Brass Faculty


Headshot BWAaron Jensen


Aaron Jensen is an avid cross-over trumpet player living in Boulder, Colorado. He has performed with International Blues Challenge champion Chris Cameron as lead trumpet for the Chris Cameron Blues Band, Broadway stars Craig Schulman, Cris Groenendaal and Kevin Gray on their 2010 “Three Phantoms in Concert” tour, as well as the Colorado and Fort Smith Symphonies, in addition to Broadway shows throughout the Denver area. As a student Mr. Jensen was a three-time scholarship attendant to the Juilliard Jazz Workshop where he performed with Wycliffe Gordon, and was a scholarship attendant to the Manhattan to the Mountains Chamber Music Workshop.

Mr. Jensen will complete his Masters degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder in May of 2017 where he holds the position of Lecturer of Trumpet in the College of Continuing Education, and he holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from Oklahoma State University. As a member of the Oklahoma State University Trumpet Ensemble, Aaron was a finalist in the National Trumpet Competition in 2013, and twice performed to standing ovations at the International Trumpet Guild Conferences. Mr. Jensen toured Japan as a member of the Oklahoma State Wind Ensemble, which concluded with a performance at the Japan Band Clinic. 

Mr. Jensen believes strongly in integrating music technology with the arts and was the recording and mixing engineer for Snow College’s album Speech of Angels. In conjunction with Snow College, Mr. Jensen used his technology expertise to participate in clinics focusing on integrating technology with the arts at the Utah Music Educators Conference, and his work was used at the Technology Institute for Music Educators National Conference in 2009.

Aaron is greatly indebted to his primary teachers: Ryan Gardner, Justin Bartels, Terry Sawchuk, David Blackinton, Scott Wilson, and Steve Meredith.


Lanette Lopez Compton


Lanette Compton has been Associate Professor of Horn at Oklahoma State University since 2005.  She earned her Bachelor of Music Degree in performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a student of Allen French and her Master of Music Degree in performance from the University of North Texas as a student of Dr. William Scharnberg.

Lanette is presently a member of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Opera Orchestra, Tulsa Oratorio Chorus Orchestra, and Tulsa Ballet Orchestra. She has also been a member of the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Texas Wind Symphony, Allen Philharmonic Orchestra, Flower Mound Chamber Orchestra, Garland Symphony Orchestra, Los Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Signature Symphony Orchestra, University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra, University of North Texas Wind Symphony, Camerata Chamber Winds, and the Myriad Brass Orchestra. She has also performed with the Dallas Wind Symphony, Fort Smith Symphony, and Enid Symphony Orchestra.

Lanette has performed on more than a dozen CD’s, including the critically acclaimed CD The Manne We Love:  Gershwin Revisited featuring the Steve Houghton Quintet and the University of North Texas Two O’clock Lab Band.  She has performed as soloist with the Camerata Chamber Winds, North Central Texas College Singers, and the University of North Texas Wind Symphony. She has performed at the Mid-South Horn Workshop, Texas Music Educators Association Convention, College Band Director’s National Association Convention, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Convention, and the American Bandmasters Association Convention. Lanette has performed for such artists as Luciano Pavarotti, Pat Boone, Diane Schurr, and Collin Raye.

Lanette has extensive chamber music experience in both brass and woodwinds quintets, including being a finalist in both the Coleman and Fischoff chamber music competitions. She is on the faculty of the Western Chamber Music Institute held at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado.

Joyce Hsu

Dr. Joyce Hsu


Dr. Joyce Hsu is an in-demand trombonist, clinician, and teacher. A Native of Taiwan, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from National Taiwan University of Arts, her Master’s Degree from Oklahoma State University, and received her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Texas Tech University. She is currently a freelance trombonist, teacher, and Assistant Director of the El Paso Youth Jazz Ensemble. Her students range from elementary school through University, where she has maintained a competitive piano and trombone studio. Dr. Hsu’s students are consistently ranked among the most proficient of their peers; they are performance scholarship recipients and are active participants in TMEA All-region bands and TMEA State Solo and Ensemble Contest. Having moved to El Paso in 2016 with her husband, she maintains an active teaching and performing schedule- She often gives master classes at local high schools and middle schools; and you can see her in concerts with the Rio Bravo Trombone Quartet, El Paso Jazz Collective and The El Paso Winds.


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Brett Nichols

Tuba and Euphonium

Brett Nichols graduated from Checotah High School in Checotah, Oklahoma, where he was the first BoyScout of Troup 642 to attain the rank of Eagle Scout.

He was also a three year All-State Band member, as well as a member of the Tulsa Youth Symphony. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, where he studied with Bernard Guzik. At age19, Brett  began playing in the Starlight Concert Band. While in Edmond, he was a member of the UCO Graduate Brass Quintet, Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra.

After UCO, Mr. Nichols attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he studied with Matthew Good of the Dallas Symphony and played in the SMU Wind Ensemble, Meadows Symphony Orchestra, Meadows Graduate Brass Quintet, as well as regional orchestras in the DFW Metroplex. Brett went on to accept the Graduate Assistantship in Tuba at Bowling Green State University in Ohio under tuba soloist,Velvet Brown. He played in the Bowling Green University Symphonic Band,Symphony, and Graduate Brass Quintet. Additionally, he was a substitute for the Faculty Brass Quintet and the Perrysburg Symphony. He taught undergraduate tuba and euphonium lessons and conducted the tuba-euphonium ensemble while earning a Masters of Music in Tuba Performance.

Afterwards, while attending the Lausanne Conservatory of Music in Switzerland, Brett studied with Roger Bobo, former tubist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Concertgebouw Orchestra, as well as Michel Becquet Professor of tuba Paris Conservatory (Twentieth Century Techniques.) While in Switzerland, he performed with two competitive British brass bands based in the Swiss Roman:STUBA (Swiss Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble) and the Geneva Contemporary Ensemble.

Since returning to the US, Brett has worked as a substitute for theTulsa Symphony and Tulsa Ballet, and is an active member of the Starlight Concert Band, Covenant Brass Quintet, Goforth Brass, and Principal Tubist with the Signature Symphony since 2015. Mr Nichols lives on a farm near Okemah (hometown of Woody Guthrie) where he is a pecan orchardist and enjoys fishing and wildlife. Brett remains active in the Oklahoma music scene as both a freelance tubist and low brass clinician.