Trumpet Day 2019
Saturday April 13, 2019
- Bring your trumpet! We will provide all of the music on the day of the event, but make sure to bring your horn.
- Dress for the day is casual. We will have your Trumpet Day shirt at registration.
- A pizza lunch will be provided with chips and drinks. You are welcome to bring your own lunch if you prefer.
- There will be an end of the day concert around 5pm that will feature our guest artist and performances by all of our participants.
- We should finish up between 6-6:30pm. The recital is free and open to the public. It will be in room 147 on the first floor.
John Rommel has been a faculty member at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music since 1993. He was Principal Trumpet of the Louisville Orchestra from 1988-1996 and has performed throughout the United States, as well as in France, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Spain, Chile, and China. As Principal Trumpet of the Louisville Orchestra, he recorded more than 30 compositions by many of the leading composers of the twentieth century. Rommel was a member of the Nashville Symphony from 1979-1988. In recent years, he has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra (including a three-week European tour with the orchestra in the fall of 2017), the Cincinnati Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, and as a regular guest principal with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. In addition, since 2015 he has been a member of the orchestra for the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
John Rommel’s chamber music experience includes performances with Summit Brass, the
Saint Louis Brass Quintet, Fulcrumpoint New Music Project, and the Nashville Contemporary
Brass Quintet. He has performed as a soloist in many different venues, including
being a featured soloist with “The President’s Own” U. S. Marine Band at the National
Trumpet Competition. He also has extensive commercial recording experience in the
studios of Nashville, Tennessee, and Indianapolis, Indiana. John Rommel’s students
hold positions in orchestras, military bands, and with universities in the United
States, as well as in Canada and Europe. His primary teachers were William Adam,
Louis Davidson, and Leon Rapier, with additional studies with Vincent Cichowicz and
Martin Saunders is Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Trumpet at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. He currently holds three degrees in music; a Bachelor of Music Education from Winthrop University, a Master of Music from Wright State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to teaching a Marshall University, Martin spent seven years in the Air Force Band program at Offutt AFB in Omaha, Nebraska. There he performed primarily as the Lead Trumpeter, and later became Musical Director, for the Noteables Jazz Ensemble. He was also a member of the Concert Band.
Dr. Saunders is an active jazz performer, adjudicator, and clinician for a number of universities and jazz competitions across the United States. He is a trumpeter and a featured soloist with Bluetrane, the Marshall University Faculty Jazz Ensemble, and with the MU Faculty Brass Quintet. Dr. Saunders is also a lead trumpeter and featured soloist with the Landau Murphy, Jr. Big Band, the Lippz Big Band, and performs with River Jam in Charleston, West Virginia. Martin has been an Artist Faculty member of the National Trumpet Competition since 2002, and has chaired the jazz division competition numerous times. He has performed with a number of highly regarded entertainers such as Arturo Sandoval, LeAnn Rimes, Byron Stripling, Rich Little, the Cab Calloway Orchestra, The Temptations, and Frank Sinatra, Jr. Dr. Saunders is a Conn/Selmer Bach Artist.