The Schreiner University Brass Ensemble formed in the fall of 2018 under the direction of Mr. Kevin Dugat. 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.
Trombonist Kevin Dugat has put his talents to use as a soloist, chamber musician, and music educator across the United States and abroad. During his academic career, Dugat took part in competitions and music festivals across the country and in South America. As a professional, Dugat performs regularly with the San Antonio Brass Band and has performed with Kerrville’s own Symphony of the Hills. In 2018 Dugat was a part of the San Antonio Brass Band for its first ever performance at the North American Brass Band Association Championship in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in which the band won first place in the “First Section” Division. From 2016-2017 he was the trombonist on faculty at the Luzerne Music Center in Lake Luzerne, New York; 2016 also saw Dugat tour nationally with the “Corner Stone Choral and Brass” based out of St. Louis, Missouri. Originally from Kerrville, Texas, Dugat holds a Master of Music from the University of Alabama, as well as a Bachelor of Music from Texas State University. Dugat’s primary collegiate instructors were Dr. Jonathan Whitaker and Dr. Martin McCain Jr.
Jeff Castle is a native of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. After graduating from Tolman High School he studied with Walter Chesnut at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he received a Bachelors degree in Music Education/Trumpet Performance. He attended graduate school at Rice University where he studied with Armando Ghitalla and Jim Wilt and earned his Masters degree in Trumpet Performance.
Mr. Castle entered the Air Force in June 1998 upon earning a position with the Band of the West, Lackland AFB, TX. Prior to his current assignment at the Band of the West, MSgt Castle served in the Band of the Pacific- Alaska and The Air Force Band in Washington D.C.
Jeff is a freelance musician and educator in demand throughout Central Texas. He performs regularly as an extra/sub with the San Antonio Symphony and is the co-founder and director of Castle Brass.