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Marshall University Faculty Brass Quintet to perform at Ohio University Southern

IRONTON — The Marshall University Faculty Brass Quintet will perform at OUS.

The event is sponsored by the Ohio University Southern Performing Arts Series. The show will be at Ohio University Southern, Riffe Center Mains Rotunda Tuesday, at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

The Marshall University Faculty Brass Quintet consists of Dr. Martin Saunders, associate professor of trumpet and jazz; Dr. Stephen Lawson, professor of horn and music theory; Dr. Michael Stroeher, Professor of trombone and euphonium; Dr. George Palton, instructor of tuba; and Isaac Windland, graduate student, also on trumpet. The ensemble performs regularly in concerts, festivals, schools, and churches throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania.

Dr. Martin Saunders, Trumpet

Dr. Saunders serves as associate professor of trumpet and jazz Studies at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. Prior to his teaching position, he spent seven years in the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band, for which he was also musical director of the Notables Jazz Ensemble during the last two years of service. Martin holds a bachelor degree in music education from Winthrop University, and a Masters degree in music from Wright State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in trumpet performance degree from the School of Music at the University of Oklahoma.

Isaac Winland, Trumpet

Mr. Winland is from Sistersville, W.Va. and is currently a trumpet performance major in the studio of Dr. Martin Saunders. He has performed with many groups including the River Cities Jazz Ensemble, Huntington Outdoor Theater, and many Marshall University ensembles. He will be graduating in the spring and is looking to attend graduate school next year.

Dr. Stephen Lawson,  French Horn

Dr. Lawson has been a faculty member at Marshall University since 2002, teaching horn lessons, music theory and music education courses. Additionally, he has served as the interim chair of the Department of Music and directed the MU Wind Symphony. He is a member of the Kingsbury Woodwind Quintet, and MU Faculty Brass Quintet. Lawson is a member of the Huntington Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Ohio Valley Symphony and the West Virginia Symphony, River Cities Symphony and Seneca Chamber Orchestra on horn, since arriving in West Virginia. Additionally, Lawson has served as the Instrumental Master Teacher for the WV Governor’s School of the Arts during summers 2005-2007.

Dr. Michael Stroeher, Trombone

Dr. Stroeher is Professor of trombone and euphonium at Marshall University, where he performs with the Faculty Brass Quintet and the faculty jazz ensemble Bluetrane. He has previously held teaching positions in the St. Louis Public Schools, at Idaho State University, Phillips University, and Augusta State University, and received degrees from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the University of North Texas, with additional study at the Aspen Music Festival.

Dr. George Palton, Tuba

Dr. Palton currently serves as the Adjunct Professor of tuba at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. In additions to his duties at Marshall George is very active teaching in the public schools and is on the faculty at West Virginia State University where he teaches general education courses. He holds degrees in tuba performance at the University of Kentucky (DMA, MM) and Music Education (BMME, BM) at Bowling Green State University. Previous teaching appointments include the University of Kentucky and Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky.