Trumpet Day 2017

Trumpet Day


8:00 – 9:00 am Registration
Bynum Band Hall

9:00 am Warm-up Fundamentals
Bynum Band Hall

10:00 am Trumpet Ensembles
Ryan Fine Arts Center

11:00 am Dr. David Amlung Master Class
Bynum Band Hall

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch
Various Abilene Locations (not provided)

1:00 pm Dr. Martin Saunders Master Class
Bynum Band Hall

2:00 pm Trumpet Ensembles
Ryan Fine Arts Center

3:00 pm Q & A Session
Bynum Band Hall

4:00 pm Recital
Radford Auditorium
- All events are FREE and open to the public -


Venues and Parking

Events will take place in Bynum Band Hall, Ryan Fine Arts Center, and Radford Auditorium. Please plan to park in the north lot at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Aldersgate UMC is located at 1741 Sayles Boulevard, Abilene, TX

Martin Saunders

Martin Saunders is Professor of Trumpet and Director of Jazz Studies at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. He currently holds three degrees in music: a Bachelor of Music Education from Winthrop University, a Master of Music from Wright State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to teaching at Marshall University, Saunders spent seven years in the Air Force Band program at Offutt AFB in Omaha, Nebraska. There he performed primarily as the Lead Trumpeter, and later became Musical Director, for the Noteables Jazz Ensemble. Saunders was also a member of the Concert Band.

Dr. Saunders is an active performer, adjudicator, and clinician for festivals and competitions across the United States. He is a featured soloist with Bluetrane, the Marshall University Faculty Jazz Ensemble, and principal trumpet with the MU Faculty Brass Quintet. Saunders is also a lead trumpet and featured soloist with the Landau Murphy, Jr. Big Band.  He has been an Artist Faculty member of the National Trumpet Competition since 2002, and has chaired the jazz division competition numerous times. Saunders has performed with a number of highly regarded entertainers such as Arturo Sandoval, LeAnn Rimes, Byron Stripling, Rich Little, the Cab Calloway Orchestra, The Temptations, and Frank Sinatra, Jr.  Dr. Saunders is a Powell Trumpets Artist.

David Amlung

David Amlung joined the music faculty at McMurry University in 2015 as Assistant Professor of Music – High Brass. He previously held faculty positions at Middle Tennessee State University and Indiana State University and was an Associate Instructor of Trumpet at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music for two years. Amlung is a dedicated teacher and has maintained extensive private studios in the Oklahoma City (OK), Cincinnati (OH), Bloomington (IN), Nashville (TN), and Abilene (TX) areas.

Amlung regularly performs with orchestras throughout the U.S. and has performed with the Oklahoma City, Abilene, and Columbus (IN) Philharmonic Orchestras, the Huntsville (AL), Richmond (IN), Danville (IL), Jackson (TN), Columbus (IN), and Hamilton-Fairfield (OH) Symphony Orchestras, as well as the IU Festival Orchestra and Bloomington Camerata Orchestra.  An active chamber musician and recitalist, Amlung has appeared in solo and chamber situations throughout the U.S.

Amlung received his Doctor of Music degree in Brass Pedagogy from the Jacob's School of Music at Indiana University. He received his Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from Mannes College the New School for Music and a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the School of Music at the University of Oklahoma. His primary teachers have included John Rommel, Vincent Penzarella, Karl Sievers, and William Adam.

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