Ben Warmuth teams up with classmates to form a student-led ensemble
As a senior, Ben Warmuth, '06 music education, along with classmates Dave Neubauer and Jeff Ogonowski, created the Brass Quintet. They were in search of a select group of brass players, something more exclusive than the current brass choir. They accepted musicians who wanted to perform more challenging music and advance in their studies.
Warmuth worked closely with Dennis Najoom, the co-principal trumpet of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, who coached this student-led group. They ran rehearsals, picked their own music and even held auditions for the final open spot: French horn.
With full support and encouragement from faculty, they were able to play for chapel services, have their own recital, play at Holy Cross in Madison and take part in the small ensembles concert at WLC.
In 2005, they were even able to participate in a master class with Thomas Otto, a WLC alum and member of Bala Brass. At the class, Otto coached the musicians on solo and group work in front of a large audience.
This leadership role as well as coordinating the Band of Warriors (pep band) has given Warmuth a taste of the future. He would like to be a music teacher at the high school level and direct the band. His life goal simply stated, "I want to share the musical experience with other people."