2018 McMurry Trumpet Day

Trumpet Day


8:00 – 9:00 am Registration (Bynum Band Hall)
9:00 – 10:30 am Warmup & Collaborative Practice Concepts with Wiff Rudd
10:45 – 11:45 am Participant Trumpet Ensembles Rehearsal #1
11:45 am – 12:45 pm Lunch (off campus, not provided)
12:45 – 1:45 pm Dr. David Amlung Master Class
2:00 – 3:00 pm Participant Trumpet Ensembles Rehearsal #2
3:15 – 4:45 pm Wiff Rudd Master Class
5:00 pm Closing Concert (Ryan Recital Hall)

- All events are FREE and open to the public -




Venues and Parking

Events will take place in Bynum Band Hall and the Amy Graves Ryan Center for the Fine Arts. Please plan to park in the north lot at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

Bynum Band Hall - 1649 War Hawk Way, Abilene, TX, 79605

Amy Graves Ryan Center for the Fine Arts - 1642 Sayles Blvd., Abilene, TX, 79605

Aldersgate UMC - 1741 Sayles Blvd., Abilene, TX, 79605

Martin Saunders

Wiff Rudd is a native Texan from San Antonio now living in Woodway, Texas with his wife Jeanette. Their three sons and five grandchildren reside in Raliegh, Seattle, and Austin.

Wiff joined the faculty of Baylor University’s School of Music in 2002 as Professor of Trumpet and Brass Division Coordinator. From 1998-2002 he was Associate Professor of Music at the University of Arkansas, principal trumpet of the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Boston Mountain Chamber Players. He served as Assistant Professor of Music at Oklahoma Baptist University from 1978-1985 and performed regularly with the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra. Wiff received music degrees from Baylor University (BME) and the University of Northern Colorado (MM). His primary mentors include Ron Fox, William Pfund, the late Michael Ewald and Larry Skinner.

From 1985-1993 Wiff toured internationally with the Dallas Brass and is a founding member (1993) and manager of Rhythm & Brass. He plays with the Baylor Brass, is principal trumpet of the Waco Symphony and performs often with the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, Austin, and Harrisburg. As an active soloist, he enjoys collaborating with orchestras and bands. He has participated in numerous commissions and has been a featured artist in several Carnegie Hall concerts, the annual Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, the Texas Music Educators Association Conference, the National Trumpet Competition and International Trumpet Guild Conferences.

Wiff Rudd has performed in concert and presented clinics/master classes at more than 350 colleges, universities, and conservatories across the country and abroad. He has also appeared with Rhythm & Brass at the New York Brass Conference, the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute, Bands of America/Music for All, the Brevard Music Center, the Great American Brass Band Festival, MENC national and regional conventions, and the Music Educators Associations of Georgia, Oklahoma, Montana, Minnesota, Florida, Iowa, and New York.

He has adjudicated for the International Trumpet Guild and National Trumpet Competition Solo Competition Finals, the Louisiana Trumpet Solo Competition, the State Solo Contests of Oklahoma and has twice served as the judges’ chair for the Concurso y Festival Nacional Inter-Universitario de Trompeta in Bogotá, Colombia.

Wiff’s students are active members of the International Trumpet Guild having performed and competed at numerous conferences. The Baylor Trumpet Studio has been enthusiastically involved in the National Trumpet Competition since 2008 where ensembles have won seven prizes, including four 1st prize awards, and six soloists have won prizes in the final rounds.

In 2010 Wiff received Baylor’s Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching and was named the Centennial Professor, which provided a grant for the Collaborative Practice Concepts project that was published in 2013. He is currently co-authoring a book with Anthony Plog that will present and discuss strategies for developing a valid, meaningful, and productive culture with a sense of community in the music studio. Wiff is affiliated with the International Trumpet Guild, the American Federation of Musicians, the Texas Music Educators Association, serves on the Executive Board of the National Trumpet Competition, and has been a Yamaha Performing Artist since 1988.

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.