Author - Dr. Kevin Sanders

Dr. Kevin Sanders enjoys the variety of a career that blends teacher, entrepreneur, and professional musician.  He joined the faculty of the University of Memphis in 2008 and currently serves as Associate Director of Graduate Studies for the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music.  He has performed on five continents with some of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Macau Orchestra in China, and the Melbourne Symphony in Australia.  His students have been highly successful in national and international competitions and can be heard on three recording albums that the University of Memphis Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, the Bottom Line, has released since 2014. As a soloist, he has performed with the United States Army Orchestra in Washington D.C. and can be heard on his solo album Long Distance and the 2011 release of Radiant Blues on Mark Records.  Dr. Sanders is also a past board member of the Memphis Youth Symphony and Concerts International and has presented clinics at music conferences across the country, including the International Midwest Clinic in Chicago.  In his free time, he juggles his current passion project - managing the Ultimate Musician’s League, a website that fuses music performance with the stats and competitive fun of fantasy football, with co-founder, Christian Carichner.  Dr. Sanders holds degrees from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Indiana University, the Juilliard School, and Michigan State University.  He is an Adams Brass Instruments Performing Artist.  More information can be found on his studio website:  http://tuba.memphis.edu.  


Composer - Kevin McKenzie

Kevin McKenzie is currently the Director of Bands at his alma mater, Northpoint in Southaven, Mississippi, where he teaches band and percussion for grades 6 – 12. Kevin is a charter member of the Music City Drum Corps, where he was a featured soloist for three years and also marched with the Phantom Regiment Drum Corps in 2012, receiving a bronze metal. In 2013 and 2014, he was a member of the Memphis Grizzlies Drumline, which performs at many of the NBA team's home games. During this time, he was also on staff and taught music at the Music City Drum Corps and Phantom Regiment Drum Corps. Kevin holds a bachelors degree from the University of Memphis in Music Education. While at Memphis, he served as the President of the tuba-euphonium studio for four years and helped produce three CD albums with The Bottom Line, UM's top tuba ensemble. He also performed with the iTuba Quartet, which was a finalist in the 2014 Chamber Music Competition at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference. Kevin is a recipient of the prestigious Clement Santi Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded by vote of the faculty and recognizes the most outstanding brass student in the School of Music. In his final year at the University of Memphis, he served as the Drum Major for the University of Memphis Marching Band under the direction of Dan Kalantarian.



Each Hollywood Warmup book contains commentary specific to each instrument.
These helpful remarks were provided by the following contributors:


Flute - Dr. Julie Hobbs

Julie Hobbs is Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Kentucky, where she teaches Studio Flute and is a member of the McCracken Woodwind Quintet.   As an educator, Dr. Hobbs has presented and performed at major conferences throughout the United States, including the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic as well as conventions for the National Flute Association, MENC, American Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Iowa Music Educators Association, Tennessee Music Educators Association, the Chicago Flute Club, and the Wisconsin Flute Fair.  Her dynamic presentations and energetic teaching style make her quite in demand as a teacher, adjudicator, and clinician. Winner of the 2009 National Flute Association’s Outstanding Dissertation Award for her work on George Crumb’s use of program, Dr. Hobbs is one of the country’s leading experts on the music of Crumb.  She presented two lectures on George Crumb at the National Flute Association’s 2009 convention in New York City and her interview with the composer is featured in the Fall 2009 issue of the Flutist Quarterly.  She is also the author of a Flute Ensemble Method Book and has published articles in the NFA’s Pedagogy Anthology, Vol. 2, Flute Talk Magazine, and the Chicago Flute Club’s Pipeline. Active as a performer, she appears regularly as a soloist and with the chamber trio Tresillo.  Formerly principal flute of the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, she has also performed with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Des Moines Metro Opera, and the Waco Symphony.  An ardent proponent of contemporary music, Dr. Hobbs has commissioned and premiered several original works, most recently Cynthia Folio’s award-winning Sonata for Flute and Piano. Dr. Hobbs holds a Doctor of Music degree in Flute Performance from Northwestern University as well as degrees from Baylor University and the University of Iowa.  Her primary teachers include Walfrid Kujala, Helen Ann Shanley, and Betty Mather.  She previously held positions at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, and Northwestern University as a lecturer and was an instructor at the National High School Music Institute.  Julie Hobbs is a Miyazawa Artist.


Oboe - Melissa Pena

Melissa Peña joined the University of Oregon faculty in 2012 as assistant professor of oboe and general music. Prior to joining the Oregon faculty, she held the position of Associate Principal Oboe/English Horn with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra (2002-2011) and was assistant professor of oboe at the University of Northern Colorado (2010-2012).She has recently performed with Opera Colorado, Santa Fe Opera, Oregon Bach Festival, and the Astoria Music Festival. Peña maintains membership in the New Mexico Philharmonic and is a core musician member of Chatter – a contemporary music ensemble in Albuquerque, NM. She has made concerto appearances with the New Mexico Symphony and the Southwest Florida Symphony, and additionally has subbed with the Kansas City Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, The Florida Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and Music from Angel Fire, among others.Peña received her Master of Music degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City where she was a student of Barbara Bishop, and her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois, where she studied with Nancy Ambrose-King. Melissa and her husband, trombonist Carson Keeble, live in Eugene where they are excitedly exploring the Pacific Northwest.


Clarinet - Dr. Joshua Gardner

Joshua Gardner is Clinical Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Performance Physiology Research Laboratory at Arizona State University, where he has taught since 2011. He maintains an active performance career, performing with several ensembles, including the internationally recognized Paradise Winds and Égide Duo, and is a frequent soloist with high school and college bands. He has performed and lectured at conferences for the International Clarinet Association, European Clarinet Association, International Double Reed Society, and North American Saxophone Alliance and has been featured on American Public Radio’s Performance Today. In addition to performing and teaching, Gardner has a strong interest in woodwind pedagogy and research. He won first prize at the International Clarinet Association Research Competition in 2008 and has presented lectures on tongue motion during clarinet performance throughout the US, often accompanied by live tongue imaging. He is currently exploring the use of ultrasound for quantified research and performance diagnostics. As part of the PPR Lab, Gardner often mentors student research initiatives ranging from examining embouchure force dynamics using thin-film force transducers to exploring non-articulatory tongue motion during saxophone performance using ultrasound imaging. Dr. Gardner received Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Clarinet Performance from the University of Kentucky and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University. Gardner is a Silverstein Pro Team Artist, a Henri Selmer Paris/Conn-Selmer Artist playing Privilege clarinets, and uses Vandoren mouthpieces.


Bassoon - Dr. Ann Shoemaker

Bassoonist Ann Shoemaker is known for her varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and educator. She has given guest solo recitals at universities across the country, she has been featured with the InterHarmony Music Festival orchestra, the Carolina Youth Symphony, the Colorado College Summer Music Festival orchestra and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro orchestra. Dr. Shoemaker was a founding member of the Relevents Wind Quintet, and has toured with the ensemble throughout the United States and Germany. She has also performed with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, including concerts in Washington, D.C. and New York City. Dr. Shoemaker is currently the principal bassoonist with the Shreveport (LA) and Waco (TX) Symphony Orchestras. She has previously held positions with the Greensboro, Salisbury and Hendersonville Symphony Orchestras (NC). She has performed often with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (TX), the Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Asheville (NC), Greenville (SC) Symphony Orchestras, and the South Carolina Philharmonic.Dr. Shoemaker currently serves as Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Baylor University in Waco, TX and has previously been on faculty at Furman University, Davidson College, and the North Carolina School of the Arts. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Furman University, and a Master of Music degree from Yale School of Music, where she was awarded the Nyfenger Award for Outstanding Woodwind Performance. Dr. Shoemaker has additional training from numerous summer music festivals, including Aspen and Tanglewood. She recently completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she was a Hayes Fellowship recipient. Her primary teachers include Michael Burns, Frank Morelli, Carol Lowe, and Kevin Hall. Dr. Shoemaker is a Fox Bassoon performing artist.


Saxophone - Otis Murphy

Born in 1972, Otis Murphy joined the faculty of the Indiana University School of Music in 2001 at the age of 28, becoming one of the youngest faculty members in the history of the IU School of Music. His primary teachers include Jean-Yves Fourmeau, Eugene Rousseau, and Kenneth Fischer. Murphy holds the Prix de Perfectionnement (by a unanimous decision of the jury) from the Conservatoire National Régional de Musique, Cergy-Pontoise, France; the Master of Music degree from Indiana University, graduating with the Performer’s Certificate, the highest honor given to a performer at this institution; and the Bachelor of Music Education degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Georgia. Murphy has won numerous awards and prizes that include 2nd Prize in the Adolphe Sax International Saxophone Competition (1998) in Belgium, 3rd Prize in the Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition (1996) in France, 1st Prize in the Heida Hermanns Young Artist Competition, 2nd Prize in the Saint Louis Symphony Young Artist Competition, and the J. William Fulbright Grant that allowed saxophone study in France.Otis Murphy is an active saxophone soloist and clinician who is in great demand throughout the world. In addition to his frequent solo appearances throughout the United States, he has also performed and given saxophone classes in France, Switzerland, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Belgium, and Italy. Murphy has appeared at some of the most prestigious saxophone events in the world, performing as an invited soloist at the 12th World Saxophone Congress in Montreal, Quebec; a guest soloist with the U.S. Navy Band at the 26th Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium in Washington, D.C.; an invited soloist at the 7th British Saxophone Congress in Wales and at the 2003 New England Saxophone Symposium; and as a professor at the 2003 Faenza International Saxophone Chamber Music Festival of Italy. Murphy makes frequent appearances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and performs actively with wind ensembles and orchestras throughout the world. Otis has been the featured artist in numerous publications that include Saxophone Journal, Yamaha’s Backstage Pass, the United Kingdom’s Clarinet and Saxophone magazine, Japan’s Pipers magazine for wind players, and on the front cover of The Sax, Japan’s leading saxophone magazine. Memories of Dinant, Murphy’s debut compact disc recording with his wife, Haruko, on piano, has received critical acclaim.


Trumpet - Dr. Steven Marx

Steven Marx is an international competition winner and in demand as a soloist, conductor, and adjudicator. Marx is a former Yamaha Young Artist, and has performed throughout the United States and internationally in countries such as China, England, Japan, Taiwan, Canada, Macao, Hungary, Austria, Bratislava, Italy, and the Bahamas. Marx has won numerous prizes at the National Trumpet Competition, and also was awarded first place in the Mock Orchestra Competition at the International Trumpet Guild Convention in Manchester, England. He was awarded the National Trumpet Competition Lake Placid Scholarship in 2003, given to the individual most likely to make the biggest impact on the trumpet world. Dr. Marx was awarded the prestigious Performers Certificate and was the recipient of the 2008 Teaching Assistant Prize of Teaching Excellence during his graduate work at the Eastman School of Music.Marx completed a Bachelor of Music degree from Grand Valley State University, a Masters of Music in Performance from the Eastman School of Music, and a Doctor of Music Arts in Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. Marx has taught at Colorado State University, University of Northern Colorado, Nazareth College, Blue Lakes Fine Arts Camp, Grand Valley Trumpet Seminar, and Orvieto Musica Trumpet Seminar in Orvieto, Italy prior to his appointment at Gettysburg College in 2015.Currently, Dr. Marx is Director of Marching and Symphony Bands and Instructor of Applied Trumpet in the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College. He is in demand as a clinician, conductor, and educator for marching bands, wind ensembles, and brass ensembles. In the past, Marx has been a clinician for award-winning middle and high school ensembles in Colorado, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. He was the conductor of brass ensembles at Colorado State University and the National Brass Academy, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Marx has been a featured educator and artist at the Grand Valley International Trumpet Institute, the Utah State University Trumpet Festival, and Orvieto Musica in Italy.Marx has performed with the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Oratorio Society, Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Greeley Philharmonic, Axiom Brass, Boulder Brass, West Shore Symphony, and has toured and recorded with the Eastman Wind Ensemble. Currently, Marx performs internationally as a soloist; and with the Apex Brass and the Aire Duo.


Horn - Dr. Heidi Lucas

Heidi Lucas is assistant professor of Horn at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she works with applied horn students, leads the IUP Horn Choir, and teaches a variety of courses, including Professional Practices, a course she designed to include elements necessary to help students succeed in their careers after college.In addition to extensive teaching and chamber music experience including residencies and tours throughout the United States, England, Brazil, Germany, Austria, Australia, Russia, and Panama, Lucas is currently a member of Eastern Standard, the Crosswinds Woodwind Quintet, and the Blenheim Brass Trio. Her orchestral experience includes positions and/or subbing with the Louisiana Philharmonic, Memphis Symphony, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Cobb Symphony Orchestra, Columbus (Georgia) Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Pops Orchestra, Pensacola Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony, Meridian Symphony, Pensacola Opera Orchestra, Mobile Opera Orchestra, Mobile Symphony, Mississippi Symphony, Lancaster Philharmonic, Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Altoona Symphony, and Johnstown Symphony.Summer teaching/performing engagements include positions with the Ash Lawn Opera Company (Virginia), Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (Michigan), Saarburger Serenaden Music Festival (Germany), the Alfredo Saint Malo Festival (Panama), and the International Fellowship of Conductors, Composers, and Collaborators. Lucas has performed on programs at several international horn symposia and international tuba and euphonium conferences, as well as part of many regional horn workshops and at the Northeast Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference. She has had several publications, including reviews in the Horn Call and articles in the Grove Dictionary of American Music. Recently, Lucas was appointed editor of the “Books and Print Materials Reviews” column for the International Horn Society’s publication, the Horn Call. She also served as editor for the horn edition of David Vining’s The Big Book of Sight-Reading Duets (2015).Lucas can be heard on recordings with New York Philomusica-Haydn’s L’isola Disabitata (2008), Keystone Winds’ The Music of Fisher Tull (2015), Centaur Records’ The Voice of the Coelecanth: Music of William Bergsma (2015), Eastern Standards’Eastern Standard (2015), as well as with the Trade Winds Recording Ensemble, which records the wind band catalogs for Carl Fischer Publications. She holds degrees from the Crane School of Music-SUNY Potsdam (BM), the Eastman School of Music (MM), and the University of Georgia (DMA). Lucas has also served on the faculty of the University of Southern Mississippi.


Trombone - Henry Henniger

Henry Henniger, joined the University of Oregon faculty as Assistant Professor of Trombone in the fall of 2010. Previously, he held faculty teaching positions at Oregon State University and Linfield College. Henry started his musical career at Indiana University, where he received his bachelors in trombone performance. His masters was received at Manhattan School of Music were he was a member of the prestigous Orchestral Performance program. Upon graduating with his masters, Henniger was also awarded the John Clark Award, given for excellence in brass performance.Active as a soloist and orchestral musician, Henniger is principal trombone of the Eugene Symphony, Portland Opera, and the Oregon Ballet Theatre. He also performs frequently with the SunRiver music festival, Oregon Bach festival, Oregon Symphony, Spokane Symphony, and the Seattle Sympony. Henniger has been a featured soloist with several orchestras and wind ensembles throughout the region including Central Oregon Symphony, Linfield College Wind Ensemble, Oregon State Wind Ensemble, Univerity of Portland, University of Oregon Wind Ensemble, Corvallis Youth Symphony, and the Vancouver Symphony (WA).  As a chamber musician, Henniger performed with Axiom Brass, Imprial Brass, and currently with the University of Oregon Brass Quintet and the Orebonians trombone quartet. While playing with Imperial Brass, Henniger recorded under Summit Records and was featured as a soloist on their Bone-A-Fide Brass album with guest soloist Joseph Alessi, principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic. Henniger has also recorded under Sun King Productions, Emeritis Records and Orange mountain Music labels.Equally active as a music educator, Henniger has given recitals and master classes throughout the nation. Most recently, Henry has performed at Indiana University, Appalachain State University, Colorado State University, University of Wyoming, University of Colorado, Lousiana State University, Alambama University, Southern Mississippi University, Drake University, University of Missouri, Willamette University, and Oregon State University. Internationally, Henniger has also performed in Guanzhau, China for the Xinghai Conservatory and for the Macau Band Directors Association in Macau China. In addition, Henry worked with students in Rome, Italy at the Amercian Oversee School of Rome. Henniger has also held faculty positions at the Young Musicians and Artists Seminar (OR), the Wollowa Lake Brass Camp(OR), and most recently with the Alessi Seminar 2015.Through the years Henniger has been fortunate to study with some of the most legendary brass virtuosi, including Scott Hartman, Carl Lenthe, David Finlayson, Per Brevig, Peter Ellefson, and Joseph Alessi.


Euphonium - Mark Jenkins

Euphonium player Master Sergeant Mark Jenkins “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in July 2002. He was appointed principal and section leader in 2012. Master Sgt. Jenkins began his musical instruction at age 11. He graduated in 1996 from Durango High School in Las Vegas and continued his education at the University of North Texas in Denton, where he studied euphonium performance with Brian Bowman and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music performance in 2003. He earned a master of music degree from the University of Maryland in College Park in 2006 and is currently pursuing his doctorate from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Master Sgt. Jenkins was a two-time winner of the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition, and a finalist in the 2001 ITEC Euphonium Solo Competition in Finland. In 2005, Master Sgt. Jenkins performed as a founding member of the Marine Band Tuba-Euphonium Quartet at the U.S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference in Arlington, Va., and the Potomac Festival’s International Tuba and Euphonium Competition in Fairfax, Va. In 2006, the same ensemble performed at the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference (ITEC) in Denver, Colo. He has performed as a guest soloist/clinician for the Southwest Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference, the International Euphonium Institute at Emory University in Atlanta, and the Tubonium4 at Adolphus Gustavus College in St. Peter, Minn. The quartet was also featured at the Leonard Falcone Competition 2007 and ITEC 2008 in Cincinnati. Master Sgt. Jenkins has performed several solos with the Marine Band including the Fantasia di Concerto by Eduardo Boccalari, “Auld Lang Syne” by Simone Mantia, as a 2010 and 2012 tour soloist performing Vladimir Cosma’s Euphonium Concerto, and as a 2015 tour soloist with Gunnery Sgt. Ryan McGeorge on Jean-Baptiste Arban's "Carnival of Venice." In addition to his musical duties, Master Sgt. Jenkins serves as a crowd educator for the Friday Evening Parades held during the summer at Marine Barracks Washington


Tuba - Dr. Kevin Sanders

Dr. Kevin Sanders enjoys the variety of a career that blends teacher, entrepreneur, and professional musician.  He joined the faculty of the University of Memphis in 2008 and currently serves as Associate Director of Graduate Studies for the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music.  He has performed on five continents with some of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Macau Orchestra in China, and the Melbourne Symphony in Australia.  His students have been highly successful in national and international competitions and can be heard on three recording albums that the University of Memphis Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, the Bottom Line, has released since 2014. As a soloist, he has performed with the United States Army Orchestra in Washington D.C. and can be heard on his solo album Long Distance and the 2011 release of Radiant Blues on Mark Records.  Dr. Sanders is also a past board member of the Memphis Youth Symphony and Concerts International and has presented clinics at music conferences across the country, including the International Midwest Clinic in Chicago.  In his free time, he juggles his current passion project - managing the Ultimate Musician’s League, a website that fuses music performance with the stats and competitive fun of fantasy football, with co-founder, Christian Carichner.  Dr. Sanders holds degrees from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Indiana University, the Juilliard School, and Michigan State University.  He is an Adams Brass Instruments Performing Artist.  More information can be found on his studio website:  http://tuba.memphis.edu.  


Percussion - Gwendolyn Dease

Gwendolyn Dease is professor of percussion and area chair of brass and percussion at the Michigan State University College of Music. Passionate about educating the next generation of young musicians, she regularly gives master classes at universities throughout the United States and has been an instructor at the Interlochen Arts Camp since 2005. Dease began her musical career at the age of two, studying piano and violin. As a percussionist, Dease maintains a full career as an active solo, chamber, and orchestral musician, having performed recitals throughout the U.S., Asia and South America. She is an advocate for new music and has participated in groups to commission new works from composers such as Alejandro Vinao, Peter Klatzow, Paul Lansky, Martin Bresnick, John Serry and Roshanne Etezady. She currently serves as principal percussionist with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and hasperformed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Solisti New York Orchestra, the Grand Rapids Symphony, and the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. The winner of the Keiko Abe Prize at the Second World Marimba Competition in Okaya, Japan, Dease was also the top prize winner at the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts’ ARTS competition. Additionally, she was awarded the performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music and has also been the recipient of the Outstanding Young Musician award from the Peabody Conservatory and the Yale Alumni Award. Dease released her first solo CD in October of 2007 of all six Cello Suites by J.S. Bach arranged for marimba. She released her second CD "Boomslang" of new works for the marimba in the fall of 2011. She studied with world-renowned professors Robert van Sice, Keiko Abe, and John Beck. She holds degrees from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Eastman School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and the Yale School of Music.