The preliminary recorded round may be performed with or without piano accompaniment.
  • Finalists must perform the same selection for both preliminary round and finals round
  • The final round MUST be performed live with piano accompaniment (if repertoire selection warrants it) and an accompanist will be provided IF NEEDED.
  • Finalists are strongly encouraged to bring their own accompanist.
  • A staff accompanist for the live finals round will be provided for $30 payable in advance if needed.
  • Rehearsals with accompanist (if needed) will be scheduled ahead of the finals round on Sunday, January 19, 2020
  • All applicants must be available to perform in the LIVE FINALS ROUND on campus Sunday, January 19, 2020.
  • The finals round will be performed “blind” behind a screen.
  • The first-place competition winner will perform on a recital the following afternoon (January 20, 2020) at Wright State University’s Brass Festival

Submitting your recording: 

Recordings must be submitted electronically via email to by Monday December 2, 2019

Label recording file with last name, instrument only. For example: McNamara, trombone

No recording will be considered without submission of the application fee. 

All submissions must be in MP3 format or YouTube Link

Video recordings are not required but will be accepted

In your application email, please include with your recording the following information: 

  • Name 
  • Instrument
  • Repertoire
  • Phone number 
  • Email address 
  • School 
  • Year in school 
  • DOB
  • Major

Recordings MUST be submitted to:

Competition Judges

Preliminary Round:

Assistant Professor of Horn Jonas Thoms, West Virginia University

Assistant Professor of Trumpet Stephen Campbell, Ball State University

Live Final Round:

The final round will be judged by the Wright State University Brass Faculty:

Gretchen McNamara, trombone; Aaron Brant, horn; David Diamond, trumpet; Dan Honaker, tuba.

Guest Artists and Clinicians

Wright State University School of Music Brass Faculty

Gretchen McNamara 

Aaron Brant 

David Diamond 

Dan Honaker 

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Principal Brass Musicians 

Robert Sullivan 

Elizabeth Freimuth 

Cristian Ganicenco 

Christopher Olka 


Schedule of Events


2019 Brass Festival Schedule


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Buckeye Brass and Winds 

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and more….



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