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Midwest Trumpet Festival Guest Artists 2013

Joe Burgstaller
International Trumpet Soloist and a former member of the Canadian Brass Quintet

Joe Burgstaller

Trumpeter JOE BURGSTALLER has thrilled audiences throughout the world with his stunning virtuosity, captivating sensitivity and engaging personality. Formerly with CANADIAN BRASS (8 years as a featured trumpeter/arranger) and the avant-garde MERIDIAN ARTS ENSEMBLE (6 years), he was also one of the all-time most popular SOLOISTS at COLUMBIA ARTISTS' COMMUNITY CONCERTS (alumni include Van Cliburn and Heifetz), performing over 60 solo concerts every year.

Burgstaller has performed in front of more than 40 orchestras (Philadelphia, Minnesota, Detroit, Houston, Baltimore, New Jersey, Virginia,, in more than 50 Music Festivals, and has performed and taught at over 80 universities, conservatories and colleges. His extensive discography includes his solo CDs License to Thrill and The Virtuoso Trumpet and three Top-10 Billboard hits with Canadian Brass. His last two CDs with his crossover group BM4 were Top-50 on the JazzRadio charts and the Roots Radio Report (under Paul Simon but right above the Beastie Boys).

Mr. Burgstaller tours worldwide as a soloist, with his hit crossover group BM4 (BurgstallerMartignon4), with the revolutionary NY Brass Arts Trio, and as a clinician and teacher. He is on the faculty at THE PEABODY INSTITUTE (The Johns Hopkins University) in Baltimore, MD, where he teaches trumpet, chamber music and a special Performance Class series for all instruments called "Change Your Mind, Change Your Playing". Every summer he teaches at the MUSIC ACADEMY OF THE WEST in Santa Barbara, CA.

Joe is a former full-time member and featured trumpeter with Canadian Brass, and holds the third longest tenure on trumpet in the history of that famed group. Joe toured worldwide with the Brass, performing in recital and with orchestra (Philadelphia, Minnesota, Detroit, Houston, Baltimore, New Jersey, Seattle, et al.) and contributed arrangements to the group as well. Recordings that spotlight Joe include a Juno-nominated release, Magic Horn, ( heralded Joe's "superb set of arrangements" of Astor Piazzolla), BACH (includes his pyrotechnical arrangement of the Bach-Vivaldi Concerto in D), Legends (featuring his La Virgen de la Macarena— "Unbelievable Virtuosity" — and High Society ("Burgstaller's piccolo playing throughout this album is no less than perfect... I had to pinch myself for thinking that I heard a high clarinet!" - Brass Herald Magazine). Three Canadian Brass CDs featuring Joe became Top-10 Billboard hits.

Prior to joining the Brass, Joe was one of the all-time most popular soloists at Columbia Artists' Community Concerts (alumni include Van Cliburn and Heifetz). He was North America's busiest trumpet recitalist, performing nearly 60 solo concerts every season with his Joe Burgstaller: The Rafael M&eactue;ndez Project.  He developed a community engagement component that took the circuit by storm, and his lauded audience-building plans added over 30 new season-ticket subscribers per presenter. As a Yamaha Artist and Clinician, Joe reached thousands of students every season, and The Instrumentalist Magazine dubbed Joe "The Next Méndez". Dr. Robert Méndez, son of the legendary trumpeter, wrote of Joe: "He's mastered my father's works."

His extensive discography includes his solo CD The Virtuoso Trumpet and three Top-10 Billboard hits with Canadian Brass. His first release with BM4, Mozart's Blue Dreams, vaulted immediately into the Top-50 JazzRadio Charts, playing on over 100 radio stations. Their followup CD Bach's Secret Files charted for several months on the Roots Radio Report (under Paul Simon, but right above the Beastie Boys). He is an active arranger and composer, and is in his second decade as a Yamaha Performing Artist. Joe's hobby is video production, and his inventive music videos for bothMozart's Blue Dreams and Bach's Secret Files were debuted worldwide by Yamaha America and Yamaha Europe to an audience of over 10,000 viewers in a special industry-leading video-podcast release.

Joe co-leads the crossover jazz quartet BM4 (BurgstallerMartignon4), a New York City-based crossover group that features Grammy and Oscar-nominated musicians. Their first recordingMozart's Blue Dreams & Other Crossover Fantasies debuted directly into the Top50 JazzRadio charts and continues to receive rave reviews ("Ethereal moments of true beauty and genius... hip and approachable." —; "Stunning!" — JazzNotes). BM4 records for Summit Records (North America) and CARE Music Group (Europe). Their latest release, Bach's Secret Drawer & More Crossover Fantasies was released in April 2011, and charted for several months on the Roots Radio Report (under Paul Simon, but right above the Beastie Boys).

Mr. Burgstaller teaches trumpet, chamber music and a special 8-part series of all-instrument performance masterclasses at The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Joe has built a groundbreaking one-of-a-kind trumpet studio that prepares their students for the demands and reality of today's music world. His teaching emphasizes creativity, connection, versatility and entrepreneurship, and he combines the best of traditional techniques with an innovative mental training approach that has its roots in the field's modern breakthrough discoveries of the last two decades.

Burgstaller is also a former member of New York City's Meridian Arts Ensemble (1995-2001), and with that group toured worldwide at concert halls and clubs including NYC's Knitting Factory and CBGB's, and Amsterdam's Bimhuis, received the ASCAP "Adventurous Programming Award" (shared with the Kronos Quartet) and recorded several of his own compositions and arrangements. Gramophone Magazine heralded Joe's original work Lullaby as "an understated gem."

Joe was a child prodigy, beginning the cornet at age six. By age twelve he was improvising jazz and soloing with area bands and jazz clubs, and by fifteen was the youngest professional in the Virginia Opera Orchestra. He received both his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Arizona State University (studying with Regents' Professor David Hickman). Other teachers and mentors include Anthony Plog, Stephen Carlson, Jonathan Greenburg, Gary Gompers and David Fedderly. Joe was awarded Arizona State University's Inaugural "Distinguished Alumnus Award", and the Inaugural "Outstanding Alumnus Award" from Eastern Music Festival.

Joe Burgstaller is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

David Cooper
Associate Professor of Trumpet University of Wisconsin-Platteville

David Cooper

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, 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.

Alan Hood
Associate Professor of Trumpet at the University of Denver

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 thirty 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 trio, and the faculty jazz ensemble.  Al hosted the highly acclaimed 2004 International Trumpet Guild conference at the Lamont School of Music and is currently a faculty member of the annual esteemed Rafael Méndez Brass Institute (and a former 5-year host!), 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 Denver Brass 5 Quintet and the Olstad-Montgomery Big Band.  In 2009 Alan released his first solo CD "Just A Little Taste" which features the arranging talents of Dave Hanson in various settings for trumpet, rhythm section, strings, sax, flute, oboe and French horn and has just released a new big band CD with Hanson and the H2 Big Band called "You're It!" featuring the exciting trumpet playing of guest Bobby Shew, among others.  The CD peaked at #10 on the national Jazz Week chart and was #1 on Bob Parlocha’s Top 40 list for several weeks.  Al’s playing can also be heard on the 2010 double-CD release by trombonist Curtis Fuller entitled "I Will Tell Her," which reached #1 on Jazz Week, and Curtis Fuller’s 2012 Capri release “Down Home,” also reaching #1 on the Jazz Week charts and finished the year at #5 all around.

 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 video 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.

Iskander Akhmadullin
Associate Professor of Trumpet at the University of Missouri

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.

Dr. Natalia Bolshakova
Adjunct Professor of Piano/Accompanying at the University of Missouri

Natalia BolshakovaDr. Natalia Bolshakova studied at the Moscow Conservatory and the University of North Texas.  She has been a prizewinner in many competitions, including the New Orleans International Piano Competition and the Ima Hogg Young Artist International Competition.  Ms. Bolshakova has performed as a soloist with orchestras across the United States and in Europe.

Equally successful as a chamber musician, Dr. Bolshakova has been actively working with vocalists and instrumentalists. As a soloist and a collaborative chamber musician she has appeared in England, France, Germany, Russia, Czech Republic, Spain, Bulgaria, and in many states of the USA.The Gramophone magazine listed two Crystal Records albums of the trumpeter John Holt with Natalia Bolshakova among the best new recordings from North America in 2005.

She has been on the faculty of the School of Music at the University of Missouri since 2004.

Dr. Ryan Gardner
Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Oklahoma State University

Ryan Gardner

Dr. Ryan Gardner is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Oklahoma State University.  Originally from Santa Monica, California, Dr. Gardner received his Bachelor of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music with highest distinction, his Master of Music Degree from Rice University-Shepherd School of Music, and his D.M.A. from the Manhattan School of Music.

In addition to impressive teaching successes, Dr. Gardner also continues to enjoy an exciting performing career.  As an orchestral performer, Dr. Gardner has played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Honolulu Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Tulsa Symphony, the Tulsa Opera, the New World Symphony, the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, the Aldeburgh Festival Britten-Pears Orchestra in England, and the Verbier Festival Orchestra directed by James Levine in Switzerland.  He has also performed in many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery-Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, and the Palau de la Musica Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.  Dr. Gardner is an avid chamber musician playing with the Three-Fifths trio, the Eastman Brass Quintet, the Rochester Philharmonic Brass Quintet, the Houston Symphony Brass Quintet, as well as concerts with the new music ensembles Alarm Will Sound, and Crash Ensemble.  Dr. Gardner has also been privileged to work with artists such as Ray Charles, Doc Severinson, the Canadian Brass, Allen Vizzutti, Lenny Pickett, and Michael Tillson-Thomas, to name a few.

Under the direction of Dr. Gardner since 2011, the Oklahoma State University Trumpet Studio has taken extraordinary strides.  Dr. Gardner’s students have been accepted on scholarship into distinguished graduate programs including the New England Conservatory, DePaul University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Southern California, University of Louisville and University of Texas-Austin.  After receiving a standing ovation for their performance at the 2012 International Trumpet Guild Conference, the OSU Trumpet Ensemble has been invited to perform again at the 2013 Conference.  Dr. Gardner’s students have achieved success at the regional and national levels, most recently placing in the top 6 of the Trumpet Ensemble Division and top 5 in the Undergraduate Solo Division at the 2013 National Trumpet Competition.

In 2010, Dr. Gardner was honored as the Spotlight Artist of the Year by Music for Autism.  He is a Bach performing artist and clinician and continues to perform, teach, and provide master classes and lectures internationally.  He has recorded with Naxos, Mark Records, and BX Entertainment.

He is indebted to all of his main trumpet teachers:  Vincent Penzarella, Mark Gould, Marie Speziale, James Thompson, Boyde Hood, and Paul Salvo.

Dr. Marc Reed
Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Fort Lewis College

Marc Reed

Dr. Marc Reed currently serves as Associate Professor of Trumpet and Music Department Chair at Fort Lewis College, where he teaches applied trumpet, brass ensembles, and brass methods. He is the Principal Trumpet and the Musician’s Representative to the Board of Directors with the San Juan Symphony Orchestra, Editor of the International Trumpet Guild Journal’s Trumpet in the Wind Band Column, Third Trumpet with the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra, Solo Cornet with the Great Western Rocky Mountain Brass Band, Artist Faculty Member with the National Trumpet Competition, and is an Artist/Clinician for the Bach Trumpet Division of the Conn-Selmer Corporation.

Reed has presented clinics at the 2013 International Trumpet Guild Conference, 2013 Texas Music Educators Association Conference, 2013 Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference, 2012 Florida and Colorado Music Educators Association Conferences, 2011 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, 2011 Alabama Music Educators Association Conference, and the 2009 Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference. He performed William Price’s Sans Titre for Solo Trumpet at the New Works Recital at the 2013 ITG Conference. He has published several articles on brass pedagogy and is a contributing member of the ITG Journal’s Recording Review and Book Review staffs. He annually serves as a Conference Reporter for the ITG Journal. Reed can be heard on over a dozen recordings on the DJ Music, Mark, Kalvier, and GIA Windworks labels.

Reed holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Trumpet Performance and Brass Pedagogy from the University of North Texas, Master of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance from The University of North Texas, and Bachelor’s Degrees in both Music Education and Trumpet Performance (with a jazz emphasis) from Drake University. Reed studied trumpet with Keith Johnson, John Holt, Richard Giangiulio, and Andrew Classen. He was a three-year member of the North Texas Wind Symphony, directed by Eugene Corporon. He studied wind conducting with Eugene Corporon, Dennis Fisher, and Sue Samuels.

Reed was born and raised in central Iowa. He resides in picturesque Durango, Colorado with his wife Katherine, who is the Director of Instrumental Music at Durango High School, and their two Vizsla dogs Penny and Wrigley.

Dr. Keith Benjamin
Professor of Trumpet at UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance


Keith Benjamin joined the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance as professor of trumpet in 1989 with a doctor of musical arts degree and a Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. While in New York, he was a member of the Rochester Philharmonic and held principal chairs in three other orchestras. Current orchestra positions include principal trumpet in the Colorado MahlerFest, and extra trumpet for the St. Louis and Kansas City Symphonies.

In addition to orchestral playing, Dr. Benjamin is an active recitalist and chamber musician, and is first trumpet in the Missouri Brass Quintet. He has commissioned and premiered numerous works, including compositions of Samuel Adler, James Mobberley, Eugene O'Brien, and many others. Kansas City also affords him the opportunity to have a lively professional career as a commercial, studio, and lead trumpet player, including recording the "signature spot" for CNBC-TV. Dr. Benjamin is partnered with Los Angeles organist Melody Steed in "Clarion", a trumpet & organ duo which emphasizes 20th century music. The duo recently released Clarion: New Vintage, their second disc on Gothic Records, this one consisting of all commissioned American works. Dr. Benjamin is a clinician for the Selmer/Bach companies.

Dr. Grant S. Peters
Professor of Music (Trumpet) at Missouri State University


Grant S. Peters is Professor of Music at Missouri State University, where he teaches applied studio trumpet and serves as the Brass Area Coordinator.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the International Trumpet Guild.

Prior to his appointment at Missouri State, he served as co-principal trumpet of the Orquesta del Principado de Asturias in the northern Spanish province of Asturias (1992).  During the 1989 season, he was a member of the Columbia Artists Management ensemble Dallas Brass, touring throughout 26 states and Canada. While with the Dallas Brass, he recorded the album A Merry Christmas with Brass for the Word Label.  He has performed in solo and chamber settings in Canada, Spain, Poland, England, Sweden, Thailand, Russia and the Czech Republic.

He has recorded two CD’s of new American music for trumpet, Friendly Amendments (2004) for trumpet and organ, and From the Hills (2006) for solo trumpet with piano and chamber ensembles.  In December of 2009 he produced and performed with the Missouri Chamber Players on Rhapsody, a recording of chamber music by American composer Richard Faith for the MSR Classics label. 

Peters holds the Bachelor of Music in Education degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Trumpet Performance from the University of North Texas.  His principal teachers include Dennis Schneider and Leonard Candelaria.  He is an Artist/Clinician for Edwards Trumpets.

Dr. William Richardson
Associate Professor of Music at Northwest Missouri State University

William Richardson

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. 

Tito Carrillo
Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Tito CarrilloTito Carrillo is one of the finest trumpeters to emerge from Chicago’s rich jazz trumpet legacy. He is an accomplished trumpeter, educator, bandleader, and composer, and since 1996 he has been a fixture in the Chicago jazz and latin music scenes.

A native of Austin, Texas, the list of artists he has performed, recorded, and toured with is as varied and impressive as his skill set. He has worked with Chicago heavyweights Willie Pickens, John Moulder, Patricia Barber, Ryan Cohan, and Dana Hall; big bands such as the Woody Herman Orchestra (Frank Tiberi, director), the Chicago Jazz Ensemble (Bill Russo and Jon Faddis, directors), the Chicago Jazz Orchestra (Jeff Lindberg, director), and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (David Baker, director); jazz greats such as drummer Louis Hayes, trumpeter Jon Faddis, and saxophonist Vincent Herring; Salsa legends such as Andy Montañez, Tony Vega, and Cheo Feliciano; latin jazz giants Tito Puente and Paquito D’Rivera; and pop icons Quincy Jones and Phil Collins. Recent performances include engagements with Grammy-nominated Cuban flute virtuoso Orlando “Maraca” Valle, Brazilian trumpet great Claudio Roditi, vocalist/Blue Note recording artist Jackie Allen, and the Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble.

Carrillo has played some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including Chicago’s Symphony Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and London’s Royal Festival Hall. His work has been heard at international jazz festivals in Chicago, Telluride, Montreaux (Switzerland), the Netherlands, and Finland. He has appeared on over 20 CD recordings in his 14-year career, as well as the concert DVD “Quincy Jones: Live at Montreux 1996”.

Tito Carrillo is also active in jazz education, and was appointed as full-time jazz trumpet professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006. Prior to his appointment at Illinois, he served on the faculty at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, as well as at Northwestern University. He also has helped to spread jazz awareness to Chicago’s inner city schools through the Ravinia Jazz-in-the-Schools outreach program. He presently continues an active career as a guest artist/clinician at secondary and collegiate jazz programs across the nation.

Keith Winking
Professor of Trumpet Texas State University


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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