Texas Tech University

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School of Music


Nationally and internationally recognized brass faculty prepare you for a variety of careers across programs in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Graduate programs. 


Upon your audition to the school of music, you will be placed in your corresponding instrument/voice studio. Studios are managed and taught by the corresponding instrument/voice professor and these studios meet once a week for a masterclass to discuss pedagogy.  The studios consist of the following instruments:

  • French Horn
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Tuba/Euphonium

Choose Your Program


Brass Sections

Horn SectionTrumpet Section

Brass Faculty

Prof. James Decker

Prof. James Decker
Associate Professor of Trombone
Trombone, Jazz Trombone

Dr. Julia Bell

Julia Bell
Visiting Assistant Professor of Trumpet

Prof. Christopher M. Smith

Prof. Christopher M. Smith
Professor of Horn


Dr. Andrew Stetson

Dr. Andrew Stetson
Associate Professor of Trumpet

Dr. Kevin Wass

Dr. Kevin Wass
Professor of Tuba and Euphonium

Dr. Kevin Whalen

Dr. Kevin Whalen
Associate Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies
Jazz Trumpet