2017-2018 Horn Studio
Holly Smith is a Senior Music Education and Performance Major from Nashville, TN. She has played in MTSU’s Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Horn Ensemble, MTSU Band of Blue, and other various chamber groups throughout the school year. In her free time Holly enjoys coffee and nature. She also enjoys relaxing with friends, playing video games, hiking, and hanging out with her dogs Chica and Tbone.
Marilin Kelley is a junior Professional Mathematics Major minoring in Computer Science at Middle Tennessee State University. She has played in MTSU’s Band of Blue, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble, and is also in the MTSU Honors College. Marilin graduated as valedictorian from Siegel High School in Murfreesboro, TN, where she was a soloist in the marching and symphonic bands. She also participated in TN All Mid-State bands for 6 consecutive years and attended Tennessee’s Governor’s School for the Arts in 2013. In the summer of 2017, Marilin attended the Universidad Nacional in Heredia, Costa Rica. While abroad, Marilin interacted with music students of Universidad Nacional and surrounding primary schools. Marilin is a National Benjamin A. Gilman Scholar and the recipient of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences’ McClary Scholarship. After attending graduate school, Marilin plans to pursue a career in mathematics research while also maintaining musicianship as a horn player. Outside of mathematics and music, Marilin fills her time working with Special Kids TN, training in CrossFit, and running with her dog, Harper.
Nathaniel Stone is a junior Music Industry major from the Chattanooga area, and has performed in various MTSU ensembles including the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and horn ensemble. Nathan is currently a member of the Nashville chapter of GrammyU as well as Vice President of the School of Music Student Advisory Council, with past involvements including the Nashville Summer Orchestral Institute and working as an arts administration intern with the Hot Springs Music Festival. After college he hopes to pursue a career in arts administration, performance, or wherever life leads him.
Mikaela Ray is a junior music education major at Middle Tennessee State University. Originally from Franklin, Tennessee, she attended Franklin High School and teaches at her alma mater during marching season. Ray is a recipient of the Buchanan Fellowship, the highest academic honor at MTSU. She is also a SOMSAC senator and mentor as well as the Vice President for MTSU's chapter of cNAfME. She enjoys playing in the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensmble, and Band of Blue at MTSU.
Robin Kinney is a junior music education major at Middle Tennessee State University. She has played horn for MTSU’s Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, and the Big, Loud, and Funky Band of Blue, where she is a rank leader in the mellophone section. Robin graduated from Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee where she was a featured soloist in the marching band and the top Wind Ensemble. She attended Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts in 2013 where she was a concerto soloist in the honors recital. She also participated in the Curb Youth Symphony as the principal horn for two years, Middle Tennessee All Mid-State Bands for six years, Tennessee All-State Band, and the NAfME National Honor Band where she was the principal player and a soloist. She also participates in the Northside Baptist Church Orchestra. After college, Robin hopes to be an elementary school music teacher and pursue her passions for music, children and art.
Matt Mullins is currently a Junior Music Industry major. While growing up in Smyrna and attending LaVergne High School, he participated in Mid-state Bands for six years and All-state Bands for three years. He also became principal horn and a soloist with LaVergne's own Wind Ensemble and Marching Band. He was on staff with the LaVergne High School Marching band as a brass instructor after he graduated. Besides horn, Matt also enjoys playing piano and singing all kinds of different music.
Sean Brabston is a sophomore at MTSU majoring in Music Education. He has been involved in music since he was young, starting with piano lessons at the age of five. In middle school Sean moved on from the piano to the horn, which is where he found what he loves, especially enjoying the competition that performing offers. He strives to have fun with expressing music and hopefully will eventually have a full-time position in a professional ensemble.
Lane Johnson is a sophomore Music Industry Major with an entrepreneurship minor. Originally from Bowling Green, Kentucky, he moved to Tennessee his freshman year of High School. After his first year at Siegel High School, Lane joined the band in 2013 to play French horn with no prior music experience. In 2015, he was selected to be in the Mid-State Honor Bands and Co-Principal in the ETHOS Youth Orchestra. He also was principal horn in the Siegel High School Wind Ensemble. After Lane graduates from MTSU he plans to become a college horn professor in the future.
Ally Johnston is an Instrumental Music Education major from Columbia, Tennessee and a graduate of Columbia Central High School. Prior to her studies at MTSU, she was a member of the All-Midstate Bands and Symphony Orchestra, Tennessee All-State Band, Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts, and Curb Youth Symphony. Ally is the director of the Columbia Brass Ensemble, a group comprised of high school-aged students. In 2016, the Columbia Brass Ensemble received a superior rating at the Maury County Solo and Ensemble Festival. Currently, Ally plays in the MTSU Symphony Orchestra, Band of Blue, and in a woodwind quintet. In her free time, she enjoys arranging music, conducting, performing, and watching Impractical Jokers.
H.A. Hoffman is pursuing his M.M. in Horn Performance and is a graduate assistant for the horn studio. H.A. is from Salisbury, North Carolina, and graduated from Western Carolina University in 2016 with a B.S. in Music Education and a B.M. in Instrumental Music. While attending WCU, he participated regularly in the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, and Artist in Residence Orchestra, in collaboration with the Asheville Symphony. He is currently a member the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Horn Ensemble at MTSU. H.A. was also a member of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from 2014-2015. Apart from his studies, H.A. is an active music arranger and brass technician for band programs in both North Carolina and Tennessee.
Kate Spurlock is a Freshmen music education major at MTSU. She was born in Spring Hill, TN and graduated from Summit High School in 2017. There she was the soloist horn in Wind Ensemble, and marched 5 seasons at Summit High School, with her last two years as Drum Major. She participated in her high school's Brass choir and jazz band, along with the school's chorale and winter guard. She now plays horn for MTSU's Symphonic band, Brass Chamber Ensemble, and plays mellophone for the Band of Blue. She also enjoys playing in the school's basketball and volley ball pep bands. When not playing or attending classes, she spends time with friends and family or enjoys taking plenty of naps.
Tiffany Huebner. I am a freshmen Music ed Major at MTSU. I have been playing horn for 7 years. I marched two years of Drum Corps International with Music City in 2016 and 2017. My goal is to become a high school band directior and become a brass tec from a Drum Corps. I am from Powell Tennessee. I am fluent in sign language.
Tristan Reymann is a freshman in music education and a aspiring musical therapist. While attending LaVergne high school, Tristan participated in many different musical groups and ensembles. These include the LaVergne Wind ensemble, Jazz band, Marching band, and Choraliers choir. He has also been apart of the Tennessee Mid State band and choir, as well as the Tennessee All state choir. During non academic breaks, Tristan attended Auburn University's Wind Ensemble Band camp and marching band leadership and training camp.
I'm Andrew Greene. I'm a Music Education major. I attended Page High School in Franklin, TN where I participated in concert band, marching band, and musical theatre. Presently, I work with Page's theatre program as one of their music directors. After graduation, I hope to be a middle school or high school band director.
Kathryn Cowan is a freshman education major at Middle Tennessee State University. She plays horn in MTSU’s Symphonic band and mellophone in Band of Blue marching band. Kathryn graduated from Clarksville High School in Clarksville, Tennessee where she was a soloist in two marching band shows and in their Wind Ensemble. She participated in Curb Youth Symphony as the third horn her senior year of high school, and played principal horn in Philharmonia the semester before that. Kathryn attended Governor’s School for the Arts in 2016, and went to Mid-State 3 times. After college, Kathryn hopes to be a high school band director.