Stamps Brass Quintet

  1. Lasse Bjerknaes-Jacobsen

    Frost Profile Photo

    Lasse Bjerknaes-Jacobsen, trumpet, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Brass Quintet, Class of 2016, coached by faculty mentor Sam Pilafian. He studies privately with Craig Morris. Lasse Bjerknaes-Jacobsen also performs in the Frost Wind Ensemble and other major ensembles. Lasse Bjerknaes-Jacobsen has performed in both the United States and his hometown, Oslo, Norway. He won the Oslo and Akershus championship for soloists four times and placed first in the Norwegian Youth Music Championship. He has played as a soloist at the Barratt Due Institute of Music, the Oslo Jazz Festival and the Bergen International Festival. He has been a soloist in Sweden, England, Germany and China and with ensembles/orchestras such as Ytre Suløens jazz ensemble, Nordic Brass Ensemble (2 times) and His Majesty the King's Guard (4 times). He has performed in master classes in Sweden, England, Germany and China. He was a member of the Norwegian National Youth Orchestra in 2011, Großes Europäisches Blechbläserensemble in 2010 and Die Deutsch-Skandinavische Jugend-Philharmonie (in Berlin, Germany). He performed previously with the Norwegian Youth Symphonic Orchestra (NUSO) and the Norwegian Children Symphonic Orchestra (NBSO).

    Instrument: Trumpet

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Brass Quintet

    Read Full Bio »

  2. Samuel Exline

    Frost Profile Photo

    Sam Exline, trumpet, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Brass Quintet, Class of 2016, coached by faculty mentor Sam Pilafian. He studies privately with Craig Morris. The Stamps Brass Quintet is in its freshman year, and is working on standard brass quintet literature as well as new works, and will perform together over the next four years at numerous concerts and venues. Born and raised in Meridian, Idaho, near Boise, Sam Exline participated in the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for 5 years, played in the Interlochen Philharmonic Orchestra at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp in the summer of his high school sophomore year, was principal trumpet of the All-Northwest Orchestra, principal trumpet of the MENC National Music Conference Orchestra and principal trumpet of the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute in his junior year. He began playing trumpet in the middle of first grade, and even then aspired to become a professional trumpet player. In recent years, he has focused more specifically on becoming an orchestral trumpet player. In addition to his musical activities, he is also interested in academics in general and graduated with a 4.0 GPA from high school and was valedictorian of his graduating class.

    Instrument: Trumpet

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Brass Quintet

    Read Full Bio »

  3. Chris Jones

    Frost Profile Photo

    Chris Jones, trombone, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Brass Quintet, Class of 2016; he is also part of the University of Miami general honors program, minoring in psychology. In his freshman year, he performed with Frost Symphonic Winds at the CBDNA conference. Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Chris Jones was valedictorian of his graduating class at Cathedral High School and also a National Merit Finalist, 2013 Indiana Academic All-Star, National Honors Society Officer, and Caroline D. Bradley National Scholar. Jones played as a member of the Indiana Bandmasters Association (IBA) All-State band in 2010 and 2012, and the IBA All-State Honor band in 2013; in 2013, he was awarded the 2013 Ray Cramer Scholarship from the Indiana Bandmasters Association (IBA). Jones was also a member of the Ball State University Honor Band from 2012-2013, a member of the Butler University All-Star Band from 2010-2013, and a member of the Indiana Music Educators’ Association (IMEA) All-State Orchestra in 2013. Jones also played in the New World Youth Orchestra in 2013. He has won gold medals at the ISSMA State Solo and Ensemble Competition for trombone solos in 2010, 2012, and 2013, and a gold medal for euphonium solo.

    Instrument: Trombone

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Brass Quintet

    Read Full Bio »

  4. Joshua Schwartz

    Frost Profile Photo

    Joshua Schwartz, French horn, is majoring in Musicology at the Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Brass Quintet, Class of 2016, coached by faculty member Sam Pilafian. He studies horn privately with Richard Todd. Originally from Weston, Florida he was principal horn of the Florida Youth Orchestra (2007-2012), Greater Miami Youth Symphony (2009-2011), Miami Music Project Honors Orchestra (2011), and the Cypress Bay High School Wind Ensemble (2009-2012). A recipient of a plethora of awards and accolades, Josh Schwartz has performed as a featured soloist with the New World Symphony (2011), was a member of the Florida All-State Band from 7th-12th grade, has participated in numerous Honors and All-County Bands. He regularly attends the Marrowstone Music Festival in Bellingham, Washington where he has studied with Dale Clevenger, Alice Render, and Heidi Kepper. His former teachers have included Alexander Kienle, Myrna Meeroff, and his father, Gary Schwartz. A multi-faceted student, Josh Schwartz excels academically. He earned the maximum score of 5 on many AP exams such as Calculus AB/BC, Chemistry, Physics: Electricity and Magnetism, Biology, Microeconomics, and Macroeconomics, and graduated in the top 5% of his class.

    Instrument: French horn

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Brass Quintet

    Read Full Bio »

  5. Aiden Zimmermann

    Frost Profile Photo

    James Aidan Zimmermann, tuba, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Brass Quintet, Class of 2016, coached by faculty mentor Sam Pilafian. He also studies the tuba and euphonium privately with Sam Pilafian. Aidan Zimmerman also performs in other major ensembles of the Frost School of Music and looks forward to concertizing with the Stamps Brass Quintet over the next four years. Born in Amarillo, Texas and raised in Houston, Zimmerman performed in the Texas All-State and was a finalist for the Houston Young Artist competition. He was accepted into the Tanglewood Young Artists Orchestra, played at the American Festival for the Arts, and performed with the Houston Youth Symphony. He studied tuba with Jason Harvey for all four years of high school. He attended The Woodlands High School where he participated in music as well as sports activities such as running track and field and basketball. A twin, he was active in community service, and academic clubs, most notably a championship robotic club. He graduated in the top 5% of his class with many AP classes. Zimmerman started his music career on trumpet in 6th grade, and then switched to tuba in his first year of high school, which is when he decided to devote his life to being a musician.

    Instrument: Tuba

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Brass Quintet

    Read Full Bio »

Stamps Brass Quintet