Though typically viewed in a negative light, David likes to look positively on how the Army moved his family around every couple years while growing up. All the moving allowed him the opportunity to study with fantastic trumpeters across the US and even Germany! Throughout David's studies, he's encountered various methods and approaches to the trumpet, all of which he's absorbed, practiced, and dissected. Though he subscribes to the Chicago School of Brass Playing, David believes that not one approach works for everyone and his expansive education and training allows him to pull from different methods to find a solution.
Esteban Batallán was appointed to the Bud Herseth Principal Trumpet Chair by Riccardo Muti in 2019.
Mark Ridenour has been the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Assistant Principal Trumpet since 1994. He is a renowned orchestral and solo musician.
Neal Berntsen is one of today's leading trumpet players. He performs in virtually all settings from chamber to studio and has served as Principal Trumpet for the Pittsburgh Symphony since 1997.
Malcolm McNab is a Hollywood studio recording legend, having played principal on over 2,000 film scores by Goldsmith, Bernstein, Horner, Alex North, and hundreds of others, including 46 of Williams' scores.
Jon Lewis has been dubbed the principal trumpet of Hollywood, as one of the most prolific studio musicians active today. His favorite accolade is that he played principal trumpet for the soundtracks to the Sequel Trilogy of Star Wars.
Grant Hungerford is the professor of trumpet at UCSB and the principal trumpet for the Downey Symphony, Burbank Philharmonic, and Peninsula Symphony. He is also an active freelance musician and teacher in LA.
Kenneth Capshaw is an El Pasoan musician. He holds the second trumpet position with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and throughout his career has played a significant role in music education in El Paso and Texas.
Friedhelm Biessecker is a German orchestral trumpeter who has played with several German orchestras and has held the first trumpet position with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz since 1980.
Jason Ortiz is a trumpeter and teacher out of Columbia, South Carolina. He is a consistent substitute for the South Carolina Philharmonic and a permanent member of the Palmetto Concert Band.
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