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Derek Reaban
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James Thompson



James Thompson is professor of trumpet at the Eastman School of Music and is guest professor at the Trompeten-Academy Werder in Bremen, Germany. He has taught trumpet and brass ensemble at Northern Arizona University, the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City and McGill University in Montreal.

He has held positions with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, the Orchestra of the State of Mexico, the National Symphony of Mexico and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He has made recital tours to Japan, Canada, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Latin America. He has also been a guest artist with the Summit Brass and Chicago’s Music of the Baroque. In the last year he has performed as guest principal trumpet with the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Baltimore Symphony.

Mr. Thompson has actively encouraged new compositions for the trumpet. In 1987 he performed the world premiere of Malcolm Forsyth’s Concerto for Trumpet, which was written for him and the Montreal Symphony. In 1990 he performed the Quebec premier of Jacques Hetu’s Trumpet Concerto, and in 1992 he gave the world premier of the Glenn Buhr Concerto for Trumpet, also written for him and the Montreal Symphony.

Mr. Thompson’s CDs include the Montreal Symphony and Telarc’s Atlanta Symphony on London Decca and on the Chandos Label performances of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Trumpets, and Shostakovich Concerto #1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings. Mr. Thompson is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Player bio taken from the Music Academy of the West web site from 2005.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John Head



After receiving his Master of Music Degree from Indiana University John Head became a member of the Aspen Festival Orchestra in Colorado. At this time he was also principal trumpet with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In 1963 he won the position of principal trumpet with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra - a position he held until his retirement in 1994. During his tenure with the orchestra he also served as assistant conductor to Maestro Robert Shaw, and Managing Director of the summer "Pops" season.

Mr. Head's other performance credits include guest solo performances with orchestras in the United States, Central America, and a solo recital at Westminster Abbey in London, England. He has also recorded four albums for solo trumpet and organ. His fifth album was released in the fall of 2001.

His many classical conducting credits include Music Director of the Atlanta Ballet, guest conductor for the National Ballet of Canada, the Tampa Ballet, the Baltimore Ballet, the Toledo Ballet, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Florida Orchestra. Mr. Head was chosen to conduct the world premiere of the ballet Equus in the spring of 2001 he was selected to become the Music Director and conductor of the Atlanta Pops Orchestra.

His most extensive experience and repertoire is the musical theater. Mr. Head has served as music director for Theater of the Stars in Atlanta, GA since 1969. In this capacity he has conducted musical tours with some of the theater's biggest stars. In 1975 he conducted the first full musical production at Artpark in Lewiston, NY. He returned to Artpark for most of the musicals produced for the next twenty years. During this period he also conducted many "Pops" concerts at the park using bands and orchestras.

Since his retirement from the Atlanta Symphony, he has devoted his time to his conducting and teaching career. His present teaching position is trumpet instructor at Georgia State University in Atlanta. In the fall of 1999 he served as conductor of the New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra on a tour of Taiwan. In the early spring he will conduct the orchestra again on an American tour with Frank Gorshin.

Mr. Head's other activities include arranging special orchestrations for symphony orchestras and featured singers. He has experienced a highly diversified musical career for over forty years.

Player bio take from the Georgia State University web site from 2005.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don Johnson



Don Johnson was born August 7, 1939, in Chicago, Illinois. After a courageous six-month battle with cancer under the care of his family and loving wife, Florence, he passed away peacefully on May 29th, 2000 in Jerrabomberra, New South Wales, Australia.

In 1968, 29-year-old Don Johnson arrived in Perth, Western Australia, as principal trumpet of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. He had already accumulated a wealth of experience as a performer and teacher. As a teenager, he toured as a trumpeter and arranger with the bands of Charlie Spivak, Art Mooney, Ray Eberle, and Judy Garland. At age 20, he became the principal trumpet of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He relinquished this position in 1963 to further his education through a scholarship at the Curtis Institute of Music, and later earned a degree in music education from the University of North Carolina, while supporting himself as a music teacher and band director in the Greensboro, North Carolina, school system.

In 1978, he was appointed to the Canberra School of Music (Australia) as Lecturer in trumpet. He designed and implemented an excellent curriculum that established Canberra as a center for trumpet study. Don also initiated proposals for the introduction of a department of jazz studies. When this became a reality in 1985, Don became the first director of jazz studies. His lyrical jazz style concentrated on beautiful tone and melodic improvisation rather than demonstrative high-speed, high-altitude manipulation of chord changes. He also served as principal trumpet with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. Don resigned from the school of music in 1998 and once again devoted himself to the education of school children, first as Band Director at Radford College and then as a member of the instrumental music department of the Australian Capital Territory department of education and training.

He emphasized that performance should be both aesthetically appropriate as well as technically correct. Never an overly aggressive player, he is remembered for the beauty of his tone with the ability to fill an auditorium with the sound of a pianissimo passage. His definitive performance of the Alfred Francis Hill Trumpet Concerto was released by EMI Records (OASD 7556).

Don was a modest man who avoided the limelight, yet made a huge and lasting contribution to the performance and teaching of music in Australia.

Player bio taken from the ITG News 2000 web site.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thomas Hooten



Thomas Hooten joined the faculty at Kennesaw State University in 2006, the same year that he was appointed principal trumpet of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, where he holds the endowed Madeline and Howell Adams Chair. He earned degrees in trumpet performance from the University of South Florida and Rice University. His primary teachers include Armando Ghitalla, John Hagstrom, and Don Owen.

In 2000, Mr. Hooten won a trumpet/cornet position with “The President’s Own” Marine Band where he often a featured soloist. Following his four-year enlistment in the Marine Band, he was appointed assistant principal trumpet with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for two years before coming to Atlanta.

Player bio taken from the Kennesaw State University web site from March 2008.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stuart Stephenson

Stuart Stephenson joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) as Principal Trumpet at the beginning of the 2013-14 season.

Mr. Stephenson has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, and Tanglewood Music Center. An active educator, he maintains a private trumpet studio and is a brass coach for the Midwest Young Artists.

A Farifax Station, VA, native, Mr. Stephenson began playing the trumpet at age 10 and also plays the piano. He holds a bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School and a master’s degree from Northwestern University. Mr. Stephenson’s notable teachers include Barbara Butler, Charlie Geyer, Chris Martin, Tom Rolfs, Tom Cupples, Adel Sanchez, Raymond Mase, and Mark Gould.

Player bio taken from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra website from 2013.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael Myers

Michael Myers returns to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra trumpet section for the 2013-14 season after spending two seasons with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Mr. Myers has also held the position of fourth trumpet of the Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago’s Millennium Park since 2009. During the 2006-2007 season, he performed as third trumpet with the Oregon Symphony. He has also performed with the Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Milwaukee Symphony, Colorado Symphony, and Richmond Symphony. Mr. Myers can be heard on recordings with the Grant Park Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Atlanta Symphony.

Mr. Myers graduated with a Bachelor of Music from James Madison University, where he studied with James Kluesner, and a master’s degree in trumpet performance from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music with Armando Ghitalla. Additional teachers include Vincent Cichowicz, John Hagstrom, Larry Knopp, Ben Wright, Charles Geyer, Barbara Butler, Channing Philbrick, James Pandolfi, and James Wilt. In addition to having a private teaching studio, Mr. Myers was the Associate Professor of Trumpet at Lake Forest College from 2008-2010, and has been a guest lecturer at DePaul University.

Player bio taken from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra website from 2013.
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