Sacred Heart University Faculty Brass Quintet to Host Concert

From left are Damon E. Coachman, Keith Johnston, Kevin Lam, Jason Bouchard and Walker Beard.

News Story: October 29, 2013

The Sacred Heart University Faculty Brass Quintet will host their debut concert on Friday, November 15, at 7 p.m. in the Schine Auditorium. Tickets are $10.

The Sacred Heart University Faculty Brass Quintet is a professional faculty ensemble made up of performer-educators who call Connecticut home. Members include Walker Beard on trumpet, Damon E. Coachman on trumpet, Kevin Lam on French horn, Keith Johnston on trombone and Jason Bouchard on tuba.

Members of the Quintet teach applied studio lessons, perform recitals and outreach concerts. They also host master classes and clinics.

Walker Beard, Trumpet - Adjunct Professor of Music - Originally from El Paso, TX, Mr. Beard has been an active performer and music educator in New England since moving to Connecticut in 2009. In addition to his position at Sacred Heart University, he is a founding member of the Nautilus Brass Quintet and has also performed with the New Bedford Symphony, Nutmeg Symphony, Albano Dance Company, The Silicon Valley Symphony, Peninsula Cantare, Palo Alto Philharmonic, Blast of Brass Ensemble, El Paso Wind Symphony, and Gilbert and Sulivan Company of El Paso. He has been a member of the faculty brass quintets at both San Jose State University and The University of Connecticut. He has performed Baroque Trumpet with early music ensembles including The California Bach Society, Chora Nova of Berkley California, and the American Bach Soloists Academy Orchestra. Currently, Mr. Beard is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Connecticut. He completed a Master of Arts Degree at San Jose State University, and a Bachelor of Music Degree at the University of North Texas.

Jason Bouchard, Tuba - Adjunct Professor of Music - Jason Bouchard has a long a varied career as performer and music educator. He currently serves as the Principal Tuba with the Manchester Symphony Orchestra, Principal Tuba with the Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra, a member of Dixie Stomp a six piece Dixieland style group, The Sacred Heart Faculty Brass Quintet. Mr. Bouchard is also active as a freelance musician, an adjudicator for region, and all state music festivals, and maintains an active low brass studio. Mr. Bouchard’s private students consistently place in the top positions in bands and orchestras within the state, and college music programs across the country.

Damon E. Coachman, Trumpet – Adjunct Professor of Music - is the Director of Bands at Bethel High School where he teaches Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, American Music, Music Appreciation, and Keyboarding I. He is very excited to be a member of the Sacred Heart University Faculty Brass Quintet. As a trumpet player, he plays in the Capital Winds Symphonic Band and is also active as a freelance trumpet soloist. He earned a B.S. in Music Education Degree from Central Connecticut State University. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the International Trumpet Guild. Currently, he studies trumpet with Julia Caruk.

Keith Johnston, Trombone - Director of Bands at Sacred Heart University is active as a performer and conductor in the United States, and internationally. He has conducted the Sacred Heart Band on national, and international tours, commissioned new works, and been featured in national TV ad campaigns, and even on MTV. Mr. Johnston directs the Concert, Marching, and Pep Bands, coaches the brass ensemble, teaches low brass, oversees the instrumental chamber music program, and plays in the Sacred Heart University Faculty Brass Quintet. Mr. Johnston also serves as Chêf de Orchestra Ecole Musique Sainte Trinite in Port au Prince, Haiti, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, chamber music, and teaches conducting and low brass students. In Haiti he has directed the Brass Festival, and performed as soloist with the Orchestra Philharmonique Sainte Trinite. In 2010 He gave the world premiere of Blue Iris for Trombone and Organ, composed for him by Steven Rosenhaus, and in 2012 he premiered Rosenhaus’ Concerto for Trombone and Band. He has performed recitals at Sacred Heart University, New York’s Flushing Town Hall, and in Dingle and Dublin, Ireland. In February 2013 Mr. Johnston performed Rosenhaus’ Concerto with the Mott College and Flint Concert Bands, and gave master-classes to students at Mott College, and the University of Michigan-Flint. Mr. Johnston received his Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Master of Music from Carnegie Mellon University, and advanced conducting studies at London’s Royal Academy of Music.

Kevin Lam, French Horn - Adjunct Professor of Music - Originally from Norwalk, CT, Mr. Lam attended the University of Connecticut where he received undergraduate degrees in Music Education in 2009. While at UConn, Mr. Lam studied with Mr. Robert Hoyle and served as principal horn for the university’s wind ensemble and symphony orchestra. Mr. Lam was a founding member of the Armonia Brass Trio and in 2008 the trio was awarded the SURF Grant to conduct research in chamber performance practices with professional musicians in Barcelona, Zurich, Geneva and Milan. Mr. Lam received his Master of Music degree in horn performance and pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011 where he served as the graduate assistant to the horn studio, performed with the university’s wind symphony and symphony orchestra, and performed with the graduate student Flatirons Brass Quintet. In May of 2011, the Flatirons Brass Quintet members were artists-in-residence at Renmin University of China in Beijing where they performed recitals and presented master classes. Currently, Mr. Lam is Instrumental Director at Valley Regional High School and Group Lessons Teacher at John Winthrop Middle School in Deep River, CT.