Though he is currently not an honorary brother of Theta Phi yet, we feel it necessary to add him to this page.
Brother Dr. Sidney E. Shuler
Assistant Director of Bands, Assistant Professor of Music, Eastern New Mexico University Primary Instrument: Trumpet Education: B.M.Ed., Youngstown State University M.M., University of Illinois D.M.A., University of Illinois. Website: www.trumpetexcerpts.org Dr. Sidney E. Shuler holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Youngstown State University (OH) and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His major teachers include Ronald Romm and Dr. Michael Ewald (University of Illinois) and Dr. Christopher Krummel of Youngstown State.
As a performing artist, Dr. Shuler has served as principal trumpet of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra (IL) and guest principal trumpet of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra (IL). Shuler has also performed with additional orchestras including the Moscow State Radio, Illinois, and Green Bay Symphony Orchestras. As an orchestral and commercial musician, Shuler has performed with artists such as Rachel Barton Pine, Mark O'Connor, Lynn Harrell, Mannheim Steamroller, Art Farmer, Sean Jones, Byron Stripling, Roger Williams, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Additionally, he has also performed under the baton of esteemed conductors David Zinman, James Conlon, and Michael Stern, as well as many others. Adding to his performance credits, Shuler has been heard in solo recital and chamber performances across the United States as well as abroad in Russia and in Spain.
Dr. Shuler’s appointments at the University of Illinois and at Chadron State College (NE) have included responsibilities teaching trumpet while leading diverse instrumental ensembles. These ensembles have performed in venues such as AT&T Stadium (TX), Coors Field (CO), the University of Utah, and other venues across the United States.
Shuler’s students have earned scholarships to attend summer music festivals and positions in international performing groups. Additionally, his students have earned scholarships to various colleges and universities.
Sidney lives in Portales, NM with his wife Pamela, daughters Eleanor and Beatrice, and their dogs, Campbell, Honus, and Fergie.
Brother Dr. Benjamin Fairfield
Primary Instrument: Trumpet Education: B.M.Ed., James Madison University M.M., University of Miami D.M.A. University of Miami Website: https://www.benjaminfairfield.com/ Ben Fairfield originally from Staunton, VA, is constantly in-demand as a performing artist. Centrally based in the Dallas - Ft. Worth, TX area, recent engagements have taken him to New York, NY, Albuquerque, NM, Miami, FL, Philadelphia, PA, and San Francisco, CA. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree and a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from the University of Miami Frost School of Music and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from James Madison University. His principal teachers include Craig Morris, former Principal Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Gilbert Johnson, former Principal Trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and James Kluesner Professor Emeritus of Trumpet at James Madison University. He has also studied with Philip Smith, recently retired Principal Trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, Michael Sachs, Principal Trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra, and Chris Gekker, Professor of Trumpet at the University of Maryland. Ben has taught trumpet at Eastern New Mexico University, Auburn University, Barry University, and the University of Miami, and was a member of the United States Continental Army Band at Ft. Monroe, VA. With this group, he performed throughout the United States on tours with both the Concert Band and Brass Quintet. He has performed with many notable professional ensembles including the New Mexico Philharmonic, Florida Philharmonic, Naples Philharmonic, Miami Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, the Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Miami City Ballet, the Miami Bach Society, and with noted opera singers Placido Domingo, Denyce Graves, Ailyn Perez, and Bryn Terfel. He has performed as a featured soloist with the United States Continental Army Band and several orchestras, performing works ranging from Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 to Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in Eb and Copland’s Quiet City. He has also performed at the conferences of the International Trumpet Guild, the American Bandmasters Association, and the Virginia Music Educators Association, and in many of the nation’s leading concert halls including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Ben is a Vincent Bach performing artist, a division of Conn-Selmer.
Brother Mr. Dustin Seifert
Department Chair, Director of Bands, Instructor of Music, Eastern New Mexico University Primary Instrument: Euphonium Education: B.M.Ed., The University of Akron M.M.Ed., University of Illinois Dustin D. Seifert, a native of Lancaster, Ohio, is chair of the Department of Music and director of Bands at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU). Mr. Seifert received the B.M.Ed., summa cum laude, from The University of Akron and the M.M.Ed. with an emphasis in instrumental conducting from the University of Illinois where he was the recipient of the Guy M. Duker Award. His mentors include: Richard L. Cass, Michael R. Golemo, Robert D. Jorgensen, Tucker R. Jolly, James F. Keene, Gary E. Smith, Mark E. Moore, and Deborah A. Confredo.
Complementing his administrative duties at ENMU, Mr. Seifert is responsible for the operation and organization of a comprehensive undergraduate instrumental program. In addition to conducting the Wind Symphony, Symphonic and Marching Bands, and applied euphonium/tuba instruction, Dustin leads courses in low brass techniques, techniques of marching band, band and wind ensemble history and repertoire, and beginning and advanced conducting.
In 2004, Mr. Seifert received the "Spirit of Eastern Award" recognizing outstanding contributions, dedication and loyalty to Eastern New Mexico University over a sustained period. He was the 2005 recipient of ENMU's Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dustin has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus in Music Education by The University of Akron School of Music and as Music Educator of the Year by the New Mexico Music Educators Association (NMMEA).
Prior to his appointment at Eastern, Mr. Seifert served as assistant director of Bands at Iowa State University. At Iowa State, he conducted the University Band and Musical Pit Orchestra, designed drill for and rehearsed the 280-member Marching Cyclones, taught low brass methods, applied low brass and courses in music education. Dustin is a member of the NMMEA, The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Texas Music Educators Association, Kappa Delta Pi Education Honorary, and Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honorary. He is an honorary member of national honorary band fraternities Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia brotherhood, and an elected member of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. Mr. Seifert is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the region, state and nation. Dustin resides in Portales, New Mexico with his wife, Meredith, son, Stratton, and daughter, Sawyer.