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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Erich Traugott



An excerpt from the interview with Erich Traugott by Stuart Laughton

I won a scholarship at Peabody, where my teacher was the renowned virtuoso Lloyd Geisler, who taught a whole lot of studio and symphony trumpeters. Geisler used to say "Get it right the first time, not the second. If you miss, put the horn down for a half-hour, then try again. Only the first time counts. Golf is the same."

That was one of my best times in life, majoring in piano and trumpet and doing lots of freelance work around town. Even though I was studying at a classical school I wasn't thinking of a classical career, particularly. Nevertheless, I won the principal trumpet position with the Baltimore Symphony and played with them for four years, as well as joining the faculty of Peabody AND jobbing in golf clubs and strip joints (every second door downtown was a bar with strippers). There was a law in the US that you couldn't work seven days a week, only six. Because of this I often got to sit in spelling off various musicians on their enforced night off. Sometimes I'd be needed on piano and play that.

Later I joined Rob McConnell's Boss Brass. Rob was great, and worked hard to "get the classical" out of me. We'd go down in my basement and he would teach me. The Boss Brass did a great series of recordings and some great tours I particularly remember the Hollywood Bowl and playing in the two most prestigious jazz clubs in L.A. Every musician in town came to hear us and we made quite an impression. Everyone is very, very proud of all the Boss Brass discs we made. I've also worked with Ron Collier, Duke Ellington, Lucio Agostini, Lou Applebaum, Nelson Riddle, Maynard Ferguson, Henry Mancini, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett, trumpeter Johnny Cowell (who I met in '37), Doc Severinsen, Stan Kenton...oh, it's endless!

Player bio taken from the TrueNorthBrass.com web site from 2005.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2005 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rene Hernandez



A native of San Diego, California, Rene Hernandez is as comfortable in his role as Assistant Principal of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as he is as a soloist, teacher or chamber musician.

His skills as an orchestral musician have taken him around the United States and to more than a dozen countries with such orchestras as the Boston Symphony, the Boston Lyric Opera, the Boston Philharmonic, the Colorado, New Hampshire and Albany Symphony Orchestras, the International Symphony in Jerusalem, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia in Spain, the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado De Mexico, and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano in Italy where he met his wife Silva. In addition to Maestro Yuri Temirkanov, a few of the notable conductors with whom Mr. Hernandez has worked are Simon Rattle, Michael Tilson Thomas and Lorin Maazel.

When not on stage, Rene Hernandez can often be found in the kitchen preparing one of his delicious non-musical creations.

Player bio taken from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra website from 2008.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phil Snedecor



Phil Snedecor attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he received the prestigious Performer’s Certificate and was a member of the premiere brass quintet, the Canterbury Brass. While earning his degrees in trumpet performance and literature he also studied arranging and composition with Professor Rayburn Wright, formerly arranger for Radio City Music Hall.

Mr. Snedecor is currently a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and has held one year positions with the National Symphony, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and the Baltimore Opera. As a show player, he has performed in the touring productions of Guys & Dolls, Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Evita and West Side Story. In addition, Mr. Snedecor has recorded under the RCA, CBS, Gothic, Koss and Summit labels. He is the former Principal Trumpet in the Harrisburg (PA) Symphony Orchestra and former Co-Principal Trumpet in the Alexandria Symphony.

In 1995, Mr. Snedecor and National Symphony Principal Trombonist Milton Stevens co-founded The Washington Symphonic Brass (WSB), a seventeen piece professional brass ensemble. Their CDs, “Ancient Airs for Brass and Organ,” “Nielsen on Brass,” and “Dances with Brass” are available on the Summit label as well as his solo CD, “The Lyrical Trumpet.” The latest WSB CD, “Voices of Brass” featuring Carmina Burana, has been released on the MSR Classics label.

In addition to his trumpet performance activities, he composes and arranges regularly for many brass groups, and has written a series of brass etude books that are available from Robert King Music. Mr. Snedecor is a faculty member of the music department at Towson University. Please visit the WSB website (www.wsbrass.com) for more information.

Player bio taken from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra website from 2008.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No Langston Fitzgerald? He was in that orchestra for 33 years!
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Dr. Louie Eckhardt, trumpeter
http://www.LouieEckhardt.com
Assistant Professor of Music
Hastings College
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Louie!

Dr. Langston Fitzgerald III



Dr. Langston Fitzgerald III, professor of trumpet at Penn State, played trumpet with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from 1970 to 2003. Fitzgerald has played extra with the National Symphony and performed as assistant principal trumpet with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He is principal trumpet and musical contractor of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society Orchestra. In addition, he is first trumpet and founder of both the Giavanni and the Potomac brass quintets. His free-lancing in Baltimore and Washington has included performing at three presidential inaugurations and three "Christmas in Washington" nationally televised specials. He helped to contract and played co-principal trumpet at the nationally televised millennium celebration at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining the Penn State faculty, Fitzgerald taught trumpet at Catholic University. He currently teaches at both the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Penn State. He was lecturer at the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland at College Park. Fitzgerald served as assistant professor of trumpet, coordinator of the brass department, and orchestra conductor at Howard University. He has also taught trumpet at Morgan State University, the Duke Ellington High School for the Performing Arts, University of Maryland at Baltimore County, University of the District of Columbia, Towson State University, and Western Maryland College.

He is a graduate of Howard University (B.M.E.) and Catholic University of America (M.M. and D.M.A.). He is a member of the International Trumpet Guild and is on the board of the International Women's Brass Conference. Fitzgerald is also a member of the American Federation of Musicians in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

Player bio taken from the Penn State School of Music website from 2008.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for adding Fitz Derek.

Fitz was my MM teacher at Penn State. I learned so much from him...he's such a great teacher, player, and human being. I definitely want him to get some props he's owed for his service to music.

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Hastings College
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wilmer Wise



Wilmer Wise, born and raised in Philadelphia, has had a magnificent career. From the beginning he was involved in all kinds of music, some of his fellow Philadelphians being Lee Morgan, Vince Penzarella, Ted Curson, Bobby Timmons, Tony Marchione (teacher of Randy Brecker), and Reggie Workman, to name a few. He has played with the Dick Clark Youth Band, The Intruders, the Club Harlem Band of Atlantic City, performed the Hayden Concerto (at age 23) with The Philadelphia Orchestra, played principal trumpet in the first Music from Marlboro tour to Europe, recorded with Pablo Casals, played lead trumpet in the only recording of West Side Story conducted by Leonard Bernstein, played five seasons with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as assistant principal, served on the faculties of Morgan State and the Peabody Conservatory, performed with the New York Philharmonic, the American Symphony, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic (35 years as principal), recorded most of the Philip Glass movie soundtracks, and played lead trumpet in more than 30 Broadway shows, including five Stephen Sondheim hits.

Player bio taken from the October 2005 article in the ITG Journal entitled Wilmer Wise: A Remarkable Life of Diversity by Laurie Frink

Interview with Wilmer at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jonathan Kretschmer



Jonathan Kretschmer was appointed Second Trumpet in 2010 to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra by Marin Alsop, after six seasons as an Artist-In-Residence and Second Trumpet with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his duties with the KSO, Mr. Kretschmer served as the Principal Trumpet of the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra and Second Trumpet of the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Kretschmer has performed with the Grand Rapids Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Battle Creek Brass Band. Mr. Kretschmer has had the privilege to make music with many notable conductors, including James Conlon, Michael Tilson Thomas, Alan Gilbert and James DePriest.

Mr. Kretschmer was the Instructor of Trumpet at Kalamazoo College and Albion College. As an avid proponent of chamber music, he performed regularly as a member of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, the Grand Valley State University Faculty Brass Quintet, and the brass ensemble he co-founded, Kalamazoo Brass.

Originally from Lafayette, California, Mr. Kretschmer’s love of orchestral trumpet was sparked by attending a live performance of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” played by the San Francisco Youth Orchestra, an ensemble which he was invited to join in 1997. After a brief stint studying molecular biology at the University of California - San Diego, he transferred to Indiana University at Bloomington and earned a Bachelors of Music studying with Ed Cord and John Rommel. He then attended The Juilliard School and studied with Mark Gould, earning a Masters of Music. Additional important influences include Jay Rizzetto, Raymond Mase, Philip Smith, Scott Thornburg, and of course, his parents.
Mr. Kretschmer’s interests away from the stage include cooking and eating, good coffee, running, motorcycling, billiards, and golf.

Player bio taken from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra website from 2010.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always wonder if orchestral trumpet players are allowed to smile. Maybe their teeth are broken from smashing the horn in the face so much. Or, are they too "distinguished" to smile in a picture?
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