Trumpet Festival of the Southeast

2019 TFSE
2020 Trumpet Festival of the Southeast
Hosted by Kennesaw State University
January 31 – February 2, 2020

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This year’s festival will feature a host of fabulous artists from across the region and country. Our featured trumpet artists this year are Jose Sibaja, Paul Merkelo, Brian Shaw, and Melvin Jones. Our evening concert artists include the KSU Jazz Parliament, Georgia Brass Band, and KSU Wind Ensemble. The KSU School of Music is proud to host this event and we can’t wait to see you on campus at Kennesaw State!

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Registration: $50 until December 1, $60 after December 1

  • This year's schedule is full of fun and informative trumpet masterclasses, warm-up sessions, trumpet ensemble sessions, recitals, and concerts.  In addition to the wonderful variety of sessions we offer, there will be many vendors there ready to show off all the latest and greatest brass gadgets and equipment.

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    Friday, January 31, 2020

    • 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. – Registration open
      Bailey Performance Center lobby

    • 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. – Opening Fanfare and Paul Merkelo Masterclass
      Scott Hall, Bailey Performance Center

    • 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. – Initial mass ensemble rehearsal
      Morgan Concert Hall, Bailey Performance Center

    • 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. – Dinner break

    • 8 p.m. – KSU Faculty Jazz Parliament featuring Melvin Jones
      Morgan Concert Hall, Bailey Performance Center

    After the concert:
    Jazz Jam hosted by Rob Opitz
    Marlow's Tavern and Grill
    745 Chastain Road NW, Suite 1160
    Kennesaw, GA 30144 (View Map)


    Saturday, February 1, 2020

    • 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. – Registration open
      KSU Student Center rotunda

    • 8 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. – Featured Artist Warm-Up Session, Alexander Freund
      KSU Student Center, University Room A-B

    • 9 a.m. – Exhibits open (Exhibits open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.)
      KSU Student Center, University Rooms C,D, and E – 1st floor and 3rd floor Student Activities Lounge

    • 9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. – Featured Artist Masterclass: Brian Shaw
      KSU Student Center, University Room A-B

    • 10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. – Featured College Players Recital
      Morgan Concert Hall, Bailey Performance Center

    • 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. – Featured Artist Masterclass: José Sibaja
      KSU Student Center, University Room A-B

    • 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. – TFSE Trumpet Ensemble – Recital #1
      KSU Student Center, University Room A-B

    • 12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m. – Dedicated time to visit exhibitors
      KSU Student Center, University Rooms C,D, and E – 1st floor and 3rd floor Student Activities Lounge

    • 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. – Featured Artist Recital: Paul Merkelo
      Morgan Concert Hall, Bailey Performance Center

    • 2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. – Dedicated time to visit exhibitors
      KSU Student Center, University Rooms C,D, and E – 1st floor and 3rd floor Student Activities Lounge

    • 2:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. – Featured Professors Recital
      Scott Hall, Bailey Performance Center

    • 3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. – Mass Trumpet Ensemble Rehearsal
      KSU Student Center, University Room A-B

    • 4 p.m.  - 4:50 p.m. – TFSE Trumpet Ensemble – Recital #2
      KSU Student Center, University Room A-B

    • 5 p.m. - 5:50 p.m. – Featured Artist Masterclass: Melvin Jones
      KSU Student Center, University Room A-B

    • 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. – TFSE Trumpet Ensemble – Recital #3
      KSU Student Center, University Room A-B

    • 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. – Dinner break, exhibits close
    • 8 p.m. – TFSE Finale Concert featuring José Sibaja, Melvin Jones, Brian Shaw, Doug Lindsey, Ryan Moser, The Kennesaw State Wind Ensemble and the Georgia Brass Band
      Morgan Concert Hall, Bailey Performance Center

     Sunday, February 2, 2020

    • 10 a.m.  - 11:30 a.m. – TFSE professors round table discussion
      Scott Hall, Bailey Performance Center

  • The 2020 Trumpet Festival of the Southeast will be held at the Kennesaw State University School of Music located just 25 minutes north of Atlanta, GA on Kennesaw State University's Kennesaw Campus.

    Event Locations:

    Bailey Performance Center – Scott Hall
    488 Prillaman Way NW
    Kennesaw, GA 30144

    Carmichael Student Center
    395 Cobb Ave NW
    Kennesaw, GA 30144

    Music Building – Room 109
    491 Bartow Ave NW
    Kennesaw, GA 30144

    Marlow's Tavern – Kennesaw
    745 Chastain Road NW, Suite 1160
    Kennesaw, GA 30144

     

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  • Additional presenter and artist bios to be added soon!

    • Percussionist Justin Chesarek began gigging at the age of twelve with Pittsburgh jazz legend Harold Betters and spent time listening to Roger Humphries live, well-known for his work with Horace Silver.

      After earning a Bachelors of Music in Music Education from Slippery Rock University, Justin pursued a Masters of Music and Jazz Studies at Georgia State University. Along the way, Chesarek filled his gig-calendar, making a name for himself as an exceptional musician.

      He performs regularly with Joe Alterman, Trey Wright, Gary Motley, The Joe Gransden Big Band, the ATL Collective, and he is a regular at the Atlanta Jazz Festival. He has performed at The Iridium and The Blue Note in New York, Washington D.C’s Kennedy Center, a TED Talk, the Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival in Alaska, The North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, and the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

      Chesarek teaches Jazz Percussion at Kennesaw State University, he is the Artist Affiliate of Jazz Percussion at Emory University, and he runs a private studio of his own, working with students of all ages. His students have gone on to become professional touring musicians, off-broadway theater pit players, and top call Atlanta drummers. He is a board member of the Atlanta Lovers of Music Association, and a proud endorser of Regal Tip drum sticks, mallets, and brushes.

      Justin lives in Decatur, with his wife and daughter.

    • Carole Doemel

      Carol Doemel
      Director of Orchestras, Lassiter High School

      Carol Doemel, Director of Orchestras at Lassiter High School, is a frequent adjudicator, trumpet freelancer, and clinician in the Atlanta area. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance from Florida State University, performing under the baton of Dr. Phillip Spurgeon, Dr. James Croft, and other notable maestros. Ms. Doemel served as principal and section trumpet with the United States Army Forces Command Band, touring nationwide from 1984-1991. During this time, Ms. Doemel received her Masters in Music Performance from Georgia State University, studying with both Dr. Steven Winick and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Principal Trumpet, John Head. She has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, Macon Symphony, and served as Principal Trumpet of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra (formerly Cobb Symphony Orchestra) and Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

      Ms. Doemel is an active member of the Music Educators National Conference and the Georgia Music Educators Association; serving as a Master Judge for this organization. She continues her military career as leader of the Army Brass Quintet and member of the 116th Army Band stationed at Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta, Georgia.

    • Alexander Freund

      Alexander Freund, Trumpet

      Born in Germany, Alex studied with Rainer Auerbach (Berlin State Opera), Robert Platt and Konradin Groth (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) at the University of Arts in Berlin and with Peter Leiner (Deutsche Radiophilharmonie) at the University Saar in Saarbrücken. He participated in masterclasses with Jens Lindeman, Fred Mills, Tim Morrison, Klaus Schuhwerk, Hannes Läubin, James Thompson etc. He received his Doctoral Degree at the Schulich School of Music at the McGill University in Montreal with Richard Stoelzel.

      Alex is currently Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

      He has been invited to play with renowned orchestras as the Berlin State Opera, the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, NDR Symphony Orchestra Hannover, Tenerife Symphony Orchestra etc., under conductors like Daniel Barenboim, Semyon Bychkov, and Giuseppe Sinopoli etc.

      He was Co-Principal Trumpet with the Opera Bremen, member of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and Soloist at Deutsches Theater Berlin. Alex played in Disney's “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” in Berlin. From 2003 until 2018 he lived in México where he was principal of the Symphony Orchestras of Michoacán and Nuevo Leon and Professor at the Conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelia.

      As a founding member of M5 MEXICAN BRASS, he has toured the world and played more than 1000 concerts in 5 continents. He has performed as a soloist in Mexico, the US, Canada, Peru, Korea, Italy, Germany and France. Beside his music endeavors, Alex teaches meditation.

      Alexander Freund
      afreund@gsu.edu
      678-­674-­9787
      www.m5mexicanbrass.com

    • Joe Johnson

      Joe Johnson
      Music Director of the Georgia Brass Band

      Joe Johnson has served as the Music Director of the Georgia Brass Band since 1999. A native of the Boston area, he studied close to home and earned degrees in trumpet performance and music education from Boston University. While there he was a trumpet student of Roger Voisin and Tim Morrison and regularly participated in masterclasses and coaching sessions with members of the Empire Brass and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His performance credits include the Boston Civic Symphony, MIT Symphony, Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, Commonwealth Brass, Boston Bach Society Orchestra, Tom Nutile Big Band, Georgia Philharmonia, Georgia Sinfonia, DeKalb Symphony, Macon Symphony, and Orchestra Atlanta. Joe has performed at festivals as diverse as the Tanglewood Festival and the Great American Brass Band Festival and in concert halls ranging from Boston’s Symphony Hall to London’s Royal Albert Hall. He has been active in brass banding for over forty years as both a cornetist and conductor. Joe previously served on the board of directors of the North American Brass Band Association and is a recipient of the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association.

    • Melvin Jones

      Melvin Jones –– Renowned Jazz Trumpeter

      Hailing from the “Home of the Blues” Memphis, Tennessee, Melvin Jones’ first professional recording opportunity came in 1998 while enrolled at Morehouse College when he appeared on TLC’s triple platinum hit album “Fanmail,” most notably on their smash hit No Scrubs.  During that same year, Melvin along with other classmates formed a wildly successful Latin Jazz Ensemble named Rio Negro that went forward to record three albums under their own name, while performing nationally before audiences that would later include two sitting U.S. Presidents.  After graduating Cum Laude from Morehouse College in 2001, Jones went forward to graduate Summa Cum Laude with a Master's Degree in Music from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University (New Jersey).  At Rutgers, he received the potent and intensive instruction of the late, world-renowned educator and trumpet impresario, William “Prof" Fielder, whose student roster includes such prolific musical figures as Wynton Marsailis, Terence Blanchard, Mike Mossman, Sean Jones, and Terrell Stafford.

      Following a few years of high profile work in the Northeastearn Region, Melvin dramatically slowed the pace of his performance career to serve as the Director of Bands and Instrumental Studies for his alma mater Morehouse College.  At the age of 24, "Mr. Jones" officially became the youngest professor/ band director in the college's history, and under his leadership the Morehouse College “House of Funk” Marching Band re-established itself nationally as a powerhouse amongst HBCU Band Programs.  Additionally, the Jazz Ensemble's Spring Festival Series (initiated by his predecessor Dr. Tim Turner) continued to flourish garnering the talents of such esteemed musicians as Don Braden, Russell Gunn, Freddy Cole, and award-winning composer and trumpet virtuoso, Terence Blanchard.

      After six years of service, Jones resigned from his position at Morehouse College to resume his performance endeavors full time. Almost immediately he began touring with Tyler Perry's company on his production, "Madea's Big Happy Family" which led to multiple national and international tours with Perry’s Company as well as multiple movie and television appearances on both sides of the camera.  Since then, Melvin has toured, recorded, and/or performed extensively around the world with such artists as PJ Morton, Patti Labelle, Illinois Jacquet, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Jason Marsalis, Jennifer Holliday, Stevie Wonder, Arrested Development, Young Jeezy, Marcus Roberts, The Anointed Pace Sisters, Missy Elliott, Johnny Gill, the Pussycat Dolls, Steve Turre, Gladys Knight, and the list goes on and on. Jones career has been all over the map having appeared on over 100 recordings, multiple television programs, performing in the house orchestras of multiple awards shows and talk shows, and appearing on stages across the world on four of the seven continents playing multiple genres of music.

      Melvin was a favorite at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Club in Qatar (UAE), notably hosting and performing for a small, private evening for the Former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.  Jones also serves concurrently as an Artist-in-Residence for the “Mentoring Through the Music Arts” Program co-sponsored by the United Jazz Foundation and the US Virgin Islands Department of Education, as well as serving as the Trumpet Professor at Morehouse College.  Currently, Jones is enlisted as a member of the all star house orchestra as part of an extensive tour with Award Winning Director, Writer, and Media Mogul, Tyler Perry.  With a work ethic that does not rest until the job(s) are done, Jones spends the rest of his “time off” either arranging, recording, contracting horn sections, or with his beautiful family.  It's clear that he is walking his destined musical path with no intentions of turning back. 

      Former and Present Memberships and Appointments:
      NARAS, BMI, GMEA, GAJE, AAJC, NANM, NCBD, IAJE, Board of Directors for the Atlanta Jazz Society, Panelist for the Fulton County Council of the Arts, and Panelist for the Georgia Council of the Arts.

      Endorsements:
      Phaeton Trumpets and Flugelhorns, DaCarbo Trumpets, Denis Wick Mouthpieces, Reunion Blues Gig Bags and Cases, Hercules Stands.

    • Dave Kehler – Kennesaw State University
      David Kehler

      Music Director and Conductor of the KSU Wind Ensemble

      Since 2009, David Kehler has served as Music Director and Conductor of the KSU Wind Ensemble. In addition, Dr. Kehler teaches courses in instrumental conducting, symphonic repertoire, and twentieth century music. Along with his university responsibilities, professor Kehler currently serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Atlanta Wind Symphony, and as President-Elect for the College Band Directors National Association-Southern Division.

      An advocate of new music, Professor Kehler has commissioned nearly two-dozen leading composers, including several Pulitzer Prize winners to write new compositions for wind ensemble. Performing music beyond the KSU campus, the KSU Wind Ensemble can also be heard frequently on 90.1, Atlanta Public Radio, along with being featured at the College Band Director’s National Association Convention (two times), and most recently at the 2016 GMEA State Conference, in Athens, Georgia. In 2013, the KSU Wind Ensemble won the American Prize for best university wind ensemble/concert band recording in the United States.

      Previously, Dr. Kehler served as Associate Conductor of America’s Premiere Windband; The Dallas Winds, and served as Founder and Conductor of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony. Previous academic appointments were at Southern Methodist University, the University of Rhode Island, and Bay City Western High School, in Bay City, Michigan. Growing up in Michigan, Dr. Kehler received his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Conducting degrees from Michigan State University, followed by his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in instrumental conducting from the University of Texas at Austin.

    • Doug Lindsey - Kennesaw State University

      Dr. Doug Lindsey

      Coordinator of Brass and Assistant Professor of Trumpet

      Dr. Douglas Lindsey joined the faculty at Kennesaw State University in the fall of 2012, and is very active in the Southeast. Recently as a soloist, he has been a featured artist with the Memphis Symphony, the Kennesaw State Orchestra, the Kennesaw State Wind Ensemble, the Georgia Brass Band, at the International Trumpet Guild conference, at the Atlanta Trumpet Festival, and at the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast.  An advocate of new music, over the course of the two years he has premiered 4 new works for trumpet.  Alongside pianist, Judy Cole, he has performed solo recitals all over the Southeast as a founding member of Duo Trompiano.  In addition to solo work, Dr. Lindsey enjoys an active chamber music career as first trumpet with the Premiere Brass, as founding member of the Atlanta Trumpet League, and as a member of the Isthmus Brass.  As an orchestral musician, he regularly performs as the principal trumpet of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, as section trumpet with the Atlanta Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Macon Symphony, and spent two summers at the Aspen Music Festival. As an educator, he maintains a vibrant studio of young trumpeters at KSU and at various high schools in the area, and recently started a popular regional high school ensemble, the North-Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble. Most recently, the KSU trumpet ensemble garnered praise at the 2015 International Trumpet Guild conference where they performed Erik Morale’s Infinite Ascent, and continue to find success at the National Trumpet Competition with their consecutive semi-finalist placements.  Other studio accomplishments include multiple winners from theInternational Trumpet Guild scholarship contest, job placements, successful graduate school placements, and multiple winners of KSU’s concerto competition.

      Dr. Lindsey’s former duties as music history lecturer at KSU as well as his many experiences on the cornetto and the baroque trumpet reflect his keen interest in the fields of early music and musicology.  As an avid composer and arranger, he enjoys creating work for trumpet ensemble, brass quintet, and brass ensembles.  His published dissertation, “Beyond the Galant,” is an arrangement of four Haydn symphonies for trumpet with historical information about Haydn, performance practice, and the history behind many of the works.  This work is distributed by Hickey’s music and available atwww.hickeys.com.  His many other arrangements and compositions are available on his website www.dougtrumpeter.com.

      Previous to his time at KSU, Dr. Lindsey played concerts all over Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois with the acclaimed Wisconsin Brass Quintet. Prior to his tenure with WBQ, Dr. Lindsey performed with the Yale Faculty Brass trio in a series of concerts ending inCarnegie Hall in New York City. In addition to the faculty brass, Dr. Lindsey also pursued a busy schedule with the Atticus Brass Quintet –winner of the 2009 Aspen Music Festival Quintet Fellowship. With Atticus, Dr. Lindsey had the opportunity to play outreach concerts all over Connecticut, perform alongside the American Brass Quintet, and play an exclusive concert on the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

      Previous to earning his DMA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Lindsey studied with Allan Dean at Yale, earning his Master of Music with the distinction of winning the John Swallow excellence in brass prize. Prior to Yale he studied with Ray Mase, Louis Ranger, Kevin Cobb, Scott Moore and Richard Rulli.  Dr. Lindsey received his music performance and music education degrees magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

      Dr. Lindsey is a Schilke performing artist and performs on Facet Mutes.

    • Paul Merkelo
      Trumpet Soloist  

      Renowned as one of the finest trumpet players of his generation, Paul Merkelo is recognized for his ’pure technical prowess’’ (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle) as well as his ‘’unusual lyrical gifts’’ (Gramophone). Principal trumpet with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since 1995, Mr. Merkelo is regularly praised by the Montreal press as ‘’a spectacular soloist... a most impressive master of his instrument’’ (Montreal Gazette), a “great virtuoso... dazzling’’ (La Presse). He has been featured frequently with the OSM, including tours to South America and Lincoln Center in New York. 

      He has been featured with orchestras, and in recital, throughout the United States, Canada, Russia, China, Japan, Portugal, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, France and Thailand. 

      In 1999, he was appointed Canadian musical ambassador to China for the inauguration of the Montreal Park in Shanghai, and as soloist with the Shanghai Broadcast Orchestra in a national telecast. Mr. Merkelo made his New York debut at Lincoln Center with the New World Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas in 1998. He has also worked with conductors Leonard Bernstein, Charles Dutoit, Lorin Maazel, Sir Georg Solti and Valery Gergiev. 

      Mr. Merkelo’s first solo recording, A Simple Song was ranked #1 in Quebec’s classical recording chart in 2000. In 2004, Analekta released a highly praised second CD, Baroque Transcriptions, which was nominated by ADISQ for Best Classical Album of the Year. 

      Previously, he was Principal Trumpet with the Rochester Philharmonic and New Orleans Symphony and gained early orchestral experience as an extra with the New York Philharmonic and Pittsburgh Symphony. 

      Paul Merkelo attended the University of Illinois and Eastman School of music, where he was awarded the Speth Scholarship for outstanding orchestral musician. Mr. Merkelo is on the faculty at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and McGill University. He is on the board of directors for the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (Canada), and is the founder of the Paul Merkelo scholarship. 

      Paul Merkelo is a Yamaha artist. 

    • Rob Opitz
      Artist-In-Residence, Jazz Trumpet
      Kennesaw State University

      Originally from Illinois, Mr. Opitz’s career has ranged from elementary music, to middle school, high school, and now at the collegiate level.  Mr. Opitz has been the Director of Bands at Marietta High School, Creekview High School, Barber Middle School, and Reinhardt University.  

      Rob has been a four-time clinician for the Georgia Association of Jazz Educators Clinic Band Festival.  He has been an adjudicator for both the District 7 and District 12 GMEA Jazz Festivals. Rob currently serves as the Director of Jazz at Milton High School, in addition to his duties at Kennesaw State University. 

      Rob is a very active performer.  Rob completed a 4 week tour with international superstar Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.  The international tour featured multiple US Cities, Austin City Limits, and a featured performance on the Jimmy Kimmel show.  Rob is the founder and director of his own group, the Atlanta Latin Jazz Orchestra – an 18 piece big band featuring the music of some of the greats in Latin Jazz.  This group employs some of the top call players in the southeast. 

      He has also appeared as a sideman with Tito Puente, Louis Bellson, Marian McPartland, Rufus Reid, Hal Crook, Marshal Royal, Jon Faddis, Diane Schuur, Paquito D'Rivera, Cladio Roditi, Bob Mintzer, and many more. Rob has performed in local groups in the metro Atlanta Area, including Orquesta MaCuba, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra Jazz Ensemble, Yacht Rock Revue, Bumpin’ the Mango, Bogey and the Viceroy, the Joe Gransden Big Band, Macon Pops Orchestra, and numerous others. 

    • Brian ShawBrian Shaw
      Louisiana State University

      “Brian Shaw epitomizes the versatile twenty-first century trumpeter.” – Elisa Koehler, Fanfares and Finesse

      Brian Shaw is the Julian & Sidney Carruth Associate Professor of Trumpet/Jazz Studies at LSU. He is also Principal Trumpet of the Baton Rouge Symphony, Co-Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Winds, and enjoys an international performing career as a modern and historical trumpet artist. 

      A native of Southeastern Illinois, Brian was first inspired to play the trumpet when he had a front row seat to hear the great Maynard Ferguson in concert in 1988. Mentored in the public schools by his first trumpet teacher and band director Steven Bell, Brian mostly learned to play music by ear from recordings. He attended Eastern Illinois University (BMus.) where he studied trumpet with W. Parker Melvin and arranging with Allan Horney, the Eastman School (M.Mus) where he studied trumpet with James Thompson and jazz writing with Fred Sturm and Bill Dobbins, and the University of Texas at Austin (DMA), where he studied trumpet with Ray Sasaki.

      Shaw has won prizes in four international trumpet competitions and is the dedicatee of several new works, including Brett William Dietz’s concerto redshift and Joseph Turrin’s Two Images. He can also be heard as principal trumpet on recordings with the Dallas Wind Symphony (Reference Recordings), the professional choral ensemble Conspirare (Harmonia Mundi), the University of Texas Wind Ensemble (Naxos), and the Eastman Wind Ensemble (Danzante, Summit Records). His books and transcriptions are published by Advance Music, Presser, Schott, and Universal Edition. 

      A noted Baroque trumpet player, Shaw toured Europe in early 2015 with the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, performing at L’Opéra Royal (Versailles), the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (Paris), Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) among other revered concert halls. His 2008 recording Virtuoso Concertos for Clarino includes some of the most difficult pieces ever written for the instrument and was accompanied by an orchestra made up of New York’s finest period musicians. Early Music America observed: “Shaw’s tone is beautiful, and his playing unfailingly musical… His is a voice that will make a major mark on Baroque trumpet playing.” 

      Recently Shaw has performed Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with the BRSO and Santa Fe Pro Musica, and was guest soloist with the Kansas City-based Spire Chamber Ensemble. In addition, he played Handel’s Messiah at St. Thomas Church in New York and at Kansas City’s Kauffman Center. In past years, Shaw was a featured soloist at the American Musicological Society Conference (Michael Haydn Concerto in C Major), the American Guild of Organists Conference, performed in Carnegie Hall with the English Concert (Handel’s Rinaldo), was guest principal trumpet with the St. Louis Symphony, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Bach Society Houston, and soloist with the Acadiana Symphony (Lafayette). Recently, he has performed in concert alongside saxophonist Branford Marsalis, as guest principal trumpet of the Kansas City Symphony, made his debut on keyed trumpet (performing Haydn's Concerto in E-flat with Austin's La Follia Baroque), and was a trumpet soloist featured with the Eastman Wind Ensemble on Fisher Tull’s Rhapsody and with the Dallas Wind Symphony on John Williams' "With Malice Toward None" from the Spielberg film Lincoln. In 2014, Shaw was the only American Baroque trumpet soloist featured in the final concert of the International Trumpet Guild Conference, and in the same year performed as a soloist with the Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia. 

      His critically acclaimed solo recordings include redshift, (accompanied by the Dallas Wind Symphony), and his 2008 Baroque album, Virtuoso Concertos for Clarino. As a jazz trumpet player, Brian plays regularly with the LSU jazz faculty and leads a big band in Baton Rouge every December, which just released a holiday-themed album titled Christmas at the Manship! Brian continues his work as co-author (with Nick Smart, Royal Academy of Music) on a biography of legendary jazz trumpeter and composer Kenny Wheeler, titled Song for Someone, which will be published by Equinox Books, London. He is proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist. He directs the LSU Jazz Ensemble, which has hosted such luminaries as Peter Erskine, Wayne Bergeron, Denis DiBlasio, Wycliffe Gordon, Rufus Reid, and Bobby Shew during his leadership. Shaw is also an active jazz composer, arranger, and transcriber, with dozens of scores to his credit. Currently, he is working as co-author (with Nick Smart of the Royal Academy of Music, London) of a biography titled Song For Someone: The Musical Life of Kenny Wheeler for Equinox Books, UK. 

      Brian Shaw is proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist.


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      BRIAN SHAW

      “Brian Shaw epitomizes the versatile twenty-first century trumpeter.” 

      – Elisa Koehler, Fanfares and Finesse

      Brian Shaw is Carruth Associate Professor at Louisiana State University where he teaches applied trumpet, jazz improvisation, arranging, history, and leads the LSU Jazz Ensemble. He is Principal Trumpet of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Co-Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Winds, and enjoys an international performing career on modern and Baroque trumpets. A native of Southeastern Illinois, Brian was first inspired to play the trumpet when he had a front row seat to hear the great Maynard Ferguson in concert in 1988. Shaw has recently performed Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with the BRSO and Santa Fe Pro Musica, with the Kansas City-based Spire Chamber Ensemble, with La Follia Austin Baroque, and Handel’s Messiah in New York and Kansas City. Over the past few seasons, Shaw was a featured soloist at the American Musicological Society Conference, the American Guild of Organists Conference, performed in Carnegie Hall with the English Concert, served as guest principal trumpet with the St. Louis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Bach Society Houston, and was a soloist with the Acadiana Symphony. His critically acclaimed solo recordings include redshift, (accompanied by the Dallas Wind Symphony), and his 2008 Baroque album, Virtuoso Concertos for Clarino. As a jazz trumpet player, Brian plays regularly with the LSU faculty trio and leads a big band every December, which just released a holiday-themed album titled Christmas at the Manship! Brian continues his work as co-author on a biography of the Canadian-born jazz trumpeter and composer Kenny Wheeler, titled Song for Someone, which will be published by Equinox Books, London. He is proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist.  

    • Jose SibajaJose Sibaja
      Boston Brass
      Vanderbilt University

      Jose Sibaja is one of the most highly acclaimed Costa Rican trumpet players of his generation with worldwide audiences and broadcast media in the Classical, Latin, Jazz, and Pop musical genres. His career ranges from international appearances as an orchestral soloist with Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica Venezuela, and Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Costa Rica, to worldwide tours with Ricky Martin for the Vuelve and Living la Vida Loca tours. Currently, Jose plays lead trumpet with the world renowned Boston Brass.

      Receiving his musical training at the New World School of the Arts and the University of Miami, Jose’s vast musical repertoire and his masterful artistry make him a prominent figure in a new generation of musicians. He has held positions as principal trumpet with the Miami Symphony, the Sinfonieta de Caracas and Orquesta Sinfonica Venezuela, as well as a position with the Dallas Brass. 

      With televised performances on the American Music Awards, the MTV Awards, the Grammy Awards, and the Latin Grammy Awards shows as well as appearances on Conan O’Brian, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Today Show, Late Night with David Letterman and numerous television appearances in more that 40 countries; Jose’s talents are not limited to live audience performances. Having recorded with such artists as Ricky Martin, Alejandro Sanz, Luis Enrique, Rey Ruiz, Tito Nieves, Celia Cruz and Gloria Estefan among others; Jose Sibaja redefines the idea of a concert artist with a rich mix of stylistic genres surpassing the very stereotype of today's classical musician. Most currently Mr. Sibaja can be heard with the Boston Brass on their Rewired, Reminiscing and Simple Gifts CDs; as well as his solo records, Inner Voice and Spanish Air. 

      Having held a faculty position at Carabobo Conservatory in Valencia, Venezuela. Mr. Sibaja currently serves as a performing artist for the Yamaha Music Corporation; giving concerts, clinics and master classes worldwide. Proclaimed internationally as “a major young talent, the next Wynton Marsalis”, Jose played his solo debut at age 17 with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and only five years of trumpet and music training. 

      Mr. Sibaja has been recently appointed as Associate Professor of Trumpet for the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee).

      Jose Sibaja is indeed one of the world’s most unique trumpet soloists.

      Sam Pilafian, founding member of the Empire Brass, past President of the International Tuba Euphonium Association and Professor of Music at Arizona State University stated: "Jose Sibaja is a trumpet artist uniquely positioned to be the most influential player of our time. His artistry is a unique blend of stylistic influences...Whether traveling the world with Boston Brass, at the highest level of classical orchestral and solo performance or his storied Latin and Jazz career; live and in the recording studios with the major stars of our time...that's Jose!”

       

    • Adam HayesAdam Hayes

      Berry College

      Adam Hayes is an internationally recognized performer, educator, and clinician. A versatile musician, Adam has performed throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, including performances with over 40 professional orchestras throughout the world.

      With an interest in new music and creative music, Adam endeavors to promote the latest in solo trumpet repertoire. He has four feature albums distributed internationally on Curvepoint Media. He is author of the book In Theory: The Trumpet.

      Adam has performed with professional ensembles including The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Atlanta Opera, The Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, The Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, The Hollywood Festival Orchestra, The Hollywood Hills Orchestra, The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, The Dayton Philharmonic, The West Virginia Symphony, The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, The Richmond Symphony, The Chattanooga Symphony, and numerous regional orchestras.

      Adam has been a soloist with the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus, and has performed on studio-recording and commercial engagements from cruise lines to Broadway shows. He has performed with notable artists such as Diana Krall, The Indigo Girls, Bela Fleck, Mannheim Steamroller, Edwin McCain, Joan Osborne, Neil Sedaka, New York Voices, Chris Potter and John Cowan. Several of Adam's solo, chamber and orchestral recordings have been broadcast on radio and television, including feature spots on National Public Radio (NPR). He can be heard on labels including ACA, 5ive Happiness, Curvepoint, Hal Leonard, and Mark Records.

      Adam Hayes is Chair of the Department of Fine Arts and Associate Professor of Music at Berry College in Rome, GA. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music from the University of New Mexico, and a Bachelor of Music from The University of Georgia.

      Adam Hayes is a performing artist for Shires and Eastman Trumpets.

    • Douglas LindseyDr. Douglas Lindsey

      Kennesaw State University

      Dr. Douglas Lindsey joined the faculty at Kennesaw State University in the fall of 2012, and is regularly in demand throughout the United States.  As a soloist, he has been a featured artist with the Memphis Symphony, the Kennesaw State Orchestra, the Kennesaw State Wind Ensemble, the Georgia Brass Band, at the International Trumpet Guild conference, at the Atlanta Trumpet Festival, and at the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast.

      As an orchestral musician, he has performed as principal trumpet of the Memphis Symphony, as section trumpet with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, as principal trumpet of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, as section trumpet with the Macon Symphony, and spent two summers as an orchestral fellowship winner at the Aspen Music Festival.

      Alongside pianist, Judy Cole, he has performed solo recitals all over the Southeast as a founding member of Duo Trompiano.  In addition to solo work, Dr. Lindsey enjoys an active chamber music career as first trumpet with the Premiere Brass, as founding member of the Atlanta Trumpet League, and as a member of the Isthmus Brass.  His love of building community with music is highlighted by his leadership role in the Georgia Brass Band where he currently serves as President, and as a solo cornet section member of the Fountain City Brass Band.

      As an educator, he maintains a vibrant studio at KSU. His undergraduate program has achieved many successes in the last few years. The trumpet ensemble has appeared at the International Trumpet Guild Festival twice, the ensembles have advanced to the highly-competitive National Trumpet Competition each year since 2014, his students have found excellent graduate school and job placements, his students regularly win the KSU Concerto Contest, they have attended summer music festivals, and they have won many ITG conference scholarships. His high school studio has grown exponentially, and now boasts about 20 eager 6th-12th grade trumpet players.  His students are some of the top in the state of Georgia, they regularly perform solo recitals, and they have earned spots in prestigious schools of music across the country.

      Dr. Lindsey’s former duties as music history lecturer at KSU as well as his many experiences on the cornetto and the baroque trumpet reflect his keen interest in the fields of early music and musicology.  As an avid composer and arranger, he enjoys creating work for trumpet ensemble, brass quintet, and brass ensembles.  His published dissertation, “Beyond the Galant,” is an arrangement of four Haydn symphonies for trumpet with historical information about Haydn, performance practice, and the history behind many of the works.  This work is distributed by Hickey’s music and available at www.hickeys.com.  His many other arrangements and compositions are available on his website www.dougtrumpeter.com.

      Previous to his time at KSU, Dr. Lindsey played concerts all over Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois with the acclaimed Wisconsin Brass Quintet. Prior to his tenure with WBQ, Dr. Lindsey performed with the Yale Faculty Brass trio in a series of concerts ending in Carnegie Hall in New York City. In addition to the faculty brass, Dr. Lindsey also pursued a busy schedule with the Atticus Brass Quintet –winner of the 2009 Aspen Music Festival Quintet Fellowship. With Atticus, Dr. Lindsey had the opportunity to play outreach concerts all over Connecticut, perform alongside the American Brass Quintet, and play an exclusive concert on the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

      Previous to earning his DMA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Lindsey studied with Allan Dean at Yale, earning his Master of Music with the distinction of winning the John Swallow excellence in brass prize. Prior to Yale he studied with Ray Mase, Louis Ranger, Kevin Cobb, Scott Moore and Richard Rulli.  Dr. Lindsey received his music performance and music education degrees magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

      Dr. Lindsey is a Schilke performing artist and performs on Facet Mutes.

    • Greg McLeanGreg McLean 

      Perimeter College (GSU)

      Greg McLean (b.1956), trumpeter, composer and arranger, grew up in Atlanta, Georgia where received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education (1979) from Georgia State University. He received a Masters of Music (1982) with a major in music composition from Florida State University. McLean also attended the well-known music school at the University of North Texas where he studied composition and jazz (1985-86). Since leaving Texas McLean has had a varied musical career. He is currently Associate Professor of Music at Perimeter College (GSU), where he directs the PC Jazz Ensemble, and teaches music theory, jazz history, music appreciation, and trumpet.

      As a trumpeter, Greg McLean performs in a variety of styles. He has performed with brass ensembles, wind bands, orchestras, pit orchestras, big bands, jazz combos and variety bands. McLean has been in back up bands for artists such as The Temptations, Frankie Valli, Roger Williams, Diane Shure, The Lettermen, Bob Hope, Joan Rivers and others.  For the past two years he has toured with the Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra. He has also toured Europe six times with Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz.  As a composer, McLean has written works for the Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet and world renowned trumpet players Marvin Stamm, Jens Lindemann and James Thompson.  McLean’s works have also been performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conference, National Trumpet Competition, and Trumpet Festival of the Southeast. McLean’s jazz quartet G-Force Jazz, produced a CD in 1997, Cabin Fever, available on YouTube. McLean has appeared on over forty CD’s as trumpet player, composer and/or arranger.

    • Dr. UlrickDr. Brad Ulrich

      Western Carolina University

      Dr. Ulrich, Professor of Music, has been the trumpet professor at Western Carolina University since 1989. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance from the Florida State University where he studied with Bryan Goff. His Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Trumpet Performance and Literature were awarded from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where he studied with Ray Sasaki and Michael Tunnell. He has had additional lessons with Raymond Mase, George Vosburgh, Adolphe Herseth, James Thompson, Vincent DiMartino, and Chrispian Steele Perkins.

      Maintaining an active performing career, Dr. Ulrich currently performs with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, and the Fortress Brass Quintet.   He has formerly held positions in the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, Greenville Symphony Orchestra (SC), Brevard Chamber Orchestra the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (IL), the Champaign-Urbana Symphony (IL), Sinfonia da Camera (IL), and the Cedar Falls Waterloo Symphony (IA).

      Dr. Ulrich has performed countless recitals both as a soloist and in brass quintets. He has performed and taught across the United States and in Russia, Canada, England, Ireland, Wales, St. Barths, Italy, China, Germany, Jamaica, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Mexico, and South Africa. Dr. Ulrich is the Artistic Director/First Trumpet of the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, which gave its New York debut at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in June 2007.  He is also a founding member of the Fortress Brass Quintet, which tours nationally and internationally each year. The Fortress Brass Quintet is comprised of five university brass professors from five different universities across the United States.

      Over the years Dr. Ulrich has published over a dozen articles in the International Trumpet Guild's Journal.  He was for 10 years Public Relations Director for ITG and the Competition Page Editor for the ITG Youth Website.  He has also served  on the Membership Development Committee for ITG.

      Dr. Ulrich is the Executive Director of the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast and Artistic Director for the Brass Autumn Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.  He is an Artist/Clinician and member of the Product Advisory Council for the Jupiter Band Instrument Company.

      Dr. Ulrich has three won the James Dooley Award for Excellence in Teaching Music (2002, 2008, 2015) and in 2013 he was awarded the prestigious University Scholar Award from Western Carolina University.

    • Eric YatesEric Yates 

      University of Alabama

      Eric Yates serves as Associate Professor of Trumpet at the University of Alabama School of Music, principal trumpet of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, first trumpet of the Alabama Brass Quintet, and a founding member of the internationally-touring Fortress Brass.

      Yates is also an in-demand soloist and clinician and has appeared throughout the United States and the world as a soloist, ensemble member, and teacher. He has performed in England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Cuba, the Republic of Georgia, and numerous times in Russia where he has presented master classes and recitals at the St. Petersburg and Moscow Conservatories five times since 2009. He has also appeared at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in Havana, Cuba; the American University of Rome, Italy; the Tbilisi State Conservatory in Georgia; and at numerous institutions in the U.S., including Emory University, Furman University, the University of Georgia, Mississippi State University, Western Carolina University, Northwestern University, and many others.

      He has hosted the regional trumpet conference the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast at the University of Alabama three times and serves on its board of directors, and he has judged several years at the National Trumpet Competition. He was awarded the Best Cornet Player of the 2006 U.S. Open Brass Band Championships; toured with the award-winning Fountain City Brass Band of Kansas City, MO; and served two years as Principal Solo Cornet of the Prairie Brass Band of Arlington Heights, IL. In 2012, he and four other university brass professors from around the United States formed the Fortress Brass, a quintet which has engaged in numerous tours in the U.S. and abroad.

      Before his appointment at The University of Alabama in 2007, Dr. Yates was an active performer in the Chicago area as principal trumpet of the Northbrook Symphony, co-principal trumpet of the Chicago Brass Choir, and a faculty member of the Lake Forest College Department of Music and Wright City College Department of Fine Arts in Chicago.

      His performance career has included engagements with numerous professional orchestras in the United States, including the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, the South Bend Symphony, the Illinois Symphony, the Elmhurst Symphony, the Northwest Indiana Symphony, and the Nashville Symphony, and he performs regularly with the Alabama (Birmingham) Symphony Orchestra.

      Dr. Yates’s trumpet performance skills and experience encompass all aspects of classical trumpet and cornet playing, from modern symphonic, chamber, and solo work to authentic period performance on historic natural trumpets. He earned his Doctor of Music degree in trumpet performance from Northwestern University, and his principal teachers include Charles Geyer, Barbara Butler, Vincent Cichowicz, and Gary Armstrong.

  • Embassy Suites

    Embassy Suites – Kennesaw Town Center

    620 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, GA, 30144
    Book online using this link to receive special group rateOr call 1-800-EMBASSY and mention group name "Trumpet Festival of the Southeast at Kennesaw State University" to receive special group rate.

    **Please note: To receive special group rate, reservations must be made no later than 11:55 p.m. on January 12, 2020.**

  • For more information, contact:
    Dr. Doug Lindsey
    470-578-2546
    dlinds15@kennesaw.edu

 

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