2019 IWBC CONFERENCE FEATURED ARTISTS

Gail Williams, Horn

Gail Williams is an internationally recognized hornist and brass pedagogue. She has presented concerts, masterclasses, recitals, and lectures throughout North America, as well as in Europe and Asia. After 20 years with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Williams is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist. She is currently Principal Horn of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra and has recently performed on a number of prestigious chamber music series. Gail is one of the founding members of CCME as well as the Summit Brass. In addition to her eight recordings with Summit Brass, Ms. Williams can be heard on her seven cd recordings, also available on Summit Records. Ms. Williams has commissioned many works for horn by composers Dana Wilson, Anthony Plog, Douglas Hill, James Stephenson, and Augusta Reed Thomas. Ms. Williams is the horn professor at Northwestern University, where she has been on the faculty since 1989. Her awards included Ithaca College's Young Distinguished Alumni Award and an honorary Doctorate of Music, also from Ithaca College. In May of 2005, Ms. Williams was awarded the Charles Deering McCormick Teaching of Excellence Professor from Northwestern University.


Amy McCabe, Trumpet

Amy McCabe, a resident of Washington D.C., has performed trumpet in a variety of genres across the globe. She was recently a solo recitalist at the International Trumpet Guild conference, the International Women's Brass conference, was a featured soloist with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, and has been a soloist with The “President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Amy is also an active chamber musician, recently performing a trumpet duo in the newly renovated Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. She also performed and recorded a brass quintet album with Summit records at the Lieksa Brass Week in Lieksa, Finland. In addition, Amy has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the Barclay Brass. She was a featured soloist in the first national and Japan touring cast of the Tony and Emmy-award winning show, “Blast!” She also toured with pop artist Michael Bolton on a national tour. Amy has been a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival, and attended the Spoleto Music Festival, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Artosphere Festival, and was a member of the Walt Disney World Collegiate All-Star Big Band. She was recipient of the Roger Voisin Tanglewood Trumpet Award and holds a degree in elementary education from Illinois Wesleyan University, studying with Steve Eggleston and Judith Saxton, and a Master’s degree in trumpet performance from Northwestern University, studying with Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer.


Brittany Lasch, Trombone

As the 2nd Place winner of the 2017-2018 American Prize, trombonist Brittany Lasch has appeared as a soloist with ensembles such as the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass. With playing described as “masterful” (Syracuse Post-Standard), Brittany is Assistant Professor of Trombone at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Brittany also performs as Principal Trombone of the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra at the Detroit Opera House.In 2017 Brittany was a winner of Astral Artist’s National Auditions and the International Trombone Association’s Quartet Competition with her Quartet, Boston Based. Brittany has performed with orchestras across the country from the Toledo Symphony Orchestra to the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. She participated in the Verbier Festival Orchestra for two summers and has also performed at the Spoleto USA, Pacific, Castleton, and Aspen music festivals, as well as in the National Repertory Orchestra. She has also been a participant in the prestigious Alessi Trombone Seminar in Fossano, Italy.A native of Park Ridge, Illinois, Brittany Lasch earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University and her Master of Music degree from Yale School of Music. Upon graduation from the Manhattan School of Music, she received the coveted John Clark Award for outstanding accomplishment in Brass Performance. Her principal teachers include Toby Oft, Scott Hartman, and Steve Norrell.Brittany Lasch is an Edwards Trombone Performing Artist. Brittany also proudly uses and endorses ChopSaver Lip Care.


Jennifer Wharton, Jazz Bass Trombone

Jennifer Wharton is a low brass specialist based in New York City. Though getting her start classically, Jen has deep roots in jazz, commercial, chamber, and Broadway music. Like a virus, she won’t stop until she has conquered the world. These days, Jennifer can be found performing in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical but has also held positions at The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Jekyll and Hyde, Scandalous, Wonderland, 9 to 5, and Curtains, as well as performing as a substitute in over a dozen other Broadway productions. Jen is a member of two Grammy-nominated ensembles, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society and Alan Ferber Extended Ensemble. She has also performed on the Grammy-nominated cast albums for The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess, 9 to 5 The Musical and Curtains The Musical as well as the Grammy-winning recording of Beautiful The Carole King Musical. In 2017, Jennifer created Bonegasm, a four trombone group with rhythm section. She has performed and/or recorded with ensembles including the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie All Star Band, Ken Peplowski Big Band, Ronald McDonald House Brass Quintet, Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra, Woody Herman Orchestra, John Yao and His 17 Piece Instrument, Miggy Augmented Jazz Orchestra, Jack Mosbacher Band, Walking Distance, South Florida Jazz Orchestra, DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Jeff Fairbanks Jazz Orchestra, and the BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop. Jennifer is an XO Professional Brass artist and plays the 1240-LT bass trombone. She teaches bass trombone at Montclair State University in New Jersey. She is a two-time Ironman.


Stacy Baker

Dr. Stacy Baker is Professor of Music - Tuba /Euphonium at Morehead State University (KY) where she was honored as the 2016-2017 Distinguished Creative Productions Award recipient and the 2014-2015 Distinguished Teacher. Originally from Harsen’s Island, MI, she received both her M.M. and B.M. degrees from the University of Michigan and holds a D.M.A. from the University of Illinois. She enjoys an active performing career, including an appearance as featured artist for the 32nd Annual Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival in 2017, for numerous conferences hosted by the International Tuba/Euphonium Association (ITEA), and also at the International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC), the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Tuba/Euphonium Workshop, the International Euphonium Tuba Festival, and the Kentucky, Florida, and Michigan Music Educator’s Associations. Dr. Baker has toured and recorded throughout the United States, Europe, and China as a soloist and as a founding member of SymbiosisDuo, the R.S.V.B., and JUNCTION tuba/euphonium quartets. She also appears with the IWBC’s Monarch Brass, the Athena Brass Band, the Lexington Brass Band, and MSU’s Horizon Brass quintet. She has performed with the Brass Band of Battle Creek, Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.Her duo’s debut album, SymbiosisDuo, with euphoniumist Dr. Gail Robertson was selected as finalist for the ITEA’s 2010 Roger Bobo Award for Recording Excellence in Chamber Music. The duo’s second album, Playground was released in February 2015. In 2016, the R.S.V.B. Tuba/Euphonium Quartet (Dr. Gail Robertson, Dr. Deanna Swoboda, SSG Lauren Veronie-Curran, and Dr. Stacy Baker) released the album - Fanfare and Flourish: Celebrating Women Composers.


Gail Robertson

Dr. Gail Robertson serves as Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium/Jazz at the University of Central Arkansas where she also heads the Jazz area and conducts Jazz Ensemble I. She earned her B.A. from the University of Central Florida, a M.M. from Indiana University, and a D.M.A. as a University Distinguished Fellow at Michigan State University studying with Phil Sinder and Ava Ordman. She has taught on the faculties of Eastern Michigan University, the University of Central Florida, Bethune-Cookman University, and the University of Florida. She was leader of the “Tubafours” at Walt Disney World, Orlando (1989-1999). Robertson is Vice President/President Elect of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Leonard Falcone Festival and is Past President of the International Women’s Brass Conference. Gail was awarded the 2014 Clifford Bevan Award for Excellence in Research. She has recorded with Dr. Stacy Baker (SYMBIOSISDUO) and The R.S.V.B. Quartet (Dr. Deanna Swoboda, Dr. Stacy Baker, and SFC Lauren Veronie-Curran). Dr. Robertson served together with Dr. Baker as Co-Instrumental Advisor/Co-Curriculum Designer for the Pro-Series Elite Practice Systems. Robertson has toured with Keith Brion’s “New Sousa Band,” the Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the Monarch Brass. Gail is a recipient of Tau Beta Sigma’s “Outstanding Service to Music Award.” She has performed with the Boston Symphony, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and is principal euphonium with the Cleveland Orchestra/Blossom Festival Band. Gail is a euphonium clinician for the American Band College and was the 2017 featured guest artist (with Stacy Baker) of the Leonard Falcone Festival. As a Willson Euphonium Artist, Robertson’s euphonium of choice is a Willson 2950TA with a bronze Warburton/Gail Robertson mouthpiece.


Jami Dauber

For over 23 years, trumpeter Jami Dauber has been residing in New York City performing a wide variety of music, from Broadway and jazz to salsa and classical. Jami is a widely acclaimed performer, educator, and recording artist. Jami has performed on multiple Broadway shows and is currently the lead trumpet in the orchestra for A Bronx Tale the Musical. She was also a member of the orchestra for the Broadway production of Honeymoon in Vegas, featuring Tony Danza, as well as Anything Goes and the Off-Broadway production of Maurice Hines’ Tappin’ Thru Life. She has been a member of The DIVA Jazz Orchestra and its core quintet, FIVE PLAY, for over 23 years, and has been a long-time band member of The Ellington Legacy, led by Duke’s grandson, Edward Ellington. Jami has appeared with numerous artists including Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, and Diane Schuur with
DIVA, as well as with Jason Robert Brown, the Wycliffe Gordon Big Band, the Christian McBride Big Band, and others. She has an extensive discography, including recordings on Telarc, Ghostlight Records, Universal Music Enterprises, Rock-It Science, Arbors Records, ArtistShare, and can be heard on the original cast recordings of A Bronx Tale the Musical and Honeymoon in Vegas. Jami holds degrees from the University of Florida and the University of North Texas.