David Hickman & Allen Vizzutti named 2017 ITG Honorary Award recipients

The International Trumpet Guild’s Honorary Award was established by the for the purpose of recognizing “those individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the art of trumpet playing.” These contributions are through performance, teaching, publishing, research, and/or composition. Two recipients are chosen for the 2017 Honorary Award: David Hickman and Allen Vizzutti. 


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, Belgium, France, Austria, Canada, Mexico, Switzerland, Greece, Russia, Thailand, Costa Rica, Australia, and virtually every major American city.

Hickman has released 19 solo albums encompassing a wide variety of repertoire: including cornet solos by Clarke and Levy 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.

As a noted clinician and author, Hickman has presented workshops on over 400 major university campuses.  He has taught at the Banff Centre for the Arts (13 summers), Rafael Mendez Brass Institute (31 summers), Bremen Trumpet Days, and dozens of music festivals. He has published over 40 articles, 250 scholarly editions of trumpet music, and several important trumpet and music texts including Trumpet Pedagogy: A Compendium of Modern Teaching Techniques, Trumpet Greats: A Biographical Dictionary, The Piccolo Trumpet, The Piccolo Trumpet Big Book, Trumpet Lessons With David Hickman (vols. I - V), and Music Speed Reading. His 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 music schools around the world.

David Hickman holds his BM from the University of Colorado.  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.  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).  Hickman is a Shires Performing Artist. In 2005, he established his own music publishing company, Hickman Music Editions.

Hickman’s teachers include Harry E. McNees, Frank W. Baird, Oswald Lehnert, 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, San Francisco Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Mexico City Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Denver Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Omaha Symphony, Houston Symphony, US Marine Band, US Army Band, US Coast Guard Band, US Army Field Band, Wichita Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Lyric Opera Orchestra of Chicago, National Repertory Orchestra, Canadian Brass, Meridian Arts Ensemble. Markus Stockhausen Ensemble, Dallas Brass, Tucson Symphony, San Diego Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra. Columbus Symphony, Florida Gulf Coast Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Mälmo Symphony (Sweden), Midland-Odessa Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Woody Herman Big Band, Meridian Arts Ensemble, Side Street Strutters, Arizona Opera, 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, University of Arkansas, 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, Wichita State University, Boise State University, University of Florida, Texas Pan-American University, Ball State University, University of New Mexico, Grand Valley State University, Brigham Young University-Idaho, Mahidol University (Thailand), Hirim College, University of Kansas, Murray State University, Arkansas State University, Texas Christian University, Brigham Young University, Bemidji State University, University of Western Louisiana, Bowling Green State University, Northeast Missouri State University, Millikin University, SUNY-Potsdam, San Diego State University, Boise State University, and many others.

Hickman received the International Trumpet Guild’s“Award of Merit” for outstanding service to the trumpet world in 2005, and in 2017 will be awarded ITG’s highest award, the “Honorary Award,” for legendary status as a performer and teacher.  He is the only person to have received both of ITG’s top awards.



Allen Vizzutti has visited sixty countries and every state in the union to perform with a rainbow of artists and ensembles. Performing as a classical and a jazz artist, often in the same evening, he has appeared as guest soloist with symphony orchestras, in recital, on television and in jazz venues around the world.He has performed with a rainbow of artists and ensembles including Chick Corea, 'Doc' Severinsen, the NBC Tonight Show Band, the Airmen Of Note, the Army Blues and Army Symphony Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, Woody Herman, Japan’s NHK Orchestra and the New Tokyo Philharmonic, the Budapest Radio Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Leipzig Wind Symphony and the Kosie Wind Orchestra. Vizzutti's status as an artist has led to solo performances at the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Newport Jazz Festival, Banff Center for the Performing Arts, Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Teton, Vail, Aspen and Breckenridge Music Festivals, the Charles Ives Center and Lincoln Center in New York City.

Vizzutti's solo jazz recordings include CDs such as Ritzville (Village Place Music), and Trumpet Summit and Skyrocket from Summit Records. Classical CDs currently available from DeHaske Music Publishing Recordings are The Emerald Concerto and Other Gems with the Budapest Radio Orchestra, Vizzutti Plays Vizzutti and Vizzutti and Soli On Tour. His High Class Brass is a unique classical and jazz blend co-produced and performed with fellow trumpet artist, composer, and conductor Jeff Tyzik along with a ninety-piece studio orchestra. Also of interest are Baroque and Beyond (Sony), The Carnival of Venus (Summit Records), and A Trumpeter’s Dream (Ludwig Music Publishing).

While growing up in Montana, Allen was taught by his father, a self-taught musician. Vizzutti attended the Eastman School of Music where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a Performer’s Certificate, a chair in the Eastman Brass Quintet faculty ensemble and the only Artist’s Diploma ever awarded a wind player in Eastman’s history. His love of expression through composition has led to premier performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Budapest Radio Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic of London, the Nuremberg Symphony and others.

As Artist in Residence, Vizzutti has taught at leading universities throughout the world including the Eastman School of Music, the Banff Center for the Performing Arts, the Trompeten Akademie of Bremen Germany. He is currently Artist In Residence at the University of South Carolina. His extensive treatise, The Allen Vizzutti Trumpet Method, his New Concepts for Trumpet (Alfred Music Publishing)have become standards works for trumpet study worldwide. Many more of Vizzutti’s jazz and classical books, play along recordings, and student and recital compositions are published by DeHaske/Hal Leonard, Southern Music, Village Place Music and Ars Nova. His writing includes solo pieces for flute, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, tuba, and harp, chamber groups, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, and symphony orchestra.

While living in Los Angeles during the 80’s, Allen performed on over 150 motion picture sound tracks, (such as Back To The Future and Star Trek,) as well as countless TV shows, commercials and recordings with such artists as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Chick Corea, the Commodores and Prince. His soaring sound can be heard on recent projects including the movies Furry Vengeance, 40 Days and 40 Nights, Unfaithfully Yours, Gridiron Gang, Scary Movie Four, The Hulk, and the Medal of Honor, Resistance, and Halo video games.


Source: ITG President Brian Evans, Sydney, AUSTRALIA

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