October 2020 Winner: James McAffrey

This issue’s featured young artist award winner is James McAffrey, a 17-year-old trumpeter who lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. James has been homeschooled his entire life and began playing cornet as a 9 year old in the Oklahoma Homeschool Bands. Since then he has become quite the active performer playing in many groups. His first trumpet teacher was Lauren Fletcher whom he studied with for four years and he is now a student of Professor Michael Anderson. Beginning in 8th grade, James has performed with the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras program where he is now the principal trumpet of their top orchestra. Previously he performed as part of their philharmonic and wind ensembles. During the past year, while still a junior in high school, he is also enrolled in the Oklahoma City University trumpet studio auditioning and placing into several of their top groups including their wind ensemble and now their orchestra under the direction of Professor Jeffrey Grogan. James has been selected three times to attend the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain where he was able to perform in an orchestra and be coached by Dr. Chris Wilson. This summer, he won a spot in the National Youth Orchestra 2 which will take place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to his ensemble experience, James is an accomplished competitor. He has twice been a semi-finalist in the National Trumpet Competition, in 2018 and 2020, and was also a finalist at the 2018 International Trumpet Guild’s Youth Competition, Junior Division where he won a scholarship to attend the conference. James was selected as the Oklahoma City Symphonic Band 2020 Young Artist Competition winner with Slavische Fantasie by Carl Hohne and also won first place in the Oklahoma City Orchestra League Carver Competition Brass Division in March of 2019.

Not only does James enjoy performing trumpet but he is also a competitive rock climber. He currently competes as a member of Team Texas out of Norman, OK, recently qualifying for Divisionals. He has won several rock climbing competitions in Missouri, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. James feels that his rock climbing and trumpet playing compliment each other in that they both require a high degree of focus. He is incredibly grateful to his family for the amount of support they have offered him through his pursuit of music as he knows he would not be able to do it without them. A huge fan of orchestral trumpet playing, some of his favorite trumpet players include Chris Martin, Phil Smith, Tom Rolfs, Tom Hooten, Bud Herseth, Barbara Butler and Charlie Geyer. His dream is to pursue a degree in trumpet performance and to perform in a professional orchestra one day. Congratulations James!


June 2020 Winner: Gabriel Curtis

This issue’s featured young artist award winner is Gabriel Curtis, a sixteen-year-old trumpeter who attends Lafayette High School in Lexington, Kentucky and studies privately with Scott Heersche. Gabriel is actively involved in his school’s music program, performing in the marching band, jazz band and in Lafayette's top performance band, wind symphony. He also fulfills leadership roles in those ensembles by acting as section leader of the marching band trumpets and principal trumpet in the wind symphony. Outside of school, Gabriel performs in the Central Kentucky Youth Symphony Orchestra and also seeks out playing opportunities such as competing in the youth ensemble division of the 2019 National Trumpet Competition. He also enjoys playing the piano, which he began at age 8. During the summer of 2019, he studied and performed at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, working with Vince DiMartino, John Aley, Rex Richardson and Ken Larson.

While only a sophomore in high school, Gabriel is confident that he wants to pursue music at the college level as a music major studying either music education, music performance or both. He credits a lot of his success and happiness with music to his mother, Tiffaney Lavoie, a former choir director who first introduced him to music through piano lessons and who encouraged him to pick up the trumpet when he was 10 years old. A moment of pride for him was when he received the Director’s Award from his middle school band director, Lois Wiggins of Edythe Jones Hayes Middle School. This award is given to a graduating 8th grader who embodies the spirit of a musician through leadership and love of the art. Speaking of Gabriel, Ms. Wiggins says, “He is a fantastic young musician, one of the best I have had the pleasure of working with.”

Two major trumpet influences for Gabriel are Wynton Marsalis and Arturo Sandoval. He also loves the band Chicago, in particular because of their brass section. While music is his passion, he also loves movies, cinema trivia and pop culture, in particular that of the 1980s. Gabriel hopes to utilize his passion for music by investing in future generations as a high school band director one day. Congratulations Gabriel!

March 2020 Winner: Addison Bosch

This issue’s featured young artist award winner is Addison Bosch, a 16-year-old trumpeter who attends Volcano Vista High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico and studies privately with Dr. John Marchiando. Addison performs in several groups both inside and outside of school including the Albuquerque Youth Symphony under the direction of Sayra Severson, the New Mexico Jazz Workshop Honor band, he plays lead trumpet with the Volcano Vista H.S. Jazz Band and is the featured soloist in his high school marching band show under the direction of his band director, Paul Blakey. With the Albuquerque Youth Symphony, Addison has been a featured soloist on two separate occasions, recently performing the first movement of the Böhme Concerto and performing the Arutunian concerto as an 8th grader. Other important highlights include competing as a finalist in the I.T.G. Youth Solo Competition in 2016, being selected to participate in both the All State Jazz band and All State concert band groups in 2017 and 2018 and performing in the Sidney Opera House while on tour with the Albuquerque Youth Symphony.

Addison plans to graduate from high school a year early in order to pursue a bachelors degree in Music Performance at the University of New Mexico continuing his studies with Dr. Marchiando. An equal fan of both classical and jazz music, some of his favorite trumpet players include Chet Baker, Maynard Ferguson, Allen Vizzutti, Wynton Marsalis, Tine Thing Helseth and Alison Balsolm. Addison’s former teachers include Kent Erickson and Brynn Marchiando.  Congratulations Addison!

January 2020 Winner: Jade Park

Jade Park is an eleven-year-old trumpet performer from Australia. The past year has been full of exciting musical opportunities and accolades for Park. She was awarded the first prize and exceptional young talent prize at the Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition in Rome, Italy, and was awarded a full music scholarship to attend the MLC school in Sydney. Additionally, she was awarded an ITG Conference Scholarship, as well as being a finalist for the 2019 ITG Youth Competition in Miami, Florida, USA. She has performed in multiple masterclasses and won first prize in the brass solo category at the Sydney, Ryded, Bathurst, Penrith, Orange, and Northern Beaches Eisteddfod competitions.

In addition to her very active musical schedule, she has also won first place in multiple years at the New South Wales Taekwondo State Championships and a Gold Medal at the National Taekwondo Championships. She was recommended for the ITG Young Artist Award by Brian Evans, Opera Australia Orchestra, past president of the ITG, and president of the Australian Trumpet Guild. As the January 2020 Young Artist Award recipient, she will receive a complimentary one-year membership to ITG. Congratulations, Jade!

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