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John Harbaugh

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Professor of Trumpet

John Harbaugh is the Professor of trumpet at Central Washington University. He has over 25 years of college teaching experience. In 2009 and 2008 his student won the Music Fest Competition and performed as a soloist with the Spokane Symphony. His trumpet students have been in the semi final rounds of the National Trumpet Competition in either the ensemble, undergraduate, and graduate divisions each year he has been at CWU. In 2002, his trumpet ensemble placed third at that event.In 2004, the CWU trumpet ensemble was invited to perform at the International Trumpet Guild Convention in Denver.

His professional experience includes international tours with Tom Jones, Paul Anka, and Buddy Rich. He appears on three Grammy nominated albums and has recorded as a jazz soloist with the London Symphony. He performed as a jazz soloist with the CWU Jazz Band at the 2009 Western International Band Clinic, again in 2005 as both a clinician and soloist and in 2004 . He is principal trumpet in the Yakima Symphony and has been a member of regional orchestras in Iowa, Washington, and Alaska.

He continues to be a working musician recently having worked in bands behind Charo, Bob Newhart, Manheim Steamroller,the Disney touring company of "High School Musical" and "The Color Purple" He was director and executive producer of "A New and Different Way of Getting More Music Out of Trumpet" which was re-released on DVD in 2007 This 3 DVD series documents Professor William Adam's pedagogical concepts for playing and teaching trumpet.

He is currently a board member of the National Trumpet Competition and continues to work as a soloist/ clinician for C.G. Conn/Selmer Corporation and has appeared in the U.S. Canada, and Taiwan.

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Selected Performances:

Classic You Tube videos



MP3 recordings of professor Harbaugh.

John Harbaugh live at The Seasons.

Has Performed with or for:
  • Jay Leno
  • Charo
  • Mannheim Steamroller
  • Sammy Davis,
  • Jr, Tony Bennett
  • Woody Herman
  • Stan Getz
  • Andy Williams
  • Bob Hope
  • Ray Charles
  • Mel Torme
  • Gerry Mulligan
  • Jim Nabors
  • Clark Terry
  • Bill Watrous
  • Wayne Newton
  • Freddie Hubbard
  • Suzanne Somers
  • Rich Little
  • Maureen McGovern
  • Lionel Hampton Big Band.
  • Tom Jones
  • Paul Anka
  • Engleburt Humperdink
  • Rich Little
  • Pete and Conte Condolli
  • Elvi