The HoodleBug Brass is the brass quintet-in-residence at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is comprised of the four full-time brass faculty within the Department of Music and the Assistant Dean of the College of Fine Arts. The ensemble performs regularly on the IUP campus and presents numerous clinics and concerts in public schools and churches throughout the region each year. In 2000 the HoodleBug Brass co-commissioned a new work for concert band and brass quintet by renowned composer Dr. John Cheetham. “Concertino for Brass Quintet and Symphonic Band” was premiered at the 2001 PMEA Conference held in Hershey, PA. The HoodleBug Brass released its first compact disc, entitled “Brass Fac’s,” in March 2004 and its second CD, entitled “Off the Trac’s,” in 2009. The members of the HoodleBug Brass include:
Dr. Zach Collins is Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he also teaches theory, history, leads the IUP Tubaphonium Ensemble, and performs with the HoodleBug Brass Quintet. Zach received his B.M. in Tuba Performance from Texas Christian University where he studied with Richard Murrow and his M.M. and D.M.A. in Tuba Performance from the University of Southern California where he studied with Jim Self, Tommy Johnson, and Norm Pearson. He has performed with numerous ensembles including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, Johnstown Symphony and Keystone Wind Ensemble. Zach has several of his compositions and arrangements published through Cimarron Music Press.
Dr. Christian Dickinson has taught at IUP since 1985. He holds the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from Florida State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Catholic University of America. His principal teachers have been William Cramer, Matty Shiner and Milton Stevens on trombone, and Philip Spurgeon and Istvan Jaray for conducting. Dr. Dickinson performs as principal trombone with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and the Keystone Wind Ensemble. As a soloist, he has performed with the Johnstown Symphony, U.S. Army Orchestra, North Pittsburgh Philharmonic, Ohio University Summer Band, Frostburg State Chamber Players, IUP Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Concert Band and Symphony Band. He has appeared as soloist at the Eastern and International Trombone Workshops and has presented clinics at Eastern MENC and PMEA conventions. He has also performed for Frankie Avalon, Lew Christie, Peter Nero, Olivia Newton-John, Frankie Valli, Leann Rimes and Bernadette Peters. Dr. Dickinson recorded contemporary works for trombone and organ with the late Carol Teti. Dr. Dickinson also holds a third degree black belt in Songham Taekwondo.
Dr. Kevin Eisensmith received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, his Master’s degree in Music Performance from Georgia State University and his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance degree from Temple University. He was a member of and the solo trumpeter with the U.S. Army Forces Command Band in Atlanta, Georgia from 1979 through 1984. An active performer, Dr. Eisensmith has worked with Doc Severinsen, Aaron Neville, Roberta Flack, Natalie Cole, Olivia Newton-John, LeAnn Rimes and others. From 1999 until 2011 he served as the principal trumpeter with the Johnstown (PA) Symphony Orchestra. He served as President of the International Trumpet Guild from 2009 to 2011 and previously served as Secretary and Vice President. As the Professor of Trumpet at IUP, Dr. Eisensmith teaches applied trumpet and directs the IUP Trumpet Ensemble and the Jazz Ensemble.
Dr. David Ferguson is the Assistant Dean of the College of Fine Arts at IUP. From 2001-2012 he taught trumpet and music education courses in the IUP music department. Prior to that, Dr. Ferguson taught elementary, Jr. High, and High School music (primarily band and strings) in Decatur, Illinois for 6 years. David earned a BM in Music Education from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois and an MME and EdD in Music Education from the University of Illinois. Dr. Ferguson has published several compositions and arrangements for brass instruments through Eighth Note Publications in Toronto, Canada. He continues to perform with the HoodleBug Brass and in a jazz combo with his wife Laura, who is also an IUP music professor. David and Laura have two children, Ella and Xavier.
Dr. John "Jack" Scandrett received a B.M. degree from Wittenberg University in Ohio, a M.M. in Horn from the University of Wisconsin, and an Ed.D. in Music Technology at the University of Pittsburgh. He has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony, was a member of the Indianapolis Symphony, and principal horn for the New Jersey, McKeesport, Johnstown, and Westmoreland Symphony Orchestras. For many years he was principal horn for the Pittsburgh Ballet, Opera and Civic Light Opera Orchestras, and solo horn with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. He has worked with a variety of performers from Rod Stewart and Tom Jones to Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavorotti. Since 1980 he has been on the faculty of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and served as Chair of the Department of Music from 1996 to 2000.
A “HoodleBug” is a local term for “doodlebug,” the name given to a single-car, self-propelled train or trolley. At the southern end of the IUP campus can be found the “Hoodlebug Trail.” This is a six-mile recreation and commuter trail located in the central portion of Indiana County. The original hoodlebug traveled between Blairsville and Punxsutawney. For more information, please visit our website at www.hoodlebugbrass.org.
Assisting artist bios
Dr. Michael Kingan is Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has served on the faculties of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and the Stephen F. Austin Percussion Symposium. Kingan freelanced as a drummer and percussionist in the Columbus, Cincinnati, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Baton Rouge/New Orleans areas, performing with symphonies in all the cities mentioned. As a soloist, chamber musician, or conductor, he has performed or made presentations at PASIC, PMEA, LMEA, MENC, NACWPI, and ITG National Symposiums. The IUP Percussion Ensemble CD "Opus Pocus" was released on the Klavier label in 2010. His articles have been published in the PAS, MENC, the NACWPI journals, and the Yamaha Education Packets. He is endorsed by the Yamaha Corporation and Innovative Percussion. He holds the degrees DMA (University of North Texas), MM (University of Cincinnati), and BME (Ohio State University). He toured and recorded with the Atlantic Brass Quintet and performed with the chamber group Pastiche.
The Baumer Studio Treble Choir is a small girls’ vocal ensemble created from the voice and piano studio of Jane Potter Baumer, M.S. Mus. Ed (Univ. of Illinois). The girls, who range in age from 7-12, were chosen for the ensemble because they consistently demonstrated solid skills in music reading, pitch-matching, and solo singing performance, both in lessons and recitals, and also in productions with Children’s Footlight Theater at IUP. The Choir provides the girls an opportunity to sing unison and two-part music in a small group, and a chance to experience the joys of choral singing. The Choir's first season, 2011-2012, included Christmas concerts at Trinity Methodist Church and Moorehead House (Assisted Living), and a performance at the Indiana Arts Council's Youth-in-Arts Celebration. Jane and the girls wish to thank the Hoodlebug Brass for their first opportunity to sing on a recording! The members of the Baumer Studio Treble Choir include: Hannah Baumer, Haley Baumer, Callie Bland, Emma Bland, Lily Boulard, Stella Chepaitis, Ella Ferguson, India Krug, Jessica Morse, Ceci Sherwood, Clara Sherwood, and Athena Yang.