As a TCU brass student, you’ll access a range of courses and opportunities that will equip you with the specific skills and guidance to grow as a musician.

The School of Music brings a broad array of guest artists, who are leaders in every corner of the profession, to perform on campus. Whether it’s hosting music festival events and concerts, clinics or guest artist recitals by legendary jazz, studio, orchestral, period and cutting-edge contemporary artists, TCU is a hub for renowned artists.

The TCU School of Music offers the following programs for brass:

The School of Music also offers a Bachelor of Arts in music and a music minor.

In addition, the School of Music offers the Artist Diploma program for exceptional brass performers who seek a conservatory approach rather than the traditional course of study leading to an academic degree with a performance major. It’s available to post-baccalaureate students.

Scholarship support is available for talented undergraduate and graduate music majors. Assistantships that include full-tuition remission plus a stipend are available for graduate students.

David Begnoche, BM, MM, DMA – Division Chair of Brass, Associate Professor of Trombone
Jon Burgess, BM, MM, DMA  –  Professor of Trumpet
Clay Garrett, BM, MM, DMA – Assistant Professor of Professional Practice of Tuba and Euphonium
Heather Test, BM, MM – Instructor II of French Horn

While working on your degree, you’ll live in one of the nation’s most culturally active communities, surrounded by world-class musicians and arts organizations. On campus, you’ll work with professors who are distinguished performers in their own right and who will guide you as mentors as well as teachers. You’ll work in TCU performance ensembles and orchestras, such as the Trumpet Ensemble, Horn Ensemble, Trombone Choir and Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, that take the stage not only locally but throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Wind Symphony
Symphonic Band
Concert Band
Jazz Ensembles
Symphony Orchestra 
New Music Ensemble Program
Marching Band
Basketball Band
Trumpet Ensemble
Horn Ensemble
Trombone Choir
Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble

More Ensembles

Through your courses, you’ll have the opportunity to perform in TCU’s orchestra, wind bands, jazz ensembles, brass ensembles and chamber groups. All that experience, not to mention exposure to the wealth of top musicians who visit campus as performers and mentors, leads to a wide range of job opportunities, from teaching positions to orchestral spots to solo performances in the various genres of music.

Your faculty advisor will work with you to choose the right combination of courses and mentor you so you can reach your goals.

Schedule one-on-one meetings with your career consultant to learn more about everything Career Services has to offer music majors.

Career Preparation


Admission & Audition Information

For undergraduates and graduates wanting to attend the TCU School of Music, there is an admissions process. Learn more about the audition requirements below.

Admission Information

Audition Requirements

For more information about TCU Brass programs, contact:
Dr. David Begnoche
Division Chair of Brass
Associate Professor of Trombone