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Trumpet Festival

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November 5, 2019





General Information


We would like to take this opportunity to invite you and your students to participate in the 2019 Central Washington University Trumpet Festival. The festival takes place Monday November 6th from 9am to 5pm at the McIntyre Music building. 


Bring your trumpets in order play on the final 4:00 pm concert piece!


Come to the 2018 Trumpet Festival and meet with representatives from Ted Brown Music, Conn/Selmer, and Yamaha to try out the latest and greatest instruments. Trumpet Fest will also showcase students, ensembles and more!!! 


2018 Trumpet Fest standard registration is $25.00. Reduced registration is $20.00 per person for groups. In order to be eligible for this discount, groups must contain 15 or more people and the educator of the group must contact us prior to signing up.



2018 Special Guests:

We are proud to announce the artists for the  2018 CWU Trumpet Fest will feature both Keith Karns and Larry Jess. Both have outstanding and highly successful careers as arrangers, musicians, and song writers. They will be here all day giving clinics, masterclasses, and  a panel discussion about what it takes to make it as a professional musician.

Keith Karns is a trumpet player, arranger, and bandleader based in Portland Oregon. During his time at the University of North Texas, Keith was a trumpet soloist and arranger for the Grammy nominated One O'Clock Lab Band. Since then, Keith has had the opportunity to work with some of the nation's leading voices in jazz including Rich Perry, Greta Matassa, Lauren Sevian (Mingus Big Band), and Stefon Harris.

Keith's 18 piece big band has toured nationally and has recorded two CDs of Keith's original compositions and arrangements. Keith has been recognized as a composer and arranger by the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Downbeat Magazine, and the Jazz Education Network (JEN). Keith's most recent big band recording was a collaboration with New York City saxophonist Rich Perry, and was released on Summit Records in 2017 to rave reviews.

Keith is the Director of Jazz Studies at Western Oregon University where he teaches courses in  jazz, applied trumpet, brass pedagogy, and chamber music. He is also the Artistic Coordinator for the Jazz Program at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.

Keith holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Indiana University, and the University of North Texas. His teachers include David Baker, Bill Adam, John Murphy, Robert Baca, John Harbaugh, Jay Saunders, and Rich DeRosa. Keith is a Torpedo Bags performing artist and uses Torpedo Bags to transport and protect all of his trumpets.

Larry Jess has been a professional musician over 40+ years in the Spokane area. Has back many professionals over the years including: Clark Terry, Doc Severinsen, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, The King Family, Ben Folds, Patti Austin, Peter Nero, and hundreds of classical soloists.




Feel free to contact us with any questions. 

We hope to see you soon at the CWU Trumpet Fest!



Instruments provided by:

Rich Wetzel
Bach Trumpet Artist, Clinician
Northwest District Manager, Conn-Selmer, Inc
1-253-227-0335 Cell
1-800-304-6634 Fax


Contact Information
John Harbaugh
Trumpet Professor, Central Washington University
Conn/Selmer Clinician
National Trumpet Competition Advisory Board Member


William Miller
President, CWU Trumpet Club

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