The Denis Wick Ambassador roster is comprised of world-class professional performers, educators, and clinicians, showcasing some of the very best talents from all across the United States. Ambassadors proudly use a wide variety of Denis Wick Products in their daily performance teaching.
Monica Benson is a multifaceted artist and music educator. Her love for music and teaching has led her to be a sought after performer and educator. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Monica moved to Chicago to attend DePaul University where she earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Music. As a performer, Monica has played with numerous groups including the Brass Band of Battle Creek, The Ides of March, the Chicago Brass Band and indie rock group The Generationals. Her versatility as a performer has led to her ongoing residency as the official Bugler at the Arlington International Racecourse since 2014. Monica is an Artist Ambassador for Denis Wick Products.
In 2018 her various passions within music inspired her to commission a new work for unaccompanied trumpet entitled "Out of the Gates” by composer Jim Stephenson. This piece is currently set to be performed by Monica at the International Trumpet Guild conference. Due to her experience as a freelancer and educator, she was an invited guest speaker and lecturer at the International Women’s Brass Conference in 2019.
As an educator, Monica believes that each student is brilliant and unique in their own way. This approach focuses on cultivating not only good musicians but also good people. She prioritizes the specific needs of the student and creates tailored lesson plans to help them cultivate a love for music and accountability to their goals. Currently, she teaches a wide range of students at various locations. Monica teaches at the Merit School of Music, Lincoln Park High School, and Lockport Township High School. Since 2018, she has also been teaching at her former alma mater in the DePaul Community Music School. In the future, Monica hopes to teach trumpet and entrepreneurship at the collegiate level.
In her free time, Monica enjoys photography, spending time with her cats and curling up with a good book and a cup of coffee. She currently resides in Chicago, IL.
Dr. Thomas Bough joined the faculty of Northern Illinois University in the fall of 2005 as the Director of Athletic Bands. He also conducts the Wind Symphony and teaches graduate conducting and instrumental arranging. Bough holds MM and DMA degrees in Tuba Performance from Arizona State University, where he was a student of Sam Pilafian and Dan Perantoni. He holds the degree Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Missouri State University, where he was active in both vocal and instrumental music. From 1999 - 2005 Bough served as the Assistant Director of Bands and Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, and from 1992-1999 as the Band Director at Westwood High School in Mesa, Arizona. Since 2017, he has served as the founding conductor and music director of the Fox Valley Brass Band in Aurora, Illinois.
Dr. Bough’s diverse performance background includes wind bands, brass bands, orchestras, chamber music, jazz bands, Dixieland, the Walt Disney World All American College Band and the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. He is a Yamaha sponsored artist, and performs on the Yamaha 822 CC tuba and Yamaha 822 F tuba. In this capacity, he served as a brass consultant and guest instructor with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps for six years. He was also an instructor with the Phantom Regiment Alumni Corps in 2016. Bough has contributed nearly twenty articles and hundreds of new music reviews to the Instrumentalist magazine, School Band and Orchestra magazine, and DCI Today, as well as articles to five volumes of the Teaching Music Through Performance series as well as Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz. In 2019, Bough was invited to partner with the Dansr company as a Denis Wick Ambassador.
Dr. Bough is an active conductor, arranger, composer, clinician, and adjudicator for concert band, marching band, and brass band, with dozens of appearances per year to his credit across the United States. His music is published by Alfred Publications, Cimarron Music and GPG Publications. He has served as a frequent masterclass clinician and/or conductor for the Music For All Summer Symposium and the Music For All National Concert Band Festival for over fifteen years. He has presented masterclasses at the Eastman School of Music, the Crane School of Music, Arizona State University, the University of Michigan, the University of Toledo, and UNC-Greensboro, among many others. Bough has presented three times at the Midwest Clinic and twice at the U.S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference, as well as the International Society for Music Education Conference in Beijing, China, four NAFME multi-state regional conventions, the International Horn Society Conference and the International Women’s Brass Conference. In addition, he has presented
at Music Educators Association State Conventions in Illinois, Arizona, Texas, Iowa, Tennessee, Alaska, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio, Colorado, Nebraska, Arkansas, North Carolina, Indiana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Washington and the Texas Bandmasters Association.
In May of 2014, his first compact disc was released, entitled, Concertos for Brass: The Music of Thomas Bough. This disc features three original concerti for solo brass instruments and wind band, as well as a transcription of the Concerto in Eb by Neruda. It is available on the Summit Records label at www.summitrecords.com. Since then, recent commissions have included “Musings on Mahler” for Solo Trumpet and Band, “Legacy of Luther” from Concordia University in Chicago, “Air Mobility Fanfare” from the U.S. Air Force Band at Scott Air Force Base, “Poorest of the Poor: Music for Mother Teresa”, from the University of San Diego, “Fortress of Peace” from the Southwest Community Concert Band, “Leviathan” from Hubble Middle School, and “Burn” for Alto Saxophone and Band, commissioned by Dr. Greg Dewhirst from Texas Wesleyan University.
Learn more about his work at www.TomBough.com.
Kelly Langenberg is a thriving performer and teacher with an ever-growing list of accomplishments and performing opportunities. Recent appearances include the Chicago Brass Festival with the Uber Horn Quartet, the 45th International Horn Society Symposium with the Chicago Horn Consort, and the National Trumpet Competition, the Great American Brass Band Festival, and the International Trumpet Guild Conference with the Stiletto Brass Quintet, where her playing was reviewed as “ferociously powerful”. Kelly has been featured as a soloist with the Waukegan Symphony, Muscatine Symphony and Clinton Symphony of Iowa, and the Mount Prospect Community Band. Kelly is currently principal horn of the Battle Creek Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, and the Light Opera Works Orchestra, and holds contracted positions with the Kenosha Symphony and Peoria Symphony.
Kelly is currently a member of the Alliance Brass Quintet, the Uber Horn Quartet, the Chicago Horn Consort, and the Kallima Wind Quintet. She frequently performs with the Chicago Philharmonic, ArsViva! Symphony, and Lake Forest Symphony. She has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra through the Kent Blossom Music Festival, the Tower Brass of Chicago, and was a member of the Quad City Symphony for eight years. She has performed in the US with the Boston Brass and internationally with the Yucatan Symphony of Merida, Mexico. Kelly's continuing passion for orchestral music study has taken her to the Aspen Music Festival, the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestral Musicians, and the Chautauqua Institute.
Kelly has performed live on Iowa Public Television, and can be seen performing on the internationally-released PBS Special Broadcast ‘Ethan Bortnick,”The Power of Music”. Recordings include the Stiletto Brass Quintet with Doc Severinsen (distributed on CD Baby), the Kallima Wind Quintet (Contemporary Record Society Label), and Music for Trumpet and Winds CD featuring John Hagstrom (Albany Records).
Ms. Langenberg earned a B.M.E. and B.M. from Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory and a M.M. in Horn Performance from De Paul University in Chicago, Illinois. Her primary teachers include Neil Kimel, Jon Boen, and Hans Clebsch. Ms. Langenberg is the horn professor at Illinois Wesleyan University and North Park University. Kelly Langenberg is a Denis Wick Artist and Clinician.
Kelly lives in Chicago, Illinois, with her husband and twin daughters.
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Mr. Lucas has performed with The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Empire Brass Quintet, Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, the American Classic Trombone Quartet (founder) & with orchestras in Minnesota, Texas, Rhode Island, North Carolina and New Mexico
Mr. Lucas has performed recitals & taught masterclasses throughout the world. Engagements in the United Kingdom included: Wigmore Hall (London), The British Trombone Society Festival, The Repton Brass Festival, The Royal Northern College of Music & Cheathams School of Music (Manchester), The Royal Academy of Music (London), The Guildhall School of Music (London), the Royal College of Music & The Royal Scottish Academy of Music (Glasgow). Engagements in Russia included: The Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow), The Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory (St. Petersburg), & The Fine Arts Institute (Vladivostok). Engagements in South Korea included: Korean Trombone Festival, JeJu Festival, Seoul Trombone Ensemble and Wool Trombone Ensemble. Engagements in China included Shanghai Conservatory, Central Conservatory, Beijing, Xinghai Conservatory, Guangzhou, Shenyang Conservatory and the Hong Kong Academy of the Arts.
Other engagements included: Brazilian Trombone Association National Festivals (Rio de Janeiro & Brasilia), 3 International Trombone Festivals, UNIRIO, Rio de Janiero, the Conservatoire Superieur, (Paris, France), Melos Brass Festival, (Corfu, Greece), Franz Liszt Academy of Music, (Budapest, Hungary), 2 Trombones de Costa Rica International Brass Festivals (San Jose) Many International Trombone Festivals (Feldkirch, Austria &Aarhus, Denmark) & The International Trombone Symposium (Melbourne, Australia) and the Banff Centre for the Arts (Alberta, Canada)
Mr. Lucas has performed as soloist, recitalist & clinician in the United States at: Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, Terrace Theatre at the Kennedy Center, The Julliard School, The Eastman School of Music, The U.S. Army Orchestra & Band "Pershings Own”, The U.S. Naval Academy Band, The West Point U.S. Military Academy Band, the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, the New York Conference for Brass Scholarships, Masterworks Festivals, American Trombone Workshops (Wash. D.C.), Harmony Ridge Brass Festival (VT), 76 Trombones+4 Trombone Festival, Las Vegas, College Band Directors College Band Directors National Association Convention, Texas Music Educators Association Conventions, Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, Virginia Music Educators Convention,, Christian Artists Music Festivals (CO) Director of Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute’s Trombone Workshops, Las Vegas Music Festivals as well as over a hundred appearances at universities, festivals, schools & camps.
Mr. Lucas' honors include the only Premeir Prix Diploma ever awarded to a brass player in the history of the Guildhall School of Music (London); Bronze Medal L’unamite and Finalist, Toulon International Solo Competition; First Prize Winner, ITA Frank Smith International Trombone Solo Competition; First Place "Fellow", Harmony Ridge Brass Festivals; First Place Solo & Group Competitions, National Christian Artists Seminar; & First Prize, The American Classic Trombone Quartet, First Prize, Summit Brass International Brass Chamber Group Competition, Alessi Seminar Participant.
Mr. Lucas has recorded with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra & the American Wind Symphony. Solo and Brass Chamber Music selections were recorded on two C. D.s for North South Recordings and Warwick Music Publishers, U.K. He has released two Solo C. D.s Hymns for Trombone and Cantabile.
Mr. Lucas has premiered/commissioned many pieces for trombone from many composers including: Fisher Tull, Jacques Casterede, Derek Bourgeouis, Adam Gorb, David Maslanka, Bruce Stark, Franz Cibulka, Eddie Bass, Alun Hoddinott, Gary Belshaw & Daniel Schnyder.
Mr. Lucas’ student’s accomplishments include: positions in orchestras, service bands, touring shows & the music industry and many competition prizes including: 1st Place winners, Emory Remington ITA International Trombone Choir Competitions (2x’s) & winner, U.S. National Tenor Trombone and (2x’s) Bass Trombone Solo Competitions, First Place Winner in the ITA Alberto Gagliardi International Solo Competition, First Prize in “Slider Asia “ International Bass Trombone Competition, Finalists in ITA International Trombone Quartet Competitions (2x’s), ITA Frank Smith Award & semi-finalist, Tilden Prize, NYC and 1st Prize in the National Jazz Trombone Band Competition.
Mr. Lucas is the Trombone Professor & Chair of Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion at Boston University. Prior to this he taught at Texas Tech University, Eastern New Mexico University and Sam Houston State University.
Mr. Lucas is a past President of the International Trombone Association and is an Artist/Clinician for the Eastman/Shires Company of Hopedale, Massachusetts, USA and a Denis Wick Products Ambassador.