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-$2000 scholarship for each member - RBB scholarships can be combined (are ‘stackable’) with music major/minor (applied studio) scholarships, and amount is dependent on membership experience/level and instrument needs. RBB scholarships replaces other athletic band awards if applicable, and increases with subsequent years of participation and positive membership.  Contact Dr. Hinkle for more details. 
  • 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 or non-flexible 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: Saxophones (alto, tenor, bari), Trumpets, Mellophones, Low Brass (trombone, baritone, sousaphone), Percussion.  Alternates for each instrument may also be chosen.  Exact instrumentation, including the possible inclusion of electronic instruments in 2019 (guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, etc.), are 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.18

10:00am-12:00pm Brownson Arena

CMU Convocation

Wednesday, Sept.12

6pm-7pm CMU Plaza CMU Donors & Scholars

Friday, Sept.27

7:15pm-8pm Walker Field

Wms Soccer Game (halftime only)

Saturday, Sept. 29

2:30-3:30pm Stocker Stadium CO West Marching Band Festival
Friday, Oct.12 1:30-4:30pm (TBD) Sam's Club Perform for Food Donation (Band Alumni Event)
Saturday, Oct.13 (Game3) 1pm-1:30pm Lincoln Park CMU Steak & Crab Festival (wrestling)
Oct. ? TBD community gig
Saturday, Oct.26 7:00pm-8:00pm Univ.Cntr. CMU Homecoming Victory Dinner
Friday, Oct.27 (Game4-HC) 12:30pm-1:00pm Univ.Cntr. CMU Mesa Experience
Monday, Nov.12 4:30pm-6:00pm Golden Coral Military Appreciation Day
Friday, Dec.14 9:30am-12:00pm Brownson Arena Fall Commencement
Friday, Feb.1 5:30pm-10:00pm Brownson Arena Men's & Wm's Basketball (w/MavSound)
Saturday, Feb.2 5:30pm-10:00pm Brownson Arena Men's & Wm's Basketball (w/MavSound)
Wednesday, Feb.13 5:30-7:30pm Brownson Arena "Battle in Brownson" wrestling event
Saturday, Feb.16 12:15pm-1:00pm Univ.Cntr. CMU Mesa Experience
Friday, Feb.22 5:15pm- 9:30pm Brownson Arena Men's & Wm's Basketball (w/MavSound)
Saturday, Feb.23 5:15pm-9:30pm Brownson Arena Men's & Wm's Basketball (w/MavSound)
Friday, Mar.1 5:15pm-9:30pm Brownson Arena Men's & Wm's Basketball (w/MavSound)
Tuesday, Mar.5 5:15pm-9:30pm Brownson Arena Men's & Wm's Basketball - RMAC Tourney TBD
March ? (TBD) open for community or school gig
Saturday, Mar.23 12:15pm-1:00pm Univ.Cntr. CMU Mesa Experience
Saturday, Mar. 30 6:00pm Robinson Theater Tour Preview Show w/ other band TBD
Mar. 31- April 3 (Sun- Wed) Multi-Day N.Denver - Fort Collins areas 4-Day Tour
Wednesday, April 10 12:10-12:40pm CMU Plaza CMU Day of Giving
April ? (TBD) open for community or school gig
April ? (TBD) open for community or school gig
Thursday, May 2 7-10pm (exact TBD) Warehouse 2565 Community Performance
Saturday, May 18 9:30am-11:30am and 5:00pm-6:30pm Stocker Stadium 2 Spring Commencements

Alto Sax 1 -Josh Dawe (Fruita Monument HS) 

Alto Sax 2 - Adam Edrich (Cherry Creek HS) 

Tenor Sax - Chantz Syddall (Palisade HS) 

Bari Sax - Zach Koutecy (Cherry Creek HS) 

Mellophone - Matthew Bohling (Delta HS) 

Trumpet 1 - Shane Traylor (Halton HS, TX) 

Trumpet 2 - Miguel Gutierrez (Battle Mountain HS) 

Trumpet 3 - Victoria Welch (Arvada West HS) 

Trombone 1- Aaron Theriault (Widefield HS) 

Trombone 2 - Christian Chen (Coal Ridge HS) 

Bass Trombone - Sully Frazier (Liberty HS) 

Sousaphone - Ben Fritzsche (Englewood HS) 

Lead Percussion - Sofia Benham (Fruita Monument HS) 

Auxiliary Percussion - Trystan Berg (Fruita Monument HS) 

Bass Percussion & Multi-Media - Nolan Quinn (Grand Junction HS) 



Trumpet - Matthew Bohling (Delta HS) 

Trumpet - Kylie Bronk (Bennett HS) 

UPDATE! - 2019-2020 RBB auditions will be held on Monday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 17, from 2-3pm in the CMU Band Room (MPAC 005/006).  Auditions will be first come, first served.  Incoming CMU students are encouraged to perform their RBB audition excerpts as part of their music major/minor/ensemble placement audition (Priority Scholarship Audition day is Friday, Feb.15, other dates scheduled directly with appropriate applied professor).  In lieu of both of these possibilities, students may also choose to submit a simple video (via YouTube link) directly to Dr. Hinkle ( by or before 5pm April 15.  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). 

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. trumpets, saxophones, mellophones, trombones/baritones, sousaphone, percussion), but rather will be dependent on the high musical standards and commitment of auditionees each year, including the use of new instruments in the future (i.e. bass guitar, guitar, keyboard, drum set, electric instruments, etc.).  Do you want to consider beeing in the RBB, but play a different instrument?  Come talk with Dr. Hinkle and/or audition before it's too late. 
Audition Music:
  • Wind Instruments:
    1. HotTime”  Play all of desired (most appropriate) part with metronome @ 160 BPM (on the half note, fast & light march tempo) 
    2. Round One” - Play all of desired (most appropriate) part adjusting octaves/range as needed.  Search “Youngblood Brass Band Round One” on for appropriate performance tempo and style.  
    3. Optional - Demonstration of your unique musical abilities (i.e., improvisation, range, contemporary performance style, extended technique, 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)
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