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Rocky Mountain Trumpet Festival Nov. 13-15

November 11, 2009

The Colorado State Chamber Orchestra will be joined by guest trumpeter David Hickman and CSU's own Daniel Kuehn during the Rocky Mountain Trumpet Classical Music Concert on Friday, Nov. 13. A Big Band Jazz Concert will take place on Saturday, Nov. 14, featuring the CSU Big Band and guests Al Hood, Brad Goode, Chase Sanborn, and Trent Austin.

Guest artist Al Hood, Trumpet

Friday, Nov. 13 through
Sunday, Nov. 15
Griffin Concert Hall
University Center for the Arts 

The CSU Department of Music hosts the annual Rocky Mountain Trumpet Festival November 13 – 15. During the three day event, two concerts with special guest trumpeters will be presented.

The CSU Chamber Orchestra performs a Classical Music Concert on Friday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m., and the CSU Big Band will be performing a Big Band Jazz Concert on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Both concerts will be held in the Griffin Concert Hall at the University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington Street.

Guest artist, Chase Sanborn, Trumpet.


Tickets to the nightly concerts are: 

  • $10 for the public
  • $5 for Colorado State students
  • $1 for youth ages 2 to 17

Tickets are available from the Campus Box Office in the Lory Student Center, by phone at (970) 491-4849, or online. A portion of the proceeds benefits the festival directly. 

Guest-artist masterclasses

In addition to the nightly concerts, Rocky Mountain Trumpet Festival (RMTF) activities include guest-artist masterclasses, performances by the CSU trumpet studios, a specialized high school program, exhibits and door prizes. Registration for the entire festival is $25.

RMTF Classical Music Concert

Under the direction of CSU professor and director of orchestras Wes Kenney, the RMTF Classical Music Concert will be hosted by CSU assistant trumpet professor Daniel Kuehn, and features special guest David Hickman.

Hickman is considered one of the world’s pre-eminent trumpet virtuosos and has performed over 2,000 solo appearances. The concert also includes trumpeters Steven Marx, and Trent Austin. The program selections each highlight one to three trumpeters with piano or chamber orchestra.

RMTF Big Band Concert 

Guest artist Trent Austin, Trumpet.

The RMTF Big Band Jazz Concert, conducted by CSU director of jazz studies, Peter Sommer, features the CSU Big Band with special guest soloists Al Hood, Brad Goode, Chase Sanborn, and Trent Austin, all on trumpet.

Pieces such as Dizzy Gillespie's A Night in Tunisia, and Wayne Shorter's Black Nile, were selected by the trumpeters.

Daniel Kuehn, CSU assistant trumpet professor describes The Rocky Mountain Trumpet Festival as a unique arrangement between trumpet students and professors from around the state. “We gather once a year to perform and discuss, through master classes and clinics, the music process at each institution,” said Kuehn.

Along with the opportunity to hear what is being played and studied at each university, registrants hear from professional trumpet players and clinicians from around the U.S. about current trends in teaching and performance. “We also bring in instrument makers and music publishers, so participants can play new instruments, find new tools of the trade, and review music books that correlate to performances and lessons given during the weekend,” added Kuehn.

Guest artist David Hickman, one of the world’s preeminent trumpet virtuosos who has performed over 2,000 solo appearances.

 About David Hickman

David Hickman will be performing with our CSU Big Band within the Big Band Jazz Concert.

Hickman is considered one of the world's pre-eminent trumpet virtuosos and has performed over 2,000 solo appearances around the world as a recitalist or guest soloist with nearly 500 different orchestras. His tours have taken him to Japan, Korea, Thailand, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Canada, Mexico, Switzerland, and virtually every major American city.

David Hickman is currently is a Regents' Professor of Music at Arizona State University, is a member of the Saint Louis Brass Quintet, Wichita Brass Quintet, Illinois Brass Quintet, Baroque Consort, Summit Brass, and the Illinois Contemporary Chamber Players.

Hickman is founder and president of the acclaimed Summit Brass, a large all-star American brass ensemble dubbed by the press as the "Dream Team of Brass." Summit Brass has released 10 CDs, toured the world, and hosted the annual Rafael Mendez Brass Institute which has helped thousands of aspiring brass musicians. His services are sought worldwide as a judge for prestigious solo and chamber music competitions. Mr. Hickman recently received the International Trumpet Guild's prestigious Award of Merit.

The New York Times is quoted to say, "The most difficult task facing any trumpeter is not the production of bright, assertive fanfare, but rather the task of coaxing agile, cantabile lines from the most stentorian of instruments. David Hickman proved himself expert in both capacities." 

Guest artist Steve Marx, Trumpet.

About Steven Marx

Steven Marx who will be performing with the Classical Music Concert is an international competition winner and former Yamaha Young Artist, having performed throughout the United States and internationally.
In 2002, Professor Marx won second place at the National Trumpet Competition, and also was awarded first prize in the Mock Orchestra Competition at the International Trumpet Guild Convention in Manchester, England. He was awarded the National Trumpet Competition Lake Placid Scholarship in 2003, given to the individual most likely to make the biggest impact on the trumpet world.

Mr. Marx has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rochester Oratorio Society, Rochester Chamber Orchestra, the Avatar Brass, West Shore Symphony, and has toured and recorded with the Eastman Wind Ensemble. Currently, Professor Marx at University of Northern Colorado performs nationally with the Apex Brass and the Aire Duo.

See the School of the Arts website for a full performance and event calendar, more information, and to sign up for a free event e-newsletter.

The School of the Arts at Colorado State University provides an enriched venue in which the study and practice of Art, Dance, Music and Theatre are nurtured and sustained by building the skills and knowledge needed by future generations of arts professionals to become contributors to the essential vitality of our culture and society.

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603