Workshops and
Master Classes

We will work with your schedule to create the most relevant combination of workshops to fit the needs and interests of your group.

CHAMBER MUSIC COACHING, MASTERCLASSES OR SECTIONALS

These sessions can be with individual Spark Brass member or a panel of several members.

BIG BAND OR JAZZ COMBO COACHING

Ed Jacuboski or Gary Mayne are both available for coaching big bands or jazz combos. Ed specializes in lead trumpet and Gary specializes in latin jazz.

THE CRUCIAL TRANSITION: STARVING ARTIST TO ENTREPRENEUR

Don’t wait for the perfect job that fits your exact passions, credentials and skill set to come along – go out and create it! Dr. Kate Umble will speak about her experiences as an Entrepreneur and share advice on how to come up with successful business models, networking, and maintaining artistic integrity through it all.

GET FEARLESS!

Ever had that feeling where you walk out on stage or into your lesson and you think to yourself ‘it sounded so much better in the practice room!?’ Dr. Ashley Cumming works with the physical and mental aspects surrounding performance anxiety, and helps you perform your best on and off the stage. Ashley provides strategies to encourage a more positive mindset, and replace fearful thoughts with fearless ones! Emphasis on music-making versus ‘playing right’ transforms the experience and the results. Finally, Ashley provides performance strategies to set the audience and performer at ease.

JUST BREATHE

Dr. Kate Umble will lead students in a variety of exercises with and without instruments to demonstrate proper breathing technique and to emphasize the importance of the breath for all wind players. This class will benefit ALL AGES! For college students, we will also cover ways to introduce proper breathing concepts when working with beginners.

MARCHING BAND/JAZZ BAND/CONCERT BAND CLINICS

Join elementary school teacher Susan Goodwin and Director of Bands at Concord University David Ball in clinics tailored to your school’s needs.  Clinics will be focused on repertoire or technique of choice, or you can join us for a side-by-side performance in our special arrangements and commissions.