LSO’s brass quintet to play at Music and a Movie

Come out to Quincy Park this Friday, August 23 for Music and a Movie.  Lubbock Symphony Orchestra’s brass quintet will kick off the event with a jazz performance starting at 8:00 in the evening.   Following LSO’s quintet, Madagascar 3 will be featured on a big screen in the park.   To learn more about the quintet, check out the bios from each member below.

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Will Strieder – Trumpet

Will Strieder is Professor of Music at Texas Tech University. He studied at Northwestern University, where he received the Masters of  Music degree in Trumpet Performance and was winner of the Northwestern Concerto Competition. He also studied at the University of Houston, where he received the Bachelor of Music in Music Education. He is principal trumpet of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, as well as second  trumpet of the Houston Ballet Orchestra. Mr. Strieder performs at Texas Tech with the Faculty Brass Quintet, and also conducts the Trumpet  Choir.

He is active as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe. Appearances have included those with such groups as the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Clear Lake Symphony, Texas Opera Theater, Society for the Performing Arts in Houston, and the Millar Brass Ensemble. He has recorded Incantations for Trumpet and Piano, Rhapsody for solo trumpet and harp, and Trio Italiano by Mary Jeanne van Appledorn with the Opus One recording label. Also, Mr. Strieder recorded Fisher Tull’s Concerto for Trumpet with the Nurnberg Symphony Orchestra in Nurnberg, Germany on Albany Records. Mr. Strieder has also recently appeared twice as a soloist with UADY Chamber Orchestra of Merida, Mexico.

In addition to his teaching and performing duties at Tech, Mr. Strieder directs the School of Music’s recording program. He has drawn over $100,000 in grant money to the program since 2000, improving equipment, streamlining editing and authoring processes and training student  assistants to record the more than 400 performances that occur annually at Texas Tech. Mr. Strieder also directs the Winds and Percussion Department’s All-State Recording Project, in which audition materials for Texas small school and large school bands are recorded by Texas Tech  faculty members. Faculty members also record spoken commentary to help students prepare for their auditions.

Mr. Strieder’s students have had success in the education and performance fields. The trumpet studio at Texas Tech has attracted talented students from throughout the United States. These students have been accepted into prestigious music festivals and graduate programs nationwide. In addition, many of his former students are successful teachers and performers.

Joe Vandiver – Trumpet

Assistant Professor of Instrumental Studies at Wayland Baptist University.  His duties include the applied instruction in high brass as well as directing the Wayland Jazz Ensemble and Basketball Pep Band.  He holds Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music degrees in Trumpet Performance from Texas Tech University under the tutelage of Will Strieder.  While at Texas Tech he was recognized with the award of Outstanding Musician and was a member of the Faculty Brass Quintet.

Mr. Vandiver is a member of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Santa Fe Pro Musica, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Roswell Symphony, Midland-Odessa Symphony, Abilene Opera, Plainview Symphony, Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, Caprock Pro Musica and the Big Spring Symphony.  He is an active chamber musician, soloist and clinician throughout Texas.

Christopher Smith – Horn

Christopher M. Smith is an associate professor of horn at Texas Tech University where he teaches applied horn and plays in the Faculty Brass Quintet. His performance experience includes Detroit, Indianapolis, Barcelona (Spain), Windsor (Canada), Evansville Philharmonic, the American Wind Symphony, Kentuckiana Brass Ensemble, and the New Columbian Brass Band. In addition to Lubbock Symphony he is also currently the principal horn of Santa Fe Pro Musica and Caprock Pro Musica.  In addition to his experience on the valve horn, Mr. Smith has also performed natural and Baroque horn with the Early Music Foundation of New York and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra of San Francisco. Mr. Smith can be heard on Dorian, Naxos, Marco Polo, Walking Frog, Zephyr, Arabesque, and Harmonia Mundi recording labels.

James Decker – Trombone

James T. Decker, Associate Professor of Trombone, holds the Master of Music Education degree from Herbert H. Lehman College, the Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, and the Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School.  He has performed with a wide range of ensembles, including the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, where he served as Principal Trombonist for 17 years, the Britt Festival Orchestra, the Tucson and New Mexico Symphony Orchestras, and various brass chamber groups. Mr. Decker solo career has included several recitals at premier universities throughout the United States as well as several solo performances of significant works with ensemble accompaniment, including the Samuel Jones Trombone Concerto “Vita Accademica” and the John Mackey “Harvest Concerto”.   His commercial experience includes performances with Wycliffe Gordon, Diana Krall, Michael McDonald, Al Jarreau, Toto, Ray Charles, Burt Bacharach, Toni Tennille, Lou Rawls, Sammy Davis Jr., Natalie Cole, The Temptations and Christopher Cross.   His teaching experience is extensive, with experience as an instructor of trombone, euphonium, jazz, and full symphonic band at the elementary, junior and high school levels in addition to private studio and classroom teaching at the college level. His principal teachers were Joseph Alessi, Steve Norrell, Jim Pugh, Edward Herman, Vincent Penzarella, and Jerome Callet.

Dr. Kevin Wass – Tuba

Kevin Wass, Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium, holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, the Master of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University, and the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Dana College in Blair, Nebraska.  He has performed with a wide range of ensembles, including the Disneyland All-American College Band, the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, the Omaha, Lincoln and Honolulu Symphony Orchestras, and various brass chamber groups. Dr. Wass also has excelled in international tuba competitions, winning the Arnold Jacobs  Mock Orchestral Audition at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference in Canada, and advancing to the semifinal round of the Brno International Performer’s Competition in the Czech Republic, the ITEC Solo Competition in Canada, and the Leonard Falcone International Tuba and Euphonium Competition. His teaching experience is equally varied, with experience as a band and orchestra director at the elementary and high school levels in addition to private studio and classroom teaching at the college level. In addition to his duties at Tech, Dr. Wass serves on the faculty of the Las Vegas Music Festival. His principal studies have been with Fritz Kaenzig, Daniel Perantoni, Harvey Phillips, and Craig Fuller.  You can find Texas Tech Tuba and Euphonium studio home page at

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