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Midwest Trumpet Festival Guest Artists 2015

Bobby Shew 
Trumpeter, Author, and Trumpet Designer

Bobby Shew

Born Albuquerque, NM. Started guitar at age eight but switched to trumpet at age ten. At age twelve, asked to play in a local “dance band” for weddings and dance gigs. Discovered improvisation at first rehearsal. The love affair with jazz started there and has become the driving force in Bobbys’ life.

Spent summers after high school in New York City listening to the great jazz masters. Attended the first two years of Stan Kenton Summer Jazz Clinics in Bloomington , IND. In 1959 and 1960, where he was able to study under jazz greats Don Jacoby, Conte Candoli, Johnny Richards, Sam Donahue, John LaPorta, Shelly Manne, etc. Attended UNM for two years studying Architecture and Commercial Art. Drafted into Army, assigned as jazz soloist to NORAD BAND in Colorado Springs. After service, moved to NYC and joined Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, rooming and playing with legendary Charlie Shavers. After Dorsey, went to Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Si Zentner, Benny Goodman. Settled in Las Vegas for 7 years playing top show bands in casinos. Toured as lead trumpeter for Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Robert Goulet, Steve Allen, Paul Anka, Connie Stevens, and Tom Jones. In 1972, moved to Los Angeles and became a first-call studio musician as well as continuing to play on big bands of Bill Holman, Bob Florence, Louie Bellson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Ed Shaughnessy, Bill Berry, and Nat Pierce-Frank Capp Juggernaut. In addition, Bobby played and recorded with combos of Bud Shank, Horace Silver, Art Pepper, and his own highly regarded quintet and sextet.

Co-Designer / developer of SHEW model Yamaha 6310Z & 8310Z trumpets and 6310Z & 8310Z flugelhorns. Designer of SOLOIST mute, Yamaha SHEW series trumpet and flugelhorn mouthpieces as well as SHEW series mouthpieces for the Marcinkiewicz Company and for Kelly Mouthpieces ( Lexan mouthpieces ).

Author of “ETUDES AND EXERCISES FOR JAZZ AND CLASSICAL PLAYER” & “BASIC STUDY GUIDE FOR TRUMPET” . Former Chairman for IAJE (16 years ) and ITG. Former Assoc. Professor of Trpt at USC ( Los Angeles – 11 years ) , Cal. State Northridge-18 years ) Calif. Institute Of The Arts ( 3 years ) . Numerous Artist-in-Residencies world-wide in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Japan, Canada, Austria.

Elected into New Mexico Music Hall Of Fame. Numerous (3) Grammy nominations and 1982 Received Jazz Album Of The Year award from RIANZ ( New Zealand ).

In 2014 awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance and Education from the International Trumpet Guild as well as the Lifetime Jazz LeJENd Award from the Jazz Educators Network. Also awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois.

Bill Williams
Orchestral Trumpeter, Soloist, and Performance Coach

Bill Williams has performed as principal trumpet and soloist with orchestras and festivals internationally. His activities have included an extensive range of performances, recordings and tours with with major orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, the Berner Symphonieorchester, the Barcelona Symphony and many others. He has performed chamber music at a variety of festivals internationally and with leading ensembles including Ensemble Modern and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. During the summers, he currently serves as Artist-in-Residence at the Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara, California USA) and as solo trumpet of the Gstaad Festival Orchestra.

In addition to his life as a performer, Bill has devoted his career to helping performers better cope with the challenges of performance. In demand internationally as a performance psychology coach, he has a private practice based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Bill has served as a performance psychology faculty member/lecturer at institutions including the New World Symphony, the Juilliard School, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Michigan, the Curtis Institute and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore.)

Bill was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance with the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where his main teachers were Charles Geyer and Barbara Butler. He was also awarded the Master of Arts degree in Psychology from the New School for Social Research (New York, USA.)

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.

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, Associate Professor of Trumpet, received his B.M. from Eastman School of Music with highest distinction, his M.M. from Rice University - Shepherd School of Music, and his D.M.A. from Manhattan School of Music. He performs, teaches, and provides masterclasses and lectures internationally and across the US.

Dr. Gardner has played with the Los Angeles and Rochester Philharmonics; Honolulu, Charleston, and Tulsa Symphonies; Artosphere Festival Orchestra; Aldeburgh Festival Britten-Pears Orchestra in England; and Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. He also enjoys chamber music, having played with the Three-Fifths trio; Eastman, Rochester Philharmonic, and Houston Symphony Brass Quintets; 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, Canadian Brass, Allen Vizzutti, and Wayne Bergeron.

Dr. Gardner continues to enjoy impressive teaching successes. His students have been accepted on scholarship into distinguished graduate programs and elite summer festivals. OSU’s Trumpet Ensemble has received rave reviews and standing ovations for their performances at International Trumpet Guild Conferences. Under the direction of Dr. Gardner, OSU’s trumpet program has achieved distinguished success at the regional, national, and international levels; most recently winning the 2014 and 2015 Trumpet Ensemble Division at the National Trumpet Competition as well as International Trumpet Guild Scholarship awards.

Extracurricularly, Dr. Gardner is the Artist Coordinator for Music for Autism.

Dr. Gardner is a Bach Performing Artist and Clinician. 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. 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.

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. 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.

Steve Leisring
Professor of Trumpet at University of Kansas

Steve Leisring, Trumpet Professor since 2003 at the University of Kansas, has performed and taught in 15 countries on four continents, and can be heard on more than 30 internationally released recordings as an orchestral, solo and contemporary trumpet artist. As soloist on Copland's "Quiet City" on the NAXOS label with the KU Wind Ensemble, the reviews include the following descriptions- "outstanding" (Musicweb International) "First Rate" (FANFARE Magazine) and "...expressive...fine playing.." (American Record Guide). Gary Mortenson, editor of the International Trumpet Guild Journal described a "live" recital performance as "...excellent technique and precision;...requisite tonal beauty and impeccable phrasing..."
Steve has been a guest Principal Trumpet with the Kansas City Symphony, the Tokyo Symphony in Japan, as well as the Tianjin, Shenzhen and Harbin Symphony orchestras in China, and has performed with orchestras in Spain, (Tenerife, La Coruna) Sweden (Gothenburg) and the US, including the San Diego, Milwaukee and Dallas Symphonies. Professor Leisring is Principal of the Kansas Brass Quintet and has performed as 1st Cornet with the Fountain City Brass Band. As a teacher he has been a clinician in more than a dozen cities in China, including the main conservatories in Beijing, Shenyang, Xian, Chengdu, Tianjin, Shanghai etc, the Sibelius Academy in Finland and Latvian Academy of Music in Riga. In 2014, he performed as soloist at the Montreux and Brienz Jazz Festivals in Switzerland, the Vienne Jazz Festival in France, and performed with Delfeayo and Ellis Marsalis at the Tanglewood Music Center. In the Summer of 2016, he will be a featured clinician at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Anaheim, CA.

Former students have been selected as "principal trumpet" in professional orchestras in the US, Europe and Asia, and have performed with the Dallas Brass, New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, various military bands, etc; while others have become teachers, lawyers, and medical professionals.

Steve Leisring is an Edwards Trumpet Artist

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. 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.

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.

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. 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.

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 is a member of the Springfield Symphony, Springfield Regional Opera, Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra and the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. He is an extra/substitute player with the Kansas City Symphony, Tulsa Symphony, Wichita Symphony, Arkansas Symphony and the Fort Smith Symphony.

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, Mr. Jack Daniel's Silver Cornet Band, Salt River Brass Band, Phoenix Chamber Brass and the Phoenician Brass Quintet, among others. He has played with Mannheim Steamroller, the Three 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 was a prizewinner in the International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition, a finalist in the Naftzger Young Artist Competition, and won the university band and orchestra solo competitions. He currently enjoys performing as a soloist and recitalist in the area.

As an educator, Tim is an Adjunct Professor of Music (Trumpet) at Evangel University and a Faculty Associate (Trumpet) at Southwest Baptist University. He is a Guest Artist Faculty at the Midwest Trumpet Festival and the Northeastern State (OK) Trumpet Festival. He also maintains a studio of middle and high school students.

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

Freddie Green
Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Missouri Southern State University

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.

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