Rowdy Brass Band


rbbinsidecapitolThe Rowdy Brass Band is an elite CMU “ambassador” ensemble designed to train a 21st Century musician and meet the demand for high quality entertainment both on and off campus.  This 15-18 member ensemble performs custom arrangements in pop, rock, jazz, latin, ceremonial, and other styles of music.  The band is all-acoustic, performs all music by memory, and is mobile - they can perform anywhere!  The Rowdy Brass Band consists of CMU’s best (auditioned) brass, saxophone, and percussion student musicians who get real-world professional experience, including a large annual scholarship.  They rehearse weekly during the fall & spring semesters, preparing for performances from August through May.   Dr. Hinkle leads, arranges music for, and also performs with the Rowdy Brass Band. 

Other details include:

  • $1500 scholarship for each member (replaces other athletic band awards if applicable, may increase for subsequent years of participation)
  • elite one-on-a-part chamber ensemble modeled after groups like Disney’s “All-American Band"
  • members must fully commit and are treated as professional musicians, including the possibility of scholarships being reduced, being cut and/or replaced when not in attendance at all required events or meeting performance responsibilities (students who choose to maintain an extensive part-time job schedule may not be able to participate)
  • highly mobile group, can play ANYWHERE (inside or outside)
  • all members must also participate in the Maverick Stampede during the fall 
  • Instrumentation: 3-5 Saxophones (alto, tenor, bari), 4-5 Trumpets, 1-2 Mellophones, 3-5 Low Brass (trombone, baritone, sousaphone), 2-3 Percussion, 1 alternate for each instrument will also be chosen.  Exact instrumentation dependent on audition and personnel (new CMU students and non-music majors are encouraged to apply).
  • a college credit course (MUSP 445B, chamber ensemble, students must register in the fall)
  • rehearses weekly in fall & spring (Monday & Wednesdays, 2:00-2:50pm)
  • performance venues: campus events, downtown businesses, special requests, recruitment visits, sporting events, special paid travel, etc.
Contact Dr. Hinkle     Performance Request







Saturday, Aug.19

10:20pm-12:00pm Brownson Arena

CMU Convocation


Wednesday, Sept.13

5:30pm-6:30pm CMU Plaza Donors & Scholars (Plaza Tent)

Saturday, Sept.23

2:15pm-3:00pm Lincoln Park

Steak & Crab Festival (wrestling)


Friday, Sept.29

6:40pm-8:00pm Walker Field

Wms Soccer Game (pregame & halftime)


Saturday, Sept. 30

2:30pm-4:00pm Stocker Stadium CO West Marching Band Festival
6. Tuesday, Oct.17 4:50pm-5:30pm Qdoba (12th St.) Qdoba Grand Opening
7. Saturday, Oct.21 12:15pm-1:00pm Univ.Cntr. Mesa Experience
8. Thursday, Oct.26 8:15am-9:15am Convention Center Governor's Conference
9. Friday, Oct.27 7:00pm-8:00pm Univ.Cntr. Homecoming Victory Dinner
10. Saturday, Nov.11 12:15pm-1:00pm Univ.Cntr. Mesa Experience
11. Monday, Nov.13 4:30pm-6:00pm Golden Coral Military Appreciation Day
12. Friday, Dec.15 9:30am-12:00pm Brownson Arena Fall Commencement
13. Friday, Jan.19 5:30pm-7:30pm Brownson Arena Battle in Brownson (wrestling)
14. Saturday, Jan.27 5:30pm-10:00pm Brownson Arena Men's & Wm's Basketball (w/MavSound)
15. Sun.-Wed., Feb.4-7 multi-day Denver Area 4-Day Tour (10 high schools, Capitol, Pepsi Center)
16. Friday, Feb.9 5:30pm-10:00pm Brownson Arena Men's & Wm's Basketball (w/MavSound)
17. Saturday, Feb.10 5:30pm-10:00pm Brownson Arena Men's & Wm's Basketball (w/MavSound)
18. Saturday, Feb.17 12:15pm-1:00pm Univ.Cntr. Mesa Experience
19. Friday, Mar.23 9:00-10:00am Fruita Mon. HS Auditorium Performance
20. Saturday, Mar.24 12:15pm-1:00pm Univ.Cntr. Mesa Experience
21. Tuesday, April 10 12:10-12:40pm CMU Plaza CMU Day of Giving
22. April ? (TBD) open for community gig
23. April ? (TBD) open for community gig
24. Monday, May 7 5-7pm (?) Vet. Mem. Park Palisade HS Concert in the Wind Performance
25. Saturday, May 12 10:00am-12:00pm Stocker Stadium Spring Commencement

Alto Sax 1 – Josh Dawe (Fruita Monument HS)

Alto Sax 2 - Ryan Merlino (Grand Junction HS)

Tenor Sax – Chantz Syddall (Palisade HS)

Bari Sax - Zach Koutecy (Cherry Creek HS)

Mellophone – Brian Petersen (Eaglecreast HS)

Trumpet 1 – Dr. Jonathan Hinkle (DeLand HS)

Trumpet 1 – Noah Graf (Fruita Monument HS)

Trumpet 2 – Miguel Gutierrez (Battle Mountain HS)

Trumpet 2/3 – Victoria Welch (Arvada West HS)

Trombone 1– Gabe Gallegos (Grand Junction HS)

Trombone 2 – Tim McKee (Palisade HS)

Trombone 3 – Isaac Williams (Glennwood Springs HS)

Bass Trombone - Jacob Dickhausen (Grand Junction HS)

Sousaphone – Natalie Houston (Palisade HS)

Set Percussion – Preston Sitton (Montezuma-Cortez HS)

Bass Percussion – Sammi Medina (Central HS)

Auxiliary Percussion – Trystan Berg (Fruita Monument HS)



Sax – Arturo Lujan (Palisade HS)

Trumpet – Tamrick Sharpe (Foutain-Fort Carson HS)

Trumpet - Matthew Bohling (Delta HS)

2018- 2019 Auditions will be held on Wednesday, April 11, from 4-5:30pm in the CMU Band Room (MPAC 005/006).  Auditions will be first come, first served.  In lieu of this, students may also choose to submit a simple video (via Youtube link) directly to Dr. Hinkle ( by or before 6pm on this date.  Video production and quality does not need to be high level, however, any demonstration of music being played by memory must be obvious to the viewer (ie. perform towards a viewable wall or other). 

Important Audition Details:

  1. Current members are not guaranteed a future spot.  All potential members must audition.  
  2. Current members must play assigned parts of audition music (below) by memory.  Potential future members should choose a part that best fits their ability level and desired part placement.  Playing by memory is encouraged for potential future members, but not required.
  3. Instrumentation in the RBB is not set from past ensembles (i.e., 5 trumpets, 3 saxophones, 2 mellophones, 4 trombones, 1 sousaphone, 3 percussion), but rather will be dependent on the high musical standards and commitment of auditionees each year.
Audition Music:
  • Wind Instruments:
    1. "Lowrider," ALL. Play with metronome @ 136 BPM.
    2. Demonstration of ability to play Melody, Harmony, Countermelody, Bass-lines OR other appropriate improvisation to "When the Saints" in Concert F (demonstrate what you can, NOT ALL OF THE ABOVE). Use of metronome or backing/playalong tract (find on YouTube) encouraged, but not required.
    3. Optional - Demonstration of your unique musical abilities (i.e., improvisation, range, contemporary performance style, music arranging skills, etc.)
  • Percussion Instruments - Using only a snare drum, 1 suspended cymbal, and 1 other "toy" (ie; cowbell, block, closed hats, etc.), demonstrate the following beats/rhythms, while also trading phrases (2 or 4 bars) of "time" and "soloing" with yourself in each:
    1. Medium Rock
    2. 12/8 Rock/Funk 
    3. Medium Latin (Bossa or Samba)
    4. 2 Beat Fast March (think "Hot Time")
    5. 2 Beat "New Orleans Groove" (think "When the Saints)