Sunflower Brass Quintet....

Janelle Wanner - Trumpet

Kevin Wanner Jr. - Trumpet

Steve Lewis - French Horn

STEVE LEWIS, French horn, has enjoyed a diverse musical career as both a conductor and French hornist. Steve is the Music Director of the Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City and Principal Conductor of the Midwest Chamber Ensemble. Under his direction the Midwest Chamber Ensemble won third place in the American Prize. Lewis has collaborated with such guest artists as pianists Charl Louw, Mary Rose Norell, and Keith Kirchoff, violinist Zsolt Eder, cellist Eman Chalshotori, French hornist Brett Hodge, soprano Sarah Tannehill Anderson and countertenor Jay Carter. He has conducted the Kansas City Metro Opera, the Missouri Symphony, OvreArts (PA), the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, the Wilson Symphony (NC), the University of Central Missouri Orchestra, the Emporia State University Chamber Orchestra, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra As a French hornist Steve has performed at the Stamford International Music Festival (UK) and the Brevard Music Center (NC), as well as concerts with the Mahlerfest Orchestra (CO) and the Missouri Symphony. 

Steve attended high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts where he studied French horn with David Jolley. Steve holds degrees from East Carolina University (BM, Theory/Composition) where he studied French horn with Mary Burroughs and the University of Missouri- Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance (MM, Orchestral Conducting) where he studied conducting with Robert Olson and French horn with Ellen Campbell and Martin Hackleman. He was twice awarded the EAMA/Florence Gould Foundation Michael Iovenko Fellowship to study conducting in Paris as part of the European American Musical Alliance at the historic Schola Cantorum. While there Lewis received special mention in both solfege and counterpoint. He has received career and continuing education grants from the ELCA Central States Synod, Anna Sosenko Trust, and the Koch Cultural Trust. 

Nathan Brown - Tenor Trombone

Nathan Brown is a trombonist and composer based in the Kansas City area. He has earned B.M.’s and M.M.’s in Trombone Performance and Composition at Fort Hays State University and Central Michigan University, respectively. Brown has studied composition with David Gillingham, Jay Batzner, Timothy Rolls, and Jeff Jordan. Trombone professors include Robert Lindahl, Lane Weaver, and Gary Brattin. His works have been performed by ensembles such as the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, CMU Symphony Orchestra, UMKC Trombone Ensemble, FHSU Wind Ensemble, and at the 2019 International Trombone Festival, among others. Brown is currently a member of the Mid America Freedom Band, Medical Arts Symphony, as well as the new music trio Nebular Blue. His schedule is overseen by his cat, Kaija.


Matt Burrows - Bass Trombone

Hailing from Downers Grove, IL, Matthew lives in Kansas City, MO, and has studied with Kevin Schoenbach, Catie Hickey, SSG  Carlisle, and Dr. Jonathan Allen. He is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa and studied Trombone Performance with a Minor in Communications and an Arts Entrepreneurship Professional Certificate.  Matthew is currently a member of the United States of America 312th Army Band, has run a private studio since 2018, is a substitute trombone with the Kansas City Symphony, a co-founder and member of Sunflower Brass Quintet, has played in the metal band “Heavy Metal Horns,” and co-founded the community jazz band “Basement Big Band.” He additionally plays euphonium, cornet, and didgeridoo. Outside of music, and enjoys backpacking, camping, traveling, cooking, and trying new food. He is currently working on a pedagogy project called S.I.P. and a recording project with Myles Henderson showcasing all the Trombone Gems by HA Vandercook to put them in one album for young trombonists to enjoy.