Denis Wick is honored to support a wide variety of professional musicans around the world who soley perform on Denis Wick Product. In North America, we have added an additional Denis Wick Ambassadors group that includes artists who use Denis Wick products in addition to other manufaturers. In addition to learning more about our Artists and Ambassadors in this section, make sure to Educator Resources and Performer Resoursces to read articles and watch clinics all provided by the members of teh Denis Wick Artist Groups.
A native of Springfield, Virginia, Ryan Adamsons is based in Chicago where he is an active performer, composer, and educator. Before joining the brass staff for the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2012, Ryan spent five years as a marching member of the Bluecoats (1998-2002), and seven years on the brass staff of the Bluecoats (2003-2008, and 2011) among other groups.
Dr. Thomas Bough joined the faculty of Northern Illinois University in the fall of 2005 as the Director of Athletic Bands. He also conducts the Wind Symphony and teaches graduate conducting and instrumental arranging. Bough holds MM and DMA degrees in Tuba Performance from Arizona State University, where he was a student of Sam Pilafian and Dan Perantoni. He holds the degree Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Missouri State University, where he was active in both vocal and instrumental music. From 1999 - 2005 Bough served as the Assistant Director of Bands and Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, and from 1992-1999 as the Band Director at Westwood High School in Mesa, Arizona. In the summer of 2018, he served as a trial judge with DCI as a music analysis and brass adjudicator. Since 2017, he has served as the founding conductor and music director of the Fox Valley Brass Band in Aurora,…
Monica Benson is freelance trumpet player and music educator in the Chicagoland area. Her enthusiasm and experience range from classical to contemporary. Monica has performed with multiple ensembles and bands from all over including the Brass Band of Battle Creek, The Chicago Brass Band, The Illinois Brass Band, and the all-female 60s pop cover band The Bangers, During the summer months Monica can be found at The Arlington International Racecourse, playing the “Call to Post” as the official Arlington Bugler. Along with an active freelance career, Monica does a fair share of teaching. Aside from her own private studio, Monica also teaches in the DePaul Community Music School’s CPS outreach program and the Sistema Ravinia program during the summer. Monica is currently finishing the second year of her master’s degree in music at DePaul University"
Trumpeter and composer Marquis Hill is widely recognized as one of the preeminent voices on the instrument of his generation. Raised in the Chatham neighborhood on Chicago's South Side, his introduction to music was made by taking up the drum kit in the fourth grade. However, after being inspired by a cousin his focus soon shifted to what was to become his primary instrument, the trumpet.
Mark Ponzo holds the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music with the Performer's Certificate. Dr. Ponzo is a Full Professor at Northern Illinois University, where he joined the faculty in 1990. His principal teachers include John Hagstrom, Barbara Butler, Charles Schlueter, George Coble, and Richard Jones. Mark is a member of the New Sousa Band, Fox Valley Orchestra and Antiqua Baroque Consort. He has been a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Mexico City Philharmonic, and Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. Mark is a regular substitute with the Elgin Symphony and Chicago Brass Quintet and has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Music of the Baroque, Illinois Chamber Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Illinois Philharmonic, Millar Brass, Light Opera Works, as well as numerous local orchestras.
Kelly Langenberg is a thriving performer and teacher with an ever-growing list of accomplishments and performing opportunities. Recent appearances include the Chicago Brass Festival with the Uber Horn Quartet, the 45th International Horn Society Symposium with the Chicago Horn Consort, and the National Trumpet Competition, the Great American Brass Band Festival, and the International Trumpet Guild Conference with the Stiletto Brass Quintet, where her playing was reviewed as “ferociously powerful”. Kelly has been featured as a soloist with the Waukegan Symphony, Muscatine Symphony and Clinton Symphony of Iowa, and the Mount Prospect Community Band. Kelly is currently principal horn of the Battle Creek Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, and the Light Opera Works Orchestra, and holds contracted positions with the Kenosha Symphony and Peoria Symphony.