Crossmen announced today that effective immediately, Stephen Mason will take the helm of the Brass Program for 2016. Known most recently for his work at Carolina Crown, Mr. Mason was an integral part of the Crown Brass team in recent years.
“We are excited about bringing Steve on to the Crossmen team,” said Program Coordinator Ed Devlin. “We believe his approach to brass pedagogy and instruction will help further develop the brass program for years to come.”
Mr. Mason takes over for Anthony Cruddas – the Brass Caption Head for the previous two seasons (2014, 2015). The Crossmen Brass section finished in 11th place at the DCI World Championship Finals.
“We felt it was the right time to make some changes in the Brass program,” said Executive Director, Fred Morrison. “While these changes are never easy, we are grateful for the work and development that Anthony [Cruddas] and his team have given to the Crossmen for the last two seasons. We wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Stephen Mason earned his bachelors degrees at Mars Hills College in North Carolina. Mr. Mason then went on to earn his masters degree in euphonium performance at the University of California at Los Angeles where he studied with Pat Sheridan and Gordon Henderson. Stephen began his teaching career at the Troopers in 2010 and has devoted the last five years as a member of the Carolina Crown brass staff. He is sought after as a clinician and has worked with programs from all over the United States, Japan, and Thailand. Stephen is currently serving as the Winds Coordinator at Rhythm X, in the newly formed WGI Winds division. Stephen currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife Danielle.