Featured Artists

Lacey Hays

Lacey Hays
Trumpet

Dr. Lacey Hays, founding member and director of DFW Brass, is an active freelance musician and clinician in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and has performed throughout the world, including Europe, North, Central, and South America. Comfortable with varying styles, Dr. Hays has performed with Johnny Mathis numerous times, has played lead trumpet for Broadway Tours such as Matilida and If/Then at the AT&T Center in Dallas, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Verdi Opera House in Italy and the Classical Music Festival in Austria. 

Enthusiastic about teaching, Dr. Hays is on the faculty of both Mountain View College and North Central Texas College as well as The Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain. She has presented master classes throughout the United States and abroad including the 2nd International Brass Festival in Mexico and has performed at numerous other festivals including The Aspen Music Festival (Colorado), Young Euro Festival (Berlin), Spoleto (Italy), Spoleto USA (South Carolina), Le Domain Forget (Canada), Great Waters International Music Festival (New Hampshire), Le Festival Bel Canto (Québec), Snape Maltings (England), Festival de Musique de Monton (France), Musica Riva Festival (Italy), and Campos do Jordao Music Festival (Brasil).  In addition to participating in several recording projects, Dr. Hays can be heard on multiple DVDs, including: The Legacy, a documentary featuring the Youth Orchestra of the Americas where she can be heard playing principal trumpet of Bartok's "Concerto for Orchestra" with Gustavo Dudamel conducting (Lobo Productions) and Messa Da Requiem with Placido Domingo conducting Verdi's Requiem which was recorded and videoed in Munich, Germany (Glor Music Productions). Dr. Hays is a member of Tau Beta Sigma, Pi Kappa Lambda, Gamma Beta Phi Academic Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, International Trumpet Guild (for which she has authored articles), International Women's Brass Conference, and Texas Music Educator's Association. She holds degrees from The University of Oklahoma (BM, BME, DMA) and The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University (MM). Visit www.laceyhays.com for more information and sound clips.

Adam Miller

Trumpet
Trumpet

Dallas native Adam Miller is a founding member of DFW BRASS and is an active performer and teacher in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Adam currently serves as Second Trumpet of both the Plano and Irving Symphonies. As a freelance artist, Adam has performed hundreds of weddings, recitals, and services in local churches and other venues over the last 20 years. He has performed with Dallas Winds (formerly the Dallas Wind Symphony), Jacksonville Symphony, the Blast of Brass Ensemble, as well as the Texas Star Brass Band.

After completing his Bachelor of Music at Southern Methodist University, Mr. Miller moved to New York City where he attended the Juilliard School. Mr. Miller had the pleasure of studying under Mark Gould, Phil Smith and Wynton Marsalis while working on his Master of Music.  Upon completing his M.M. at Juilliard, Mr. Miller moved once again.  This time to China where he served as Principal Trumpet of the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony.  Throughout his career, he has performed with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo Ma, Luciano Pavarotti, Empire Brass, Canadian Brass, Josh Groban, and Idina Menzell. 

In addition to his many performances, Mr. Miller is also a successful teacher.  Mr. Miller is on faculty at the Blast of Brass Camp held at Texas A&M - Commerce Campus every summer. His students have participated in honor bands including the TMEA All-State ensembles, competitions such as the National Trumpet Competition, and festivals such as the Grand Valley State Trumpet Seminar and International Trumpet Guild Conference.

Heather Suchodolski

Horn
Horn

Born and raised in the Arizona desert, Dr. Heather B. Suchodolski is an active chamber and orchestral musician and teacher in the Dallas – Fort Worth metro area. As the recipient of awards for her participation in the University of North Texas’ Center for Chamber Music Studies, she continues to foster her love for small ensembles, through performances with the Impact Brass Quintet and DFW Brass, while encouraging her students to perform in small ensembles.

In addition to experience as an Applied Horn Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas, Heather is currently Adjunct Faculty at Collin College in Plano, TX; for the 2011-12 academic year, Heather fulfilled an appointment to faculty at the University of Nevada – Reno, teaching Applied Horn and Music Appreciation (MUS121.1009), and she has served as Interim Faculty at Tarleton State University (Stephenville, TX).

Outside of the collegiate setting, Heather maintains a large private studio of horn students from a dozen of the finest band programs in the Dallas – Fort Worth metro area. Annually, Heather’s students successfully audition into the highly competitive All-Region Band for Texas Music Educators Association Region 2, and thanks in part to her weekly horn sectionals and masterclasses, her students from Hebron High School (Carrollton, TX) have earned second place in the 2016 Texas UIL State Marching Band Competition, while preparing to perform at the 2016 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Heather’s students frequently continue to study music upon graduation from high school, continuing to foster a love of music through their university years.

Heather graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of Arizona, where she studied with Dr. Keith Johnson and Mr. Daniel Katzen, and earned Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of North Texas, under the direction of Dr. William Scharnberg. Her primary teachers include the previously listed professors, as well as Dr. Douglas Campbell, the subject of her doctoral dissertation.

Heather performs regularly with DFW Brass, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, and the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra. When not practicing, rehearsing, performing, or helping others of the proper pronunciation of her somewhat tricky surname (it's Such-a-doll-skee), Heather enjoys painting, cooking, traveling, and good coffee. (Just kidding, good coffee is always necessary!)

Steve Peterson

Trombone
Trombone

Steve Peterson is a founding member of DFW BRASS and is an active teacher and performer in the Dallas and San Antonio areas. Currently he serves as Principal Trombone of the San Antonio Symphony. He has also performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and Dallas Symphony Orchestras and frequently plays at the Vail Music Festival in Colorado with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. A native of Michigan, Mr. Peterson earned a Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance from the University of Michigan where he studied with David Jacson. After the completion of his undergraduate degree he traveled and performed throughout the world before settling in Dallas where he completed a Master of Music at Southern Methodist University where he studied with John Kitzman. Steve serves as Adjunct Professor of Trombone at Richland College where he performs regularly with the Richland Faculty Jazz Ensemble. In addition to performing with DFW BRASS, Steve is a member of Bishop Arts Brass and also performs with the Avant Chamber Ballet. In addition to his performance and teaching schedule, Mr. Peterson is an active videographer and has produced short documentaries for the Dallas Symphony, Avant Chamber Ballet, and Bosphorus Cymbal Factory. Steve's films can be seen at thepetersonproject.com

Carl Kleinsteuber

Tuba
Tuba

Carl Kleinsteuber grew up in Denton, Texas;  the son of the NTSU Professor of harp.  He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from North Texas State University (now University of North Texas) and his Masters of Music from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.  While in New York, Carl became an active free-lance musician, performing and recording with ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the Canadian Brass under conductors such as Bernstein, Mehta, Levine, and Ozawa.  In 1984, Carl won the prestigious Concert Artists Guild competition and was awarded (and performed) a debut recital in Carnegie Hall. 

From 1989 ‘til 2014, Carl lived and worked in the Netherlands, where he won the position of solo tubist in the Hague Philharmonic.  While residing in Europe, he performed with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Netherlands Philharmonic, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, and many other ensembles.

In addition to his activities in classical music, Carl is also active in the jazz scene, having performed and recorded with groups such as the Lionel Hampton band, Quincy Jones ‘house band’ at Montreux, the Bob Belden Ensemble, Charlie Persip’s ‘Superband’, and Howard Johnson’s “Gravity”.  He also won the first International Tuba-Euphonium Association’s Jazz Competition in 1983.

Since his return from Europe to the United States in 2014, Carl has been working towards a Doctorate in performance at the University of North Texas, and is currently the doctoral teaching fellow for the tuba department.  In addition to teaching privately, he has also performed with the Dallas Winds, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, the DFW Brass and the Mockingbird Brass.

One of Carl’s hobbies is designing, building & modifying brass instruments.  He regularly plays instruments of his own construction.

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