Cedar Brass Festival Faculty

Alex Beamer, Artistic Director

Laura Saylor, Trumpet

Todd Schendel, Low Brass

John Doe, French Horn


Alex Beamer 

Alexander Beamer is the Principle Conductor of the Eastern Iowa Brass Band, Director of Jazz Bands and Percussion at St. Ambrose University, and a freelance percussionist.

Mr. Beamer recently completed a master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting at the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM) and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Messiah College. His principle conducting teachers include Dr. Jorge Perez-Gomez, Dr. Timothy Dixon, and Dr. Bradley Genevro. He has studied percussion with Steve Fidyk, Chris Rose, Doug Cardwell and David Knott.

As a conductor, Mr. Beamer has directed and guest conducted many groups throughout the East Coast and Southwest. At UNM he was Assistant Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra and Opera Orchestra, as well as the Music Director for the UNM Wind Repertoire Collective and UNM Reading Orchestra. As a frequent Guest Conductor, he worked with such organizations as the New Mexico School of Music and the Hummingbird Music Camp.

A native of Bedford, Pennsylvania, Mr. Beamer began his musical studies in percussion at the age of five. He has received numerous awards and honors in percussion, including the Volmer Music Scholarship (2005-2009), the Kurt Durly Jazz Award (2009), and was the winner of the Messiah College Concerto Competition (2009). He was also the recipient of graduate assistantships in both orchestral conducting and jazz at the University of New Mexico, as well as the UNM Wind Symphony Performance Scholarship. Mr. Beamer has also participated in many master classes and clinics with some of the nation’s top conductors, such as Mallory Thompson, Eugene Corporon, Dennis Fisher, and Col. Timothy Holton.

Todd Schendel

Trombonist Dr. Todd Schendel’s performance experience includes positions with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra U.S.A., Contrapunctus Brass Trio, and playing extra and substitute for the National Repertory Orchestra, Madison Symphony, Orchestra Iowa, Quad Cities Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra. Adept in commercial settings, he has performed with Doc Severinsen, Art Garfunkel, John McDermott, Bobby Vinton, Riders in the Sky, Wayne Newton, and Solomon Douglas Swingtet. He is a freelance musician and educator in eastern Iowa. www.brasstrio.com