2019 Guest Artists
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Previous Guest Artists
Noel Wallace, Visiting Assistant Professor of Low Brass, Tarleton State University
Dr. Noel Wallace is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Low Brass at Tarleton State University. Previous college teaching positions include adjunct positions at the University of North Texas, Brookhaven College, and Texas Woman's University. Dr. Wallace holds a bachelor degree in music from the Eastman School of Music, a masters degree in music from Penn State University, and a doctorate of musical arts degree from the University of North Texas. Additionally, Dr. Wallace holds a performance certificate from the Rotterdam Conservatory, in The Netherlands and a high school diploma in performance from the Interlochen Arts Academy. His primary teachers include Jan and Vern Kagarice, John Marcellus, Mark Lusk, and Ben van Dijk.
Dr. Wallace’s teaching duties at Tarleton include the teaching of all low brass (trombone, euphonium, and tuba), director/coach of low brass ensembles, teaching the low brass methods course, and director of the symphonic band. In addition to his Tarleton teaching duties Dr. Wallace also maintains a large private studio in the Hebron cluster of the Lewisville Independent School District.
As a performer Dr. Wallace has had a diverse career playing in variety of large ensembles, chamber groups, and as a soloist. He is currently an active member as a bass trombonist in the San Angelo Symphony, Keith Karns Big Band, Tarnished Brass Quintet, and Session Brass. His solo residency titled “All My Friends Are Trombone Players” is also in demand with collegiate studios throughout the US.
Dr. Wallace’s current scholastic/research interests include; health and wellness for brass players with an emphasis on the prevention and eradication of FTSD (focal task specific dystonia) and improving the methodological approaches to beginner instruction of brass players.
Currently living in Denton, Texas Dr. Wallace also has a passion for healthy living and athletics. Dr. Wallace shares his passions with his wife and favorite soprano, Dr. Alicia Wallace and their three crazy cats!
Bobby Guess, Shires Artist, Bass Trombone
Bobby Guess is an honor graduate of the University of Houston, and he is currently the Band Director at WoodCreek Junior High School in the Katy ISD and is a free-lance Bass Trombonist in the Gulf Coast Area. He performs in many venues and styles ranging from orchestral and Sacred to big band and R & B funk.
Bobby has completed his twenty-third year as a music educator in the State of Texas. He has taught in the Cypress-Fairbanks, Houston, Lamar Consolidated, Katy Independent School Districts and under his direction, his bands have received numerous local, state, and national awards. In 2004, Bobby was the recipient of Houston’s KPRC Channel 2 Sunshine Award, an award for educators nominated by their students and community. Bobby was featured as a presenter at the Texas Music Educators’ Association and the Texas Bandmasters’ Association Conventions in San Antonio, as an expert in trombone pedagogy. Bobby Guess is also an active brass clinician; engineering clinics for brass performers of all ages and disciplines. In 2008, Bobby joined the SE Shires Instrument Co as a performing artist.