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2019 TFSE
2019 Trumpet Festival of the Southeast
Hosted by Kennesaw State University
January 18 – 20

This year’s festival will feature a host of fabulous artists from across the region and country. Our two featured trumpet artists this year are Joe Gransden and Rex Richardson. 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.  We would like to thank our sponsors, Dr. Stephen Plate, and YOU for making this event possible! We can’t wait to see you in January 2019!

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  • 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.

    Friday, January 18, 2019

    • 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. – Registration open

    • 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. – Opening fanfare, welcome, and initial mass ensemble rehearsal

    • 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. – Dinner break

    • 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. – Faculty Jazz Parliament concert featuring Joe Gransden and Rex Richardson

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


    Saturday, January 19th

    • 7:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. – Registration open

    • 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. – Warm-Up Session, Dr. Timothy Tesh
      This morning session will explore one of the many amazing fundamentals routines out there, Greg Spence’s Mystery to Mastery, in an effort to provide attendees another approach to improving their playing on a daily basis.  Combining Spence’s routine with drones and drum machines, this promises to be an exciting approach to sound fundamentals!

    • Timothy Tesh - Univerisity of Southern MS
      Dr. Timothy J. Tesh

      Assistant Professor of Trumpet

      Dr. Timothy J. Tesh is among the newest members of the School of Music faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi, having assumed his position as the Assistant Professor of Trumpet in August of 2016. T.J. relocated to Mississippi after an exciting and successful career as a freelance trumpeter and music educator in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Tesh is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Pickett Brass Artist, and has enjoyed an eclectic performance career, having performed with music legends like Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Patti Austin, Take 6, Quincy Jones, Dave Koz, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and many others. Prior to leaving Los Angeles, T.J. recorded, toured and performed around the globe for three years as a member of the internationally celebrated brass quintet, Presidio Brass. Additionally, Dr. Tesh has toured and performed throughout the United States and Canada with Victory Brass, The Alias Brass Company, the Southern Arts Brass Quintet and with Mel Brooks’ Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, The Producers, where he served as principal trumpet.  T.J.’s debut solo recording, Adaptations for Trumpet, was released in November of 2017.

      T.J. received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance and Music Education from The University of Southern California in 2012, having previously completed his Master of Music in Trumpet Performance at The University of Kentucky in 2004 and his Bachelor of Arts in Music at Mars Hill College in 2002.



    • 9 a.m. – Exhibits open
      Exhibits will be open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. for participants to visit the 2019 TFSE sponsors and vendors.

    • 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. – Masterclass: Overcoming Adversity, Chip Crotts

    • Chip Crotts - Georgia Tech
      Dr. Chip Crotts

      Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Director of Athletic Bands

      Dr. Chip Crotts a grammy nominated artist, Crotts has performed and recorded for the Disney Company in Europe and the United States, and maintains an active career as a first call musician for national touring shows and orchestral dates throughout the United States. Chip has toured and worked with numerous international artists and ensembles, including Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Boston Brass, The Manhattan Transfer, Jamie Cullum, Rhythm and Brass, The O’Jay’s, Joan Rivers, Frankie Valli, The Temptations and Maynard Ferguson, among others. Equally at home as a classical performer, Chip has presented numerous university recitals and masterclasses and has performed with the orchestras of North Carolina, Alabama, Huntsville, Charleston, Macon, Austin, Tuscaloosa, Altoona, Abilene, and Chattanooga, among others. He can be heard on recent recordings with John Driskell Hopkins, Jennifer Holliday and Joe Gransden, as well on the SeaBreeze Jazz label with groups such as the Bob Meyer Concept Orchestra and Third Coast Jazz Orchestra. Chip is also a featured musician on the Grammy nominated “Celebration of Life” with Little Joe Y La Famiglia. Additional recordings include performances with the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, University of Texas Jazz Orchestra, Penn State Centre Dimensions and East Carolina Jazz Ensemble “A”. Dr. Crotts has also been a featured soloist in some of the world’s premier musical venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Birdland, Blues Alley, Le Duc des Lombards (Paris, France) and The Blue Note.

      As an educator, Dr. Crotts presents clinics nationally on Brass Pedagogy, Jazz Pedagogy, Breathing for Wind Players and Versatility in Performance. Also involved in the marching arts, Crotts has served as a brass instructor with Spirit of Atlanta, Phantom Regiment, The Blue Devils, The Cavaliers and is presently Brass Caption Manager for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. Chip is very active as a clinician and adjudicator and has served in this capacity with organizations such as Bands of America, Drum Corps International, Drum Corps Japan, DCI Taiwan Marching Academy, Winter Guard International and numerous state and national music educator associations.

      Currently, Dr. Crotts serves as Vice-President of the Georgia Association of Jazz Educators, as well as being a member of NAfME, the American Federation of Musicians, the Jazz Education Network and The International Trumpet Guild. He is a past fellowship recipient from the Aspen Music Festival and Music at the Banff Centre (Canada), as well as a grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Georgia Tech Foundation.  Most recently, Dr. Crotts was selected as a Georgia Tech “Class of 1969 Teaching Fellow” and the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning “2017 Teaching Award”.

      Dr. Crotts received his undergraduate degree in Music Business from East Carolina University, a Master of Music in Orchestral Performance from Penn State University, as well as the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance with a Jazz Emphasis from the University of Texas at Austin. His primary teachers include Ray Sasaki, Ray Crisara, John Daniel and Tom Huener, including additional studies with Boyde Hood and Roger Ingram.

      Previously, Chip served on the faculties of Samford University, Jacksonville State University and The University of Texas at Austin.

      A Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician, Chip resides in Acworth, GA with his wife Kelly and daughter Abigail.



    • 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. – Featured College Players Recital
      This recital will feature various students from across the Southeast. Selection for this recital is competitive and selected by the trumpet instructors from across the region.

    • 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. – Featured Professors Recital
      This recital will feature the fine playing of some of the nation’s top trumpet pedagogues.

    • 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.  – Lunch break

    • 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. – Dedicated time to visit exhibitors
      Exhibits will be open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. for participants to visit the 2019 TFSE sponsors and vendors.

    • 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. – Featured artist masterclasses, Rex Richardson

    • Rex Richardson - Artist
      Rex Richardson

      Trumpet Soloist

      Hailed in classical circles as “among the very best trumpet soloists in the world today,” (International Trumpet Guild) “One of the finest virtuosos of our time” (The Brass Herald) and in jazz as “a standout soloist with the power, range and flexibility to rival Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw,” (DownBeat Magazine) Yamaha Performing Artist Rex Richardson was named the 2008 Brass Herald Personality of the Year. 

      A veteran of the acclaimed chamber ensemble Rhythm & Brass, jazz legend Joe Henderson’s Quintet and Sextet, William Russo’s Chicago Jazz Ensemble, and the Brass Band of Battle Creek, known as the world’s “Rolls Royce of Brass Bands” (Brass Band World), he stays busy as a headline artist at international brass and jazz festivals and as a soloist with orchestras, concert bands, brass bands and jazz ensembles on five continents. These ensembles have ranged from the Phoenix Symphony to the U.S. Army Field Band, and from England’s Fodens Brass Band to the U.S. Air Force’s Airmen of Note Jazz Ensemble.

      Style Weekly called Richardson “One of the world’s most engaging and astonishingly versatile trumpeters.” A tireless champion of new music and an advocate of improvisation in classical as well as jazz settings, he has presented the premiere performances of genre-bending concertos by Peter Meechan, Anthony Plog, Doug Richards, David Sampson, Andy Scott, James Stephenson, Allen Vizzutti, and Dana Wilson in over twenty-five countries on five continents since 2006.

      Richardson’s nine solo recordings, including the 2010 release Magnum Opus: 21st Century Trumpet Concertos are all released on Summit Records. His most recent, Freedom of Movement: 21st Century Trumpet Concertos, featuring the new works by Plog, Scott, Stephenson and Vizzutti, was released in May to rave reviews.

      Richardson has degrees in anthropology and music from Northwestern and Louisiana State and has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University since 2002. He served as International Tutor in Trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, U.K. from 2012-2015.



    • 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. – Trumpet ensemble rehearsals

    • 4 p.m.  - 5 p.m. – Featured artist masterclass, Joe Gransden

    • Joe Gransden - Artist
      Joe Gransden

      Trumpeter and Vocalist

      Band leader Joe Gransden has performed worldwide and released 16 CDs under his own name. Renowned first for the hard bop approach of his trumpet, Gransden’s singing voice has been compared to that of Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra.

      "When I first heard Joe nine years ago, I immediately thought of Chet," says Jazziz magazine critic James Rozzi, “but lately his voice has taken on its own style with a deeper resonance. His trumpet has always alternated lyricism with an aggressive, angular approach. He has the ability to cover the gamut of emotions."

      Joe is from just north of Manhattan, New York. Coming from a family full of musicians, Joe’s introduction to music came early on through his father, a gifted singer and pianist. His grandfather was a trumpeter of merit, playing professionally his whole life throughout New York. On his mother’s side of the family was the piano virtuoso Carmen Cavallero.

      "Music has been a part of my life as far back as I can remember,” says the unassuming Joe Gransden. “I can remember practicing with my father, and eventually him taking me along to sit in at jam sessions. Early on I developed a respect for individuals like my father whose lives revolved around music. While still in high school, I knew that music was the life I would choose.”

      Not long after high school, Joe was on the road as a sideman with the big bands of Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller. A number of A.F.M. contracted sideman gigs include Barry White, The Moody Blues, Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, The Whispers, etc. Eventually moving to New York City, he performed with numerous groups, including sub work with Toshiko Akiyoshi and Chico O’Farrill at the famous Birdland Jazz Club. Meanwhile, Joe formed his own group, which performed in Brooklyn each week and included the venerable guitarist Joe Cohn and ex-Betty Carter bassist, Matt Hughes. “Having my own group and being fortunate enough to travel, play, and record has been a dream come true,” says Joe.

      “Exploring the music with a steady group of great players has enabled me to continually grow.” Joe Gransden growing legion of fans around the country have obviously taken note. In Atlanta, where Joe plays steadily 5-6 nights a week in as many venues, his loyal following includes an array of people from blue-collar workers to upper crust businessmen and businesswomen who all share a love of good music.

      Like many developing jazzmen, Gransden’s early influences, which include Kenny Dorham and Miles Davis, were easily recognizable in his playing throughout his formative years. "Emulating the jazz greats is always the very first step," says the historically-rooted Gransden. "But obviously, in order to be true to myself—who I am, pwhat I believe in, my family background—I need to have a sound that’s my own. It’s taken me until recently to hone in on that voice and explore its potential. One of the truly enjoyable things about my career has been finding that my audience appreciates my individual talents."

      A widening schedule has found Joe performing the 1st and 3rd Mondays of every month at Café 290 in Atlanta w/his 16 Piece Big Band , The Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, South Carolina, The Blue Note NYC, The Museum of Art and Design in midtown Manhattan, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, Ga and Tehema Golf Club in Carmel, California (where Joe regularly plays events for Clint Eastwood). Joe also just released his brand new Big Band cd entitled “Go Getta”! The title track was written for Joe by Kipper Jones and features saxophone great Kenny G! Pick your copy up today on Joe’s website, ITUNES, CDBABY etc....

      www.joegransden.com



    • 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. – Festival of Trumpets Concert
      This concert features ensembles from across the Southeast. If you want to participate in the mass ensemble just indicate your preference at registration. You will receive an email with details closer to the event.

    • 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. – Dinner break

    • 8 p.m. – Evening concert
      KSU Wind Ensemble and the Georgia Brass Band featuring Rex Richardson, Joe Gransden, and Doug Lindsey

    After the concert:
    Jazz Jam hosted by Greg McLean
    Marlow's Tavern and Grill

    745 Chastain Road NW, Suite 1160
    Kennesaw, GA 30144 (View Map)


    Sunday, January 20th

    • 1 p.m.  - 3 p.m. – Round table discussion
      This session allows the students and participants to sit and discuss anything they want with the trumpet professors of the Southeast!

    • Chip Crotts - Georgia Tech
      Dr. Chip Crotts

      Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Director of Athletic Bands

      Dr. Chip Crotts a grammy nominated artist, Crotts has performed and recorded for the Disney Company in Europe and the United States, and maintains an active career as a first call musician for national touring shows and orchestral dates throughout the United States. Chip has toured and worked with numerous international artists and ensembles, including Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Boston Brass, The Manhattan Transfer, Jamie Cullum, Rhythm and Brass, The O’Jay’s, Joan Rivers, Frankie Valli, The Temptations and Maynard Ferguson, among others. Equally at home as a classical performer, Chip has presented numerous university recitals and masterclasses and has performed with the orchestras of North Carolina, Alabama, Huntsville, Charleston, Macon, Austin, Tuscaloosa, Altoona, Abilene, and Chattanooga, among others. He can be heard on recent recordings with John Driskell Hopkins, Jennifer Holliday and Joe Gransden, as well on the SeaBreeze Jazz label with groups such as the Bob Meyer Concept Orchestra and Third Coast Jazz Orchestra. Chip is also a featured musician on the Grammy nominated “Celebration of Life” with Little Joe Y La Famiglia. Additional recordings include performances with the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, University of Texas Jazz Orchestra, Penn State Centre Dimensions and East Carolina Jazz Ensemble “A”. Dr. Crotts has also been a featured soloist in some of the world’s premier musical venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Birdland, Blues Alley, Le Duc des Lombards (Paris, France) and The Blue Note.

      As an educator, Dr. Crotts presents clinics nationally on Brass Pedagogy, Jazz Pedagogy, Breathing for Wind Players and Versatility in Performance. Also involved in the marching arts, Crotts has served as a brass instructor with Spirit of Atlanta, Phantom Regiment, The Blue Devils, The Cavaliers and is presently Brass Caption Manager for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. Chip is very active as a clinician and adjudicator and has served in this capacity with organizations such as Bands of America, Drum Corps International, Drum Corps Japan, DCI Taiwan Marching Academy, Winter Guard International and numerous state and national music educator associations.

      Currently, Dr. Crotts serves as Vice-President of the Georgia Association of Jazz Educators, as well as being a member of NAfME, the American Federation of Musicians, the Jazz Education Network and The International Trumpet Guild. He is a past fellowship recipient from the Aspen Music Festival and Music at the Banff Centre (Canada), as well as a grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Georgia Tech Foundation.  Most recently, Dr. Crotts was selected as a Georgia Tech “Class of 1969 Teaching Fellow” and the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning “2017 Teaching Award”.

      Dr. Crotts received his undergraduate degree in Music Business from East Carolina University, a Master of Music in Orchestral Performance from Penn State University, as well as the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance with a Jazz Emphasis from the University of Texas at Austin. His primary teachers include Ray Sasaki, Ray Crisara, John Daniel and Tom Huener, including additional studies with Boyde Hood and Roger Ingram.

      Previously, Chip served on the faculties of Samford University, Jacksonville State University and The University of Texas at Austin.

      A Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician, Chip resides in Acworth, GA with his wife Kelly and daughter Abigail.

    • 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.

    • Greg McLean - Georgia Peremiter College
      Greg McLean

      Associate Professor of Music

      Greg McLean (b.1956), trumpeter, composer and arranger, was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, but grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education (1979) from Georgia State University and attended Florida State University where he received a Masters of Music (1982) with a major in music composition. After several years of freelancing in Atlanta as a trumpet player and arranger, McLean attended the well known music school at the University of North Texas (formerly North Texas State University) where he studied composition and jazz (1985-86). Since leaving Texas McLean has had a varied musical career including stops in Baltimore, MD as cornetist for the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble and freelance work in Orlando, FL.  In 1987, McLean returned to Atlanta where he is currently Associate Professor of Music at Perimeter College (Georgia State University),  He directs the PC Jazz Ensemble, and teaches music theory, jazz history, music appreciation, and trumpet.

      Greg McLean is one of Atlanta’s more versatile musicians, having performed in a wide variety of brass ensembles, bands, orchestras, jazz and pop groups . For the past two years he has toured with the Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra.  He has performed in Europe six times with Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz, as well as the Singapore Arts Festival (1996) and a tour of Poland and Russia (1996). As a composer, McLean has written three works for the Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet. His piece Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, written for the ASO Brass and piano, was aired during a live broadcast of NPR’s Performance Today during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Several of McLean’s compositions have also been performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conference, The National Trumpet Competition, and the annual Trumpet Festival of the Southeast. His concerto for two trumpets, The Twain Have Met, was composed for jazz great Marvin Stamm, and premiered in 2008 at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville). In April 2011 Stamm premiered Twain, re-orchestrated for wind ensemble, at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. On May 23, 2012 Twain was featured at the opening night concert of the 37th Annual Conference of the International Trumpet Guild. As a trumpet player, McLean performs in all musical genres, but enjoys the expressive freedom of jazz. He leads The G-Force Jazz comprised of several of the finest jazz musicians in the Atlanta area. The group’s debut CD, Cabin Fever, available on YouTube. McLean has appeared on over thirty-five CD’s as trumpet player, composer and/or arranger.

    • Joe Gransden - Artist
      Joe Gransden

      Trumpeter and Vocalist

      Band leader Joe Gransden has performed worldwide and released 16 CDs under his own name. Renowned first for the hard bop approach of his trumpet, Gransden’s singing voice has been compared to that of Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra.

      "When I first heard Joe nine years ago, I immediately thought of Chet," says Jazziz magazine critic James Rozzi, “but lately his voice has taken on its own style with a deeper resonance. His trumpet has always alternated lyricism with an aggressive, angular approach. He has the ability to cover the gamut of emotions."

      Joe is from just north of Manhattan, New York. Coming from a family full of musicians, Joe’s introduction to music came early on through his father, a gifted singer and pianist. His grandfather was a trumpeter of merit, playing professionally his whole life throughout New York. On his mother’s side of the family was the piano virtuoso Carmen Cavallero.

      "Music has been a part of my life as far back as I can remember,” says the unassuming Joe Gransden. “I can remember practicing with my father, and eventually him taking me along to sit in at jam sessions. Early on I developed a respect for individuals like my father whose lives revolved around music. While still in high school, I knew that music was the life I would choose.”

      Not long after high school, Joe was on the road as a sideman with the big bands of Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller. A number of A.F.M. contracted sideman gigs include Barry White, The Moody Blues, Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, The Whispers, etc. Eventually moving to New York City, he performed with numerous groups, including sub work with Toshiko Akiyoshi and Chico O’Farrill at the famous Birdland Jazz Club. Meanwhile, Joe formed his own group, which performed in Brooklyn each week and included the venerable guitarist Joe Cohn and ex-Betty Carter bassist, Matt Hughes. “Having my own group and being fortunate enough to travel, play, and record has been a dream come true,” says Joe.

      “Exploring the music with a steady group of great players has enabled me to continually grow.” Joe Gransden growing legion of fans around the country have obviously taken note. In Atlanta, where Joe plays steadily 5-6 nights a week in as many venues, his loyal following includes an array of people from blue-collar workers to upper crust businessmen and businesswomen who all share a love of good music.

      Like many developing jazzmen, Gransden’s early influences, which include Kenny Dorham and Miles Davis, were easily recognizable in his playing throughout his formative years. "Emulating the jazz greats is always the very first step," says the historically-rooted Gransden. "But obviously, in order to be true to myself—who I am, pwhat I believe in, my family background—I need to have a sound that’s my own. It’s taken me until recently to hone in on that voice and explore its potential. One of the truly enjoyable things about my career has been finding that my audience appreciates my individual talents."

      A widening schedule has found Joe performing the 1st and 3rd Mondays of every month at Café 290 in Atlanta w/his 16 Piece Big Band , The Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, South Carolina, The Blue Note NYC, The Museum of Art and Design in midtown Manhattan, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, Ga and Tehema Golf Club in Carmel, California (where Joe regularly plays events for Clint Eastwood). Joe also just released his brand new Big Band cd entitled “Go Getta”! The title track was written for Joe by Kipper Jones and features saxophone great Kenny G! Pick your copy up today on Joe’s website, ITUNES, CDBABY etc....

      www.joegransden.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.

    • Kay Fairchild - ArtistKay Fairchild
      Co-Director of the Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble (ATE)

      Kay Fairchild, one of Atlanta’s leading brass clinicians, is now in her sixteenth season as the co-director of the Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble (ATE).  She maintains an active private studio in the metropolitan Atlanta area. Approximately 60% of her students are placed in All-State Band and Orchestra each year. Her students have been accepted to prestigious universities such as the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University, the Cleveland Institute, Florida State University and the University of Georgia.

      Fairchild teaches trumpet and brass at Milton High School and also serves as the brass coordinator at Lakeside High School. She has served as the Brass Coordinator and Instructor for the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra, Westminster Summer Band, and the Pope High School Band. Fairchild has served as Artist Affiliate at Emory University.

      Fairchild has performed concerts around the world, including the United States, mainland China, and Japan. She has performed with Doc Severinsen, Timofei Dokschitzer and The Indigo Girls. She is a founding member of the Ivy Street Brass and served as staff trumpeter for First Baptist Church of Decatur, Georgia for fourteen years. Fairchild is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and works as a Wellness Coach and Group Exercise Instructor with the Metro YMCA.

    • Rex Richardson - Artist
      Rex Richardson

      Trumpet Soloist

      Hailed in classical circles as “among the very best trumpet soloists in the world today,” (International Trumpet Guild) “One of the finest virtuosos of our time” (The Brass Herald) and in jazz as “a standout soloist with the power, range and flexibility to rival Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw,” (DownBeat Magazine) Yamaha Performing Artist Rex Richardson was named the 2008 Brass Herald Personality of the Year. 

      A veteran of the acclaimed chamber ensemble Rhythm & Brass, jazz legend Joe Henderson’s Quintet and Sextet, William Russo’s Chicago Jazz Ensemble, and the Brass Band of Battle Creek, known as the world’s “Rolls Royce of Brass Bands” (Brass Band World), he stays busy as a headline artist at international brass and jazz festivals and as a soloist with orchestras, concert bands, brass bands and jazz ensembles on five continents. These ensembles have ranged from the Phoenix Symphony to the U.S. Army Field Band, and from England’s Fodens Brass Band to the U.S. Air Force’s Airmen of Note Jazz Ensemble.

      Style Weekly called Richardson “One of the world’s most engaging and astonishingly versatile trumpeters.” A tireless champion of new music and an advocate of improvisation in classical as well as jazz settings, he has presented the premiere performances of genre-bending concertos by Peter Meechan, Anthony Plog, Doug Richards, David Sampson, Andy Scott, James Stephenson, Allen Vizzutti, and Dana Wilson in over twenty-five countries on five continents since 2006.

      Richardson’s nine solo recordings, including the 2010 release Magnum Opus: 21st Century Trumpet Concertos are all released on Summit Records. His most recent, Freedom of Movement: 21st Century Trumpet Concertos, featuring the new works by Plog, Scott, Stephenson and Vizzutti, was released in May to rave reviews.

      Richardson has degrees in anthropology and music from Northwestern and Louisiana State and has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University since 2002. He served as International Tutor in Trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, U.K. from 2012-2015.

    • Timothy Tesh - Univerisity of Southern MS
      Dr. Timothy J. Tesh

      Assistant Professor of Trumpet

      Dr. Timothy J. Tesh is among the newest members of the School of Music faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi, having assumed his position as the Assistant Professor of Trumpet in August of 2016. T.J. relocated to Mississippi after an exciting and successful career as a freelance trumpeter and music educator in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Tesh is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Pickett Brass Artist, and has enjoyed an eclectic performance career, having performed with music legends like Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Patti Austin, Take 6, Quincy Jones, Dave Koz, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and many others. Prior to leaving Los Angeles, T.J. recorded, toured and performed around the globe for three years as a member of the internationally celebrated brass quintet, Presidio Brass. Additionally, Dr. Tesh has toured and performed throughout the United States and Canada with Victory Brass, The Alias Brass Company, the Southern Arts Brass Quintet and with Mel Brooks’ Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, The Producers, where he served as principal trumpet.  T.J.’s debut solo recording, Adaptations for Trumpet, was released in November of 2017.

      T.J. received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance and Music Education from The University of Southern California in 2012, having previously completed his Master of Music in Trumpet Performance at The University of Kentucky in 2004 and his Bachelor of Arts in Music at Mars Hill College in 2002.

  • Embassy Suites – Kennesaw Town Center

    620 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, GA, 30144
    Book online using this link to recieve special group rate
    Or call 1-800-EMBASSY and mention group code CESTFS or 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 1, 2019.**

    Hampton Inn – Atlanta Kennesaw

    3405 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw, GA, 30144
    Book online using this link to recieve special group rate

  • The 2019 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. View Campus Map

    Event Locations:

    Bailey Performance Center
    488 Prillaman Way NW
    Kennesaw, GA 30144

    Carmichael Student Center
    395 Cobb Ave NW
    Kennesaw, GA 30144

    Visitors may park in Visitor Lot J and use the electronic kiosk to pay for parking. View Parking Map

    Visitor Parking Lot J
    461 Prillaman Way NW
    Kennesaw, GA 30144
  • Thank you to the 2019 TFSE vendors and sponsors for their generous support of this year's festival! Stop by and visit the vendors and sponsors from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 19.

    Warburton Music Products
    Rich Ita's Brass Instrument Workshop
    Callet Custom Trumpets
    McNeill Washburn
    Legends Brass
    Just For Brass
    Pollard Water Key
    Jupiter Music
    XO Professional Brass
    International Trumpet Guild
    Georgia Brass Band
    Yamaha Brass Instruments
    Pickett Blackburn
    Marlow's Tavern – Kennesaw

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

 

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