University of Minnesota Duluth

Brass Faculty


Derek Bromme – Trombone
Office: Humanities 212
Office Phone: 726-8208

Derek is a former graduate of UMD and currently works in the music department as an adjunct trombone instructor. He attended Indiana University after leaving Duluth, and obtained his Masters degree in trombone performance, under the instruction of Peter Ellefson. Along with his teaching responsibilities at the University, he also performs often with the DSSO and travels/records as the solo trombonist for Lorie Line.



Daniel Eaton – Low Brass
Office: Chester Park 204 and Humanities 163
Office Phone: 726-6866

Daniel W. Eaton is the Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Minnesota Duluth. His responsibilities include directing the Concert Band, Marching Band, Pep Bands, teaching Applied Tuba and Euphonium, courses in Instrumental Brass Methods and playing Tuba in the UMD Faculty Brass Quintet. Prior to his appointment at UMD, Dan spent eight years as Director of Bands at high schools in New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania. While directing his high school programs, Mr. Eaton's bands consistently performed and achieved superior ratings at state festivals and marching contests.

Mr. Eaton received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Music in Tuba Performance and Pedagogy with a minor in Wind Conducting from Eastern Kentucky University. While at Eastern Kentucky University, Mr. Eaton was Graduate Assistant of Bands and Tuba, conducting the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Tuba Ensemble and teaching Applied Tuba and Freshman Music Theory. He also wrote drill and music arrangements for the Colonel Marching Band.

He has played Euphonium with the Lexington Brass Band and has played Tuba with the Johnstown Symphony, Westmoreland Symphonies, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, IUP Faculty Brass Quintet and the EKU Faculty and Honors Brass Quintets. In the spring of 1986 Dan performed in Beethoven's opera, Fidelio,with the Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In July, 1989 he toured and performed multiple times in the city of Paris, France with the IUP Marching Band, for France's Bicentennial. In the spring of 1990 he performed in Carnegie Hall in Pittsburgh, PA with the IUP wind ensemble and in 1995 he was a member of the Kentucky All Collegiate Honor Band in Louisville, KY. During the summers of 1995-1997, Dan was employed as a keyboardist by the Cedar Fair Corp. playing in multiple shows at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, OH. Mr. Eaton spent from 1996-2003 as the Principal Bass Trombonist with the Keystone Winds, under the direction of Jack Stamp. He has recorded 7 cd's with the Keystone Winds as well as recording music for the 2002 release of GIA Publications, Teaching Music Through Performance in Band - Vol. 1, Grade 4. Currently, he is principal tubist with the Minnesota Ballet.

Dan is a frequent marching band clinician throughout the east and mid west doing band camps in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Wisconsin.



James Pospisil – French Horn
Office: Humanities 212
Office Phone: 726-8208
E-mail: jpospisi@d.umn.edud

James Pospisil received his Bachelor of Music degree in performance at Wichita State University, with Nicholas Smith as horn professor, then finished his master's degree in horn performance at Indiana University, with Michael Hatfield as horn professor. At I.U., Mr. Pospisil also studied natural horn with Richard Seraphinoff. Jazz was also an integral part of his education, minoring in jazz studies at Indiana University under David Baker. He has attended many festivals including the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the Summit Brass Institute.

Along with teaching at UMD, Mr. Pospisil is Principal Horn of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared as soloist. A frequent recitalist, he can be heard several times a year in a solo capacity. Chamber music is also one of his favorite artistic endeavors, working with the top musicians in this area. In addition to horn playing and teaching various ages of students, Mr. Pospisil is a church organist and pianist at Peace United Church of Christ.

Outside of music, Mr. Pospisil enjoys cross country skiing and gardening, which in Duluth, the skiing is much more practical. He is married to Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra hornist Jill Pospisil, who is an active chamber musician and teacher. Jill also did graduate work at Indiana University, and is an alumnus of Wichita State. Jill also repairs band instrument when not teaching or performing.

At UMD, Mr. Pospisil teaches private horn lessons to each student, in addition to giving a weekly master class for his students. A brass techniques class is also part of his teaching duties, focusing on the various performance and pedagogical aspects of brass instruments.



Thomas Muehlenbeck-Pfotenhauer – Trumpet
Office: Humanities 245
Office Phone:726-8176

Dr. Thomas Muehlenbeck-Pfotenhauer is Assistant Professor of Trumpet and director of the second jazz ensemble. He also teaches Jazz Improvisation and Brass Techniques and coaches Jazz Combo and Brass Quintet. Dr. Muehlenbeck-Pfotenhauer studied trumpet with Armando Ghitalla at the University of Michigan, completing a Masters degree in 1993, and holds a Bachelors degree in music from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trumpet performance from the University of Kansas. While at the University of Kansas, Dr. Muehlenbeck-Pfotenhauer studied with William Campbell and Christopher Moore and was a member of the Kansas Brass Quintet, one of the country's most active faculty brass quintets. Prior to his appointment at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, he held positions at the University of Wyoming and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Dr. Muehlenbeck-Pfotenhauer's performance experience is extensive and varied. He has performed Baroque trumpet with the New York-based early music group The Spiritus Collective, and with the Musica Raritana Baroque Orchestra at Rutgers University, the New York Collegium, Tempesta di Mare, the American Opera Theater, and at the Colorado Music Festival. From 1994-2002 he performed for numerous professional productions presented at the critically acclaimed Weidner Center for the Performing Arts in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Dr. Muehlenbeck-Pfotenhauer has played lead trumpet and section trumpet in pit orchestras and in back-up bands for such shows as: West Side Story, Some Like it Hot, the Sound of Music, Copacabana, Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot, South Pacific, the Scarlet Pimpernel, Saturday Night Fever, and Parade; and artists such as: Robert Goulet, the Manhattan Transfer, Peabo Bryson, Bernadette Peters, Johnny Mathis, and Shirley Jones. In April 2008, he was a featured soloist at the Beijing International Congress on Women in Music and performed a program of works for trumpet written by French female composers.

Dr. Muehlenbeck-Pfotenhauer has also performed with numerous professional and regional orchestras, including the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the Cheyenne Symphony, the Fort Collins Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, the Battle Creek Symphony, the Green Bay Symphony, the Pamiro Opera Company, the Green Bay Civic Symphony, and the Fox Valley Symphony. Dr. Muehlenbeck-Pfotenhauer has appeared as a soloist and clinician in Wyoming, Colorado, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Kansas, Missouri, and Texas.



Mark Whitlock – Trombone
Office: 226 Humanities
Office Phone:726-6124

Mark Whitlock is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota Duluth. His responsibilities include directing the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, teaching Instrumental Conducting, teaching Applied Trombone and supervision of Instrumental Student Teachers. Prior to his appointment at UMD, Mark was Assistant Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Trombone at Eastern Kentucky University, a position he held since 1986. He has also held the position of Associate Director of Bands at Mason City High School in Mason City, Iowa from 1980 to 1983.

Dr. Whitlock received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Iowa State University, Master of Music in Trombone Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa and the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting, also from the University of Iowa. He is a frequent clinician throughout the country having conducted honors bands and clinics in Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, West Virginia and California including the 2007–2008 Minnesota All-Sate Concert Band. Dr. Whitlock has also guest conducted and given clinics in Brazil, South Africa, Argentina, Spain and Turkey. Mark has also been the guest conductor at the Indiana Summer Music Clinic and the International Music Camp. Dr. Whitlock is conductor of the Twin Ports Wind Orchestra, a local community wind band dedicated to the performance of the finest wind band literature. He has also conducted the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra on several concerts as well as with the Minnesota Ballet's performance of the Nutcracker Ballet. Both the UMD Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Twin Ports Wind Orchestra have performed at state and national conventions including the Minnesota Music Educators Association Convention, American School Band Directors National Association National Convention and the College Band National Association National Convention. Dr. Whitlock is also the founder and director of the North Shore Summer Music Experience a summer camp for young musicians which is held on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth. Currently he serves as chair of the Minnesota College Band Directors National Association and is on the board of the Minnesota Band Directors Association. Whitlock is married to Mary Whitlock, and they have three daughters, Macaulley, Meredith and Mayson.



For Information about music department programs and upcoming concerts, please call 218-726-8877