Brass

Jeff Baker

Jeff Baker is the Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Dr. Baker received music degrees from the University of Oklahoma (BM) and the University of North Texas (MM and DMA). He has served as an adjunct instructor and graduate teaching fellow at the University of North Texas and has also taught applied low brass lessons at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. In addition to his experience as a university educator, Dr. Baker maintained a healthy studio of young aspiring musicians in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex for over ten years.

Raquel Rodriquez

Raquel Rodriquez is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of North Texas. Prior to that, she was the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Tennessee Tech University. Dr. Rodriquez maintains a versatile career as a performing artist, clinician, educator, and scholar. She has performed throughout China, Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States. Raquel is a member of Seraph Brass, a quintet comprised of top female brass players in North America. The group performs frequently around the country and abroad.

Caleb Hudson

Caleb Hudson will join the faculty of the UNT College of Music as an Assistant Professor of Trumpet in August 2018. He is the newest member of the Canadian Brass, having graduated from the Juilliard School with both a bachelor and master of music degree. Acclaimed by the New York Times as 'brilliantly stylish," Caleb made his solo debut with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performing Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2.

Stacie Mickens

Stacie Mickens joined the UNT College of Music faculty as an associate professor of horn in August 2018. Prior to her appointment, she was associate professor at the Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University where she taught horn, coached brass chamber ensembles, and performed with the Dana Brass and Dana Woodwind quintets. She completed her doctorate of musical arts at the University of Michigan as a recipient of the Rackham Fellowship Award. There she studied with former Philadelphia Orchestra member and jazz musician Adam Unsworth and with Detroit Symphony member Bryan Kennedy.

Justin Cooper

Justin Cooper joined the staff at the University of North Texas in 2010 where he serves as the brass instrument repair technician and adjunct professor for brass instrument repair.  Prior to working at UNT, Mr. Cooper was co-owner/operator of C & C Band Instrument Repair and worked as an educational representative for Saied Music Company, servicing school districts in southeast Oklahoma and north Texas.

Steven Menard

Steve Menard has enjoyed an extensive performing career throughout the United States and South America.  Mr. Menard is currently Principal Trombone of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Utah Festival Opera Orchestra.  He has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic and many others.  In addition to his orchestral work, Mr.

Natalie Mannix

Natalie Mannix, principal trombonist of the Delaware Symphony, is an avid soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer and educator. In fall of 2016 she began her current position as Assistant Professor of Trombone at the University of North Texas after teaching 8 years at Towson University in Baltimore. Previously, she was a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC for over 9 years where she performed with the brass quintet, concert and ceremonial band.  

Tanya Darby

Assistant Professor Tanya Darby teaches lead trumpet lessons and Introduction to Jazz Recordings and directs the Three O'Clock Lab Band. She earned a master's degree in Jazz Performance from Rutgers University in 2012 and a bachelor's degree in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in 1998.

Michael Steinel

A respected jazz trumpeter, pianist, composer and arranger, Mike Steinel has performed with Don Ellis, Bill Evans and Jerry Bergonzi, the Chicago Jazz Quintet, and the Frank Mantooth Big Band. Prior to his association with the University of North Texas, Steinel was jazz artist-in-residence at Bethel College and served on the jazz faculty of Northern Illinois University. His textbook, Building a Jazz Vocabulary, was published in 1994 by Hal Leonard Publications.

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