Aces Brass is an ensemble at the University of Evansville that performs at basketball games, pep events, homecoming, and a spring pops concert. The ensemble consists of approximately 25-75 UE students and is directed by Dean Musson and Kenneth Steinsultz.
Aces Brass is the most prominent voice of 1970s music groups in collegiate pep band today. The band's repertoire is a delicate blend of 70's funk and rock arrangements. However, the ensemble also plays several pep band classics such as Carry On My Wayward Son and Pretty Fly (for a White Guy). Much of the band's unique repertoire was arranged by its former director, Dean Musson.
Dean Musson served as the director of Aces Brass from 2003 to 2011. In 2008, Musson completed his doctorate in music education at the University of Kansas. He served on the faculties of the University of Kansas and Stetson University. He taught for over 10 years at the high and middle school levels and was twice voted teacher of the year and five times voted teacher of the month. He instructed, managed, designed, arranged, directed, and coordinated national and international drum corps for 20 years.
Dr. Musson was well known for his sense of humor. In his free time, Musson enjoyed watching University of Florida athletics, drum corps, and marching band. Dr. Musson died peacefully on September 1, 2011.
Shows and national tours
The ensemble performed at all Evansville men's basketball games hosted at Roberts Municipal Stadium, and now joins the Aces in the Ford Center. Additionally, every March, the ensemble performs in St. Louis, Missouri at the Scottrade Center as part of the Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament.
- "Crossmen Mourn the Passing of Dean Musson". Crossman Alumni Association. Retrieved 2011-09-30.