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Trumpet Studio

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Trumpet at CWU

Trumpets in marching band line.When you choose to study Trumpet at Central Washington University you will be involved with many of the premier trumpet students from the Northwest.   As a trumpet student you will have opportunities to perform with nationally recognized directors as a member in the wind ensemble, orchestra and jazz band.  There are also chamber brass groups such as student brass quintets,  trumpet choir, brass choir and jazz combos.  The opportunity to perform will develop you in your chosen career as a teacher and a performer.

Jazz band 1 performing on Jazz nite.

The CWU trumpet Club hosts and annual trumpet festival every November.   Past guests have included “Earth Wind and Fire” trumpeter Bobby Burns,  Dr. Karl Seivers Bach Corporation’s online answer man, trumpeter/writer for Disney feature movies Nic Thorpe,  Fred Powell, trumpeter and trumpet manufacturer,   Larry Jess,  Principal Trumpet in the Spokane Symphony,  Walt Blanton, Las Vegas Freelance trumpeter and teacher,  Dr. Frank Romero trumpet professor at New Mexico State university.

The festival also hosts the Northwest High School division of the National Trumpet competition.  The winner is automatically in the semi final rounds at the national event the following March in Washington DC.

Trumpet close up imageThe CWU trumpet students have yearly auditioned and been invited to compete in the  semifinal rounds of the National Trumpet competition in the graduate and undergraduate solo divisions as well as the ensemble division. Our trumpet students have won the young artists division in 2008, 2009 and 2010 at the Spokane Musicfest competition and in 2004 and 2011 the CWU trumpet ensemble performed at the International Trumpet Guild’s Convention. As you can see there are many opportunities for students to compete and perform off campus.

photo of Mr. John HarbaughI hope you will consider Central Washington University as your choice to continue your music education. If you have any questions, please call or write

Professor John Harbaugh

For more info on Professor Harbaugh, check out his bio page to hear and see some of his past performances.


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