The Trumpet Studio at Angelo State University is active in all the ensembles in the Department, on campus, and in the community. They prepare repertoire that spans a wide diversity of musical styles, to foster an appreciation for teamwork, and to promote the enjoyment of playing trumpet.
Under the direction of Dr. John Irish, the ensemble was specially invited to perform at the 28th annual conference of the International Trumpet Guild (ITG), held in Fort Worth, Texas. Trumpet ensembles from around the world were asked to submit recordings for inclusion in the prestigious “Trumpet Preludes” at the conference. A review and photo of the ensemble’s performance appeared in the October, 2003 issue of the ITG Journal which reaches over 7,000 readers in 60 countries around the world. The ASU Trumpet Ensemble performs regularly in concert as well as in collaboration with nationally-known performers. The ensemble is open to all trumpeters.
ASU Trumpet Ensemble in Performance at the 28th
Annual Conference of the International Trumpet Guild
The curriculum for trumpet students is rigorous. The focus is on embouchure, air/sound, technique, and musical development while learning the standard repertoire. Weekly lessons and regular studio classes are held to insure successful growth on the instrument. Along with private, individual instruction, the trumpet studio is very active. We have brought in many of the best trumpet players in the country to perform with and mentor our students. Previously, we have sponsored members of the Symphony Orchestras of Dallas, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, San Antonio, Fort Worth, and Houston; there have been many well-known classical soloists and top jazz artists perform here in addition to our own ASU trumpet ensembles.
Many performance opportunities are available for ASU students. Recitals are frequently given by faculty, students, as well as guest artists. Students can choose from concert, pep, and marching bands, jazz ensemble, brass quintet, brass choir, trumpet ensemble, and other chamber groups. Pit orchestras support musical theater productions. Recently members of the studio were featured in concert with the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra performing the orchestral masterpiece, The Pines of Rome. Former students have found meaningful employment in the music field as educators, in retail, and as professional performers—one even earned a Grammy at the 2008 Awards Presentation!
Wynton Marsalis and members of the Trumpet Studio