Brass Seminars

Brass Seminars Overview

On select Tuesday evenings throughout the year, GTCYS brass players will attend Brass Seminar to refine their brass skills and musicianship. These seminars will:  

  • Build camaraderie and community among the brass players from all of GTCYS’ orchestras 
  • Create mentorship opportunities between beginning through advanced brass players 
  • Develop techniques and positive habits for practicing 
  • Provide more individualized instruction to help you prepare your orchestra parts  


Please add these classes to your GTCYS time commitment. We’ll send the spring schedule this fall. All classes will be from 7:00pm-8:00pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis. Parking: Free parking is available in the church ramp accessible from Alice Rainville Place. Follow the signs to the rehearsal room upon arrival.

  • September 19 
  • October 3 
  • October 24  
  • January 23 
  • February 20 
  • March 12 
  • April 2 

Online Calendar


Jason stands with his tuba near a tree.Tubist Jason Tanksley is a performer and educator based in Fridley, Minnesota, and is currently the Instructor of Tuba at St. Olaf College. In addition to his work in higher education, Tanksley leads an active career as a performer. He has performed with orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Jacksonville Symphony. As a soloist, Tanksley has appeared with the International Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Concert Band, Wayne State University Symphony Orchestra, as well as its Wind Symphony.  A native of Eastpointe, Michigan, Tanksley graduated from Detroit’s Wayne State University, where he studied with Dennis Nulty. Tanksley also holds a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied under the instruction of Yasuhito Sugiyama. Tanksley is proudly a B&S and Melton Meinl Weston performing artist and clinician. 

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