Kentucky Wesleyan College will host its inaugural BrassFest on November 13 with two recitals, both of which are free and open to the public. The event includes an11:30 a.m. Guest Recital with Patrick Sheridan (tuba) and Dr. Diane Earle (piano), followed by a 3 p.m. Guest Recital with the River Brass Band with Dr. Patrick Stuckemeyer conducting.
Both events will take place in the Jack T. Wells ’77 Activity Center at 3300 Frederica St.
Sheridan is one of the most celebrated tuba soloists in the instrument’s history. He has performed more than 3,500 concerts in over 50 countries in venues. Beyond his performing life, Sheridan’s commitment to education is extensive as he has served on the music faculties at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, The Rotterdam Conservatory, The Royal Northern College of Music and The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He most recently served on the music faculty at UCLA where he conducted the Brass Ensemble and Wind Ensemble and taught tuba/euphonium.
Sheridan is the chief design consultant for Jupiter Band Instruments, XO Brass and Hercules Stands. He also frequently works across the United States as a guest conductor with university bands and orchestras as well as high school and middle school all-state and regional honor bands and orchestras, most recently serving the the Nebraska All-State Band conductor.
Dr. Stuckemeyer is assistant professor of music and director of instrumental studies at KWC, and Dr. Earle is professor emeritus of music at KWC.