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GERALD "GERRY" WOOD
CAMP DIRECTOR & FOUR HORNSMEN

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Gerald “Gerry” Wood is currently Third Horn of the Dallas Opera Orchestra and Assistant Principal Horn of the Dallas Winds (Formerly the Dallas Wind Symphony) in addition to being a frequent utility player for the both the Dallas and Fort Worth Symphonies. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of Texas Arlington, Gerry holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education (Stephen F. Austin State University), a Masters in Horn Performance (University of Southern Mississippi) and is currently ABD in a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Horn Performance (University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana). His playing experience runs the gamut of performance ensembles. You name it, he's probably played in it. He has marched with The Cavalier Drum and Bugle Corps, played in numerous regional orchestras and nationally renowned chamber ensembles, including the American Wind Symphony Orchestra and is a founding member of the internationally renowned Horn quartet The Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse. He is a very busy guy with regular engagements with the Dallas Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Dallas Wind Symphony, Plano Symphony Orchestra, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra and many more. Gerry hasn't had hair on his head since he was twenty or so and, don't worry, his kids don't find him funny either!

MOLLY WOOD
ASSOCIATE CAMP DIRECTOR

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Mrs. Miriam “Molly” Wood has been teaching brass and piano students since 1992. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi and has worked on her Master’s degree in Music Performance at the University of Illinois. Mrs. Wood has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Mexico, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Philippians’ with groups such as the American Wind Symphony Orchestra and the horn quartet, The Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse. Mrs. Wood has also received a number of solo and concerto awards including placing 1st and 2nd, respectively, in the International Horn Society Midwest and International Women’s Brass competitions. She is a Texas All-State Musician in both 1993 and 1994. She has been involved in musical outreach programs, taking her quartet into public schools throughout the U.S., is founder of the Bluebonnet Hornfest and was honored to teach horn students from an International School in Switzerland in Spring, 2015. Mrs. Wood currently teaches horn in public schools in DFW. In her spare time she is a composer/arranger for Brownwood Publishing Co. and helps manage tours for The Four Hornsmen. She resides in Colleyville, TX with her 3 children and her husband, Gerry.

AUDREY GOOD
FOUR HORNSMEN

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Audrey Good is the newly appointed second horn of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Previously, she was a member of the Sarasota Orchestra and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. She is a frequent substitute with the Houston Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Atlanta Symphony and the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. Audrey has enjoyed giving recitals and masterclasses with the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse since joining the ensemble in 2004. Originally from Champaign, Illinois, Audrey graduated with her Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Illinois under the instruction of Dr. Kazimierz Machala, after which she studied with William VerMeulen at Rice University in Houston, TX. While completing her education, she participated in numerous workshops and festivals, including the National Orchestral Institute, the Masterworks Festival for the Performing Arts, and the past three International Women’s Brass Conferences, attending the most recent one in 2010 as a guest artist and member of the Monarch Brass Ensemble.

DAVID LESSER

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David Lesser is currently an active musician in the thriving music scene of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and an instructor of horn for the Lewisville Independent School District. He is Principal Horn of the Dallas Wind Symphony and a member of the Plano and Irving Symphony Orchestras. David moved to DFW after serving as a member of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and Wichita Grand Opera while concurrently completing a Masters of Performance in Horn and graduate assistantship at Wichita State University. Raised in Poughkeepsie, NY, David earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the Eastman School of Music in 2005 where he studied horn with renowned professor, Peter Kurau. Other teachers and mentors include David Cripps, Greg Hustis, and Nicholas Smith. David has performed with the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, and the orchestras of Rochester (NY), Fort Worth, New Mexico, Knoxville, Tulsa, Louisiana, and has performed in concert with Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, and for President George W. Bush. David served as Principal Horn of the Eastman Wind Ensemble for its performance at Carnegie Hall in February 2005. Additionally, he has performed at the esteemed Sarasota (Florida) Music Festival and the Quartz Mountain Music Festival at Lone Wolf, Oklahoma. He also performed internationally with the Eastman Horn Choir at two International Horn Society Symposiums in Lahti, Finland and Valencia, Spain.

PAUL BLACKSTONE
FOUR HORNSMEN

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Paul Blackstone is a highly sought after musician and pedagogue in the central Texas area. He is principal horn of the Round Rock Symphony (Central Texas Philharmonic beginning Fall 2019), and 3rd/associate with the Mid-Texas Symphony. Paul enjoys an active freelance schedule from September through June in the central Texas area. He also maintains a small private studio. From November 2018 to May 2019, Paul is serving as interim Lecturer of Music in Horn at Texas State University. Some musical highlights include many performances with the San Antonio Symphony, as well as subbing in the Toronto Symphony, touring with the Symphony Orchestra Yucatán from Mérida, Mexico, and playing with the Hornsmen as soloists with the Beijing Philharmonic in Busan, Korea. Paul graduated from the Universities of North Texas and Illinois, and holds the coveted title of ABD from the University of Texas at Austin.
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Karen Houghton

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Karen Houghton has been a private horn instructor for over forty years and has taught in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for the past thirty years. During this time, she has had over one hundred high school students place in the prestigious Texas Music Educators Association All-State Bands/Orchestras. Several of her former students now hold professional teaching and playing positions across the country. Karen enjoys teaching all levels and loves to see each student excel and reach their potential on the horn. She studied horn with Fred Fox at California State University, Long Beach, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in music performance. Other notable teachers were James Decker, Michael Hoeltzel (HFM Detmold) and William Scharnberg. Karen has held the positions of second horn in the Long Beach Symphony, Co-Principal horn in the Orquesta Sinfonica del Valle (Cali, Colombia) and is currently 2nd horn in the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, in addition to freelancing in the DFW area. Karen is an owner of Houghton Horns.

BRIAN BROWN
FOUR HORNSMEN

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Brian Brown is the newest member of the Hornsmen (2015). He is an active freelance horn player in the DFW area. He serves as Principal Horn of the East Texas Symphony, and performs regularly with the Fort Worth, Plano, and Waco symphonies, the Dallas Opera, and the Dallas Wind Symphony. Additionally, he has performed in many productions with Dallas Summer Musicals and Casa Manana Theatre, and in numerous recording sessions and chamber ensembles. In addition to maintaining a diverse performing career, he also publishes custom brass arrangements as co-owner of BrownWood Publishing. Brian studied with Dr. William Scharnberg at the University of North Texas.