The Great Basin Brass Quintet was founded in 1974 and has performed throughout Northern Nevada, bringing entertaining and educational concerts to schools and communities for decades. The Quintet is well-known for combining humor, education and skillful playing in all their concerts.
Mark J. Lenz, Nevada native, earned a B.A. in Applied Music from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1973 and a Master of Music in Trombone Performance from New England Conservatory of Music in 1975. He began his orchestral career as a trombonist in the Chautauqua (NY) Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra that year, and served as Second/Utility Trombone in the Rochester Philharmonic until 1988, shifting to the study of law. He earned his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1991. He has been composing for more than forty years, much of it for (they mightsay “against”) the Great Basin Brass Quintet.
John G. Lenz, Horn, was a founding member of the Great Basin Brass Quintet, serving as principal Horn in the RenoPhilharmonic Orchestra since it began. He earned his B.A. in Applied Music from the University of Nevada, Reno anda Master of Music in Cello Performance from New England Conservatory of Music, and taught both cello and horn at
UNR for nearly forty years.
Paul Q. Lenz, Trumpet, also a native Nevadan, and also a founding member of the Great Basin Brass Quintet, receivedhis Bachelor and Master’s degrees in trumpet from UNR. He currently holds positions as Principal Trumpet in theReno Philharmonic, Reno Chamber Orchestra, and Nevada Festival Ballet, and is Director of Trumpet Studies at UNR.
Dwayne (Bix) Hollenbach, Trumpet, earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in trumpet performance atthe Manhattan School of Music, and currently serves as Lecturer of Trumpet at UNR, also performing with the RenoPhilharmonic, Nevada Opera, Reno Chamber Orchestra, and Toccata Lake Tahoe Orchestra. He has performed with
the Chestnut Brass Company and taught at Temple University.
Leonard Neidhold, Trombone earned his Bachelor of Music degree from North Texas State University (1984), and a Master of Music in Jazz Pedagogy from University of Miami, Coral Gables (1989). He currently serves as Principal Trombone with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Reno Chamber Orchestra, and the AVA Ballet. Leonard is currently Director of Bands at B. D. Billinghurst Middle School, and has served as adjunct faculty for the Jazz and Applied Trombone departments of the University of Nevada, Reno School of the Arts.
Russ Dickman, Tuba, has been with the Great Basin Brass Quintet for the past 30 years. He has also been serving as principal tubist with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra since 1969. Russ performs with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, AVA Theatre Orchestra and other musical groups as needed. Russ and his wife Lynda own and operate High Sierra Coffee Roastery in Chilcoot, California roasting gourmet coffees from around the world for your home or business. He also is a professional photographer operating Dickmans Photography.