Bob Cole Students and Alumni at National Trumpet Competition

BCCM and CSULB at the National Trumpet Competition: 2013 BM graduate (trumpet and composition) Casey Martin (far left) and the UT Austin Trumpet Ensemble placed 2nd in the finals performing Casey’s own composition The Autonomy of Machines.

Current grad students Dillon Parker and Nick Wees and 2014 MM graduate (trumpet) Michael Sullivan (DMA student at James Madison University) played beautifully in the graduate solo division; 2008 graduate Joe Gray also performed in the opening concert.

Kyle Spraker on Faculty at Cape Cod Conservatory

Alumnus Kyle Spraker has been appointed to the faculty of the Cape Cod Conservatory of Music and Arts teaching trumpet and sax. Kyle is also on the faculty of the Longy School of Music  where he teaches a course introducing the practice and philosophy of Teaching Artistry, another focused on building entrepreneurial skills called the Portfolio Project, and coaches chamber groups in their outreach programs.

Bob Cole at 47th International Horn Symposium

Several current and former students and faculty participated in the 47th International Horn Symposium held at the Colburn School: Brian Shetland and Gabi Mocilnikar performed Peaslee’s “The Devil’s Harold” for tuba, four horns, four wagner tuben, and percussion.

Melisandra Teteris gave a presentation on “Arvīds Klišāns and the Preservation of the Latvian Horn Tradition.” Sarah Krueger participated in a master class with Eli Epstein. The Quintessential Winds with alumni Ryan Murray, Maralynne Mann, Elizabeth Gutierrez, and Adrian Dunker also performed. Those participating and attending include: Katy Robinson, Christian Siquerios, Liam Lacey, Mark Ghiassi, Jenny Serda, and Brian Shetland, along with current and former faculty Jim Atkinson and Dylan Skye Hart.

In addition to performing in groups and masterclasses, attending recitals by some of the elite horn players, participants attended a concert at the Hollywood Bowl and played in a flash mob of hundreds of horn players in downtown LA.

Justin Hageman in Performance

Horn Instructor Justin Hageman played with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga in their post-Grammy concert at the Wiltern Theater. His recent recording projects include the upcoming movie, Run All Night, and TV shows, Family Guy, American Dad, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter.

John Putnam at Northeast Horn Workshop

Alumnus John Putnam will be performing Prince Timothy Burns “Sketches for solo horn,” the premier of Mark Taylor “Paladin and the Drunken Cenobite,” and joint lecture with James Hampson on “Practical applications of the natural horn in the 21st century” at the Northeast Horn Workshop at Penn State School of Music at the end of January.


photo credit Mary Pencheff Photography