FLORENCE – Francis Marion University's First Tuesday Chamber Music Series will feature music from Florence Brass on Nov. 11.
Members consist of Jim Gleason (tuba), Tyler Hutto (horn), Derek Jokisch (trombone), Kelly Jokisch (trumpet) and Kurt Slaughenhoupt (trumpet).
The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in the Hyman Fine Arts Center’s Kassab Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.
The Florence Brass is a brass quintet formed in January 2008 as a group of Pee Dee musicians wanting to enjoy each other’s company while performing.
Gleason is semi-retired and is the owner of Old World Music, LLC, a wholesale repair facility for orchestral wind instruments. He has 40 years of tuba playing experience. Gleason currently plays with the FMU Wind Ensemble, Florence Brass and has had the opportunity to play with the Florence Symphony Orchestra. The high point of his playing was with the Bicentennial Band of the Combined Military Forces touring the US in 1976.
Hutto is currently the director of bands at Latta High School and Latta Middle School where he teaches grades six through twelve. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in music from Ohio State University where he was a teaching assistant in the horn studio. Hutto is principal horn for the Florence Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Spartanburg Symphony Orchestra and the Long Bay Symphony Orchestra.
Derek Jokisch is an amateur trombonist and an associate professor of health physics at FMU. While pursuing his engineering education at the University of Illinois, he performed with the Marching Illini, Basketball Band and Concert Band. In graduate school at the University of Florida, he performed in the Basketball Band and Trombone Choir. Jokisch is also a proud member of The Woodys.
Kelly Jokisch is a sixth grade director at Moore Intermediate School and an instructor of music at FMU. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Stetson University, a performance certificate from Göteborg University School of Music in Sweden and a master of music in trumpet performance from the University of Florida. At the University of Florida, Jokisch served as a graduate assistant for the Gator Marching Band, Basketball Pep Band and the Trumpet Studio. Jokisch has more than 10 years of experience teaching music in K-12 schools. She is a member of Florence Brass, The Woodys and the Florence Symphony Orchestra.
Slaughenhoupt, originally from Bridgeport, W.Va., attended Murray State University and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno. While in Reno, Slaughenhoupt played in the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Nevada Opera and the Sierra Master's Chorale. He currently performs with the Florence Symphony, Masterwork's Choir, Florence Brass as well as area churches and ensembles.