Vince DiMartino is one of our country's most sought after trumpet performers and educators. Since graduating from The Eastman School of Music in 1972, professor DiMartino had taught at the University of Kentucky until 1993. At that time, Mr. DiMartino began a new appointment as Distinguished Artist in residence at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. There he teaches trumpet, brass and jazz ensembles, and jazz history. He has served as the Music Chair and is currently coordinator of the Centre College Instrumental Program. He is distinguished Matton Professor of Music at Centre College.
Vince DiMartino is equally known as a jazz artist. He has been the lead and solo trumpet in the Lionel Hampton Band, the Chuck Mangione Band, the Clark Terry Band and The Eastman Arranger's Holiday Orchestra. He has also performed with some of this country's finest college jazz ensembles. Vince has been a member of the artist-faculty of the highly acclaimed Skidmore Jazz Institute since its inception in 1988 working with fellow artist-teachers Milt Hinton, Todd Coolman, Ed Shaughnessy, Frank Mantooth, Curtis Fuller, Dick Oatts and Pat LaBarbera.The International Trumpet Guild has featured Mr. DiMartino as an artist-clinician in major solo programs at their conferences including Louisiana State University, University of Gothenburg-Sweden, University of Colorado, University of New Mexico, University of Denver and London, England. DiMartino also was a guest at the University of Kentucky Conference in 1998, an event that Professor DiMartino hosted at this same location in 1982.
He has served twice as President and Vice President of The International Trumpet Guild as well as a member of its Board of Directors for two terms. He serves as chair of the Board of Directors of The National Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C.
Mr. DiMartino has been soloist with many symphony orchestra including Cincinnati, Buffalo, Sante Fe, North Carolina, Orlando, Baton Rouge and Rochester, New York. He also appeared as guest soloist with the Boston Pops on their Summer Tour '99 and a national television broadcast of the same. He has also been a soloist with the Army Blues Jazz Band, The Army Brass Band, The U.S. Air Force Band of Flight and The United States Marine Band. Mr. DiMartino is the first civilian to perform with this ensemble. He is also co-founder of the New Columbian Brass Band, a turn-of-the-century town band, with Dr. George Foreman, Director of the Norton Center for the Arts at Centre College. The band has recorded three CD's for Dorian Records.Mr. DiMartino is also prominently featured on some of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra's most recent recordings including, "Mancini's Greatest Hits", "Bond and Beyond", "Big Hit Parade", and "Hollywood's Greatest Hits". He recorded Mel Torme's "Christmas Album" as lead trumpet. Mr. DiMartino also has completed a recording project on Summit Records with jazz artists Allen Vizzutti and Bobby Shew and The Summit Brass called, "Trumpet Summit".
With Dr. Schuyler Robinson, Mr. DiMartino made a recording for Mark Records with the DiMartino-Robinson trumpet and organ duo entitled "Orchestral Favorites for Trumpet and Organ". The ITG has designated this CD as its membership gift CD. The duo was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. In the summer of 1994 he performed in the Lincoln Center with The Canadian Brass, The New York Philharmonic Brass and The New York Brass. He also was a featured artist-teacher at the Kiev International Trumpet Competition in 1998.
Throughout his teaching career, Professor DiMartino has been a member of the artist faculty of many international seminars and courses. These include The Empire Brass Quintet-Tanglewood summer program, The Spanish Brass Festival in Alzira-Spain, The Kalavrita Brass Course in Greece, as well as seminars in England, Ukraine, Thailand, Germany and Canada.
JOSEPH ALESSI Principal Trombone The Gurnee F. and Marjorie L. Hart ChairJoseph Alessi was appointed Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic in the spring of 1985. He began musical studies in his native California with his father, Joseph Alessi, Sr. As a high school student in San Rafael, California, and was a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony before continuing his musical training at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music. Prior to joining the Philharmonic, Mr. Alessi was second trombone of The Philadelphia Orchestra for four seasons, and principal trombone of L'Orchestre symphonique de Montreal for one season. In addition, he has performed as guest principal trombonist with the London Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall led by Pierre Boulez.
Mr. Alessi is an active soloist, recitalist, and chamber music performer. In April 1990 he made his solo debut with the New York Philharmonic, performing Creston's Fantasy for Trombone, and in 1992 premiered Christopher Rouse's Pulitzer Prize-winning Trombone Concerto with the Philharmonic, which commissioned the work for its 150th anniversary celebration. His most recent appearance with the Philharmonic as soloist was in world premiere performances of Melinda Wagner's Trombone Concerto in February of 2007.
Mr. Alessi has been a guest soloist with the Lincoln Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Orchestra of Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Sicily, Mannheim National Theater Orchestra, National Symphony of Taiwan, Puerto Rico Symphony, Hague Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, and the Hartford Symphony. Mr. Alessi has also participated in numerous festivals, including the Festivale Musica di Camera in Protogruaro, Italy; Cabrillo Music Festival; Swiss Brass Week; and Lieksa Brass Week in Finland. He was featured in the 1997 International Trombone Festival in Feldkirch, Austria, and the International Meeting of Brass Instruments in Lille, France. He is a founding member of the Summit Brass ensemble at the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute in Tempe, Arizona. In 2002 Mr. Alessi was awarded an International Trombone Association Award for his contributions to the world of trombone music and trombone playing.
Mr. Alessi is currently on the faculty of The Juilliard School; his students now occupy posts with many major symphony orchestras in the U.S. and internationally. As a clinician for the Edwards Instrument Co., he has also given master classes throughout the world and has toured Europe extensively as a master teacher and recitalist. He has performed as soloist with several leading concert bands, including the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point, U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own), and the U.S. Marine Band (President's Own).
Mr. Alessi's discography includes many releases on the Summit record label, including the recent Trombonastics, and a disc with New York Philharmonic Principal Trumpet Philip Smith entitled Fandango; he also recorded New York Legends on the Cala label. His live recording of the Rouse Concerto with the New York Philharmonic can be heard on Volume II of the recent release, An American Celebration, on New York Philharmonic Special Editions, the Orchestra's own recording label. Three new recordings are scheduled for release in 2007: Return to Sorrento, on the Naxos record label, and two recordings on the Summit record label that feature Mr. Alessi with Columbus State University Wind Ensemble and the Imperial Brass Band. In addition, conductor/composer Bramwell Tovey recently recorded a piece written especially for Mr. Alessi, entitled Urban Cabaret with Mr. Alessi as soloist.
Mr. Alessi was invited by the International Trombone Association to record a solo disc of newly composed works, which was distributed to the Association's membership of 5,000 trombonists in early 1999 and is now available as Beyond the End of the Century through Summit Records. Recently, his recording of George Crumb's Starchild on the Bridge record label, featuring Mr. Alessi as soloist, won a Grammy Award for 1999-2000. Other recordings featuring Mr. Alessi are with the Canadian Brass (Sony Classical and Philips Records). Further information about Mr. Alessi can be found on his website, www.slidearea.com.
The Third Street Brass was formed in the fall of 2009 by four sophomores and one freshman, and has quickly integrated itself into the musical world. Their first performance took place in the fall of 2009 and was a success. Since then, The Third Street Brass has performed numerous recitals, including some in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas, and across the state of Indiana. Their "Texas Tour," during the summer of 2010, took them to Plano, Dallas, Austin, and Georgetown, where they performed for over 20 elementary, middle, and high school band classes and gave several full recitals. In addition, after only being together for a few months, The Third Street Brass Quintet was selected as runners up for the Aspen Music School Fellowship last summer. The Third Street Brass feels very grateful for being named this year's fellowship brass quintet at the Aspen Music Festival, and all the opportunities it has been a part of.
Trumpeter Alan Hood hails from the small upstate New York town of Pumpkin Hook and has been performing music for over 30 years. Mr. Hood toured the world with the Phil Collins Big Band, appearing at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals and New York City's prestigious Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He is among featured soloists on the band's live compact disc recording "A Hot Night in Paris," on the Atlantic jazz label and appears on well over two dozen other jazz, commercial and classical recordings. Appearing with the orchestras of Woody Herman, Glenn Miller and Harry James, and performing on stage with Ray Charles, Doc Severinsen, Natalie Cole, Manhattan Transfer, Arturo Sandoval, the Richie Cole Alto Madness Orchestra, the Summit Brass, Jon Faddis, Conte Candoli, Clark Terry, Curtis Fuller and Wynton Marsalis, to name just a few, has rewarded Alan with an array of irreplaceable memories and a well spring of professional experience.
Dividing his career between performing and teaching full time at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music as Associate Professor of Trumpet, Al directs the Lamont Jazz Ensemble and performs extensively with Lamont's artist-in-residence ensembles, the faculty brass quintet, Aries, and the faculty jazz combo, the Climb. Al hosted the highly acclaimed 2004 International Trumpet Guild conference at the Lamont School of Music and is currently the host and a faculty member of the annual esteemed Rafael Méndez Brass Institute, featuring the world-renown Summit Brass. As a freelance trumpeter he continuously performs and records in and beyond the Colorado region with the Denver Brass, the Ken Walker Jazz Sextet, the Aries Brass Quintet and Conjunto Colores. Alan is in the midst of his first solo CD recording project which will feature the arranging talents of Dave Hanson in various settings for trumpet, rhythm section, strings, sax, flute, oboe and French horn.Prior to his 1999 appointment with the University of Denver, Alan taught jazz trumpet and musicology at the University of Miami while pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in jazz performance. Mr. Hood holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Music degree from Northern Illinois University, and has taught music at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Richmond in Virginia. His trumpet mentors include Vince DiMartino, Ron Modell, Ray Crisara, Howard Rowe and the late Gil Johnson. As a clinician, Al has enjoyed working and performing with students from such places as the University of Minnesota, Western Michigan University, Indiana University, Pittsburg (KS) State University, East Tennessee State University, Wichita State University, Centre College, Cumberland College, University of Northern Colorado and Nagoya University of the Arts in Japan, to name a few. He has performed and has made presentations at the International Trumpet Guild conference, the International Association of Jazz Educators conference, the National Trumpet Competition, the Colorado Music Educators Association conference and at the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors conference. He has also served as a judge for the National Trumpet Competition, the International Trumpet Guild, the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Competition and at many Colorado and national jazz festivals.
A leading authority on the life and work of jazz trumpet legend, Clifford Brown, his doctoral research topic, Al has to his credit several published articles on Brown and has been invited to present his findings at international conferences. Dr. Nick Catalano's recent biography of Clifford Brown, published by Oxford University Press, showcases Al Hood's major contributions as chief research consultant and primary interviewer. His research will be utilized in a forthcoming documentary on Brown and he has been consulted by Jazz at Lincoln Center's Education Department for assistance with their new Brown exhibit that is now a part of the Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame.
Al enjoys sharing time with his wonderful daughter Kyrié and exploring life, travel and photography with his wife Jennifer.
Steve Leisring , Associate Professor of Trumpet, came to KU in 2003 after performing for 14 seasons with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, Canary Islands, Spain. As a member of the orchestra, he can be heard on more than 35 commercial CD's on labels such as Deutche-Gramophone, Decca, and Auvidis-Valois. He has performed in major halls in Europe including London, Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Segovia, Zaragoza, Valencia, etc. Festival performances included the Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg festivals in Germany; as well as those in Santander, Granada, San Sebastian, and the Canary Islands and he has been heard on Radio and TV broadcasts of live concerts and recordings by the Tenerife Symphony that have been programmed throughout the world on networks such as NPR, BBC, NDR(Germany), ABC(Australia), and RNE(Spain).
As a professional trumpeter, Prof. Leisring has performed with more than 100 world-class soloists and conductors, including vocalists Placido Domingo, Joan Sutherland, Barbara Hendricks, Frederica Von Stade, Arlene Auger; Alfredo Kraus and Brigitte Fassbaender; violinists Itzhak Perlman, Midori, Gil Shaham, Shlomo Mintz, Silvia Marcovici, Frank Peter Zimmerman; pianists Murray Perahia, Phillippe Entremont, Bela Davidovich, Alicia de Larrocha, Ivo Pogorelich, Krystian Zimerman, Emanuel Ax, Leon Fleischer; and conductors Neemi Yarvi, Raymond Leppard, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Yoel Levi, Gerard Schwarz, Osmo Vanska, Clas Peter Flor, and Maxim Shostakovich to name a few.
Outside of the classical music realm, Professor Leisring has performed with the likes of Jazz Legend Phil Woods, Gary Foster, Steve Houghton, and show vocalists Michael Feinstein and Englebert Humperdinct. While in Spain, he was an active studio/session musician and he served as musical director/soloist of the "Swing Big Band of the Canary Islands," an 18-piece big-band.
Steve Leisring has been a featured Soloist and Principal Trumpet on two World-Premiere Recordings by Spanish composer, Enrique Guimera. Other orchestral performances include concerts with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (Sweden); Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Gran Canaria Philharmonic, Galicia Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra Durango/Pagaso Springs, CO. 2001-2007.
Former students of Prof. Leisring have gone on to perform with the New York Philharmonic as well as several professional orchestras in Spain; and have been selected for positions in the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, European Youth Orchestra, World Youth Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival, Spanish National Youth Orchestra and the Tanglewood Young Artists Orchestra. Trumpet ensembles from KU have been named Finalists at the National Trumpet Competition in two out of two appearances in 2006,2007.
Steve has given master classes at the Beijing Central Conservatory, Sichuan Conservatory, and Kunming Arts Academy in China; in Helsinki, Finland; the Puerto Rico Conservatory in San Juan; as well as the Hartt College of Music and the Universities of Illinois, Oregon, Connecticut, Texas/Arlington and North Texas in the U.S. He is on the Advisory Board of the National Trumpet Competition and was invited to adjudicate the First Asian-Pacific Trumpet Competition in Guangzhou, China in 2008.
Since coming to KU, he has been invited to China four times, performing at the First International Trumpet Conference at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 2006, and at China's Inaugural China ITG Conference in 2008. He also led a successful tour of China with the KU Trumpet Ensemble in 2008. In 2006 and 2008, he was invited to be a featured artist at the International Trumpet Days in Riga, Latvia.
As a soloist and recitalist, Professor Leisring has performed in Europe, Asia, Central America and the US, and maintains an active schedule as Principal Trumpet of the Kansas Brass Quintet, Ensemble in Residence at the University of Kansas.
While in Spain, Steve Leisring played and coached in Spain's premier National Baseball League, and has a keen interest in the connection between peak performance in music and in sports. He has written pedagogical articles published by the International Trumpet Guild Journal and the International Musician Magazine.
Professor Leisring is a fluent Spanish speaker and holds degrees in Performance and Education from the University of North Texas and the Mannes College of Music in New York. Former teachers include Vincent Penzarella of the NY Philharmonic, Rick Giangiulio and Bert Truax, formerly of the Dallas Symphony; Don Jacoby, as well as Keith Johnson and Leonard Candelaria at the University of North Texas.
Iskander Akhmadullin, Associate Professor of Trumpet at the University of Missouri holds degrees from the Kazan Music College, the Moscow State Conservatory, and the University of North Texas. His major teachers were Abbas Slashkin, Vadim Novikov, Leonard Candelaria, and Keith Johnson.
Dr. Akhmadullin has performed in several professional orchestras in Russia and the United States and can be heard on the Marco Polo, Naxos, Hugo, Klavier, and Delos labels. He is a co-principal trumpet of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra.
Iskander Akhmadullin has performed as a soloist and as a member of various groups in the United States, Russia, Australia, Japan, Austria and Germany. Active as both a recitalist and a chamber musician, he has premiered a number of solo and chamber works and is continuously introducing new trumpet pieces by American composers to Russian audiences, while also presenting the American premieres of the works from the Russian trumpet repertoire. Mr. Akhmadullin was among the first Russian trumpet players to perform on the baroque trumpet. Professor Akhmadullin has been a member of the National Trumpet Competition and the Midwest Trumpet Festival faculties; he has performed at numerous festivals and conferences, including the Moscow Autumn Festivals, ABA, CBDNA, WASBE, Texas and Missouri Music Educators Associations conventions, Russian Trumpet Guild and the International Trumpet Guild Conferences. Prior to joining the University of Missouri faculty, Iskander Akhmadullin taught at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He is an Artist-Clinician for Edwards Trumpets.
Andrew Cheetham is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Eastern Illinois University. A native of Columbia, MO, Andrew attended the University of Texas at Austin where he earned a Bachelor's in Music Education, Master's in Trumpet Performance, and Performer's Certificate. Andrew also holds a D.M.A. from the Eastman School of Music, where he received a Certificate of Excellence in Performance, the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, and a minor in Musicology. As a classical and jazz trumpeter as well as group leader, Andrew has performed in and conducted various ensembles across the United States and in Europe.Andrew has experience as a band director in the Austin, TX public schools and has taught trumpet, led jazz ensembles and small groups, and taught various academic courses at all levels for nearly twenty years. Andrew is a former Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Jazz at Oklahoma State University, and has taught at Nazareth College, The University of Rochester, and the University of Texas. Most recently, Andrew was a trumpeter and ensemble leader in the United States Army, where he was often a featured trumpet soloist, performed in countless ceremonies, concerts and conventions all over the country, and received two Army Achievement medals for his work.
David Cooper is widely recognized as one of the most versatile trumpets players in the Midwest. His performing affiliations include the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the New Breed Jazz Quintet, The Art Blakey Tribute Band, and The Tim Whalen Nonet. Performances have been with such renowned artists as; Doc Severinsen, Adolph Herseth, Kurt Elling, Wayne Newton, Lynn Harrell, Orbert Davis, Ben Sidran, Andre Watts, Bob Mintzer, Joe Williams, Ed Shaunessy, Clyde Stubblefield, Bobby McFerrin, Armen Donelian, Lew Soloff, Bobby Shew, Bob Newhart, Marie Osmond, Robert Goulet, among others. Ensemble affiliations have included the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, the Milwaukee, Madison, Canton and La Crosse Symphony Orchestras, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, The Dallas Brass, Walt Disney World, and the Aspen Jazz Ensemble.
As an educator, Dr. Cooper is the professor of trumpet and jazz studies at the University of Wisconsin - Platteville. In 2005, Dr. Cooper hosted a trumpet festival that attracted over 450 participants. Among the festival activities was a recital that featured himself with principal guests Adolph Herseth, Doc Severinsen, Charles Lazarus, members of the Minnesota Orchestra trumpet section among other wonderful players. As a clinician, he has lectured and performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conference, New York Brass Conference, and is a very active soloist/clinician with regional schools, jazz festivals and community ensembles.
As a published author, his website, www.DavidCooperMusic.com produces and sells a number of his music publications and recordings. These publications include an adaptation of the Bach cello suites for trumpet, numerous jazz transcription books, two book/CDs of arias arranged and adapted for Mezzo-Soprano and Trumpet, Bartók's 44 duets transcribed and edited for two trumpets and most recently, Telemann's Canonic Sonatas arranged and recorded for two trumpets. Publishing affiliations include, Tom Harrell, Hal Leonard Corp., Chas. Colin Publishing, Roger Dean Publications and the Lorenz Corp.
David is also in demand as a composer and arranger with numerous jazz, rock and commercial ensembles, large and small. His most recent composing/arranging efforts are directed toward his university jazz ensemble, the No Net, Nonet and the New Breed Quintet. He has composed and sequenced soundtracks for theater, television, radio and corporate purposes. Affiliations include UW-La Crosse Theater Department, Madison Theatre Guild, The Heibing Advertising Group, John Roach Projects, Knupp & Watson, Normco Productions, Newell Corporation, and the Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Dr. Cooper received his Bachelor of Music from Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, WI, his Master of Music from the University of Akron in Ohio, and his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. David is endorsed by Eclipse Trumpets of UK and plays Eclipse exclusively.
Dr. William Richardson serves as Associate Professor of Music at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri, where he teaches Applied Trumpet, Jazz Appreciation, and directs the Northwest Jazz Ensemble. A Fulbright Scholar, he served as Visiting Professor of Trumpet at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music during the spring, 2010, semester. He holds music degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, Florida State University, and Central Missouri State University.
Richardson is a member of the St. Joseph Symphony, the Maguire Street Brass Quintet, and the Northwest Bell Tower Brass. A Conn-Selmer clinician and performing artist, he has performed at numerous International Trumpet Guild Conventions, the 2006 National Trumpet Competition, the 2008 Phi Beta National Convention, and the 2010 Riga (Latvia) International Brass Symposium. He has published articles in the Journal of the International Trumpet Guild and the I.T.G. Junior newsletter.
Keith Winking is a professor at Texas State University, where he teaches trumpet, directs the Texas State Jazz Orchestra, and is a member of the SouthWest BrassWorks. Dr. Winking received his undergraduate degree in Music Education from Quincy University, his M.M. in Trumpet Performance from Texas State, and his D.M.A. in Trumpet Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. His teachers have included Raymond Crisara, Vince Cichowicz, Leon Rapier and Don "Jake" Jacoby. He has served as a visiting lecturer to scores of universities and conservatories, including the Crane School of Music and the Moscow and St. Petersburg Conservatories.Dr. Winking has presented solo and ensemble concerts and clinics throughout the United States, Canada, Sweden, Japan, Switzerland and Russia. He is a freelance trumpet player, performing with many local and national groups, including the Austin Symphony, the Austin Jazz Orchestra, James Brown, the Manhattan Transfer, and the Austin Sinfonietta. He has extensive recording experience and has recorded national jingles for McDonalds and American Express. He has also taped numerous TV shows, including PBS's "Lonesome Pines," TNN's "Texas Connection," PBS's "Austin City Limits" and a taping for the BBC entitled "Rhythms of the World." He has presented papers at the International Trumpet and New York Brass Conferences and also published articles in The International Trumpet Guild Journal and the International Jazz Educators Journal. Dr. Winking is voting member of the National Association of the Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy's) and a clinician for the Selmer Company.
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