Trumpet

Trumpet Department Chair

  • Dennis Wasko

Trumpet Department Faculty

Objective:. The Trumpet department emphasizes development in technique, sound production, sight reading and improvisation. The goal is to prepare a professional trumpet player that can assimilate in classical, commercial and jazz genres. Graduates can apply their understanding of harmony, interpretation and improvisation in both small and large ensembles, which cover a broad range of musical styles and genres. They will possess knowledge of the history of trumpet from its classical and jazz origins to its contemporary roles. Graduates combine these elements to achieve an individual approach to their art. The students’ application of both technical and creative foundations prepares them for a professional career. 

Playing Opportunities: The School of Music offers more than 50 different large and small music ensembles. These include two big bands, a 10-piece studio ensemble, an 11tet featuring original compositions, a Classical Trumpet ensemble, a Jazz Trumpet ensemble, 15 small jazz groups performing traditional and contemporary jazz (from Miles Davis and Charles Mingus to the Yellowjackets and the Brecker Brothers), a 150-piece Chorus and numerous small vocal ensembles. Trumpet students are constantly needed to participate in additional School of Music concerts, musical theater productions and larger inter-arts collaborative concerts.

Location: The University of the Arts is located in the heart of downtown Philadelphia on the “Avenue of the Arts,” next door to both the Academy of Music and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. There are 19 professional concert halls, jazz clubs, music clubs and theaters all within four blocks of school that present more than 80 professional concerts, recitals and music performances each week.

Equipment: The Trumpet department owns a custom Yamaha piccolo trumpet and a combination D/Eb Yamaha trumpet. Both are available for students to borrow for concentration on baroque and classical trumpet literature.

Teaching Materials: At the beginning of every school year, each Trumpet major receives study materials that have been created by our faculty. Trumpet methods such as Arbans, Charlier, Top Tones and Advanced Lip Flexibilties are used. Students are required to transcribe, study and memorize classic jazz solos from Louis Armstrong to Clifford Brown, Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis and Woody Shaw.

Program/Curriculum: Students take weekly one-hour private lessons with Trumpet faculty. Students are encouraged to pursue any musical interests they may have while maintaining a high level of focus in the curriculum. Our Trumpet faculty is well-versed in jazz, commercial and classical genre, and encourage our students to become versatile performers.

Guest Artists/Clinicians: The following is a partial list of the players that have given clinics and performances at UArts: Wayne Bergeron, Tim Hagans, Joe Magnarelli, Alex Sipiagin, Scott Wendholt, Earl Gardner, the Philadelphia Orchestra Trumpet Section (David Bilger, Jeff Curnow, Frank Kadarabek) and the Army Blues Trumpet Section (Mark Wood,Graham Breedlove, Craig Fraedrich, Liesl Whitaker).