is Associate Professor of Music in High Brass at
Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas. In addition to his duties with the high brass studio, he directs ASU high brass ensembles. Prior to this position, he taught trumpet at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and
at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. His career includes performances with the Southwest German Radio Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, the Dayton Philharmonic, the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, many chamber orchestras, brass quintets, and a wide variety of dance bands and commercial projects. He currently holds the position of principal trumpet of the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra. He is active in the musical life of the area as well as a founder of Jazz Concho, a jazz quintet made up of local professionals.
This university position follows a distinguished career in the Air Force Band system in which he performed in all fifty states, Canada, Mexico, and Western Europe. He has recorded often, premiered new works for winds, and soloed with bands and orchestras. Dr. Irish was recently featured as a guest artist in a series of master classes and as a soloist with an orchestra in Chihuahua, Mexico. As a contributor of a series of articles in the Journal of the International Trumpet Guild (ITG), he has illuminated world-renowned trumpet players who have made a significant impact on the trumpet. In addition to his other frequent contributions to the ITG Journal, he has written articles for the Bandmasters Review, and educational publication of the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Newsletter of the International Women's Brass Conference, and other publications in the music industry.
Irish completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music; he earned the MM and BM degrees from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Prominent teachers include Bert Truax, Alan Siebert, John Carroll, Vince DiMartino, and Dale Marrs. Dr. Irish is a clinician/artist for the Conn-Selmer Company.