Biography: Since its formation in 2012, the North Texas Euphonium Quartet has emerged as the leader among a formidable new crop of euphonium quartets from all across the globe. The group is comprised of doctoral candidates currently studying with Dr. Brian Bowman at the University of North Texas, and is the only quartet whose members have all been finalists in the world renowned Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition. The quartet has become one of the most active young chamber ensembles in the country through performances at numerous universities and music conferences throughout the United States, the commissioning and performing of works written specifically for the ensemble, and educational outreach with younger euphonium players.
Unmatched in quality, the group is dedicated to the advancement of the chamber medium of the euphonium quartet as well as to the continued advancement of the euphonium itself, and is excited to offer composers the unique opportunity to write for an ensemble who's repertoire is just now being forme
Chris McGinty: Chris McGinty serves as the current Director of Instrumental Studies at North Central Texas College, where he conducts the NCTC Wind Ensemble and teaches Low Brass. Growing up in Plains, Tx, Chris attributes his musical talent to his father, Alton McGinty. He began music in fifth grade in Plains, Tx, learning to play the euphonium from Byron Morgan. He attended Texas Tech University where he studied with Dr. Kevin Wass, earning a Bachelor of Music Education. He then went on to pursue his Master's degree in Euphonium Performance with Dr. Brian Bowman at the University of North Texas where he is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts as well. Chris actively teaches throughout the state of Texas, serving as instructor of low brass at numerous music camps across the state, and teaching in the North Dallas area throughout the school year. He is the founder of the Omni Brass of Dallas, Tx and The Back Row Low Brass Camp in Frisco, Tx.
Irving Ray: Staff Sergeant (SSG) Irving Ray is a euphonium player in the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, D.C. Irving is from from Houston, TX and received all of his musical degrees in Texas. He completed his Bachelor of Music Education at Sam Houston State University and both a Master of Music and Doctorate in Euphonium Performance at the University of North Texas. In addition to having performed across the United States at conferences and conservatories as a member of the North Texas Euphonium Quartet, Irving is an internationally known soloist and teacher, having been invited each year to Singapore since 2013 with the Wind Bands Association of Singapore, performing as a guest soloist in Mexico with the Monterrey Symphony Orchestra, and serving as a guest soloist and brass lecturer with the Field Band Foundation in Durban, South Africa. Some of his greatest musical influences include Frank Troyka, Dr. Matthew McInturf, Rex Martin, Demondrae Thurman, and Dr. Brian Bowman.
Dr. Danny Chapa recently finished his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of North Texas under the instruction of Dr. Brian Bowman. He received his Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from Louisiana State University in 2008, and in 2010 he received his Masters of Music in Euphonium Performance degree from UNT. Dr. Chapa currently severs as the adjunct professor of low brass at Stephen F. Austin State University and is also a member of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra and principal trombonist of the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra.
Vince Kenney is a native of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois and currently serves as Assistant Director of Bands/Lecturer of Low Brass at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Prior to Drake, Vince was the Director of Instrumental Music at North Central Texas College in Gainesville, Texas where he founded the NCTC Wind Ensemble. Vince has received degrees in euphonium performance and music education from the University of Illinois, a Master of Music degree in euphonium performance at the University of North Texas, and is currently finishing a DMA in euphonium performance at UNT. Vince’s most influential teachers include Ed Risinger, Mark Moore, and Dr. Brian Bowman.
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