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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.

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 Edwards Trumpets.

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

William Richardson

Dr. William Richardson serves as Associate Professor of Music at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri, where he teaches Applied Trumpet, Jazz Appreciation, and directs the Northwest Jazz Ensemble.  A Fulbright Scholar, he served as Visiting Professor of Trumpet at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music during the spring, 2010, semester. He holds music degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, Florida State University, and Central Missouri State University.

Richardson is a member of the St. Joseph Symphony, the Maguire Street Brass Quintet, and the Northwest Bell Tower Brass. A Conn-Selmer clinician and performing artist, he has performed at numerous International Trumpet Guild Conventions, the 2006 National Trumpet Competition, the 2008 Phi Beta National Convention, and the 2010 Riga (Latvia) International Brass Symposium.  He has published articles in the Journal of the International Trumpet Guild and the I.T.G. Junior newsletter. 




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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Jason Dovel
Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Northeastern State University

Jason DovelA versatile performer on the modern trumpet, Baroque trumpet, and the Renaissance cornetto, Jason Dovel joined the NSU music faculty in 2007. He has been a soloist and clinician at numerous universities throughout the country, including the University of Michigan, University of Memphis, University of Louisiana at Monroe, University of South Alabama, Bethune-Cookman University, Oakland University, Eastern Michigan University, Arkansas Tech University, and Eastfield College. He is a founding member and principal trumpet of the NSU Faculty Brass Quintet, who recently performed at the 2012 Oklahoma Music Educators Association convention in Tulsa. He is a member of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (Fayetteville, Arkansas) and Ash Lawn Opera (Charlottesville, Virginia) and also performs regularly with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Opera, and Tulsa Camerata.

Since 2009, he has served on the summer faculty of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan, where he plays in the Festival Orchestra, Festival Band, Faculty Winds, and Faculty Brass Quintet. He has also spent summers performing at the Crested Butte Musical Festival (Colorado), Heritage Theatre Festival (Virginia), OK Mozart Festival (Oklahoma), Bowling Green Summer Music Institute (Ohio), and the North Texas Conductors' Collegium.

Dr. Dovel has published articles in the International Trumpet Guild Journal and The Instrumentalist and has been a recordings reviewer for the International Trumpet Guild Journal since 2006. He has also recorded numerous discs with the North Texas Wind Symphony (GIA WindWorks), Lone Star Wind Orchestra (Naxos Records), and the Bowling Green Philharmonia (Albany Records). Prior to his appointment at NSU, he taught at the University of North Texas and North Central Texas College.

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

tom smithDr. Tom Smith is Professor of Trumpet at Edison 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.  


Steve Leisring
Associate Professor of Trumpet at the University of Kansas

Steve Leisring

Steve Leisring , Associate Professor of Trumpet, came to KU in 2003 after performing for 14 seasons with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, Canary Islands, Spain. As a member of the orchestra, he can be heard on more than 35 commercial CD's on labels such as Deutche-Gramophone, Decca, and Auvidis-Valois. He has performed in major halls in Europe including London, Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Segovia, Zaragoza, Valencia, etc. Festival performances included the Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg festivals in Germany; as well as those in Santander, Granada, San Sebastian, and the Canary Islands and he has been heard on Radio and TV broadcasts of live concerts and recordings by the Tenerife Symphony that have been programmed throughout the world on networks such as NPR, BBC, NDR(Germany), ABC(Australia), and RNE(Spain).

As a professional trumpeter, Prof. Leisring has performed with more than 100 world-class soloists and conductors, including vocalists Placido Domingo, Joan Sutherland, Barbara Hendricks, Frederica Von Stade, Arlene Auger; Alfredo Kraus and Brigitte Fassbaender; violinists Itzhak Perlman, Midori, Gil Shaham, Shlomo Mintz, Silvia Marcovici, Frank Peter Zimmerman; pianists Murray Perahia, Phillippe Entremont, Bela Davidovich, Alicia de Larrocha, Ivo Pogorelich, Krystian Zimerman, Emanuel Ax, Leon Fleischer; and conductors Neemi Yarvi, Raymond Leppard, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Yoel Levi, Gerard Schwarz, Osmo Vanska, Clas Peter Flor, and Maxim Shostakovich to name a few.

Outside of the classical music realm, Professor Leisring has performed with the likes of Jazz Legend Phil Woods, Gary Foster, Steve Houghton, and show vocalists Michael Feinstein and Englebert Humperdinct. While in Spain, he was an active studio/session musician and he served as musical director/soloist of the "Swing Big Band of the Canary Islands," an 18-piece big-band.

Steve Leisring has been a featured Soloist and Principal Trumpet on two World-Premiere Recordings by Spanish composer, Enrique Guimera. Other orchestral performances include concerts with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (Sweden); Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Gran Canaria Philharmonic, Galicia Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra Durango/Pagaso Springs, CO. 2001-2007.

Former students of Prof. Leisring have gone on to perform with the New York Philharmonic as well as several professional orchestras in Spain; and have been selected for positions in the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, European Youth Orchestra, World Youth Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival, Spanish National Youth Orchestra and the Tanglewood Young Artists Orchestra. Trumpet ensembles from KU have been named Finalists at the National Trumpet Competition in two out of two appearances in 2006,2007.

Steve has given master classes at the Beijing Central Conservatory, Sichuan Conservatory, and Kunming Arts Academy in China; in Helsinki, Finland; the Puerto Rico Conservatory in San Juan; as well as the Hartt College of Music and the Universities of Illinois, Oregon, Connecticut, Texas/Arlington and North Texas in the U.S. He is on the Advisory Board of the National Trumpet Competition and was invited to adjudicate the First Asian-Pacific Trumpet Competition in Guangzhou, China in 2008.

Since coming to KU, he has been invited to China four times, performing at the First International Trumpet Conference at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 2006, and at China's Inaugural China ITG Conference in 2008. He also led a successful tour of China with the KU Trumpet Ensemble in 2008. In 2006 and 2008, he was invited to be a featured artist at the International Trumpet Days in Riga, Latvia.

As a soloist and recitalist, Professor Leisring has performed in Europe, Asia, Central America and the US, and maintains an active schedule as Principal Trumpet of the Kansas Brass Quintet, Ensemble in Residence at the University of Kansas.

While in Spain, Steve Leisring played and coached in Spain's premier National Baseball League, and has a keen interest in the connection between peak performance in music and in sports. He has written pedagogical articles published by the International Trumpet Guild Journal and the International Musician Magazine.

Professor Leisring is a fluent Spanish speaker and holds degrees in Performance and Education from the University of North Texas and the Mannes College of Music in New York. Former teachers include Vincent Penzarella of the NY Philharmonic, Rick Giangiulio and Bert Truax, formerly of the Dallas Symphony; Don Jacoby, as well as Keith Johnson and Leonard Candelaria at the University of North Texas.

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.

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