Brass Faculty

McCourtJarrett McCourt
Tuba & Euphonium 

JohnJohn Mueller
Trombone & Euphonium

SpencerDavid Spencer 
Area Coordinator 


Recent Research & Creative Activity


  • David Spencer was nominated for the Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award. This award is the highest distinction given to a faculty member by the University of Memphis.
  • David Spencer was nominated for the 2021 University of Memphis Distinguished Teaching Award.
  • John Mueller, “Trombone Tips for Euphonium Players,” International Tuba Euphonium Association Journal, Vol. 48, no.1 (2021).
  • David Spencer was a featured artist at the 2021 Prizm International Chamber Music Festival in Memphis, TN. 


  • David Spencer performed as a soloist with the River City Brass, Florida tour.
  • David Spencer celebrated twenty-five years as lead trumpet at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN.
  • David Spencer was named and performed as lead trumpet on the National Tour of Disney’s Aladdin.
  • John Mueller organized and performed a recital, Memphis Made, that featured a trombone solo and ensemble music by Memphis composers. 


  • John Mueller performed chamber music concerts at Indiana University’s Octubafest, celebrating Professor Daniel Perantoni’s 50th year of teaching.
  • David Spencer was a featured artist at the 2019 Jazz Education Network Conference in Reno, NV.
  • David Spencer performed as a soloist on the International Concert Tour of Asia with the River City Brass.
  • David Spencer was a featured artist at the Network Performing Arts Production Workshop in Prague, Czech Republic.
  • John Mueller performed recitals and masterclasses at the University of Evansville, University of Northern Iowa, and South Dakota State University.
  • David Spencer performed as a guest soloist with the Grammy Nominated Rutgers University Wind Ensemble.
  • David Spencer performed the world’s first co-presence jazz performance at the World Supercomputing Conference using MVTP technology.