Texas Tech University

Brass Area

Our nationally and internationally recognized brass faculty, all of whom are full-time tenure-track artist/teachers, mentor a diverse student body in a professional atmosphere with progressive curricula that stimulate the highest standards of excellence in music education, research, performance, creativity, and service



Will Strieder Trumpet
Andrew Stetson Trumpet
Christopher M Smith Horn
James T. Decker Trombone
Kevin Wass Tuba/Euphonium

The Faculty Brass Quintet

Faculty Brass Quintet

The Texas Tech University Faculty Brass Quintet has represented the School of Music at Texas Tech University for over 30 years. The ensemble presents regular recitals on the Tech campus and throughout Texas and the Southwest. The quintet's many outreach projects include performances at area high schools and middle schools as well as appearances at state and national conventions, most recently the Midwest Band and Orchestra Convention in Chicago, the Texas Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Association. Members of the Texas Tech University Brass Quintet are; Will Strieder and Andrew Stetson, trumpets; Christopher M. Smith, horn; James T. Decker, trombone; and Kevin Wass, tuba.



Texas Tech offers a variety of performance opportunities for wind and percussion students. Below is just a portion of the available ensembles. Please contact your specific applied faculty for more information.


Please visit the following links for a list of available degrees in the School of Music as well as admission procedures and audition requirements.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Graduate Degree Programs


The TTU School of Music offers a variety of undergraduate scholarship awards each year to incoming students.  To be eligible students must complete the scholarship portion of the Texas Common Application by February 1st.  Scholarship decisions are based upon the strength of the student's entrance audition as well as academic record.  We also encourage students to take advantage of the many academic scholarships, grants, and loan programs offered through the university. More information can be found at the website for the Student Financial Aid Office. Graduate Teaching Assistantships, Fellowships, and Scholarships are available. Contact Dr. Peter Martens (Associate Director for Graduate Studies) for complete information.