Doc Severinsen is the world’s leading trumpet celebrity. After playing with the Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman bands in the late ‘40s, Severinsen moved to New York City and worked for NBC as a trumpeter and bandleader for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson for 30 years. A Grammy winner with more than 30 albums, Severinsen tours regularly with his Big Band and performs with symphony orchestras throughout the country.
Arturo Sandoval , a native of Cuba and protégé of the legendary Dizzy Gillespie, is one of the most versatile musicians of our time. Though his reputation was made as a jazz musician, Sandoval is equally gifted as a classical musician, and he performs regularly with the leading symphonies and orchestras around the world. He has won 10 Grammy Awards and been nominated 19 times. He also won an Emmy for writing the underscore to the HBO movie For Love or Country, a film based on his life.
Lee Loughnane, a native of Chicago, was born into a musical family and influenced by his trumpet-playing father. Loughnane is a founding member of the rock group Chicago. In addition to performing on trumpet, he is a songwriter and singer. He wrote the hit singles “Call on Me” and “No Tell Lover,” as well as the tunes “Together Again” and “This Time.” Loughnane’s playing and background vocals can be heard on countless studio and live albums.
Ryan Anthony started his solo career as a 16-year-old prodigy, when he won the highly publicized Seventeen Magazine/General Motors National Concerto Competition. After departing the world renowned Canadian Brass, he accepted the Diane and Hal Brierley Principal Trumpet chair with the DSO in 2004. He was Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and later served as a faculty member at North Carolina School of the Arts. Currently a Yamaha artist, this graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music received the school’s Alumni Achievement Award in 2001.
Charles Berginc, principal trumpet for The Phoenix Symphony, began his musical career in Cleveland, playing the French horn in fourth grade. A year later he traded the horn in for the trumpet due to the instrument's size; he grew tired of dragging the French horn through the snow on the way to school. Berginc's studies awarded him a bachelor's degree in music from the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music in Ohio and also a master's degree from Boston University. It wasn't until his senior year of college that he played his first classical music concert and, he was hooked. In addition to his position with The Phoenix Symphony, Berginc is principal trumpet for the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Boston, Cleveland, Dallas and San Antonio symphony orchestras.
David Bilger, hailed by the New York Times for his playing of "easy brilliance" and by the Washington Post for his "engaging legato touch," he has held the position of principal trumpet of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1995. Prior to joining the Orchestra, he held the same position with the Dallas Symphony. He solos with orchestras across the country, and his chamber music appearances include the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with which he recorded Bach's Second Brandenburg Concerto. Bilger has been a guest with Canadian Brass and the Empire Brass is currently on the music faculties of the Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University.
Joe Burgstaller , a former member of the Canadian Brass, tours worldwide as a soloist and teaches at the prestigious Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. In addition to performing with the Canadian Brass, he also contributed arrangements to the group. Three Canadian Brass CDs featuring Burgstaller became Top-10 Billboard hits. In addition to co-leading the crossover jazz quartet BM4, Burgstaller teaches trumpet, chamber music and master classes at The Peabody Institute.
Anthony DiLorenzo has held positions with numerous orchestras including The San Francisco Symphony, The Cincinnati Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. His trumpet playing can be heard in more than 70 films and countless TV commercials. DiLorenzo is also an Emmy Award-winning composer who has scored music for over 100 movie trailers, TV shows and films including Forrest Gump, The Lord of the Rings, Toy Story, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, among others. DiLorenzo is also a member of both the Center City Brass Quintet and Proteus 7.
Vince DiMartino is recognized as one of the most sought after trumpet performers and educators. He has been a featured artist and clinician throughout the U.S. and abroad for several International Trumpet Guild Conferences, for which he has also served as president, vice-president, and board member. In addition to performing as a soloist with countless orchestras and ensembles, DiMartino is an active educator. He teaches trumpet, brass, jazz ensembles, and jazz history at Centre College in Kentucky where he holds the Matton Professor of Music endowed chair.
Matthew Ernst joined the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trumpet in 2014. A dedicated educator, Matthew has also held teaching positions at the University of Virginia, the University of New Orleans, and the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. He received two Master of Music degrees from Southern Methodist University –the first in trumpet performance, studying with Tom Booth of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the second in conducting.
Wycliffe Gordon is one of America’s leading trombonists and musical ambassadors. In addition to performing as a soloist, he also tours with and leads the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet and is an active and passionate educator. Known for his mastery of the plunger mute, Gordon is also a gifted composer, arranger, and recording artist. His arrangement of the theme song for NPR’s “All Things Considered” is heard every day across the globe. Gordon is based in New York City.
Mark Gould is highly regarded as the former Principal Trumpet in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (1974-2003). Gould is also an accomplished teacher, clinician, and conductor and has conducted ensembles ranging from the Juilliard Wind Ensemble to the Seattle and Buffalo Symphonies. He teaches at the Juilliard School, as well as the Manhattan School of Music. In addition to many PBS “Live from Lincoln Center” performances and recordings with the Metropolitan Opera, Gould has also made six albums with the New York Trumpet Ensemble, which he directs.
Mark Hughes "knows how to spin out a long line with the eloquence of a gifted singer," says Derrick Henry of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution. His appointment as Associate Principal Trumpet with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra followed a touring run with Richard Morris as the popular organ and trumpet duo, "Toccatas and Flourishes," performing throughout the US and Canada, a position he held for 12 years. In 2006, Mark was awarded the Principal Trumpet position of the Houston Symphony, and each summer Mark serves on the faculties of the Brevard Music Center and the Texas Music Festival.
Chris Jaudes is in high demand for his skills as a lead trumpeter, and has been cited for his outstanding playing on Broadway in The Wall Street Journal as well as in The New York Times. He can be heard on multiple Grammy Awardwinning albums and is often featured as a soloist throughout the U.S. and around the world. Jaudes is a long-time member of the Brass Band of Battle Creek, for which he is often a featured soloist.
David Krauss joined The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra as Principal Trumpet in 2001. He co-produced three recordings--Metropolitan Opera Brass, Waltzes, Songs & Festive Scenes and Sacrae Symphoniae, where he is praised by the American Record Guide both for his "singing tone which is luxurious and inviting" and "effortless handling of difficult runs, trills and soaring tessitura". Krauss is currently trumpet professor at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and in the summertime, he is the head brass coach and trumpet teacher at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
Jens Lindemann has performed in nearly every major concert venue in the world. In addition to being one of world’s greatest trumpet virtuosos, Lindemann was awarded the prestigious Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor. Lindemann played with the Canadian Brass from 1996-2001 and continues to perform throughout the world. He has won numerous competitions, received Grammy and Juno nominations, recorded for BMG, EMI, CBC and the BBC, and serves as a Professor with Distinction at UCLA.
Christopher Martin holds the Adolph Herseth Principal Trumpet Chair of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Martin recently appeared as soloist in the 2012 world premiere of Christopher Rouse's new concerto Heimdall's Trumpet, which was commissioned for him by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing as featured soloist on many music festivals, he is heard on CSO Resound recordings, including the 2011 release CSO Brass Live and as trumpet soloist in John Williams's score to Stephen Spielberg's Lincoln.
Ronald Romm, a child prodigy who began his solo career at age 10, is recognized as one of the preeminent trumpeters and clinicians today. Romm is a founding member of the world-famous Canadian Brass. During his time with Canadian Brass (1971-2000) he participated in over 4,500 concerts, 60 recordings and hundreds of master classes. Romm received the 2012 International Trumpet Guild Honorary Award for his contributions to the development of brass performance during his astounding career.
Michael Sachs joined The Cleveland Orchestra as principal trumpet in 1988. His many performances as soloist with the Orchestra include the world premiere of John Williams' Concerto for Trumpet commissioned by the Orchestra for Mr. Sachs. He serves as chairman of the brass division and head of the trumpet department at the Cleveland Institute of Music and is currently Music Director of Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Jose Sibaja , a native of Costa Rica, plays lead trumpet for the world-renowned Boston Brass and is versatile in Classical, Latin, Jazz, and Pop musical genres. In addition to performing as an orchestral soloist, Sibaja has also toured with Ricky Martin. His television appearances include the American Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, the Latin Grammy Awards, SNL, The Tonight Show, and Late Night with David Letterman. In addition to his busy performance schedule, Sibaja is also an active clinician and educator.
Philip Smith is widely known as a world-class orchestral trumpet player, soloist, and professor. Smith entered the Juilliard School in 1970, but was stolen away from school early on to play 4th Trumpet in the Chicago Symphony. In 1978, Mr. Smith won the co-principal trumpet position with the New York Philharmonic. He became Principal Trumpet in New York in 1988, a position he retained until his retirement in 2014. In addition to releasing multiple solo trumpet recordings, he taught many trumpet students over the years at Juilliard. Smith now teaches at the University of Georgia.
Marvin Stamm , discovered by Stan Kenton, is a committed performer, recording artist and clinician based in New York City. Stamm spends most of his time touring. In addition to performing as a soloist, he also tours with his jazz quartet, duo, and the Inventions Trio. Stamm also performs with symphony orchestras throughout the country. His involvement in jazz education takes him to countless schools and universities throughout the United States and abroad.
James Thompson is currently Professor of Trumpet at the Eastman School of Music. He came to this position after having played Principal Trumpet in the Atlanta and Montreal Symphony Orchestras. Since joining the faculty of the Eastman School he has performed as guest Principal Trumpet with orchestras that include the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as the Baltimore, Seattle, and Boston Symphonies. Mr. Thomspson's recordings with Montreal and Atlanta have been acclaimed including his Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings and Mahler Symphony No. 5, garnering Stereo Review's records of the Month.
Allen Vizzutti , equally at home in a multitude of musical idioms, has performed in 40 countries. Vizzutti has performed on over 100 motion picture soundtracks, countless TV shows, commercials, video games, and has recorded with artists such as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, and Neil Diamond. His treatises, “The Allen Vizzutti Trumpet Method” and “New Concepts for Trumpet,” have become standards for trumpet players worldwide. He is an active and committed educator and regularly makes guest appearances at universities worldwide.
A native of San Diego, California, Michael Walk joined the trumpet section of the St. Louis Symphony in 2007, after serving as second trumpet in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for more than a decade. A chamber music advocate, Walk and his wife, Claudia, are founding members of Music from Greer, performing chamber music with varied ensembles in the White Mountains of Arizona. Passionate about teaching, Walk's students have ranged in age from seven to 85.
Kevin Finamore joined the DSO in 2000. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the North Carolina School of the Arts and a master’s degree in music from The Juilliard School. Finamore has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New Jersey Symphony, Sun Valley Summer Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship Orchestra. He is also a member of the Dallas Symphony Brass Quintet with Ryan Anthony.
Russell Campbell joined the DSO in 2004 as associate principal trumpet. After completing undergraduate studies at the University of Houston, Russell went on to study at The Juilliard School. Past positions include associate principal trumpet with the Palm Beach Opera; principal trumpet of the Tacoma Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta and Utah Festival Opera; guest principal of the Oregon Symphony, Peter Britt Music Festival and Mainly Mozart of San Diego; and one-year appointments as second trumpet with the St. Louis Symphony and principal trumpet with the Colorado Symphony.
Tom Booth fourth and assistant principal trumpet, came to the DSO in 1977 from the San Antonio Symphony. He received his bachelor’s degree in music from Baldwin-Wallace College and a master’s degree in music from the University of Illinois. He has been on the faculty of the University of Illinois, Illinois Wesleyan University, the University of Texas at San Antonio and Southern Methodist University, where he currently teaches trumpet and heads the winds, brass and percussion department.
Kenneth M. Fitzgerald is an experienced trial lawyer, practicing business litigation with an emphasis on complex commercial cases and intellectual property disputes. But his heart is with the trumpet. He serves on the Advisory Board the Shepherd Society, which supports the Shepherd School of Music at his alma mater Rice University, where he endowed a full tuition scholarship for trumpet performance majors. A former full-time professional musician in San Diego, Houston and Tarija, Bolivia, he is currently the principal trumpet of the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra.
Thomas Cupples joined the National Symphony Orchestra as Second Trumpet in 2005, and moved to Assistant Principal Trumpet from 2012 through 2014. During the 2014-2015 season he served as the Principal Trumpet of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Tom began his professional career in Haifa, performing with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and Israel Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra.
Wiff Rudd is a native Texan from San Antonio and joined the faculty of Baylor University's School of Music in 2002 as Professor of Trumpet and Brass Division Coordinator. His early trumpet career saw Wiff touring internationally with the Dallas Brass and he is a founding member and manager of Rhythm & Brass. He plays with the Baylor Brass, is principal trumpet of the Waco Symphony and performs often with the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Houston, Harrisburg and regional orchestras throughout Texas.
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has grown from a 40-person ensemble to a nationally recognized orchestra performing in one of the world’s finest concert halls. The DSO named Jaap van Zweden as its new music director in February 2007. Performances conducted by van Zweden are regularly hailed by The Dallas Morning News as “exhilarating,” “revelatory,” “intensely dramatic,” and “as electrifying as you’ll hear anywhere,” and Van Zweden was named Musical America Conductor of the Year 2012. As the largest and oldest performing arts organization in the southwest, the DSO is committed to inspiring the broadest possible audience. Each year, it reaches more than 230,000 adults and children through performances, educational programs and community enrichment initiatives. The DSO performs more than 175 public concerts annually, including the 16-week Texas Instruments Classical Since 1900, the Dallas Series and a nine-week DSO Pops series..
The One O’Clock Lab Band, under the direction of Jay Saunders, is the premier performing ensemble of the internationally acclaimed University of North Texas jazz studies program. With an unprecedented six Grammy nominations resulting from the library of over 60 critically acclaimed Lab Band recordings to date, the One O’Clock Lab Band has appeared in major jazz venues such as Birdland (NYC), Blues Alley (DC), and Catalina’s (LA), and as the headliner at jazz festivals, music conferences, and concerts around the world. Alumni of the UNT jazz program are virtually everywhere in the professional music industry as performing artists and jazz educators.
Jeff Tyzik , a native of Hyde Park, New York, began studying cornet at age nine. A Grammy Award winner, Tyzik serves as the principal conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also the principal pops conductor for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Oregon Symphony Orchestra. In addition to being one of America’s most sought after Pops conductors, he is known for his arranging, programming, stellar trumpet playing, and his ability to engage audiences of all ages.
Robert Moody , a native of South Carolina, serves as the Music Director for both the Portland Symphony Orchestra and the Winston-Salem Symphony, and is the Artistic Director for Arizona Musicfest. In addition to guest conducting throughout the U.S., Moody has conducted many of the world’s leading classical and pop artists. He also collaborated with the Canadian Brass for their “Bach” and “Legends” CDs.
Jay Saunders music director, is a Principal Lecturer in the Jazz Studies Division of the College of Music at the UNT, and is director of the One O’Clock Lab Band. During Jay’s lengthy tenure at UNT, he taught applied trumpet lessons to Jazz Studies majors, directed the Two and Three O’clock Lab Bands and taught Introduction to Jazz Recordings. He has toured with Stan Kenton, The US Army Studio Band (now known as the Jazz Ambassadors), and others. He is an active working professional in the DFW Metroplex.
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