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Music Dean Wade Weast and trumpet faculty Judith Saxton are included

(Winston-Salem) The dean and the trumpet faculty of the School of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) are profiled in “Trumpet Greats: a Biographical Dictionary,” along with several alumni, former faculty members and guest artists.

Music Dean Wade Weast and faculty-artist Judith Saxton are included in the 1,114-page volume recently published by Hickman Music Editions. Also included are Winston-Salem natives Barry Bauguess and Mark Clodfelter. Bauguess received a bachelor of music degree from UNCSA in 1984 and a master of music in 1991. Clodfelter also received a master of music degree in 1991.

Weast, who became Dean in 2010, earned a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia, and a master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music in New York, where he studied with Raymond Mase, who also taught at UNCSA. Weast received a doctor of musical arts degree from what is now Stony Brook University in New York. He also studied at the Tanglewood Institute and Columbia University. Weast has performed with the New Haven Symphony, The New York City Opera National Touring Company, New York City Ballet, American Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony, and the rock group YES. He taught at SUNY-Fredonia, Mercyhurst College, University of Buffalo, Pennsylvania Governor’s School of the Arts, Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute and the Sewanee Summer Music Institute. For seven years, he was director of the School of Music at the University of South Florida, and also served for five years as associate director of the School of Music at SUNY-Fredonia.  He has recorded a CD, The Blue and Green Project, for the Summit label.

Judith Saxton

Wade Weast

Saxton joined the UNCSA faculty in 2006. She received her bachelor’s degree from Mansfield University and her master’s from Northwestern University. She was principal with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Illinois, South Bend (Ind.), Wichita and Key West symphonies, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra and Illinois Chamber Symphony.  She has performed guest principal with the St. Louis Symphony and Roanoke, Maryland and Harrisburg symphonies. She has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park, Sydney (Australia) and Milwaukee symphonies, Millar Brass Ensemble, Chicago Chamber Musicians and toured with Mannheim Steamroller, Sierra Brass Quintet and Tromba Mundi. She is currently principal with the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival, New York Women’s Ensemble and Southeast Chamber Brass and on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival. Saxton was previously associate professor at Wichita State University and has taught at Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Illinois Wesleyan and Northeastern Illinois universities. She has recorded for Crystal, Koss, Proto, Novitas, MSR, International Trumpet Guild and Moravian Music Foundation labels, and has served on the board of directors of the International Trumpet Guild and the International Women’s Brass Conference. 

Bauguess frequently performs with period instrument orchestras including the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, the Washington Baroque Consort, the American Bach Soloists, Tafelmusick and New York’s Ensemble for Early Music and at the biannual Magnolia Baroque Festival. He is a faculty member of the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin Conservatory; co-founder of Clarino Consort, the nation’s only professional baroque trumpet ensemble; and owner of The Baroque Trumpet Shop in New Bern, N.C. He is married to UNCSA School of Dance alumna Paige Whitley-Bauguess, and together they founded the Baroque Arts Project, which has brought early music and dance to audiences throughout North Carolina.

Clodfelter is a Grammy-nominated recording artist who teaches at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He is principal trumpet of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, the Trade Winds (Tampa, Fla.), and co-principal trumpet of Orchestra Kentucky. He has appeared with the O'Jays, Gladys Knight, Mannheim Steamroller, the Moody Blues, the Lettermen, Doc Severinson, Lou Rawls, Glen Campbell and Ray Charles. Clodfelter has taught at the University of Kentucky, Mars Hill College and the Eastern Music Festival. He was a founding member of the Giannini Brass at UNCSA and has held positions with the Greensboro Symphony, the Western Piedmont Symphony, the Salisbury Symphony, the Greenville (S.C.) Symphony and the Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra. He has a bachelor of music education degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Additional alumni profiled in the volume include Daniel Kuehn, bachelor’s degree 1987, who performs as second trumpet with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra; Shelby native Chuck Lazarus, high school diploma 1987, who co-founded American Riffs, a production company dedicated to the creation of original programming for solo trumpet with symphony orchestras, and fourth trumpet of The Minnesota Orchestra; Mark Niehaus, high school diploma, 1987, a former faculty-artist who is president and executive director of the Milwaukee Symphony; Durham native Deborah Koch Plylar, bachelor of music 1982, who performed with the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Piedmont Opera Orchestra and then was a free-lance player and manager of the Southwest Brass Quintet; (John) Russell Plyler, Jr., high school diploma 1967, who was principal trumpet with the Phoenix Symphony, taught at Arizona State University and co-founded the Southwest Brass Quintet; and Kurt Weiss, high school diploma 1980, who earned degrees from Eastman School of Music and Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and performed with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Aretha Franklin, Donna Summer, Rosemary Clooney and Mel Tormé. 

Former faculty members Ryan Anthony, Saul Caston, Allan Dean, Raymond Mase, Robert Nagel, Roy Poper, and William Vacchiano are included in the book, as are guest artists Alison Balsom,  Terry Everson, Jens Lindemann, Rex Richardson, Arturo Sandoval, Susan Slaughter and Allen Vizzutti.

In addition to more than 900 pages of individual musician profiles, the book includes 84 pages of appendices that list musicians by category, birthdates and countries of birth. It includes a Forward by Leonard A. Candelaria, former president of the International Trumpet Guild and Regents Professor of Trumpet at University of North Texas.

Author David R. Hickman is an educator and trumpeter with more than 2,000 guest solo appearances in 500 orchestras worldwide. He has recorded 19 solo albums and CDs, 11 CDs with Summit Brass, which he founded, and five with the Saint Louis Brass Quintet. 


As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.