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Midwest Trumpet Festival Guest Artists 2016

Allan Dean
Trumpeter, Recording Artist, Professor of Trumpet

Allan DeanAllan Dean, Professor of Trumpet at the Yale University School of Music, is currently performing with Summit Brass, St. Louis Brass and the Yale Brass Trio. In the early music field he was a founding member of Calliope: A Renaissance Band and the New York Cornet and Sacbut Ensemble. Dean was a member of the New York Brass Quintet for 18 years and free lanced in the New York City concert and recording field for over 20 years before joining the faculty of Indiana University in 1982. In 1989 he moved back to the Northeast to join the Yale faculty. At Yale, Dean coaches brass chamber music and directs the Yale Cornet and Sacbut Ensemble in addition to teaching trumpet.

Claudio Roditi
Trumpeter, Grammy-nominee, Recording Artist

Claudio Roditi

Integrating post-bop elements and Brazilian rhythmic concepts into his palette with ease, Grammy-nominee Claudio Roditi plays with power and lyricism. As Zan Stewart, jazz reviewer for the Star-Ledger, observed, “'Master musician' is the term that comes to mind when discussing trumpeter, fl ügelhornist and composer Claudio Roditi.” A lifelong passion for the trumpet gives Claudio Roditi an open spirit for music. This fuels an ongoing search for personal expression and musical perfection. As Neil Tesser of the Chicago Reader wrote, “...I can think of only a handful of modern trumpeters who combine brain and soul, technique and wisdom in a way that matches Roditi's.”

Claudio Roditi's Biography Claudio Roditi's Discography

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.

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.

Matt Carter
Associate Professor of Trumpet at Independence Community College

Matt Carter is currently Associate Professor of Music at Independence Community College where he teaches trumpet, concert and athletic bands, and jazz ensemble. He previously taught in the public schools at Nemaha Central Schools in Kansas.

In addition to being an avid teacher, Matt has performed in a wide variety of genres. He has performed as substitute principal trumpet with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, principal trumpet with the Northern Lights Music Festival, and has played with the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the University of Texas Jazz ensemble and can be heard on the album “Queenie Pie.” He has also performed chamber music for the American Composer’s Forum, the Weisman Art Museum, as well as the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, TX.

Matt earned his B.M.E from Pittsburg State University, his M.M. in trumpet performance from The University of Texas at Austin, and is currently A.B.D. in his doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. His teachers have included: Todd Hastings, Ray Sasaki, and David Baldwin.

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.

Freddie Green
Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Missouri Southern State University

Freddie Green

Freddie Green joined the music faculty of Missouri Southern State University in August of 2014. His current duties include directing the Southern Jazz Orchestras, Coaching Brass Quintet, Trumpet Ensemble, in addition to teaching the trumpet studio.

Previous to his appointment at Missouri Southern, Freddie was the Director of Fine Arts at Faith Christian Academy in Orlando Florida. During his tenure at Faith he annually taught music to over 300 students annually in addition to coordinating all fine arts activities throughout the campus.

As a performer Freddie toured internationally with the first Chinese tour of the musical “Chicago” the musical. His credits also include performing with the jazz legend “Sam Rivers”. Orchestral experiences have included the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Bach Festival Society Orchestra of Winter Park FL, Ocala Symphony Orchestra, Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, and the Central Florida Civic Orchestra.

In addition to his academic duties Freddie is currently a member of the Walt Disney World Orchestra and the Universal Studios Brass Band in Orlando Florida.

Ben Hay
Artist Instructor of Trumpet, Adjunct Professor of Trumpet

Ben Hay

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 (B.M. Performance) and the University of New Mexico (M.M. Performance). He currently serves as Artist Instructor of Trumpet at Northeastern State University (Tahlequah, OK) and Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Tulsa Community College. He is pursuing a D.M.A. in Trumpet Performance at the University of Oklahoma.

Ben is a member of Tulsa’s Signature Symphony and frequently performs with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas and the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra.   Additional performances include appearances with Tulsa Opera, Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, Frontier Brass Band of Oklahoma, and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, among others. Ben has performed as a soloist with the Signature Symphony, the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Tulsa’s Starlight Band, as well as numerous high school and college ensembles. An avid chamber musician, he has performed with Tulsa Camerata, the faculty brass quintets of the University of New Mexico and Northeastern State University, and the brass quintets of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas and the Tulsa Symphony. Mr. Hay has had the privilege of sharing the stage with a wide range of the world’s top performers such as Joseph Alessi, James Dick, JoAnn Falletta, Benjamin Zander, the Irish Tenors, Bernadette Peters, and Johnny Mathis. Ben’s primary trumpet teachers have been Dr. Andrew Cheetham, Dr. John Marchiando, and Dr. Karl Sievers.

Alan Hood
Professor of Trumpet at the University of Denver

Trumpeter Alan Hood hails from the small upstate New York hamlet 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 forty 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, Mr. Jack Daniel's Silver Cornet Band, 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 Professor of Trumpet, Al directs the Lamont Jazz Orchestra and performs extensively with Lamont's artist-in-residence ensembles, the faculty brass quintet, 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 Ken Walker Jazz Sextet, the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra, and as a former member of the Denver Brass and the Denver Brass 5 Quintet. In 2008 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 in recent years (2011) 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 Capri 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 finishing the year at #5 all around. A newly recorded CD with Dave Hanson and the H2 Big Band, entitled "It Could Happen," featuring vocalist Rene Marie and some stellar Los Angeles studio players, was released by Origin Records in February of 2015.

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, Northeastern State University of OK, 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 and performance is utilized in a newly released video documentary on Brown (Brownie Speaks by Don Glanden) and he has been consulted by Jazz at Lincoln Center's Education Department for assistance with their Clifford Brown exhibit that is now a part of the Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame.

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.

Karl Sievers
Chamber Trumpeter, Professor of Trumpet

Karl Sievers

Karl Sievers grew up in Louisville, KY. His primary teachers there were Delbert Hoon and Leon Rapier, who were both members of the Louisville Orchestra. Karl went to college at the School of Music at Indiana University, where his primary teacher and greatest influence was William Adam. He also gained many valuable insights into trumpet playing and professional music making from IU Professor of Jazz, Dominic Spera. While at IU he completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Trumpet Performance, and began work on the DMA. During this time at IU, Karl began to realize the wisdom of being broadly skilled in terms of participating in Jazz and Classical idioms, a conviction which has greatly benefited his career to this day. Karl’s education continued with the completion of the DMA at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri Kansas City. Professionally, Karl has enjoyed a very busy career, having played in the orchestras of Indianapolis, Charlotte, Dayton, the Cincinnati Ballet, and a great deal of chamber music of all kinds. He is presently the principal trumpeter of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the newly formed Norman Philharmonic. In addition, his commercial playing resume is quite vast, having been on literally thousands of recording sessions, and having played lead trumpet for countless touring shows and for other headliners. Teaching is Karl’s passion, and he presently enjoys the position of Professor of Trumpet at the School of Music at the University of Oklahoma, in Norman, Oklahoma.

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.

Tim Wootton
Chamber and Solo Trumpeter, Adjunct Professor of Trumpet

Tim Wootton

Tim Wootton maintains an active schedule as an orchestral musician, chamber musician, soloist and educator.

As an orchestral musician, Tim is a member of the Springfield Symphony, Springfield Regional Opera, Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra and the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas.  He has also performed with the Kansas City Symphony, Tulsa Symphony, Wichita Symphony, and others.

As a chamber musician, he is a member of the Evangel University Faculty Brass Quintet and the Springfield Symphony Brass Quintet. He has performed with the Missouri State University Faculty Brass Quintet, Springfield Chamber Brass, Classic Brass, Mr. Jack Daniel's Silver Cornet Band, Salt River Brass Band, Phoenix Chamber Brass and the Phoenician Brass Quintet, among others.

As a soloist, Tim has been a finalist and prizewinner in various solo competitions. While a student at Missouri State, he was a prizewinner in the International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition, a finalist in the Naftzger Young Artist Competition and a winner of the university band and orchestra solo competitions. He currently enjoys performing as a soloist and recitalist in the area.

He is an Adjunct Professor of Music (Trumpet) at Evangel University and a Faculty Associate (Trumpet) at Southwest Baptist University.  He also maintains a studio of middle and high school students.

Tim's teachers include David Hickman, Grant Peters, Ray Mase, Kevin Cobb and John Shows.


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