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Midwest Trumpet Festival Guest Artists 2014

David Hickman 
Regents' Professor of Trumpet of Arizona State University

David Hickman

David Hickman is considered one of the world’s pre-eminent trumpet virtuosos and has performed over 2,000 solo appearances around the world as a recitalist or guest soloist with over 500 different orchestras.  His tours have taken him to Japan, Korea, Spain, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Greece, Russia, Belgium, France, Austria, Canada, Mexico, Switzerland, Thailand, Australia, and virtually every major American city.

 “David Hickman, playing as soloist with The American Sinfonietta in the Musikverein, played the trumpet concerto by Hummel.  Spectacular was his playful change from staccato to a songful, soft legato with almost unending arches of phrasing and virtuosic agility of his delivery.”  -Weiner Zeitung  (Vienna, Austria) 

Hickman has released 19 solo albums encompassing a wide variety of repertoire—from cornet solos by Clarke, Levy, and others, to modern concerti by Planel, Baker, and Plog; from baroque works of Bach, Telemann, and Hertel, to recital pieces by Chance, Dello Joio, and Mendez. 

“David Hickman is an astounding musician.  His articulation and phrasing are impeccable. More importantly, the wide affective range he coaxes from his instrument is continuously revelatory.” -Fanfare

As a noted clinician and author, Hickman has presented workshops on over 300 major university campuses.  He has taught at the Banff Centre for the Arts (13 summers), Rafael Mendez Brass Institute (28 summers), Bremen Trumpet Days, and dozens of music festivals.  He has published over 40 articles, 200 scholarly editions of trumpet music, and several important trumpet and music texts including The Piccolo Trumpet, The Piccolo Trumpet Big Book, Trumpet Lessons With David Hickman (vols. I - V), and Music Speed Reading, a sight reading method used by hundreds of public school systems and universities or conservatories including The University of North Texas and The Juilliard School. His latest 500-page book, Trumpet Pedagogy: A Compendium of Modern Teaching Techniques, is the number one text for university study and is used at over 200 schools of music around the world.  His newest book, Trumpet Greats: A Biographical Dictionary (hardbound, 1,118 pgs.) contains 2,212 biographies plus 2,500 photos of important trumpeters since the early Baroque period.

David Hickman received his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Colorado in 1972.  He continued graduate work at Wichita State University where he was a Graduate Trumpet Teaching Assistant for two years.  He taught at the University of Illinois from 1974 to 1982, and since then has been teaching at Arizona State University where he is a Regents’ Professor of Music (since 1989).  He has been a member of the Wichita Brass Quintet, Illinois Brass Quintet, Saint Louis Brass Quintet, Baroque Consort, and the Illinois Contemporary Chamber Players.

Hickman is founder and president of the acclaimed Summit Brass, a large all-star American brass ensemble that has released 11 CDs, toured the world and hosted annual brass music institutes for thousands of aspiring musicians.  He is also a past president of the International Trumpet Guild (1977-79).  Mr. Hickman is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

“The most difficult task facing any trumpeter is not the production of bright, assertive fanfare, but rather the task of coaxing agile, cantabile lines from the most stentorian of instruments. David Hickman proved himself expert in both capacities.” -New York Times

Hickman’s teachers include Harry E. McNees, Frank W. Baird, Walter J. Myers, Roger Voisin, Armando Ghitalla and Adolph Herseth. His former students occupy or have occupied hundreds of orchestra, band, chamber music and university positions at such institutions as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Mexico City Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Denver Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, US Marine Band, US Coast Guard Band, US Army Field Band, Wichita Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, National Repertory Orchestra, Canadian Brass, Meridian Arts Ensemble. Markus Stockhausen Ensemble, San Diego Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra. Columbus Symphony, Florida Gulf Coast Symphony, Cincinnati Conservatory, Michigan State University, University of Arizona, UCLA, Southern Methodist University, University of Denver, University of Oregon, Washington State University, Georgia State University, West Chester University, Kent State University, Southern Illinois University, University of Illinois, Western Illinois University, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Middle Tennessee State University, Towson University, Peabody Conservatory, Northern Arizona University, Western Washington University, Montana State University, and many others. Hickman received the International Trumpet Guild’s prestigious “Award of Merit” for lifetime achievement in 2005

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. Miriam Hickman
Collaborative pianist, Midwest Trumpet Festival

Miriam HickmanPianist Miriam Hickman completed her DMA at Arizona State University where she served as a Faculty Associate in accompanying from 1982-1987. Dr. Hickman has served as a staff accompanist for the International Trumpet Guild Conference, the International Tuba & Euphonium Conference, the International Double Reed Society Conference, and the Southwest Regional Conference of the World Saxophone Congress.  She has accompanied solo performers from major U.S. symphonies including New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland, the National Symphony, San Francisco, and Phoenix, and frequently subs on various keyboards with the Phoenix Symphony. She has been guest pianist with such ensembles as Quintessence, Arpeggio, and Southwest Brass, and was a founding member of the Bavarde Quartet. Dr. Hickman received her Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In addition to her active freelance career, she is also the organist at Church of the Epiphany in Tempe, Arizona and the owner of Classic Touch Music Academy where she teaches nearly sixty piano students a week.

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.

Andrew Cheetham
Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Eastern Illinois University


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.

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. 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 Schilke 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
Associate 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.

Dr. Jason Dovel
Assistant Professor of Trumpet at University of Kentucky

Jason DovelJason Dovel joined the University of Kentucky (UK) School of Music faculty in 2013. He teaches applied trumpet lessons, directs the trumpet ensemble, and serves as principal trumpet of the Faculty Brass Quintet. Prior to his appointment at UK, he taught at the University of North Texas, North Central Texas College, and Northeastern State University.

He is an active soloist and clinician, having appeared as a guest artist at many festivals and universities throughout the United States. His debut solo CD, Lost Trumpet Treasures, was released in summer 2014 by Mark Records. As an orchestral trumpeter, he has performed with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Philharmonic, Amici New York Orchestra, Tulsa Ballet, Dallas Opera, Tulsa Opera, Toledo Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and many other groups. He has published articles in the Music Educators Journal, International Trumpet Guild (ITG) Journal, The Instrumentalist and has been a recordings reviewer for the ITG Journal since 2006. He serves ITG as Employment Editor and Chair of the annual ITG Solo Competition. Also active as a composer, his compositions and arrangements are available through Hickman Music Editions.

Jason Dovel is grateful for the tutelage of many wonderful teachers, including Keith Johnson, George Novak, Charles Saenz, James Kluesner, Charlie Geyer, Barbara Butler, Barry Bauguess (Baroque trumpet), and Bruce Dickey (cornetto). He completed a Doctor of Musical Arts in trumpet performance at the University of North Texas in 2007.

Dr. Tom Smith
Professor of Trumpet at Florida SouthWestern College in Fort Myers, Florida

tom smithDr. Tom Smith is Professor of Trumpet at Florida SouthWestern State College in Fort Myers, Florida.  He is also director of the Edison Symphony Orchestra; Symphonic Band; Jazz Ensembles; and the Edison Pops at Sunset Concert Series at ESC.  A highly experienced musician, composer, and educator, Dr. Smith received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trumpet performance from the University of Texas at Austin, and the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.   He has previously taught Trumpet at Montgomery College, Berry College, and the University of Texas.   His teachers include Raymond Crisara; Carolyn Sanders; Bryan Goff; Ralph Montgomery; Betty Scott; and John Schnell.

He began performing professionally at the age of fourteen, and has shared the stage with numerous prominent artists and musical ensembles from many genres of music.   Among these include performances with jazz greats Lionel Hampton; Diane Schuur; Charlie Haden; Duke Ellington Repertory Ensemble with Gunther Schuller; Freddie Hubbard; Don Ellis; Bill Watrous; Kim Richmond, and many others.   He has performed with the Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra; the Rome Symphony Orchestra (GA); the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra; the Naples Opera Orchestra; the Chamber Players of the South;  the Georgia Bach Festival Orchestra; and as Solo Cornetist  at the North American Brass Band Association National Competition.   Other credits include many engagements with traveling Jazz; Rock; and R&B groups; Circus and Rodeo bands; and  Pit Orchestra performances with numerous Regional and National productions, including the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes; Camelot with Richard Harris; Peter Allen; and many others.  

Dr. David Hunsicker
Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Wichita State University


David Hunsicker has had a varied career as an orchestral musician, soloist, chamber musician and educator.

Dr. Hunsicker is currently principal trumpet of the Wichita Symphony, Des Moines Metro Opera and the Lancaster Festival Orchestras, has been a member of the Flint, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, and Battle Creek Symphony Orchestras, and has served as associate principal trumpet of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed extensively with the Michigan Opera Theatre, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Florida Grand Opera, and the Sarasota Opera.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Dr. Hunsicker has performed numerous recitals and concerts including performances of Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto and J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #2 with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra, several concerts with the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, as a founding member of the Great Lakes Brass Quintet and most recently with the Sonoran Brass Quintet. He can be heard performing with the Sonoran Brass Quintet on the recording Dry Heat.

In addition to classical performances, Dr. Hunsicker has been an active performer of commercial music and jazz. In addition to playing in jazz bands while in school and with jazz groups in several states, he has performed many musicals, including Hello Dolly, 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, Oklahoma, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Guys and Dolls, Gypsy, Miss Saigon, and The King and I.

Dr. Hunsicker has maintained an active teaching studio since 1996. He served as a graduate assistant in trumpet while pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts at Arizona State University, also teaching at the Herberger College for Kids and Tempe Preparatory Academy. More recently, he was Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and trumpet instructor for the Omaha Conservatory of Music.

Dr. Hunsicker holds a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance from Indiana University and a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Michigan. While completing his Doctor of Musical Arts in Solo Performance from Arizona State University, he completed extensive research on the subject of orchestral auditions for trumpet. His principal teachers include: David Hickman, Charles Daval, Bernard Adelstein, and Irving Sarin.

Dr. Richard Rulli
Associate Professor of Music at University of Arkansas


Richard J. Rulli, trumpet, holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (DMA), Ithaca College, New York (MM), and the University of Northern Colorado (BM/BME). He is currently Associate Professor of Music at the University of Arkansas where he teaches applied trumpet and brass chamber music and performs as a founding member of the Boston Mountain Brassworks (the UA faculty brass quintet in residence) He is the Principal Trumpet of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been a featured performer and clinician at conventions of the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) and International Brass Festival, and regionally at the CBDNA Southern Division Convention, as well as the state conventions of the Arkansas, Georgia and Wisconsin Music Educators Associations. During the summers, he performs and teaches on the faculties of the Red Lodge Music Festival, Montana, and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Michigan. Formerly, he was the Principal Trumpet and Trumpet Soloist of the Air Force Band of the Golden West and Five Star Brass. In addition to many Air Force recordings, Dr. Rulli has recorded Images on Mark Records with the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, and Kent Kennan’s Sonata for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble with the CSU Wind Ensemble on Vestige Records. Rulli’s principal teachers include John Aley, Malcolm McNabb, Kim Dunnick, and William Pfund.

Benjamin Hay
Adjunct Music Instructor at Tulsa Community College


Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, trumpeter Ben Hay enjoys a very active career as a professional performer and music educator.  Ben holds degrees from Oklahoma State University (BM Performance) as well as the University of New Mexico (MM Performance) and serves as an adjunct instructor for Tulsa Community College, where he teaches trumpet, brass chamber music, and assists in conducting the concert band.  He is also pursuing a doctorate in trumpet performance at the University of Oklahoma.

As an orchestral musician, Ben currently performs as member of the Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College as well as Acting Third Trumpet with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. He has also performed with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Opera, and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, among others.  As a soloist, Ben has performed with Tulsa’s Starlight Band, Signature Symphony at TCC, as well as the Tulsa Community College Concert Band and Orchestra.  As a chamber musician, Ben has appeared with the brass quintets of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Signature Symphony at TCC, and the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas.  He has performed as a member of the University of New Mexico graduate and faculty brass quintets as well as being a founding member of Tulsa Brass. In 2009, Ben was selected to be a part of the International Festival-Institute at Round Top, TX.  In 2010 Ben attended the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute in Denver, CO and was named the winner of RMBI Mock Orchestral Audition Competition for trumpet.  Mr. Hay has had the privilege of sharing the stage with a wide range of some of the world’s top performers such as Joseph Alessi, Marshall Gilkes, Slide Hampton, Greg Bissonnette, Tito Carillo, James Dick, JoAnn Falletta, Bernadette Peters, and Johnny Mathis.

Possessing a deep commitment to music education, Mr. Hay maintains a dynamic private trumpet studio of more than thirty students, which consists of students from Owasso, Coweta, Tulsa Union, Catoosa, and Jenks public schools.  Students from Ben’s studio consistently win high chairs in All-District and All-State Band auditions, receive Superior ratings at solo and ensemble contests, and are regularly awarded college scholarships.   Additionally, Ben serves on the staff of the Coweta band program where he heads the high school marching brass caption as well as assists with all other aspects of brass instruction.

Mr. Hay’s professional affiliations include the International Trumpet Guild and the American Federation of Musicians (Local 94).  Ben’s primary trumpet teachers have been William Ballenger, Jacob Walburn, Dr. Andrew Cheetham, Thomas Booth, Dr. John Marchiando, and Dr. Karl Sievers.

Dr. Jesse Cook
Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Northeastern State University


Dr. Jesse Cook is the Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Dr. Cook has recently enjoyed performances with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Austin Lyric Opera, the Austin Bach Cantata Project, and the City Limits Brass Quintet. Recent solo and orchestral appearances have included Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #2, Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben and Alpine Symphony, Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat and Petrouchka, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Handel’s Messiah, Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances for West Side Story, and Mahler’s Ninth Symphony.

A frequent recitalist and clinician, Dr. Cook has performed for and instructed students at universities in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and Oklahoma. Dr. Cook has a D.M.A. in Trumpet Performance from the University of Texas, Austin. While in Austin, Dr. Cook served as the TA to the trumpet program and the brass chamber program. Dr. Cook also has a M.M. from UT Austin and a B.M.E. from Roosevelt University. His principal instructors are Ray Sasaki, Mark Hughes, Mark Ridenour and Channing Philbrick. From 2006 - 2008, Dr. Cook was the band director at John Marshall Harlan High School in Chicago. During this time he revitalized Harlan’s band program, taking it from thirty to one hundred and twenty students, who performed exclusively on one hundred and sixty school owned instruments acquired during Dr. Cook’s tenure.

Dr. Cook has written two articles published in the International Trumpet Guild titled “Studying Music Performance Anxiety.” In addition, Dr. Cook was an invited speaker at the 2014 Texas Music Educator Association annual Conference and the 2014 ITG conference. He also has been asked to be a guest lecturer at several universities around the country, including the University of Wisconsin, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota and Baylor University, and the University of Houston.

Dr. Cook moved to eastern Oklahoma in the summer of 2014. He lives with his wife, Dr. Dorea Cook and their cat Zelda at their home in Tahlequah, where they all root for the Green Bay Packers every Sunday in the fall.

Tim Wootton
Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Evangel University & Southwest Baptist University


Tim Wootton maintains an active schedule as an orchestral musician, chamber musician, soloist and educator.
As an orchestral musician, Tim performs as an Extra/Substitute player with the Kansas City Symphony, Tulsa Symphony, Wichita Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, Arkansas Philharmonic, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Ft. Smith Symphony and the Springfield Symphony. In addition to being an Extra/Substitute player with the New World Symphony in 2006, he has performed with the Krakow Chamber Orchestra, Tempe Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the Ozarks and the Springfield Regional Opera, among others.

As a chamber musician, he is a member of the Evangel Brass Quintet. He has performed with the Springfield Symphony Brass Quintet, Missouri State University Faculty Brass Quintet, Springfield Chamber Brass, Classic Brass, Salt River Brass Band, Phoenix Chamber Brass and the Phoenician Brass Quintet, among others. He has played with Mannheim Steamroller, the Three Irish Tenors and a varied collection of music shows and musical theatre productions.

As a soloist, Tim has been a finalist and prizewinner in various solo competitions. While a student at Missouri State, he won the band and orchestra solo competitions the same year.  In 2005, he was a prizewinner in the International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition in Bangkok, Thailand. He enjoys performing as a soloist with various ensembles and in church settings.

As an educator, Tim is an Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Evangel University and Southwest Baptist University.  He also maintains a studio of middle and high school students.

Tim received a Bachelor of Music degree from Missouri State University and a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University, with additional study at the Aspen Music Festival.  His teachers include Grant Peters, David Hickman, Ray Mase, Kevin Cobb and John Shows.


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