LU Faculty Brass Quintet

  • LU Faculty Brass Quintet
  • LU Faculty Brass Quintet
  • LU Faculty Brass Quintet
  • LU Faculty Brass Quintet
  • LU Faculty Brass Quintet
  • LU Faculty Brass Quintet

The Lamar Faculty Brass Quintet is the university’s longest continuously performing faculty ensemble, having presented hundreds of recitals, concerts, clinics and invitational performances since the early 1970s. They have appeared in concert with the Symphony of Southeast Texas on several occasions, have appeared at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference, and presented concerts and clinics throughout Texas.

History

Founded by former faculty Dr. Raul Ornelas and Roger Behm, the LFBQ is Lamar’s premiere faculty music ensemble. In 1974, the faculty hornist became Dr. Robert Culbertson, and in 1976, trombonist Dr. Wayne Dyess joined the group as the third faculty member, leaving just the second trumpet and tuba positions as student members. The ensemble maintained that configuration for almost three decades, and was the training ground for numerous talented student trumpet and tuba players. In 2016, the quintet added Victor Gomez as a faculty performer on tuba, and in 2017 added Jon Bhatia as a faculty member on trumpet. Dr. Nairam Simoes took over for Mr. Bhatia in the Fall of 2019.

Current Members

The current membership consists of Dr. Brian Shook, trumpet, Dr. Robert Culbertson, horn, Dr. Timothy Dueppen, assistant professor of trombone, Victor Gomez, adjunct professor of tuba, and the newest member, Dr. Nairam Simoes, Instructor of Trumpet.