Dr. Kathryn James Adduci has performed and taught throughout the world. She has appeared with numerous orchestras in Australia, including as a soloist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing with professional orchestras in Malaysia, Canada, and the United States. She was a guest artist at the 2009 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 2016 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Anaheim, California, and was a guest clinician and panel member at the 2010 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Sydney, Australia, where she also performed with James Morrison and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. She has recorded a CD of trumpet and piano works called ‘A Trumpet Kaleidoscope’, and also a CD ‘forte e Dolce’ as the featured soloist on the baroque trumpet with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, available on itunes and Amazon.com. Her solo performances have been broadcast on the radio in the USA and Australia. Dr. Adduci is highly-regarded for her work with historical instruments. She has been described as “a rare treat”…”a highly skilled trumpeter” (Denver Post), her playing described as “flawless, elegant”…”delicate as that of a flute, yet with all the power and color of brass” (SanDiego.com). She has performed with numerous period instrument groups in North America, including the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists (San Francisco), Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Toronto), Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland), Bach Collegium San Diego, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Portland Baroque Orchestra (Oregon), Musica Angelica (Los Angeles), as well as for the Carmel Bach Festival. Dr. Adduci is Associate Professor of Trumpet and Brass Area Coordinator at San José State University. While formerly at the University of North Texas, she taught the baroque trumpet as well as the modern trumpet, and was the director of the UNT Baroque Trumpet Ensemble. She holds a bachelor’s degree (BMus) from the University of Western Australia, a master’s degree (MM) from the University of Georgia, and a doctorate (DMA) from the University of North Texas. Kathryn and her family live in San Jose. When not making music, she enjoys cooking, gardening, and exploring the natural wonders of the San Francisco Bay area.
Dr. Thomas Barnett is in his eleventh year teaching at University of Wisconsin – River Falls and lives in western Wisconsin with his wife Chris and their three sons, Matthew, Tyler, and Connor. As a Professor of Music, his emphasis is in Trumpet Performance and Instruction, River Falls Brass, Music Theory, and directing the Concert/Pep Band. Before coming to UWRF, Dr. Barnett taught at the University of Missouri – Columbia, Truett-McConnell College (GA), and Georgia College and State University. He earned a B.M. from The University of Akron (OH), M.M. from Northwestern University (IL), and D.M.A. from The University of Georgia. His principal teachers are Scott Johnston, Vincent Cichowicz, and Fred Mills. Dr. Barnett is active as a performer and clinician. He is one of the founding members of the River Falls Brass, faculty brass quintet at UWRF. January 2004, the group performed in Hawaii at the 2nd annual International Conference on Arts and Humanities where they presented “Music from around the world.” Recently, he taught at the New England Music Camp in Sydney, Maine. There he gave several performances and master classes. The River Falls Brass Chamber Music Camp began the summer of 2004 and will continue every summer for years to come. This weeklong camp provides chamber music experiences for students that have completed grades 7-12. All rehearsals and concerts take place on UWRF’s beautiful campus. College credit is now available for students that have completed grades 11 and 12. During the summer of 2001, he spent four weeks as a guest artist in Brazil. His residency in Londrina included master classes, brass quintet coaching, and several solo and chamber music performances. These performances were highlighted with 2 live local TV broadcasts and 1 live national TV broadcast. Dr. Barnett also appeared as a featured soloist with the Banda de Metais Champagnat of Londrina. During his stay in Vale Veneto, an Italian community in the foothills of southern Brazil, Dr. Barnett gave daily master classes, coached brass quintets, and additionally performed as a soloist with the festival orchestra. He has performed with numerous professional ensembles in North America, South America and Western Europe including Orquesta Sinfonica Del Estado de Mexico, Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band, Aurora Brass, Savannah Symphony, Greenville Symphony, AIMS Festival Orchestra (Graz, Austria), Macon Symphony, Akron Symphony, and Canton Symphony. In 1995, he soloed with The University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra as a concerto competition winner. As a charter member of the Bulldog Brass Quintet, Dr. Barnett served as a guest Artist/Adjudicator at the second biennial International Brass Quintet Competition and Festival at The University of Georgia (March, 2001). As an active member of the International Trumpet Guild, Dr. Barnett has served on the scholarship committee, and book review board.
Philip Clark, Kansas City Symphony. In addition to serving as associate principal trumpet, Clark is a member of the KC Brassworks. He has been a member of the Toledo Symphony, Utah Festival Opera, Crested Butte Music Festival and the Galliard Brass Ensemble. He holds doctorate and bachelor's degrees from the University of Georgia, and he earned his master's degree from the University of Michigan. His teachers include Armando Ghitalla (former principal trumpet of the Boston Symphony), Albert Ligotti (formerly of the New York Philharmonic), and Craig Parker (a Kansas State University faculty member).
Aaron Esposito is a composer and trumpet performer whose work has been featured in numerous film scores, albums, commercials, and live performances. In addition to his composing and recording sessions, Aaron works as a singer, producer, arranger, and private trumpet instructor in New York City. Aaron holds a Masters of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Georgia, and a Bachelors of Music and Business from Wheaton College. He has collaborated with a long list of musicians across the classical and popular genres, including Son Lux, composer Nathan Johnson (Looper, The Brothers Bloom), Faux Fix, Jonny Rodgers, and Venice is Sinking. http://www.aaronesposito.org/ https://aaronesposito.bandcamp.com/
Adam Hayes is an internationally recognized performer, educator, and clinician. A versatile musician, Adam has performed throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, including performances with over 40 professional orchestras throughout the world. With an interest in new music and creative music, Adam endeavors to promote the latest in solo trumpet repertoire. He has three feature albums to his credit. CURRENT features innovative compositions for solo trumpet and piano, Etesian Traveler explores new works for trumpet, piano, and percussion, and Lux et Lapis (Light & Stone) is a collection of two-trumpet and organ compositions . Each album is distributed internationally on Curvepoint Media. Adam actively commissions new works for trumpet by a variety of composers. He has given the world-premiere performances of 12 significant works for trumpet. Adam was a featured artist at the 2012 and 2014 International Trumpet Guild Conventions. Adam has published articles and reviews for music publications, including the International Trumpet Guild Journal. Adam's book, In Theory: The Trumpet, is a trusted resource in the collegiate trumpet studio. Adam has performed with professional ensembles including The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Atlanta Opera, The Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, The Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, The Hollywood Festival Orchestra, The Hollywood Hills Orchestra, The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, The Dayton Philharmonic, The West Virginia Symphony, The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, The Richmond Symphony, The Chattanooga Symphony, and numerous regional orchestras. Adam has been a soloist with the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus, and has performed on studio-recording and commercial engagements from cruise lines to Broadway shows. He has performed with notable artists such as Diana Krall, The Indigo Girls, Bela Fleck, Mannheim Steamroller, Edwin McCain, Joan Osborne, Neil Sedaka, New York Voices, Chris Potter and John Cowan. Several of Adam's solo, chamber and orchestral recordings have been broadcast on radio and television. He can be heard on labels including ACA, 5ive Happiness, Curvepoint, Hal Leonard, and Mark Records. Adam Hayes is Associate Professor of Music at Berry College in Rome, GA where he maintains a competitive trumpet studio. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast, and is the Solo Reviews Editor for the International Trumpet Guild youth website. Adam is a Past President of the Georgia Association of Jazz Educators and served as host for the 2013 Trumpet Festival of the Southeast. Prior to his appointment at Berry College, he taught at Clemson University, North Georgia College & State University, The University of New Mexico, Truett-McConnell College, and for the Georgia Governor's Honors Program. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music from the University of New Mexico, and a Bachelor of Music from The University of Georgia. As an artist for Eastman-Shires Trumpets, Adam performs worldwide as a soloist and clinician.
Patrick Hoffman earned the undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. Working as a Marketing Coordinator for several months was enough time to convince him to pursue his passion for music. He went on to earn the degrees of Master of Music from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Dr. Hoffman has studied trumpet with Chris Jaudes, Susan Slaughter, Ray Sasaki, Bernard Adelstein, and Fred Mills. After the completion of doctoral study under Professor Mills at the University of Georgia, he accepted a position with the Rekkenze Brass Quintet of Hof, Germany. For the next three years he performed as Assistant Principal Trumpet in the Hof Symphony, and toured with the quintet throughout Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, and the United States. As Associate Professor of Trumpet and Director of Brass Ensembles at Delaware State University, Dr. Hoffman also teaches courses in Music Theory, Ear Training, Arranging, and Orchestration. He is active as a recitalist and performer in the Delaware, Philadelphia and New York areas. In addition to arrangements and transcriptions for brass quintet and brass ensemble, he has also written several original works for brass. Since 2002, he has enjoyed his summers in upstate New York, serving as Trumpet Instructor and Director of Brass Ensembles at the New York Summer Music Festival in Oneonta, New York. Dr. Hoffman has taken DSU student ensembles to summer workshops in Germany and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, as well as study abroad music programs in Changchun and Ningbo, China.
Gillian Huff graduated from The University of Georgia with a B.M. in Music Education in 2014. She then attended Northwestern University, completing her M.M. in Trumpet Performance in 2016. While at NU, she attended the Chautauqua Music Festival and the Brevard Music Center, both on full scholarships. Soon after graduation, she won the 2nd Trumpet Position with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and continued to freelance in the greater Chicago area. In 2017, Gillian was chosen as the new Bugle musician for the West Point Band Hellcats.
Ryan Moser is the adjunct professor of trumpet at Georgia College and State University. Along with teaching at GC, Ryan is an active freelance trumpet player based in the Greater Atlanta area and performs throughout the Southeast. Ryan performs as a member of the Premiere Brass Quintet and the acclaimed Georgia Brass Band and has performed with the Atlanta Symphony, Albany Symphony, Gainesville Symphony, Georgia Symphony, Ludwig Symphony, Macon Symphony and the New World Symphony.Along with performing all over the United States, Ryan has also performed internationally in Germany at the Rekkenze Brass Festival in Lichtenburg, Bavaria and has toured mainland China with the Hollywood Concert Orchestra performing in the top concert halls in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanjing, and has appeared as trumpet soloist on Chinese TV in a live broadcast from Yinchuan. In addition to his work in classical music, Ryan is the top call trumpet player for Heather Hayes, daughter of the late Soul Legend, Isaac Hayes. He received the Bachelor of Music from Louisiana State University studying with Brian Shaw and the Master of Music from University of Georgia studying with David Bilger and Brandon Craswell. Additional trumpet studies include Raymond Mase, Kevin Cobb and Louis Ranger at the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Dr. Christopher Probst teaches the trumpet studio at Jacksonville State. He also teaches Class Brass, coaches brass quintets, directs the trumpet ensemble, and assists in the Jazz Studies area. Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Christopher Probst graduated from Lebanon Valley College of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in music education and a B.A. in trumpet performance. He received a Master’s degree in trumpet performance from the University of Arizona (Tucson) where he studied with Edward Reid. Dr. Probst completed a Master’s degree in jazz studies at Florida International University (Miami) where he studied with Arturo Sandoval, Sam Lussier, and Jim Hacker and completed his Doctorate in trumpet performance at the University of Georgia (Athens), studying with Fred Mills (formerly of the Canadian Brass) and Edward Sandor. In addition to his position at JSU, Dr. Probst teaches clinics, masterclasses, and private lessons throughout the Southeast. A versatile musician, Dr. Probst has performed and/or recorded with many artists including: Arturo Sandoval, Dave Brubeck, Kevin Mahogany, Joe Alessi, Fred Mills, The Basel Brass Quintet, Belgian Brass Ensemble, Bobby Shew, The Four Tops, Ben Folds, Linda Rondstadt, Bulldog Brass Society, Georgia Brass Ensemble, Miami’s Band Orchestra, Orquesta MaCuba, Macon Symphony, Rome Symphony, The Pieces of Eight, Tucson Pops Orchestra, and the Catalina Chamber Orchestra. He has performed extensively throughout the US, as well as in Mexico, Canada, England, and China.
Knox Summerour is a Georgia-born trumpeter, vocalist, & film composer based in Los Angeles, CA who has performed on NBC's The Voice, FOX's American Idol, ESPN, and has had his music featured on ABC FAMILY, NBC, CBS, and in both domestic and international film. In 2011 he wrote the music, lyrics, and sang 2 original songs for Paramount's Beijing remake of What Women Want (我知女人心) starring Andy Lau and Gong Li. As a film composer, Knox won a 2011 L.A. EMMY for co-scoring the PBS documentary film Pancho Barnes. His work can also be heard in the 2012 Jackie Chan film Chinese Zodiac, the CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement, and the Hallmark Channel movie Annie Claus is Coming to Town. Knox can also be heard in National Lampoon's Van Wilder III, CW network's Valentine (2008), Bernie Mac's 2008 FOX tv pilot Starting Under, and many film trailers and studio albums. Knox has performed in South America, Europe, China, and throughout the U.S., and has worked with Jeff Dunham, Kristin Bell, Leehom Wang (王力宏), Landy Wen (温岚) and Lin Yu Chun (林育羣).
Knox received undergraduate training at Berklee College of Music (BM) where he studied trumpet with Tiger Okoshi & Charles Lewis and composition & orchestration with John Bavicchi, Richard Davis, & Gregory Fritze, and was a Graduate Assistant at the University of Georgia (MM) where he was a protégé of the late Fred Mills (1935-2009), founding member of the Canadian Brass.
Trumpeter/cornetist Gunnery Sergeant Brian Turnmire joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in January 2003. Gysgt Turnmire began his musical instruction at age 6. Upon graduating from Ridgeland High School in Georgia in 1997 where he studied trumpet under Tina Erickson, he attended the University of Georgia in Athens, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education in 2002 and studied with Fred Mills. Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. Turnmire was principal trumpet for the Chattanooga Symphony in Tennessee.
In 2011 he was featured as a tour soloist on Herbert L. Clarke’s “The Southern Cross.” He also performs with Free Country, the Marine Band’s country music ensemble.
Mitchell Wechsler: Born and raised in New York City, I started performing at an early age, singing in the Children's Chorus at The Metropolitan Opera, attending the Suzuki violin school and eventually starting my trumpet studies while enrolled at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art. I went on, as a scholarship student, to earn Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Hartford and Rice University respectively. While pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree as a graduate assistant at the University of Georgia, I performed and toured with the Bulldog Brass Society. As a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra trumpet section, I performed under the baton of James Levine for two summers. Annual tours followed with Maestro Levine and Maestro Paavo Järvi to Europe, North and South America performing on world class stages including Carnegie Hall (USA), Die Philharmonie (Germany), Tonhalle (Switzerland) and Sala Sao Palo (Brazil). I am currently a freelancer appearing with a diverse group of chamber and orchestral ensembles throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. My previous teachers include Armando Ghitalla, Jon Nelson, Chris Gekker, James Pandolfi and Fred Mills. In my Artist Liaison role, for the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, I execute a diverse set of tasks providing support to our senior management, production department, development staff, conductors, soloists, and various guest ensembles. Maintaining a superior standard of excellence, to offer the most appealing artistic product, is my enduring goal in the extraordinary and inspiring world of performing arts.
Geoffrey Wood graduated from UGA with his DMA in the summer of 2016. He enjoys an active and diverse performance schedule as a soloist, chamber, and ensemble musician. Well-versed in classical, jazz and commercial music, he can be seen playing with groups ranging from party bands to symphony orchestras. He has performed with the Cedar Rapids Symphony, Columbus (Indiana) Symphony and the Mahlerfest Orchestra. As a jazz musician, Geoffrey can be seen performing weekly club dates and enjoys working with the Whitehall Jazz Collective, an ensemble focused on performing original arrangements and compositions. Geoffrey released his debut solo album Upper Downer in July of 2016. Being an avid supporter of new music, he commissioned the pieces, recorded and produced the album with the goal of creating repertoire for the trumpet that blurs the lines between jazz, pop, electronic, and classical music. Geoffrey received his DMA from the University of Georgia where he was a student and teaching assistant of Mr. Philip Smith and a member of the graduate brass quintet, the Bulldog Brass Society. He has studied with Dr. Brandon Craswell, Mike Tiscione, John Rommell, Dr. Amy Schendel and David Greenhoe. He received his BM from the University of Iowa and MM from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Originally from Massachusetts, Geoffrey is currently based out of Athens, Georgia. http://www.geoffwoodmusic.com/
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