13th Annual Sounds of Brass Pops Concert
John Falksow, Conductor
featuring guest artist: Morris Northcutt, trumpet
POSTPONED, Stay tuned for a rescheduled date
Tacoma Community College, Auditorium
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Sounds of Brass is a 16 member brass and percussion under the direction of John Falskow, music chair, T.C.C.
John Falskow, Conductor
Dr. John Falskow is Director of Instrumental Music at Tacoma Community College, where he also has served as Chair of the Music Department. Currently, John is the Interim Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. At the college John conducts the TCC Orchestra, TCC Symphonic Band, and teaches a wide variety of classes in the music curriculum. In addition to duties at TCC, John is the conductor of the Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble, a Tacoma based, auditioned school musician ensemble. Falskow is an active conductor, music educator, and trumpeter in the Northwest region.
John’s connection to the trumpet and brass instrument family has influenced his activities. For nine years John was the conductor of PugetBrass, a Seattle based British brass band. For most of the last 21 years John has conducted Brass Unlimited, a 15 piece brass and percussion ensemble. John has also guest conducted with many brass ensembles and brass bands in the Pacific Northwest. In March 2018, John was the featured guest conductor and clinician at the Northwest Brass Festival. In the fall of 2018, John founded Brass Band Tacoma, a British style brass band based in Tacoma. As a cornet player, John performed with Kansas City’s Fountain City Brass Band when they won the 2016 North American Brass Band Championships.
As a guest conductor, John has made numerous appearances, including: Washington Wind Symphony, Seattle Wind Symphony, Tacoma Concert Band, Northwest Mahler Festival Orchestra, Bremerton Symphony, Tacoma Youth Symphony Association, Tallahassee Youth Symphony, the Big Bend Community Orchestra, and at the Evergreen Music Festival. John has also worked with countless school ensembles throughout the Southeast and the Pacific Northwest, as a clinician and adjudicator.
Prior to these activities, John served as an Assistant Professor of Music at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. He was also the band director at Mason Middle School, in Tacoma. John has degrees from Florida State University (Ph.D.), University of Puget Sound (M.A.T.), and Washington State University (B.A. in Music). Key people in John’s education include Gerald Webster (WSU trumpet), Clifford Madsen (FSU Music Education), and James Croft (FSU Director of Bands).
John has lots of interests beyond music. He loves to cook for family and friends, and is known for: improvised recipes, great BBQ pulled pork, and generous bartending skills. He also loves hiking with his family and friends, fly-fishing on Puget Sound, and geeking out over music technology.
John lives in University Place with his wife, clarinetist Dr. Cindy Renander. They have a happy and busy house with three children: Karl (15), Dana (12), and Erin (7).
Morris Northcutt, trumpet
Morris Northcutt is a Washington native known for his lyricism, artistry and ability to cross the boundary between classical and jazz. This Global Music Awards medal winner and Bach Conn-Selmer Solo Performing Artist, has shared the stage with a wide range of performance groups, from Mannheim Steamroller, Critical Mass Big Band and The Blues Brothers Reunion Band, to Federal Way Chorale, Seattle Symphony Chamber Orchestra and Tacoma Symphony, just to name a few.
Northcutt’s rich freelance career has taken him across the globe, from the Pacific Northwest to Canada, South America and Europe. In both 2014 and 2017, he performed as a guest soloist with Denis Gautier Big Band in Southern France. In 2018, Morris toured Ireland with the Tacoma Concert Band as a featured soloist. In 2019, Morris completed a solo recital/masterclass tour of Ireland that included an appearance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. This past January, Northcutt appeared at the 2020 Sao Paulo Trumpet Academy in Brazil.
Morris is set to perform in France and the UK in April 2020, where he will be featured with many popular brass bands of the region. Later in 2020, he will debut his first EP, produced and engineered by Latin Grammy Award winner Danilo Alvarez.
Morris Northcutt performs exclusively on Conn-Selmer Bach Professional Model trumpets and Pickett Brass Mouthpieces.