The Brass Ensemble performs works ranging from 4-12 parts and gives students the opportunity to perform exciting and challenging music that improves their individual musicianship and the quality of the entire band program.
The Brass Ensemble performs concerts on campus as well as within the community and surrounding areas.
Students enrolled in lessons work one on one with faculty each week and cover the fundamental aspects of their instrument as well as prepare solo literature that is presented in performance on campus throughout the semester.
Brandon Pauley is a trumpeter and bass-baritone from San Antonio, Texas. Pauley is an avid performer, having worked with several notable ensembles such as the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, the San Antonio Brass Band, and others. He currently performs regularly as a staff singer and trumpeter for First Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, one of the largest churches in the area. Pauley also has been managing a private trumpet studio since 2018, working with students from multiple central Texas school districts. Many of his students have been successful at TMEA All State and UIL Solo competitions.
Pauley began his work for a Doctor of Music degree in the Fall of 2016 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his first year at UIUC, he served as the principal trumpet of the University of Illinois Wind Symphony, while also performing with the university’s jazz, orchestral, and contemporary music ensembles. In the Fall of 2016, Pauley earned a Master of Music degree from Wichita State University, where he served as a graduate student assistant. While at WSU, he was a winner of the university’s Concerto Competition and performed Vivaldi’s Concerto in C with the university orchestra. In 2014, Pauley earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Texas State University. Some of his most notable trumpet mentors include Charles Daval, Ronald Romm, Tito Carrillo, David Hunsicker, and Keith Winking.