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Trumpet Festival

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Dates: Monday November 7th, 2016

General Information

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you and your students to participate in the 2016 Central Washington University Trumpet Festival. The festival takes place from 9am to 5pm at the McIntyre Music building. Last year’s guest artists were Gil Hoffer a member of Pershings Own concert band in Washington DC and Dr. Mike Hackett , trumpet professor at the University of North Carolina Charlotte and jazz artist.  Along with John Harbaugh, these accomplished musicians will also be giving clinics and master classes during the day. (2016 Guest artists TBA)


2016 Trumpet Fest standard registration is $25.00. It's an additional $10.00 to enter the National Trumpet Competition event. Reduced registration is $20.00 per person for groups of 10 or more.


Also joining us for the festival will be vendors providing numerous instruments and accessories available for purchase. There will be an opportunity to play these horns as well. Our vendors include, Ted Brown Music, Conn/Selmer, and the Yamaha Corporation.


If you or your student is traveling as part of a school group, there is a special discount rate available, which is $10 less than the regular admission price. 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.


Please bring your trumpets in order play on the final 4:00 pm concert piece. And please feel free to contact either of us with any questions.


Thank you for your time and consideration. We hope to see you soon at the CWU Trumpet Fest!



Trumpet fest is a one day event held in the CWU McIntyre Music building. Throughout the day you will have opportunities to meet reps from Ted Brown MusicConn/Selmer and Yamaha.

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


2015 Guest Artists (2016 TBA)


Sergeant Major Gil Hoffer began playing trumpet at the age of nine under the tutelage of his step father, Bob Day, then a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Trumpet Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has performed worldwide in both classical and commercial idioms. He has enjoyed a career as a trumpeter in the US Army Bands, including the 4th US Army Band in Chicago (deactivated in 1992), the 8th US Army Band in Seoul, Korea, The Army Ground Forces Band (formerly in Atlanta, GA, now in Fayetteville, NC), The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps at Fort Myer, VA. Since 1998, he has been a member of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, DC, where he currently serves as the Concert Band Trumpet Section Leader and Assistant Brass Group Leader. In addition to his duties with the Concert Band, he frequently performs with other Elements of Pershing’s Own, including The Army Orchestra, The Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, The Army Brass Quintet, The Ceremonial Band, and as a solo bugler for funerals in Arlington National Cemetery and ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. He has also been featured numerous times as a soloist with The Concert Band and The Army Orchestra. Since 1997, he has been an active member of the musical community in the Washington/Baltimore area. He served as Principal Trumpet in the Mount Vernon Orchestra from 1997-98, and the Maryland Philharmonic from 1998 until they were dissolved in 2009. He has performed with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and the Dominion Symphony/Manassas Ballet Theater Orchestra. As a jazz artist, he has been featured with the Capitol Bones Big Band on their annual Stan Kenton Christmas concerts, and is a featured soloist on the CD by Al Regni entitled “Revisiting the Great White Way,” available on Titanic Records. 

Michael Hackett is Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  An active performer, clinician and adjudicator, Dr. Hackett has served as an adjudicator for the jazz divisions of both the International Trumpet Guild and The National Trumpet Competition. For the last five summer seasons, he has served on the faculty of the Yellowstone Jazz camps in Wyoming.

Dr. Hackett has performed extensively with touring entertainers and pops orchestras across the country backing up artists such as Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, and Perry Como. His playing has been featured in many national television and radio commercials, the movie sound track to “The Aviator,” and many commercially available recordings, including those with Scott Whitfield’s Jazz Orchestra East, three recordings with The Buselli/Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, and  “Basically Baker: the Music of David Baker.”

Michael Hackett’s first solo recording entitled “Circles” was released on the Summit Records label in 2005. In spring of 2013, Summit Records released his most recent recording entitled “New Point of View”.

Dr. Hackett received his DM Brass Pedagogy from the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and well as a BM and MM in Jazz studies from the same. His principle teachers include trumpet studies with William Adam and John Rommel, and jazz studies with internationally renowned Distinguished Professor of Jazz Studies at Indiana, David Baker.

Dr. Hackett plays on a Conn Vintage 1 Bflat trumpet and flugelhorn, and Bach Stradivarius C and Eflat trumpets.

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


Hannah Mowry
President, CWU Trumpet Club