About the Artists

The CCBQ+1 will perform with pianist Ralph Votapek on Sunday, April 2, 2017,
and performed at the CCCMS’ Artwalk event on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.


The Corpus Christi Brass Quintet are:

  • Mary Thornton, Trumpet
  • Scott Hagarty, Trumpet
  • Karl Kemm, Horn
  • Donny Pinson, Trombone
  • Matthew Hightower, Tuba
  • Neil Sisauyhoat, Percussion (Classical Concert on 4-2-2017)
  • Matthew McClung, Percussion (Artwalk event on 12-2-2016)


Artist Bios

Mary Thornton, trumpet, is Associate Professor of Trumpet at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. She holds a B. Mus. degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, a M. Mus. degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was awarded the Bernard Adelstein Prize in Trumpet, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently a member of the Corpus Christi Symphony, the Mid-Texas Symphony, and the Victoria Symphony, Dr. Thornton was a member of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra (WI) for thirteen seasons. She has appeared with numerous ensembles including the San Antonio Symphony, the Madison Symphony, the East Texas Symphony, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Ohio Light Opera, the Charleston (SC) Symphony, and the Orchestra of the State of Mexico (Toluca, Mexico).

Dr. Scott Hagarty, trumpet, has been Associate Professor of Trumpet at Del Mar College since 2008. He is currently a member of the Corpus Christi and Victoria Symphony Orchestras and is an active performer in South Texas having performed with organizations and ensembles such as the Mid-Texas Symphony, Harbor Playhouse, Corpus Christi Chorale, and Corpus Christi Cathedral Concert Series among many others.

Karl Kemm, horn, earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of New Mexico. He studied music history and performance practice at the University of New Hampshire for a master’s degree under the guidance of Keith Polk and the renowned music iconography pioneer Mary Rasmussen. In 1989 he joined the Air Force Band at Travis AFB and also began freelancing in the San Francisco Bay Area while studying under Dave Krehbiel. After 1994 he remained associated with the Air Force through the Texas Air National Guard Band from which he retired in 2011. He served as adjunct faculty at Texas Woman’s University from 1998 to 2001 and as principal horn with the Abilene Philharmonic until 2007. Currently he freelances and clinics as an orchestral and early music natural horn player throughout Texas and the neighboring states. He performs with the Corpus Christi Symphony and occasionally with the Victoria Symphony. At Del Mar he teaches horn and Introduction to the Humanities.

Donald Pinson, trombone, is an Assistant Professor of Trombone and Low Brass at Del Mar College, where he has taught since 2009. He performs regularly as the principal trombonist of both the Mid-Texas Symphony and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. Also active as a chamber musician, recitalist, and clinician, Dr. Pinson has been a featured soloist with numerous ensembles in both classical and jazz idioms, and he has performed and lectured at venues such as the International Trombone Festival, the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the Big XII Trombone Conference, and the Texas Jazz Festival.

Matt Hightower, DMA, tuba, is Assistant Professor of Tuba/Euphonium at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Prior to his position at TAMUK, Matt held teaching positions at Murray State University and The University of Texas at Austin. Some of Matt’s accolades as an ensemble performer include appearances with the Bloomington Camerata Orchestra, the Columbus (IN) Symphony, the Evansville Philharmonic, The Jackson Symphony (TN), The Victoria Symphony (TX), and David Baker’s 20th Century BeBop Band and a founding member of the Atlas tuba/euphonium quartet. Matt earned a BME in Music Education from Murray State University, an MM in tuba performance from Indiana University and a DMA in tuba performance from The University of Texas at Austin.