WMU Horn Studio 2013-14

Ben Arking

Major: pre-Music Education
Hometown: Grand Ledge, MI

Benjamin Arking is a first year student in the WMU horn studio. A Music Education major, Ben hopes one day to be a high school band director. Ben is currently co-principal in the University Concert Band and a member of the mellophone section in the Bronco Marching Band. Previously, Ben attended Grand Ledge High School, and was a four-year member of the GLHS Wind Symphony horn section, as well as a member in the Grand Ledge High School Comet Marching Band. Highlighting his high school horn experience was the opportunity to play onstage at Carnegie Hall in 2011. Ben was also a member of Michigan State University’s Spartan Youth Wind Symphony at Michigan State University during his last two years in high school. Ben attended Blue Lake and WMU Seminar music camps. While in high school, Ben also performed in the Grand Ledge Concert Choir and the Corduroys, an all men’s Choir. Throughout his four years in high school, Ben participated in the GLHS theatrical productions, including principal roles in: West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and more. Overall, Ben is excited to be part of the WMU Horn Studio and looks forward to a great college experience.

Caroline Binns

Major: pre-Music Education
Hometown: Blissfield, MI
Caroline is a first year student in the horn studio at WMU. She is currently working towards a music education degree but is considering adding horn performance. Caroline actually began on trombone in fifth grade but quickly switched to horn only so she could sit beside her best friend! Seventh grade was when she really started to take music seriously, beginning with private lessons, joining a youth orchestra, and spending her first summer at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Year after year, she expanded upon her musical activities. By her senior year in high school she held principal horn positions in two youth orchestras for two years, had participated in county and area honors bands, a community band, Blissfield High School's jazz band, annual fine arts days, university horn days, received multiple “one’s” at state solo and ensemble, attended multiple summer music programs, and had paid positions in local pit orchestras. To top off her senior year, she also received the John Philip Sousa Award. Currently, Caroline is involved in the Symphonic Band, Freshman Wind Quintet, horn choir, and Bronco Marching Band at WMU.

Liz Glasser

Major: MM Horn Performance
Hometown: Middleton, WI
Liz Glasser is in her second year of graduate studies at WMU and is pursuing a Master's degree in Horn Performance. She graduated from Middleton (WI) High School in 2007 and received her Bachelor's degree in horn performance from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point in December of 2011. At WMU Liz is playing in the Graduate Wind Quintet, Symphonic Band, and University Symphony Orchestra. Liz aspires to perform professionally in a symphony orchestra, and would also like to record music for movies, TV, or games.

Nathan Haering

Major: Music pre-Composition
Hometown: Holt, MI
Nathan Haering is a sophomore in the horn studio at Western Michigan University. He is currently exploring the beautiful musical opportunities that the College of Fine Arts presents and hopes to join the composition studio. Nathan is currently in the University Symphonic band, a member of the horn choir, and a dedicated member of the marching band and pep band. He was also previously a member of Klork, the laptop orchestra. Before coming to WMU, he attended Holt High School, where he arranged music for the marching band, was section leader for the mellophones, played in the Mid-Michigan Youth Symphony, attended many honors bands, played a march with the U.S Navy Band, and received the "heart of a champion" award from his high school band director, for being generally filled with love, and having multiple cardboard cut-outs of himself. This past summer he was employed by Interlochen arts camp as a counselor for intermediate boys. He also spent a month overseas in 2010 playing with Blue Lake International and spreading hugs through Europe. Overall Nathan feels incredibly blessed to be a part of the horn and school of music family and is thankful for the opportunity to witness and be a part of so many truly phenomenal things, musical or otherwise.

Jasmine Joubran

Major: pre-Music Education
Hometown: Flushing, Michigan
Jasmine Joubran is a first year student in the horn studio at Western Michigan University pursuing a degree in music education. She has been playing horn for six years in many diverse ensembles. In addition to sitting principal horn in her high school's wind ensemble and symphony orchestra, she played first horn in the 2013 annual WMU Horn Day Horn Choir, principal horn for the 2011 Southern Michigan Ambassadors of Music band's tour of Europe, and principal horn in the 2013 Steven Bryant All-Star Band. She currently holds co-principal chair in the WMU Concert Band. She plays violin and was involved in her high school's orchestra program for eight years where she sat first stand for two years. She was also a member of the A Cappella Choir and the Beta Chi Theta women's choir, in which she sang soprano one. She was blessed with the opportunity to perform with this year's MSVMA All-State Honors Choir under the direction of Dr. Z. Randall Stroop, where she also sang soprano one. She was a recipient of both the John Phillip Sousa award from her band director and the Arion award from her orchestra director. Jasmine also had the opportunity to play in an all-female woodwind quintet that earned superior ratings at both district and state solo and ensemble and performed as part of a masterclass under the direction of the principal flute player in the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She has been a dedicated member of both her high school and college marching bands, were she plays first mellophone. She was awarded "Most Outstanding Brass Player" in 2012 from her marching band director in addition to many other awards in previous years. She also taught private lessons through her school for two years. Overall, Jasmine has worked very hard to make music a crucial part of her life and is overjoyed to be a part of the horn studio where she seeks the ability to teach young minds about the joys and wonders of music. Jasmine aspires to teach band or orchestra at the secondary level and be a part of a symphony orchestra while also enjoying life to the fullest.

Thomas King

Major: Music Therapy
Hometown: Jackson, Michigan
Thomas is a sophomore WMU, pursuing a degree in music therapy. He graduated from Western High School, where he received the Director's Award for his superior musicianship and The Louie Armstrong Award for his excellent skills on jazz guitar. During high school, Thomas played in his school's concert band for one year, the symphonic band for 3 years and jazz band for 2 years playing guitar. During the last 2 years of being in the symphonic band, Thomas was first chair. He is very excited about learning to use music in ways that will benefit others. His inspiration in becoming a music therapist was his father, who passed away from colon cancer 2 years ago. Thomas would play guitar and sing to him a few times a week. During those times, Thomas noticed that his father would be soothed by the music and his pain would decrease. Since his father's passing, Thomas has been completely inspired to do for others what he did for his father.

Jeremy Larson

Major: MM Horn Performance
Hometown: Spokane, WA
Jeremy is entering his first year of graduate studies at WMU as a Graduate Assistant in the horn studio and is pursuing a Master's of Music Degree in horn performance. He graduated from Lewis and Clark High School and did his undergraduate at Eastern Washington University where he also doubled as a Piano Performance major. Jeremy is performing in the Symphonic Band, University Symphony Orchestra, Graduate Wind Quintet, and other voluntary ensembles as well as helping out with accompaniment throughout the horn studio. Jeremy hopes to one day perform regularly in a professional orchestra and play in as many chamber ensembles as he can.

Anna Marshall

Majors: Horn Performance and Visual Arts
Hometown: Portage, MI
Anna is a junior in the horn studio and is pursuing a BFA in horn performance and a BA in visual arts. She is a graduate of Portage Northern High School, where she received the John Philip Sousa award for superior musicianship.
While in high school, she he performed in various ensembles including her school’s Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and served as principal horn for the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra in 2009. Anna marched for Legends Drum and Bugle Corps in the 2011 season and won the Individual and Ensemble competition for solo horn. At Western Michigan University, Anna has performed in the University’s Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Commencement Brass, Pep Band, Marching Band, and Horn Choir. She has also subbed for certain concerts with the University Symphony Orchestra and Kalamazoo Philharmonic. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity for College Bandmembers, and holds the position of Historian and Band Service chair within the organization.

Tailor Mast

Major: pre-Music Education
Hometown: Newaygo, MI
Tailor is a freshman in the horn studio pursuing Secondary Instrumental Music Education. She graduated from Newaygo High School where she was principal horn in the symphonic band and drum major of the marching band. During high school she participated in the symphonic, marching, and jazz band along with the school’s brass quintet and various honors bands. She was assistant student director to middle school bands this past year at her local middle school while also controlling both the middle and high school’s music libraries. She currently is in both the WMU concert and marching bands as well as horn choir.

Chris Monroe

Major: Music Therapy
Hometown: Midland, MI
Chris Monroe is a Music Therapy major and a Junior in the horn studio at WMU. He has played in Western's Horn Choir, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band. Chris also enjoys playing guitar, piano and singing. Chris traveled to Europe with the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Youth Symphony Orchestra and also attended Interlochen for three summers during his high school years. He has won many high school awards such as the Midland Symphony Orchestra Clara Highhill Competition, many first division solo and ensemble medals, and received placement in many honor groups around the state of Michigan. During high school, he studied with Dr. Bruce Bonnell at Central Michigan University for three years. Outside of music Chris enjoys playing sports, traveling, and hanging out with friends.

Derek Pothoff

Major: Music Education
Hometown: Muskegon, MI
I am a third year student at Western Michigan University. I am a Music Education and Horn Performance Major, and am a proud member of the Delta Iota chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, which is a Men’s Music Fraternity. I started playing trumpet in 6th grade, and later made the switch to Horn my sophomore year of High School. I was involved in orchestra, band, marching band, pep band, and jazz band in high school, along with being on the varsity wrestling team, and the baseball team at Mona Shores High School. I am now third horn in the WMU Symphony Orchestra. My goals as a horn player include someday playing for a recording orchestra (recording movie scores), and I aspire to be a professor of horn at a college/university (not at the same time, of course).

Tessa Salisbury

Major: pre-Music Education
Hometown: Charlotte, MI
Tessa Salisbury is currently a first year student in the horn studio, studying Instrumental Music Education at Western Michigan University. She is playing French Horn in WMU's Concert Band and Horn Choir as well as playing mellophone in the Bronco Marching Band. At Charlotte High School, she was a member of the concert band for one year and the symphony band for three years, where she held first chair her last year; she was also drum major for two years in the marching band. Tessa was awarded the John Philip Sousa Award her Senior year and received high ratings in Solo/Ensemble Festivals in both band and choir. Along with singing in the All-State Honors Choir, she involved herself with various musicals for three years during the fall and played doubles on the varsity tennis team in the spring.

Nicole Vanden Bosch

Major: Music Education & Horn Performance
Hometown: Jenison, MI
Nicole is a junior at WMU studying Secondary Instrumental Music Education and Horn Performance. This year she is serving as the fourth horn in the University Symphony Orchestra and as a member of the WMU Horn Choir. She also performs with the Kalamazoo Philharmonia, marches cymbals in the Bronco Marching Band, and performs with various smaller ensembles. During her first two years at Western she sat principal chair in the WMU Concert Band, fourth and fifth chair in the WMU Symphonic Band, served as first mellophone in the Bronco Marching Band, along with participating in the WMU Horn Choir, Gale Force Wind Quintet, the Light Bright Brass Quintet, and the Freshmen Wind Quintet. While in high school Nicole participated in various honors bands and competitions including serving as assistant principal horn for the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony 2010-2011 season, the 2011 Michigan All State Band, and was a finalist in the 2011 Kalamazoo Concert Band Concerto Competition. Nicole sat principal chair each year in high school and received the Arion Music Award. She spent three years as a student music teacher at Hudsonville Christian Elementary and Middle schools and gives private lessons over the summer. Nicole was also a four-year member of her high school's varsity swim team. Along with receiving the 2011 Academic Athlete Award she was a 2010 OK Green All Conference swimmer, a state finalist in two events, and holds her high school's records for the 200 Medley Relay, the 200 Freestyle Relay, and the 100 Breaststroke. Nicole enjoys reading and listening to movie sound tracks, especially Hans Zimmer, Steve Jablonsky, James Newton Howard, and John Powell.

The WMU horn studio is a fun group: