Winds & Percussion

Overview

The USC Thornton Winds & Percussion faculty consists of artists and teachers of national and international regard, and provides a level of artistic and technical development virtually unmatched in the United States. Emphasis on all aspects of performance, combined with broad musical preparation, produces graduates who are concert artists, recording artists for major motion picture and television studios, performers in major orchestras and ensembles, and members of the faculties of music schools throughout the world.

Undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as non-degree certificates, are offered in: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, and percussion.

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  • Music at Rush Hour: Santa Ana Winds

    Join two of Thornton’s premiere chamber ensembles, The Santa Ana Winds and Two Button Brass, for a diverse program of music from the past and present. Hear a sampling of repertoire highlighting wind and brass instruments and stick around for the combined finale!

    Ramo Hall (RHM)

  • USC Thornton Wind Ensemble

    H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in a musically rich program including Angels in the Architecture by professor Frank Ticheli and Stravinsky’s Piano Concerto featuring soloist Kevin Fitz-Gerald, professor of Keyboard Studies. Other works include Fanfare from La Peri by Paul Dukas, Serenade by Emil Hartmann, and Hammersmith by Gustav Holst.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Wind & Percussion

    As part of a four-day festival, USC Thornton’s Winds & Percussion students present an afternoon of chamber music under the direction of Kristy Morrell.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Wind & Percussion

    As part of a four-day festival, USC Thornton’s Winds & Percussion students present an afternoon of chamber music under the direction of Kristy Morrell.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)


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    Hooten and Williams

    Thomas Hooten releases album celebrating John Williams

    March 8, 2019

    Thomas Hooten, a USC Thornton faculty member and the Principal Trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has released the album, Hooten Plays Williams. Comprised of two pieces by the award-winning composer John Williams, Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra and Born on the Fourth of July, the album was funded through… read more

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