ITG News header
In Memoriam: Michael Ewald, 1948-2008 15 September 2008
Previous (newer) storyNews indexNext (older) story
Michael Ewald The International Trumpet Guild mourns the loss of Michael Ewald who died on Friday, September 12th with his family at his side. Michael was 60 years old. A distinguished professor of trumpet in the School of Music at the University of Illinois, Ewald had a profound impact on the art of playing and teaching trumpet throughout his long and productive career that spanned more than three decades. Many of today’s top teachers and performers acknowledge Ewald’s influence as being most important in their development as trumpeters, musicians, and as human beings. We are stunned by the premature loss of this great representative of our craft.

As a member of the International Trumpet Guild, Michael Ewald was a past conference host, past member of the Board of Directors, and a founding member of the ITG Journal Editorial Committee. ITG plans a tribute article on the life and career of Michael Ewald to run in the June/2008 issue of the ITG Journal. Please contact the publications editor if you wish to offer a remembrance.

Source: Gary Mortenson

Michael Ewald

ST. JOSEPH--Dr. Michael Edward Ewald, 60, of St. Joseph died at 12:48 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, 2008, at his home surrounded by family. Memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2008, at Twin City Bible Church in Urbana, with Pastor Shannon Caughey officiating. Michael was born in North Tonawanda, N.Y., on May 21, 1948, the son of John and Jane Camp Ewald.

He married Lynette Surowiec in California on Sept. 14, 1968. She survives. Besides his wife, Lynn, survivors include his father, John; two daughters, Amy and Annmarie; his siblings, David, John, and Barbara; as well as seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jane.

Dr. Ewald was a professor of trumpet at the University of Illinois since 1990. He will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, and professor. His love for music was shared with colleagues and students, and his love for outdoor activity was infectious. Above all, he loved the Lord and strove to embody God's word.

Source: Bill Pfund, taken from University of Illinois website

Link: Playing sample of Michael Ewald can be found at







Source: Gary Mortenson, Bill Pfund, and Michael Anderson


© Copyright 2008 - International Trumpet Guild™ - All Rights Reserved