Saturday, May 6, 2023 4:00 p.m.

Ohio Brass Concert

Ashland High School Archer Auditorium
1440 King Road
Ashland, OH 44805

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) and Ashland High School Music Department present an afternoon of brass music, presented by OhioBrass.

Based in Athens, Ohio, the quintet, comprised of John Schlabach (trumpet), Tristan Keaton (trumpet) C. Scott Smith (French horn), Lucas Borges (trombone) and Jason Roland Smith (tuba), is Ohio University’s Brass Quintet in Residence.

Also performing with the nationally known ensemble will be brass students from all over Ohio, who will be participating earlier that day in masterclasses and rehearsals.

The program is free to the public. Register here in advance or call 419-853-6016.

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John Schlabach

John Schlabach (trumpet) joined the Ohio University School of Music faculty as trumpet professor in fall 1998 and has recently retired from full-time teaching. Prior to joining the Ohio University faculty, Schlabach taught at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky from 1983-1998. The Kentucky Music Educators Association selected Schlabach as “University Teacher of the Year” in 1995, and in 2001, he was the recipient of the Ohio University School of Music “Distinguished Teacher” award. He earned degrees from Northwestern University and Western Illinois University.

Schlabach has presented numerous solo recitals at major universities throughout the Midwest and Southeast and has extensive performing experience as a principal and section orchestral player. He is currently principal trumpet in the Ohio Valley Symphony and has served as first trumpet in OhioBrass. He also performs frequently with the Columbus and West Virginia Symphony Orchestras.


Scott Smith

Scott Smith (French horn) joined the School of Music, Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, in 1992 where he is Associate Professor of Horn and Theory and founding member of two faculty quintets: OhioBrass and OhioWinds. He is also the Associate Music Director and arranger for the Central Ohio Brass Band (COBB) in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to his tenure at Ohio University, Smith was Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Horn at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.

Prior to teaching and performing at the university level, Smith taught public school in Pennsylvania and Maine, directing concert, marching, and jazz bands and orchestras and teaching private brass and percussion students. Many of his students have become professional musicians performing internationally in symphony orchestras, military bands and touring musical companies and teaching at both the college level and public schools.

Tristan Keaton

Tristan Keaton (trumpet) is a freelance musician and educator based in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. In Spring 2023, Tristan will obtain a master’s degree in Trumpet Performance from Ohio University, where he is the Graduate Assistant to the faculty brass quintet, OhioBrass. Along with OhioBrass, Tristan is the Graduate Assistant for the trumpet studio, running a private teaching studio, and participating in multiple ensembles at the school including the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Graduate Brass Quintet, Jazz Ensemble and a Student Jazz Chamber Ensemble.

Before moving to Ohio, Tristan obtained his bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. At James Madison, Tristan sat in many ensembles, including the award-winning James Madison University Brass Band. In the Brass Band, Tristan sat in the soprano and solo cornet chair, when the band went to the North American Brass Band Association Championship, and more recently the World Music Championships in Kerkade, Netherlands.

Tristan’s primary teachers are John Schlabach, Chris Carrillo and James Kluesner.


Dr. Lucas Borges

Dr. Lucas Borges (trombone) is an Associate Professor of Trombone at Ohio University. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of North Texas, a master’s degree from Indiana University, and a bachelor’s degree from Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil. Borges frequently teaches and performs in festivals and conferences nationally and internationally. He currently is Principal Trombone of the Colorado MahlerFest.

One can hear his playing in many commercial recordings in labels such as GIA, Biscoito Fino, Trama, and Mark Records, including the premiere recording of Dana Wilson’s Concerto for Trombone. Borges’ primary mentors were Paulo Roberto da Silva, Dr. Carlos Eduardo Mello, Wagner Polistchuck, Peter Ellefson, Vern Kagarice and Tony Baker.

Dr. Jason Roland Smith

Dr. Jason Roland Smith (tuba), Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Ohio University, has presented solo performances and clinics at conferences, festivals and universities internationally. He is a founding member of Ohio University’s faculty-artist brass quintet in residence, OhioBrass, which is active nationally.

As an adjudicator, he has served on panels for the Leonard Falcone Festival, competitions for the International Tuba Euphonium Association and the Music Teachers National Association.  From 2002-2011, he was Chief-Editor for the ITEA Journal, quarterly publication of the International Tuba Euphonium Association, and during that tenure up until 2022, he served on the organization’s Board of Directors as Publications Coordinator.

As a teacher his students have competed and won major soloist competitions, and graduates are employed throughout the United States and abroad as professional performers, music educators, college teachers and music therapists. Smith holds degrees from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Appalachian State University.