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Faculty Friday with Marc Reese

Happy Faculty Friday, everyone! Each Friday we will feature one of our many amazing faculty members at Luzerne Music Center. We asked all of our instructors to tell us a little bit about themselves, and to share their favorite things about Luzerne Music Center.

This week we'd like to introduce the head of the brass department and trumpet instructor Marc Reese. We are thrilled to have Marc back for a second season at LMC!


Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.

I spent nearly two decades as a member of the Empire Brass Quintet. During this time, I toured the globe entertaining audiences and inspiring brass players with the quintet’s signature sound and virtuosity.

Additionally, I have performed on multiple occasions with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra and the Boston Symphony, as well as at many of the world’s prestigious summer festivals including Tanglewood, Ravinia, Blossom, Marlboro and the Pacific Music Festival.

Since leaving the quintet, I have embarked on several exciting projects. I have designed and produced a new mouthpiece with master craftsman Ken Larson called Reesepiece and completed a recording of recital pieces for trumpet and piano with my wife, pianist Lisa Leonard, entitled The Other Trumpet.

I am dedicated to the promotion of new music, and have commissioned many new works for the trumpet in various settings and has participated in multiple premiere performances. I previously served on the board of the Florida State Music Teachers Association as its Composition Commissioning Chair, and am currently a board member of the International Trumpet Guild.

Now, I serve as Assistant Dean and Brass Department Head for Lynn University’s Conservatory of Music. I teach several masterclasses and frequently perform and adjudicate at international brass conferences and competitions. This will be my second year on faculty at LMC.​

What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?

The atmosphere at LMC is an ideal environment for learning to love music. Teaching and playing alongside LMC’s renowned faculty is a pleasure and is something I look forward to all year. LMC has a special way of combining intensive musical experiences with exciting activities that build friendships and bonds for the future. It is simply a wonderful place to be.

What can campers expect to learn while working with you this summer?

Students can expect to split our time together between focusing on fundamentals and preparing ensemble music for all of the ensembles and performance opportunities at LMC. I enjoy sharing my love for music with energetic students that love to learn.

Watch Marc Reese and his wife Lisa Leonard (LMC piano faculty) perform Il Vecchio Castello from Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

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