• The Brass Area features four full-time faculty who specialize on trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, and tuba. Brass students at IUP will gain instruction and experience in solo, chamber, band, and orchestral performance.


    Kevin Eisensmith, Professor of Trumpet

    Heidi Lucas, Associate Professor of Horn

    Christian Dickinson, Professor of Trombone

    Zach Collins, Professor of Tuba and Euphonium, Brass Area Coordinator

    Brass Area Student Ensembles

    Brass Ensemble

    Trumpet Ensemble

    Horn Ensemble

    Trombone Ensemble

    Tubaphonium Ensemble

    Legacy Brass

    HoodleBug Brass

    The HoodleBug Brass is the brass quintet-in-residence at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is comprised of the four full-time brass faculty within the Department of Music and the assistant dean of the College of Fine Arts. The ensemble performs regularly on the IUP campus and presents numerous clinics and concerts in public schools and churches throughout the region each year. In 2000 the HoodleBug Brass co-commissioned a new work for concert band and brass quintet by renowned composer John Cheetham. “Concertino for Brass Quintet and Symphonic Band” was premiered at the 2001 PMEA Conference, held in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The HoodleBug Brass released its first compact disc, titled Brass Fac’s, in March 2004 and its second CD, titled Off the Trac’s, in 2009. Christmas Postcards from the HoodleBug Brass, the first commercial recording by the quintet, was released in October 2012 and is available on iTunes, CDBaby, and other online digital download sites. The quintet performs works of all styles, from the Baroque to contemporary, pop, and jazz. You can find the HoodleBug Brass at their website, on Facebook, or on YouTube.


    Brass Area Audition Requirements

    Horn Studio Website

    Horn Studio Facebook

    Horn Studio Twitter

    Trombone Studio Website

    Tuba and Euphonium Studio Website

    Tuba and Euphonium Studio Facebook

  • Recent Accomplishments

    Logan Carnes (tuba), finalist, 2018 MTNA National Young Artist Solo Competition

    Eileen Kane (horn), finalist in the 2014 MTNA National Young Artist Solo Competition

    Senia Phillips (trombone), Marine Band music program

    Recent Graduate School Placements

    Baylor University

    East Carolina University

    Georgia State University

    Middle Tennessee State University

    Montclair State University

    Oklahoma City University

    Texas Christian University


    University of Delaware

    University of Maryland

    Valdosta State University

    Washington State University

    IUP Brass Area Graduates Work In...

    In school districts in Pennsylvania and throughout the US

    Drum Corps International

    Los Angeles Film Studios

    US Military Bands