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A weekly podcast for young-ish musicians trying to navigate the music world, hosted by Justin Coyne, Alaina Leisten, Dom Ellis, Isaac Mayhew, and Garrett Evans.

Listen each week as your hosts discuss issues relating to life as a modern musician, interview guests on topics ranging from burnout to inspiration and everything in between, share hot takes, and so much more!

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JUSTIN COYNE is a Boston based trombonist focusing on contemporary works for both solo performance and chamber ensembles. He is a founding member of Liquid Jungle, a brass quintet consisting of Lawrence University alumni that focuses on commissioning, recording, and performing new music. They released their self titled EP in May of 2017. Justin has attended the Atlantic Brass Quintet Summer Seminar, both individually and with Liquid Jungle. In addition to chamber music, Justin has performed many contemporary solo works as well. He premiered Concrete Indefinite by Matt Bardin in 2017 and will premier a concerto written by Dominic Ellis in 2019. Justin is also no stranger to the jazz world, having played with the Downbeat award winning Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Community Big Band in Chicago. Justin is also a proficient doubler, playing euphonium with the Lawrence University Symphonic Band and Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, and bass trombone with the Lawrence University Wind Ensemble. Justin has received a Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Lawrence University, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Music in Trombone Performance at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

ALAINA LEISTEN is a bassoonist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prior to her recent relocation to Minneapolis, she spent time studying in Los Angeles with Judy Farmer at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music. Prior to her time in Los Angeles, she frequently performed in the Fox Valley area of Wisconsin. Outside of performing regularly with the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence University Symphony Orchestra and Lawrence University Wind Ensemble, she has also performed with the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, the Fond du Lac South Shore Chorale Orchestra, and has appeared as a soloist with the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band. Outside of large ensemble performance, she frequently performed with small chamber ensembles at both University of Southern California and Lawrence University, including a woodwind quintet, bassoon ensemble, wind and percussion chamber ensemble, wind quintet, and wind octet. Alaina has always had a strong passion for chamber music, giving her the opportunity to take her ensemble outside of a performance hall to smaller places that do not feature live music on a regular basis.

While Alaina is well versed in the classical repertoire of solo bassoon, chamber, and large ensemble works, she has also been involved in performing contemporary music by not only well-established composers but by young, upcoming composers. With the guidance of acclaimed trombonist and composer, Stuart Dempster, and in collaboration with many of her colleagues, Alaina performed Terry Riley’s “In C” as a promotion for new music in the Fox Valley area. In addition, she has performed in numerous young composer’s recitals and concerts, ranging from small chamber ensembles to full orchestral works. She has recently appeared as a soloist with the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band performing the first movement of Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto in B-flat Major. Alaina has also participated in the Classical Music Festival, a 14-day orchestra festival hosted in Eisenstadt, Austria.

Alaina has performed in numerous concert halls and venues throughout the United States and Austria, including Bovard Auditorium, Lawrence University Memorial Chapel, Harper Recital Hall, Fox Valley Performing Arts Center, Fond du Lac Performing Arts Center, Mattersburg Pfarrkirche, die Bergkirche, Haydnsaal, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Recently, she appeared as a performer at the International Double Reed Society Conference held in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Alaina earned her Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance at Lawrence University where she studied with Carl Rath. Outside of performing, Alaina enjoys cooking for her family and friends and takes particular interest in collecting glasses and mugs from places she has traveled.


DOMINIC ELLIS is a composer attending the University of Maryland, College Park, for a Masters of Music in Composition. He studies with Mark Wilson. Dominic holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Composition from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, where he studied with Joanne Metcalf, Asha Srinivasan, and Andrew Seager Cole.

Dominic has been commissioned by Singer Pur, the Wet Ink Ensemble, Liquid Jungle, the no{i}se ensemble, new music collective StageFree, and Memorial Presbyterian Church in Appleton, WI, as well as by many fine individual performers, including bass trombonist Liam McDonald, tenor trombonist Justin Coyne, hornist Jared Morningstar, trumpeter Connor Pietrzak, bassist Emmett Jackson and trombonist/pedagogue Nick Keelan. As a performer, Dominic has commissioned works from Andrew Seager Cole, Nolan Veldey, Evan Williams, Matt Gunby, Nemo Sundry, Daniel Galow and Lawton Hall.

ISAAC MAYHEW is a composer and trumpet player based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition from Lawrence University, where he studied primarily from Asha Srinivasan, Joanne Metcalf, and Benjamin Klein. He also received instruction from Andrew Seager Cole, Marcos Balter, Sam Pluta, Jeff Kurtenacker, and Joel Puckett. Isaac is a recipient of the Pi Kappa Lambda Composition Award, a winner of the 23rd Annual Eric Stokes Song Contest, and his piece Ataraxis 2.3 for bassoon and electronics was featured at the 2017 International Double Reeds Society conference. His pieces have been performed at venues ranging from the Lawrence Memorial Chapel and the Draw Art Gallery in Appleton to Studio Z in Saint Paul. His music has been programmed by a variety of performers including soloists Nikki Melville, Jacob Fernandez, Derrick Hahn, Alek Wasserman, and Evie Werger as well as ensembles such as the Lawrence University Symphonic Band and Liquid Jungle Quintet. Isaac strives to create music that has the capability to engage a wide range of audiences while maintaining a high level of artistic integrity. He draws influence and inspiration from the works of a great many composers such as Aaron Copland, Igor Stravinsky, Alan Hovhaness, and David Maslanka.

Isaac is also active as a trumpet player and works to promote new music as a performer. Isaac is particularly interested in the artistic and innovative potential of mixed chamber ensembles and participated in such works as Stravinsky's Octet for Wind Instruments, Missy Mazzoli's Sound of the Light, Judd Greenstein's Clearing, Dawn, Dance, Marcos Balter's Bladed Stance, and Dominic Ellis's Steam. He is also a founding member of the Liquid Jungle Quintet, an ensemble dedicated to the advancement of new music for brass quintet. The group has been coached by members of Mnozil Brass, the Atlantic Brass Quintet, Lakeshore Rush, and members of the chamber collective Decoda. They also attended the 2017 Atlantic Brass Quintet Summer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.

Isaac is a member of the American Composer's Forum, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), and the Millenium Composers Initiative.

GARRETT EVANS is a saxophonist and music educator from Fort Collins, Colorado. As a saxophonist Garrett has performed in a wide variety of places, both domestically and internationally. He was part of a saxophone quartet that performed at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France in 2016. They performed a program called Silent Sound, which featured group improvisation accompanying silent film. They performed for the public in multiple venues in Strasbourg throughout the duration of the festival. Domestically, Garrett strives to perform often, playing solo and with groups in elementary schools, warming shelters, and other public venues, bringing new music to people who don’t always have access to it. He has worked with many different composers in private and in masterclasses, such as Lucie Robert, Marcos Balter, Stacy Garrop, David Werfelmann, Joanne Metcalf, and Asha Srinivasan. He has also performed in masterclasses for saxophonists Joe Lulloff, Chris Creviston, and James Umble. In his free time, Garrett enjoys spending time playing with his cat, Ziggs, and playing Overwatch with friends.
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You'll get access to our patron-only feed, as well as a personal shout out during an episode.
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You'll gain access to some more behind-the-scenes content and our post-show banter, as well as early access to interviews. And don't worry, you'll still get access to our patron-only feed and a shout-out during an episode!
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In addition to all other tier content, you'll also get to pick the music we listen to and discuss! You'll get to be a part of the gang!
A weekly podcast for young-ish musicians trying to navigate the music world, hosted by Justin Coyne, Alaina Leisten, Dom Ellis, Isaac Mayhew, and Garrett Evans.

Listen each week as your hosts discuss issues relating to life as a modern musician, interview guests on topics ranging from burnout to inspiration and everything in between, share hot takes, and so much more!

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JUSTIN COYNE is a Boston based trombonist focusing on contemporary works for both solo performance and chamber ensembles. He is a founding member of Liquid Jungle, a brass quintet consisting of Lawrence University alumni that focuses on commissioning, recording, and performing new music. They released their self titled EP in May of 2017. Justin has attended the Atlantic Brass Quintet Summer Seminar, both individually and with Liquid Jungle. In addition to chamber music, Justin has performed many contemporary solo works as well. He premiered Concrete Indefinite by Matt Bardin in 2017 and will premier a concerto written by Dominic Ellis in 2019. Justin is also no stranger to the jazz world, having played with the Downbeat award winning Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Community Big Band in Chicago. Justin is also a proficient doubler, playing euphonium with the Lawrence University Symphonic Band and Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, and bass trombone with the Lawrence University Wind Ensemble. Justin has received a Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Lawrence University, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Music in Trombone Performance at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

ALAINA LEISTEN is a bassoonist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prior to her recent relocation to Minneapolis, she spent time studying in Los Angeles with Judy Farmer at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music. Prior to her time in Los Angeles, she frequently performed in the Fox Valley area of Wisconsin. Outside of performing regularly with the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence University Symphony Orchestra and Lawrence University Wind Ensemble, she has also performed with the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, the Fond du Lac South Shore Chorale Orchestra, and has appeared as a soloist with the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band. Outside of large ensemble performance, she frequently performed with small chamber ensembles at both University of Southern California and Lawrence University, including a woodwind quintet, bassoon ensemble, wind and percussion chamber ensemble, wind quintet, and wind octet. Alaina has always had a strong passion for chamber music, giving her the opportunity to take her ensemble outside of a performance hall to smaller places that do not feature live music on a regular basis.

While Alaina is well versed in the classical repertoire of solo bassoon, chamber, and large ensemble works, she has also been involved in performing contemporary music by not only well-established composers but by young, upcoming composers. With the guidance of acclaimed trombonist and composer, Stuart Dempster, and in collaboration with many of her colleagues, Alaina performed Terry Riley’s “In C” as a promotion for new music in the Fox Valley area. In addition, she has performed in numerous young composer’s recitals and concerts, ranging from small chamber ensembles to full orchestral works. She has recently appeared as a soloist with the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band performing the first movement of Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto in B-flat Major. Alaina has also participated in the Classical Music Festival, a 14-day orchestra festival hosted in Eisenstadt, Austria.

Alaina has performed in numerous concert halls and venues throughout the United States and Austria, including Bovard Auditorium, Lawrence University Memorial Chapel, Harper Recital Hall, Fox Valley Performing Arts Center, Fond du Lac Performing Arts Center, Mattersburg Pfarrkirche, die Bergkirche, Haydnsaal, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Recently, she appeared as a performer at the International Double Reed Society Conference held in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Alaina earned her Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance at Lawrence University where she studied with Carl Rath. Outside of performing, Alaina enjoys cooking for her family and friends and takes particular interest in collecting glasses and mugs from places she has traveled.


DOMINIC ELLIS is a composer attending the University of Maryland, College Park, for a Masters of Music in Composition. He studies with Mark Wilson. Dominic holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Composition from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, where he studied with Joanne Metcalf, Asha Srinivasan, and Andrew Seager Cole.

Dominic has been commissioned by Singer Pur, the Wet Ink Ensemble, Liquid Jungle, the no{i}se ensemble, new music collective StageFree, and Memorial Presbyterian Church in Appleton, WI, as well as by many fine individual performers, including bass trombonist Liam McDonald, tenor trombonist Justin Coyne, hornist Jared Morningstar, trumpeter Connor Pietrzak, bassist Emmett Jackson and trombonist/pedagogue Nick Keelan. As a performer, Dominic has commissioned works from Andrew Seager Cole, Nolan Veldey, Evan Williams, Matt Gunby, Nemo Sundry, Daniel Galow and Lawton Hall.

ISAAC MAYHEW is a composer and trumpet player based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition from Lawrence University, where he studied primarily from Asha Srinivasan, Joanne Metcalf, and Benjamin Klein. He also received instruction from Andrew Seager Cole, Marcos Balter, Sam Pluta, Jeff Kurtenacker, and Joel Puckett. Isaac is a recipient of the Pi Kappa Lambda Composition Award, a winner of the 23rd Annual Eric Stokes Song Contest, and his piece Ataraxis 2.3 for bassoon and electronics was featured at the 2017 International Double Reeds Society conference. His pieces have been performed at venues ranging from the Lawrence Memorial Chapel and the Draw Art Gallery in Appleton to Studio Z in Saint Paul. His music has been programmed by a variety of performers including soloists Nikki Melville, Jacob Fernandez, Derrick Hahn, Alek Wasserman, and Evie Werger as well as ensembles such as the Lawrence University Symphonic Band and Liquid Jungle Quintet. Isaac strives to create music that has the capability to engage a wide range of audiences while maintaining a high level of artistic integrity. He draws influence and inspiration from the works of a great many composers such as Aaron Copland, Igor Stravinsky, Alan Hovhaness, and David Maslanka.

Isaac is also active as a trumpet player and works to promote new music as a performer. Isaac is particularly interested in the artistic and innovative potential of mixed chamber ensembles and participated in such works as Stravinsky's Octet for Wind Instruments, Missy Mazzoli's Sound of the Light, Judd Greenstein's Clearing, Dawn, Dance, Marcos Balter's Bladed Stance, and Dominic Ellis's Steam. He is also a founding member of the Liquid Jungle Quintet, an ensemble dedicated to the advancement of new music for brass quintet. The group has been coached by members of Mnozil Brass, the Atlantic Brass Quintet, Lakeshore Rush, and members of the chamber collective Decoda. They also attended the 2017 Atlantic Brass Quintet Summer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.

Isaac is a member of the American Composer's Forum, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), and the Millenium Composers Initiative.

GARRETT EVANS is a saxophonist and music educator from Fort Collins, Colorado. As a saxophonist Garrett has performed in a wide variety of places, both domestically and internationally. He was part of a saxophone quartet that performed at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France in 2016. They performed a program called Silent Sound, which featured group improvisation accompanying silent film. They performed for the public in multiple venues in Strasbourg throughout the duration of the festival. Domestically, Garrett strives to perform often, playing solo and with groups in elementary schools, warming shelters, and other public venues, bringing new music to people who don’t always have access to it. He has worked with many different composers in private and in masterclasses, such as Lucie Robert, Marcos Balter, Stacy Garrop, David Werfelmann, Joanne Metcalf, and Asha Srinivasan. He has also performed in masterclasses for saxophonists Joe Lulloff, Chris Creviston, and James Umble. In his free time, Garrett enjoys spending time playing with his cat, Ziggs, and playing Overwatch with friends.

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You'll get access to our patron-only feed, as well as a personal shout out during an episode.
Sponsor!
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You'll gain access to some more behind-the-scenes content and our post-show banter, as well as early access to interviews. And don't worry, you'll still get access to our patron-only feed and a shout-out during an episode!
YMM Patron!
$5 or more per month
In addition to all other tier content, you'll also get to pick the music we listen to and discuss! You'll get to be a part of the gang!