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Widely acclaimed as one of the world’s finest brass ensembles, the Atlantic Brass Quintet has been heard in 48 of the United States and more than a dozen countries across four continents,performing a unique repertoire span-ning Dufay, Gesualdo and Bach; Babbitt, Ellington and Zappa; and ethnic music fromthe streets of Brazil, Cuba, the Balkans and New Orleans. Winner of six internationalchamber music competitions, the quintet’s distinctive sound, impeccable ensem-ble, stunning virtuosity and warm, inviting stage presence have won praise from scores of critics.

Founded in 1985, the Atlantic Brass Quintet launched its career with a phenomenal string of competition victories over a period of two years. Based in Boston, Atlantic Brass Quintet has been the resident brass quintet of Boston University, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and the Boston Conservatory.

Hailed as “smooth and sensuous” by the Washington Post, Hirofumi Noguchi (trumpet), a native of Osaka, Japan, joined the Atlantic Brass Quintet in August 1999. Jeffery Luke (trumpet), a native of Oklahoma City, has been a member of Atlantic Brass Quintet since 1989. Seth Orgel (French horn) of Syracuse, New York, teaches at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. John Faieta (trom-bone) of Lynn, Massachusetts, is a member of the faculty at Boston University. John Manning (tuba), originally from Raynham, Massachusetts, co-founded the Atlantic Brass Quintet in 1985.

David Baldwin is professor of trumpet and coordinator of brass instruments at the University of Minnesota School of Music in Minneapolis. He conducts the Un i versity Brass Choir, an 18-member ensemble which has several recordings to its credit. He is an active soloist, ensemble playe r, composer, arranger and teacher. He has over 100 arrangements and compositions published by G. Schirmer, Shawnee Press, Theodore Presser and others. Baldwin also serves as leader of the Summit Hill Br a s s Quintet. This group has re c o rded two CDs of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach , all selections transcribed by Baldwin, released on the Aurophon label.

Baldwin received a Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin-Wallace College and Master of Music, Master of Musical Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Yale University. From 1969 to 1971 Baldwin was a member of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, New York. He is also founding secretary and a past member of the Board of Directors of the International Trumpet Guild. Baldwin’s teachers include Robert Nagel, Raymond Crisara, William Vacchiano, Bernard Adelstein, Charles Gorham and Eric Duro.

A native of Chicago and graduate of Juilliard (Bachelor and Master of Music), Edward Carroll has enjoyed a career as an orchestral and chamber musician, as a soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras, as a teacher and as a recording artist with more than 20 solo releases. Carroll was appointed professor of trumpet at the Rotterdam Conservatory (1987-1998), served as the international chair of brass studies at London’s Royal Academy of Music (1997-2000), and is a visiting scholar at Dartmouth College. He is currently director of music of the Lake Placid Institute for the Arts and Humanities. Carroll began his orchestral career at age 21 when he was engaged as associate principal trumpet with the Houston Symphony. Later appointments included guest principal trumpet with the San Diego and Seattle Symphonies, and finally as solo trumpet with the Rotterdam Philharmonic. His teachers include Renold Schilke, John Lindenau, Vincent Cichowicz and Gerard Schwarz. Carroll is a Yamaha performing artist.

Founded in 1994, the Chicago Brass Choir is an ensemble of fifteen brass musicians that primarily performs in the Chicago area. Several members of the ensemble have been with the group since its inception. Musically the Chicago Brass Choir maintains a focus on classical literature from the sixteenth century forward, but also includes works in jazz and popular styles. The Chicago Brass Choir is currently under the musical directorship of Michael Stewart, who joined the ensemble as a trumpeter in 1996. The primary arranger and composer for the group, he is a published composer and arranger of over one hundred works of classical music here in the United States and in Europe. Their concert season features many new works premiered by the brass choir, as well as selections from their three compact disc releases: Pictures in Brass, 1999; A Mighty Fortress, 1998; and Chorales & Imitations, 1997. For information about group’s activities, visit their web site at

Founded in April 1977, the formation of the Di rty Do zen Brass Band created a musical re volution in New Orleans. For over seve n t y - f i ve years, the brass band tra-dition existed largely unchanged until this forw a rd looking, bebop influenced ensemble completely changed both the style and the re p e rt o i re of brass band music. Trumpeter and bandleader Gregory Davis points out, “The concept of the Dirty Dozen is to play and experiment with all types of music. We will take a song – and not worry about if it is a jazz song or any particular type of song – we’ll just take a song and see what we can do with it as the Dirty Dozen.” The band has called on the services of John Medeski to produce its latest recording . “It’s the first time we worked with a producer who actually plays an instrument on the record and is making a living as a musician. The company went for the first take concept. For them funky meant if it had a mistake in it, so what. And that was cool because it was like doing it live on a gig,” commented Davis. The results are impressive, Buck Jump offers a broad range of Dirty Dozen stylizations, from a rollicking interpretation of “Run Joe,” all the way to a sax-heavy, hard blowing interpretation of Marvin Gay’s anthem “Inner City Blues.” This spirit of experimentation has led to the Dirty Dozen playing songs as diverse as the jump blues war horse “Night Train,” Thelonious Monk’s modern jazz clas-sic “Blue Monk,” folk music such as “Little Liza Jane,” and even television car-toon music such as the Flinstones theme. “We not only do jazz shows, we do rhythm and blues festivals and rock and roll gigs”. For over two decades the Dirty Dozen has been barnstorming the world (more than thirty countries on five continents). It once knocked out 72 gigs in 90 days. The band has played all the major festivals and it has played one-nighters in no-name venues in small towns you need a local map to find. If band members did not love the music, they could not keep up the pace, but, as their signature song exclaims, they roll on, confident that their “Feet Can’t Fail Me Now.”

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Thomas Drake joined the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in 1987 as assistant principal trumpet. Prior to accepting this position, Drake was principal trumpet of the North Carolina Symphony from 1985 to 1987. Drake began his professional career as fourth trumpet with the Rochester Philharmonic after winning that position as a sophomore at the Eastman School of Music in 1976. In addition to his duties with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Drake is principal trumpet of the American Kanterai in St. Louis.

Ralph T. Dudgeon received his Doctor of Philosophy in music from the University of California, San Diego. He holds a Master of Arts in trumpet performance and a Bachelor of Arts in music education from San Diego State University. Dudgeon has contributed articles to the Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (sixth and seventh editions), the New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, the New Grove Dictionary of American Music, the American Musical Instrument Society Journal, the International Trumpet Guild Journal, Ovation, and the Historic Brass Society Journal. Dudgeon contributed chapters to the Cambridge Companion to Brass Instruments. His 1993 book, The Keyed Bugle, published by Scarecrow Press, is considered the definitive research on that instrument. Dudgeon has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Mexico as a soloist and conductor. His debut solo album, Music for Keyed Bugle, was the first full-length recording devoted to the keyed bugle. He is a professor of music at the State University of New York at Cortland where he recently completed a term as chair of the Department of Performing Arts. He serves as a research consultant for Instrumentenmuseum, Schloss Kremsegg in Kremsmünster, Upper Austria.

Founded in 1999 by Jon Nelson (trumpet) and Jonathan Golove (electric cello), the Genkin Philharmonic is a twentieth-century electro-acoustic chamber ensemble. The Genkin Philharmonic performs commissioned new works as well as the music of Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, Captain Beefheart, King Crimson, Sergei Prokofiev, Vinnie Golia, Frank London, Charles Ives and Igor Stravinsky. Highlights of the 2000-01 season include the creation of two newly commissioned works for ensemble. The first was by Bright Amankwah, an important folk music figure in his native country of Ghana. His piece is based on African folk styles, blending elements of jazz and rock styles. Su Lian Tan, of Malaysian origin, con-tributed “Moo Shu Rap Wrap – the Opera,” a mixture of Chinese folk styles, tra-ditional Malaysian funeral music, rap and free improvisation. Both Amankwah and Tan will appear with the Genkin Philharmonic in the performances of their pieces. Both Nelson and Golove are on the faculty of the University of Buffalo. Tubist Raymond Stewart was recently named to the faculty of State University of New York at Fredonia.

Born on December 2, 1984 in Pierrelatte, Drome, France, David Guerrier started playing trumpet at the age of seven. After winning a gold medal at Villeurbanne and Aix en Provence ENM, he entered the Lyon National and Superior Music Conservatory. He completed his studies there in 2000. Guerrier has participated in the Young Mediterranean's Orchestra and the European Union Youth Orchestra summer tours from 1998 through 2000. He frequently performs accompanied by an orchestra in France, Germany and Bulgaria. He also maintains a busy recital schedule for piano and trumpet, as well as organ and trumpet. His many performance awards include first place at the ITG Conference Solo Contest in New York in May 2000 and first place at ITG’s Mock Orchestra Audition in Richmond, Virginia, May 1999.

Jazz trumpet artist and educator Pat Harbison is perhaps best known for his 26-year association with Jamey Aebersold’s Summer Jazz Workshops. He is also associate professor of jazz studies at Indiana University. An experienced and creative jazz trumpet artist, Harbison performs with his own quartet, “InterPlay,” as a duo with pianist Luke Gillespie and as a member of the Jamey Aebersold quintet and sextet. His books, including Technical Studies for the Modern Trumpet and Twenty Authentic Bebop Solos, are used by trumpeters around the world and are published by Jamey Aebersold. Harbison holds degrees from the University of Louisville and Indiana University. His principal trumpet teachers were William Adam, Leon Rapier, Carmine Caruso and Dominic Spera. His principal jazz teachers were David Baker, Jamey Aebersold and John McNeil.

Ingrid Jensen plays trumpet with a vision: to communicate her truth as she discovers and lives it. Combining virtuosic mastery with her own deep feeling, Jensen’s three Enja recordings showcase an artist whose music joins her own style with a solid sound rooted in the soil of her influences. These influences range from Louis Armstrong to Woody Shaw and beyond. Jensen was born in North Vancouver, where as a child she often listened to her mother play classical and stride piano. After earning a diplo-ma in jazz from Malaspina College in Canada, Jensen went on to graduate from Berklee College of Music in Boston. She was then invited to tour in Europe with the Vienna Art Orchestra, which in turn led to an audition in 1991 for a jazz trumpet professor position at Austria’s Bruckner Conservatory. At 25, she became the youngest teacher at the Conservatory. Currently based in New York City, Jensen’s daily quest is to find a balance between the conscious and unconscious, “so that I can play honestly in the moment and react freely and wisely to all the elements with this music. My ideal is to follow the spirit of the muse and play.”

Tage Larsen began his music training in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After graduating in 1988 from Cambridge Rindge and Latin high school, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. Graduate studies followed at Eastman School of Music with Barbara Butler. Other teach-ers have included Phil Smith, Langston Fitzgerald and Richard Illman. Larsen has performed with a variety of ensembles. In 1995, he joined the cornet section of “The Pre s i d e n t’s Own” United States Marine Band, based in Washington, D.C. With the Marine Band, Larsen performed frequently at the White House, was solo cornet and performed as soloist, including a performance at the inaugural Classical Music Hall of Fame in Cincinnati and at the Midwest Band and Orchestra convention in Chicago. Larsen began his current position as second trumpet with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in September 2000.

A native of Arkansas, H. M. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Music with honors from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, a Master of Music in trumpet from Northwestern University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in music history and literature from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Currently professor of music at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky, he has taught at Louisiana State University in Shreveport and the College of the Ozarks. His teachers include Ashley Coffman, Vincent Cichowicz and George Foss. Lewis has been a member of the trumpet sections of the Shreveport Symphony, the Arkansas Symphony and the Baton Rouge Symphony. From 1983 to 1989, he performed with the Red River Brass, a professional brass quintet based in Shreveport. He is a charter member of the Lexington Brass Band, with which he has been featured as soloist on flugelhorn and cornet. He served as assistant editor of the ITG Journal and is known for his contributions to the journal on vari-ous aspects of the history of the trumpet and cornet. For a number of years, his hobby has been collecting and playing antique brass instruments.

Born in Mulhouse, France, Philippe Litzler joined, at the age of four, the “Fireman Brass Band” of the city of Saint-Louis, France. A few years later, he began his trumpet studies at the city music school of Saint-Louis. In 1987, Litzler became a student of Andre Daire at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. He graduated with the two highest distinctions: in 1999 the Trumpet Diploma and in 1989 the Soloist Diploma. He was admitted to the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris and studied there with Pierre Thibaud. Litzler has played in many different orchestras, including the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Basel, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Saarbrucken, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Strasbourg and the French National Orchestra. Since 1991, Litzler has held the position of principal trumpet at the Orchestre National de France. In 1998, Litzler combined talents with American trumpet player, pedagogue and composer, Anthony Plog, for the world premier performance of Plog’s concertino “Segments” for trumpet and trombone.

Paul Me rkelo was appointed as solo trumpet with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in 1995. Previous engagements include solos with the Rochester Philharmonic and the New Orleans Symphony. Merkelo has also performed with the New York Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony. As soloist, Me rkelo has performed with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Broadcast Symphony, the McGill Chamber Orchestra, I Musici of Montreal, Les Violones du Roy, the New World Symphony and the Eastman Wind Ensemble. Two concertos have been written especially for him by David Liptak and Rudolf Haken. Merkelo has just released his first solo recording entitled A Simple Song under the Amberola Records label. Merkelo is on the faculty of music at McGill University. In collaboration with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra he has created a scholarship program open to con-testants in the annual OSM Competition. This program awards aspiring young musicians financial aid in order to pursue a career in music.

Born in New York City, Ron Modell embarked on his first major professional engagement upon graduation from highschool. He played first trumpet for Cornelia Otis Skinner in her one-woman production of Paris 90. He then became principal trumpet with the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra and simultaneously attended the University of Tulsa. After com-pleting a Bachelor of Music Education degree, he returned to New York, where he joined the world famous “Machito” Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra at the Palladium. In 1958, Maestro Vladimir Golschmann, conductor of the Tulsa Philharmonic, invited Modell to continue his schooling and resume the principal trumpet position Upon earning a Master of Music in performance, Modell was engaged as principal with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Nine seasons in Dallas and six in Tulsa gave him the opportunity to play under such great conductors as Solti, Munch, Ehrling, Monteux, Dorati, Previn and Mancini. Modell joined the Northern Illinois University faculty in 1969. During his 28 years there, the NIU Jazz Ensemble performed over 600 concerts at high schools, colleges, correctional institutions and public concerts. In addition, during his tenure, the NIU Jazz Ensemble released thirteen recordings.

Dennis Najoom is the co-principal trumpet of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. A member of the orchestra since 1970, he has also served as Pops principal under Doc Severinson, backing up many major jazz and pop artists. He is also the principal trumpet of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Jazz Quintet and the Cream City Brass Quintet. Najoom is an adjunct professor of trumpet at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and at Lawrence University. He has taught trumpet at the University of Wisconsin Parkside, the Julius Hartt School of Music, and has given master classes at Tanglewood, Oberlin, Eastman, Manhattan and many other prominent music schools throughout the United States and Canada. Also known for advances in trumpet design, Najoom designed a new line of pre m i e r professional quality trumpets for Boosey & Hawkes called French Besson Classic. Najoom was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and began his trumpet studies at age nine with his uncle, George Fulginiti. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of Hartford’s Hartt College of Music, he won the position of assistant principal trumpet with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Najoom studied with many of the world’s great trumpet teachers and performers including Robert Nagel, Roger Voisin, Armando Ghitalla, Seymour Rosenfeld, Arnold Jacobs and Mel Broils.

Toru “Tiger” Okoshi was born just outside of Osaka in 1950, the year of the Tiger. As a child he was devoted to painting. When he was 13, however, a friend took him to see Louis Armstrong, who was touring in Japan. “He hit me too strong,” recalls Okoshi. He took up the trumpet and immersed himself in jazz. In 1972, after he graduated from the prestigious Kwansei Gakuin University with a bachelor of commerce, he married and came to the United States for his honeymoon. “We took Greyhound all the way across the country from Los Angeles to Boston,” Okoshi recalls. “The beauty of it all gave me energy and fire. I knew I couldn’t go back.” When they arrived in Boston, they sold their return tickets, paid the tuition at Berklee College of Music and found a studio apartment. He started to practice by the Charles River, hoping someone would hear him and ask him to join a band; that happened. Okoshi graduated summa cum laude from Berklee in 1975. Word of his abilities spread and he began assembling a lengthy résumé. In 1974 he performed with Mike Gibs Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York; in 1975 he toured the United States with the Buddy Rich Orchestra; and from 1976 to 1978 he taught at Berklee. Okoshi has appeared in numerous jazz festivals around the world. His fusion group, “Tiger’s Baku” appeared on the cruise liner Queen Elizabeth 2 in August 1998 for the Newport Jazz Festival at Sea.

Marvin C. Perry II is employed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, which he joined in 1975 as principal trumpet. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Montevallo. The University of Montevallo also conferred upon him the President’s Award for outstanding achievement in the performing arts and named him Distinctive Alumnus. He has studied with Arnold Jacobs, Lloyd Geisler, Sidney Mear, John Head and Walter Moeck. He played three years with the US Army Band in Washington, D.C., where he appeared as soloist with the band as well as with other ensembles in the area. Following this appointment, he performed for two seasons with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Perry is on the faculty of Butler University and the University of Indianapolis, and has served as visiting instructor at Indiana University, DePauw University and Grace College. He occasionally works as a brass clinician in the Midwest and has appeared as a soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Based in Scotland for the past 10 years, Eddie Severn has built a reputation as one of Scotland's top musicians. In his role as lead trumpet with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra he has worked with guest artists such as Kenny Wheeler, Joe Lovano, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, Maria Schneider and Bobby Watson. Severn has performed and recorded music for television, radio and theatre, as well as numerous pop sessions and shows. Artists he has worked with include Kenny Rodgers, Tammy Wynette, Connie Francis, Allan Stewart and Chita Rivera. He has also written several commissions including music for the Scottish Composers Jazz Ensemble and the Scottish Arts Council. He holds the posts of jazz musician-in-residence at Napier University in Edinburgh and professor of jazz trumpet at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He was formerly the musical director of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland and musical director of the Edinburgh University Jazz Orchestra. He has held residencies with the Tampere Conservatoire Big Band in Finland and at Eastern Michigan University.

Susan Slaughter joined the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in 1969 and four years later became the first woman to be named principal trumpet of a major symphony orchestra. A graduate of Indiana University, she received the coveted per-former’s certificate in recognition of outstanding musical performance. Slaughter has studied with Herbert Müeller, Bernard Adelstein, Arnold Jacobs, Robert Nagel, Claude Gordon and Laurie Frink. Prior to accepting a position in St. Louis, Slaughter spent two years as principal trumpet of the Toledo Symphony. Slaughter has been on the faculty of the Grand Teton Orchestra Seminar and the National Orchestra Institute. In 1990, she per-formed with the Bay Area Women’s Philharmonic in San Francisco and, in 1991, at the invitation of baseball commissioner Fay Vincent, Slaughter performed the National Anthem for game three of the World Series. Slaughter founded Trumpet Lab, a week-long workshop designed to give young musicians the opportunity to study orchestral literature with a professional musi-cian. She is also the founder of the annual International Women’s Brass Conference, an organization dedicated to providing opportunities and recogni-tion for women brass musicians.

Gary Smith has made quite an impression with many of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s guest artists. With the aid of a 35mm camera, the trumpet player has captured the image of soloists during rehearsals and then offered the enlarged, autographed photographs as premiums for the orchestra’s fund-raising marathon. Originally from Massilon, Ohio, Smith attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester and played with the Army Band at West Point prior to accepting his first orchestral position in Quebec. Smith left Quebec in the spring of 1961 to go on tour with the North Carolina Symphony. He then toured with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, obtained his graduate degree at Boston University and taught at Boston University for two years before coming to St. Louis in 1966. “I was only supposed to be here for a year while the regular trumpet player was on a leave of absence, but he didn’t return.”

Born in Germany on July 16, 1985, and living in both Germany and Italy, Giuliano Sommerhalder has been studying trumpet with his father since 1992. He has attended master classes by Maurice André, Pierre Dutot, Bo Nilsson, Markus Stockhausen, Pierre Thibaud and James Thompson. In 1999, he was invited to study at the Lake Placid Institute for the Arts and Humanities. Sommerhalder won first prize in the second International Trumpet Competition in Moscow (1997), in the Scopello Valsesia International Music Competition, in the 23rd Swiss Youth Music Competition (1998), in the Swiss National Brass Championship (1999 and 2000), and in the 37th German National Youth Music Competition, Jugend musiziert, in Berlin (2000). He was awarded Prix Espoir from the Pro Europa foundation in Munich in 1999. Sommerhalder has appeared on German and Swiss television and has performed as a soloist throughout Europe, with orchestras such as the Heilbronn Symphony Orchestra, the Rundfunkorchester des Südwestfunks, the European Union Chamber Orchestra, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra Filharmonica Italiana, the Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey, the Orchestra de Camera de Mantova and the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra.

Born in Switzerland in 1947, Max Sommerhalder graduated from the Zurich Conservatorium after studying there under Henri Adelbrecht. For 14 years, he held principal trumpet positions with several symphony orchestras, including the Zurich Tonhalle and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, he has appeared on four continents. In the 1970s, he was one of the pioneers in reviving the trumpet and cornet repertoire of the fin-de-siècle, creating the world premier recordings of works by Oskar Böhme, Vassily Brandt and Alexander Glazunov. Later, he turned to the natural trumpet, appearing with ensembles performing on period instruments. An amateur musicologist, Sommerhalder has edited eighteenth and nineteenth-century trumpet music for David McNaughtan and Mark Reift, including urtext versions of the Neruda concerto, of the Böhme sextet and of four concertos by Amilcare Ponchielli. Professor of trumpet at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, Germany, since 1985, he has held master classes in Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, Australia, Russia and Japan.

Sonus Brass brings together the artistic talents of five brass players from different areas of the United States. Formed in 1987, the group has as its members five musicians who have worked with founder Allan Cox in various settings, ranging from the University of Southern Mississippi to the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. Sonus Brass is a unique ensemble in that the geographical seperation of its members is not an impediment to musical and artistic success. Indeed, the close bond of friendship and musical affinity is evident in the ability of the group to consistently produce polished and seasoned performances which showcase the individual talents as well as the “one heart/one mind” attitude necessary for small ensemble playing. Sonus Brass has numerous international performances to its credit. Highlights include residencies at the First Pan-American Brass Symposium held in Trujillo, Venezuela, in November 1996, at the 1990 Taipei Brass Workshop, and at the 1992 Taiching, Taiwan, Brass Workshop. Sonus Brass performed at the 1992 TUBA Conference in Lexington, Kentucky, and that same year released the CD Sonus Brass Captured on the Mark label.

James Thompson is professor of trumpet at Eastman School of Music and guest professor at the Trompeten - Academy Werder in Bremen, Ge r m a n y. Previously he played principal trumpet in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony, the Orchestra of the State of Mexico, the National Symphony of Mexico and the Mo n t real Symphony Orchestra. Thompson also has been active as a soloist and teacher. He taught trumpet and brass ensemble at Northern Arizona University, the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City and Mc Gill Un i versity in Mo n t real. He has p e rformed as soloist with orchestras in No rth and South America, as well as Europe. At the 1996 Atlanta Olympic opening ceremonies he performed a jazz/gospel trumpet solo. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Thompson was raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where he began trumpet studies at the age of ten. Thompson is a Yamaha performing artist.

The United States Air Force Band of Flight provides quality music and entertain-ment for a wide variety of official military, recruiting and community relations events. The Band of Flight’s 60 full-time musicians make up a number of groups that can meet almost any musical requirement. Under the command of Major Alan Sierichs, the band travels nearly 100,000 miles each year from their home at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, to present almost 500 performances. Appearances by the band have ranged from the Kentucky Derby parade, the Indianapolis 500 parade, the Professional Football Hall of Fame festival parade, to annual appearances at the Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival. The band’s area of responsibility reaches from Michigan to Kentucky and from Indiana to West Virginia, an area which includes almost one-quarter of the nation’s population.

Mike Vax has performed and recorded with such greats as Stan Kenton, Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, Art Pepper, Al Grey, Freddy Hubbard, John Handy, Don Ellis, Don Jacoby, Louie Bellson, Joe Williams, Anita O’Day, Barbara McNair, the Four Freshman, the Glenn Miller and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras and the Dukes of Dixieland in New Orleans. Vax has appeared as guest lead trumpet and soloist with symphony pops orchestras around the United States and Europe, and at major jazz festivals around the world. He has also been the guest soloist with the All-American Collegiate Orchestra at Disney World. As a recording musician, he has performed on more than 50 albums, including 15 under his own name. Currently Vax is leading his own groups: the New Oakland Jazz Orchestra, the Mike Vax Big Band (featuring alumni of the Stan Kenton Orchestra), the Great American Jazz Band, TRPTS (Trumpets), and the Mike Vax Quintet and Sextet. Vax is a Yamaha International performing artist and clinician.

Equally at home in a multitude of musical idioms, Allen Vizzutti has visited 30 countries and every state in the union to perform with a rainbow of artists and ensembles including Chick Corea, Doc Severinson, the NBC Tonight Show Band, the Airmen of Note, the Army Blues, Chuck Mangione, Woody Herman, Japan’s NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Kosei Wind Orchestra. Performing as a classical and jazz artist, often in the same evening, he has appeared as guest soloist with symphony orchestras in Tokyo, Germany, St. Louis, Rochester, Honolulu, Milwaukee, Phoenix and Edmonton to name a few. From his home in Seattle, Washington, Vizzutti manages an impressive schedule of recitals, concerts and composing. His continued commitment to education and the value of music in everyday life results each year in an extensive schedule of guest appearances at universities. His extensive treatise, The Allen Vizzutti Trumpet Method (published by Alfred Music Publishing), has become a standard work for trumpet study worldwide.

Acclaimed internationally as a virtuoso trumpet player, John Wallace’s performances as soloist with leading orchestras and conductors and at major festivals and venues throughout the world have earned him wide respect from audiences, promoters and critics alike. In 1995, he was awarded the O.B.E. in the Queen’s Birthday Honors in recognition of his distin-guished services to music. In addition to invitational performances with major orchestras in the United Kingdom and abroad, Wallace regularly gives recitals and master classes all over the world. He has participated in Arts Council Network tours both in the United Kingdom and in Australia and has worked with the British Council in South Africa and Russia. In 1986 he founded the Wallace Collection, an ensemble devoted to the development of brass music and education. Wallace was born in Fife, Scotland, and read music at King’s College, Cambridge. Until 1995, Wallace was principal trumpet of the Philharmonic Orchestra, a position which he held for nearly twenty years. He is currently head of the brass faculty at London’s Royal Academy of Music and principal trumpet of the London Sinfonietta, London’s foremost contemporary music ensemble.

In the fall of 2000, James West celebrated his 31st year as a teacher of trumpet. He began teaching trumpet at Arkansas Polytechnic College in the fall of 1969 after graduating from the American Conservatory of Music with a bachelor’s degree in both music education and applied music. West also taught at the University of New Hampshire, Dartmouth College and Louisiana State University. His teachers include Reynold Schilke, Charles Geyer, Vincent Cichowicz and Adolph Herseth. West was the conference chairperson for the 1991 meeting of the International Trumpet Guild, which was held at Louisiana State University. His performing credits include principal trumpet with the Fort Smith Symphony, the New Hampshire Symphony, the New Hampshire Philharmonic, the Vermont Symphony, the Portland Symphony, the Baton Rouge Symphony and the Louisiana Sinfonietta. Chamber music credits include the Acadiana Brass Quintet, the Berkshire Brass Quintet, the L.S.U./Southern Faculty Brass Quintet, the New Hyperion Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra and the Mos Eisley Chamber Orchestra. West is an avid performer on the AKAI electric valve instrument (a breath-controlled synthesizer) and publish-es the international user-group newsletter.

Robert Wood has been a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s trumpet section since 1993. He is a partner in the music production company, Wood and Rodin, Inc. and has taught at both the University of Indianapolis and Butler University. From 1974 to 1993 Robert was active in the Freelance music scene in Indianapolis, performing with Starlight Musicals, the Suzuki and Friends chamber music series and the Indianapolis Chamber Brass Choir. He is especially proud of his recreation of the cornet solos of jazz legend Bix Beiderbecke for the Indiana Repertory Theater’s production of Hoagy, Bix and Wolfgang Beethoven Bunkhaus, performances that earned him praise in Newsweek magazine and other national media. While attending Butler University, Wood was a trumpet student of Delbert Dale and Michael Farrow. Following graduation he continued study with William Adam, distinguished professor at Indiana University.

Timothy J. Zifer recently completed his fifth year on the University of Evansville faculty, where his duties include teaching studio trumpet, directing the trumpet ensemble, wind ensemble, symphonic winds, and serving as faculty advisor for the music management degree program. Zifer holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State University. His teachers include Ernest Bastine, William Scarlett, James West and Charles Butler. In addition to his University duties Zifer serves as principal trumpet with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to his appointment at the University of Evansville, Zifer served as principal trumpet with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, section and assistant principal in the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and adjunct professor of horn and trumpet at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Zifer has served as guest soloist in the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the International Chamber Ensemble of Rome, Owensboro Chamber Orchestra, Evansville Bach Chamber Orchestra, University of Evansville Orchestra, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and the Louisiana State University Wind Ensemble among others. As a recitalist, he works extensively with R. Douglas Reed, university organist, per-forming both on and off campus. Reed and Zifer are planning to release a CD of American trumpet and organ music in 2001/2002.