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No Coast Brass

A new brass quintet for Nebraska and surrounding region formed of top players from around the Midwest

Bo Atlas teaches Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is Tubist with the Nebraska Brass and is Principal Tubist with the Des Moines Symphony. He can also be found performing regularly with the Nebraska Brass Quintet, UNL Faculty Brass, and the Lincoln Municipal Band. His prior appointments include Lecturer at Truman State University as well as teaching positions at Grinnell College, Graceland University, and Simpson College. Atlas is also active as a freelance musician, performing with groups such as the Omaha Symphony, Lincoln Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, Kansas Brass Quintet, Blackhouse Improviser’s Collective, and Kansas City Brassworks.

Jason Johnson is originally from East Moline, Illinois and received his bachelor's degree in music education from Northern Illinois University in 1996. After graduation he enlisted in the US Navy and spent eight years in the fleet music program. While stationed in Naples, Italy, Jason performed extensively throughout Europe and Northern Africa. In 2004, he became a member of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra with a one year contract as acting 3rd trumpet. He then moved to the Phoenix area to attend Arizona State University where he completed a master’s degree under the guidance of Professor David Hickman. While in Phoenix he was a regular substitute with the Phoenix Symphony and a member of the acclaimed Sonoran Brass Quintet. Jason is a former student of Ron Modell and Stephen Squires, and has consulted with Sam Pilafian, Patrick Sheridan, Vince DiMartino, Vincent Cichowicz, and Barbara Butler. Well versed in the classical and jazz idioms, Jason has also performed with the likes of Quincy Jones, David Sanborn, and Phil Collins.


Ian Rutherford is an active freelance trombone player and clinician in the Midwest. He has performed with the Omaha Symphony, Des Moines Symphony, Sioux City Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, Lincoln's Symphony, Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra and the University of Nebraska Faculty Brass Quintet. He has shared the stage with John Faddis, Chris Vadala, Second City, Mason Bates, Sasha Cooke, Evelyn Glennie, Michael Daugherty, John Luther Adams, Aaron Diehl, Mark O’Connor, Vince DiMartino, Keith Lockhart and Keith Brion, among others. He has also performed in masterclasses for Mark Lawrence, Doug Yeo, Joseph Alessi and Marshall Gilkes.


Matthew Boring has been on the Lied Center for Performing Arts staff since 2011 and was named Deputy Director in 2021. At the Lied Center he leads integrated marketing, development, and ticketing campaigns as well as producing multimedia special projects including short documentaries, artist residency video pieces, and the Lied’s 2021 production “Everytime We Talk About…Black Voices in a Time of Change: Poetry, Art, and Music” in collaboration with Dr. Kwame Dawes and Jane Schiermeyer Hansen. During the last decade under Matthew’s leadership, the Lied Center has been annually recognized as one of the world’s top 100 venues (#79 most recently) for theatre ticket sales by Pollstar Magazine.
Boring is an active professional musician and has performed on trumpet with Mannheim Steamroller, Johnny Mathis, The Temptations, Herbie Hancock, and Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra as well as for national Broadway tours including The Book of Mormon, WICKED, and Pippin. He began his arts administration career in the Corporate & Foundation Relations department at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and holds a degree in music from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Matthew is on the board of directors for Nebraskans for the Arts and the Hixson-Lied College of Fine & Performing Arts Alumni Board.

Daniel Kitchens, a native of Dallas, Texas, joined the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra in 2016 as Principal Horn. He has earned degrees from Texas Christian University and the Royal College of Music in London. In addition to attending  various summer festivals, Daniel has performed with orchestras across the world, including the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and as Guest Principal Horn with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of the Dominican Republic. Prior to his appointment in South Dakota, Daniel was pursuing postgraduate studies at Southern Methodist University. His primary teachers are Greg Hustis, Tim Jones, Alton Adkins, and Jason DeWater.

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