Maurice Murphy was the leading British trumpet player of his generation, and as the Principal Trumpet in many film recordings his distinctive trumpet sound became one of the most frequently heard in the world. In his youth Maurice Murphy learned the cornet and was a member of various brass bands including Henton Colliery and Crookhall Colliery Bands, the Yorkshire Engineering and Welding Company Band, and the Fairey Aviation Band, Stockport, during which time he worked as an electrician.
Virtuoso trumpeter Paul Mayes is one of Britain’s most exciting and versatile players. An international soloist and Denis Wick Solo Artist, he has given recitals and solo performances in the USA, Australia, France, United Arab Emirates and throughout Great Britain.
After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music he studied in the USA with Charles Schlueter, Adolph Herseth and Wynton Marsalis. A world leading clinician and exponent on brass pedagogy, he has given masterclasses and lectures at the Beijing Music Conservatory,
Bella Tromba is a trumpet quartet that have performed at national and international festivals, recorded for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and have been featured on the front cover of Classical Music and Brass Herald magazines. The ensemble consists of three trumpets, all playing the various sizes of the instrument, and a bass trumpet.
Creating outstanding brass repertoire from leading composers and arrangers has been key to the success of the trumpet quartet.
Hugo Alves began playing the trumpet at the age of seven in his home town of Lagos in Portugal. He career started in the 1990’s playing in many famous national and international jazz bands. As well as playing, he also produces jazz events and teaches at renowned music schools such as ESMAE in Oporto and ESML in Lisbon.
He has played with many great orchestras and big bands including the Matosinhos Jazz Orchestra,
As an artist, Victor brings a rare and unique spirit and perspective to the music he performs and composes. This worldly approach to life is a result growing up in different countries in Asia and Africa until the age of 10. Through music, Victor is able to synthesize his thoughts and experiences into audible emotions and sonic stories to connect with audiences. His compositions and improvisations never cease to elude the expectations of the listener,
One of today’s most wide-ranging instrumentalists, Scott Robinson has been heard on tenor sax with Buck Clayton’s band, on trumpet with Lionel Hampton’s quintet, on alto clarinet with Paquito D’Rivera’s clarinet quartet, and on bass sax with the New York City Opera. On these and other instruments including theremin and ophicleide, he has been heard with a cross-section of jazz’s greats representing nearly every imaginable style of the music, from Braff to Braxton. Scott has been heard numerous times on film,
Raquel Rodriquez is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky. At NKU, Raquel is the Coordinator of Brass Studies, teaches applied trumpet, performs with the NKU Faculty Brass, and is the director of the Trumpet Ensemble and Concert Band. She is the recipient of the University Teacher of the Year (2013-14) for District VI (KMEA). In 2013, she hosted the Ohio Chapter Meeting of the International Trumpet Guild at NKU.
Trumpeter and composer Marquis Hill is widely recognized as one of the preeminent voices on the instrument of his generation. Raised in the Chatham neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, his introduction to music was made by taking up the drum kit in the fourth grade. However, after being inspired by a cousin his focus soon shifted to what was to become his primary instrument, the trumpet.
At 12 years of age, Mr. Hill became a member of the South Shore Youth Jazz Ensemble under the direction of saxophonist and educator Ronald Carter.
Mark Ponzo holds the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music with the Performer’s Certificate. Dr. Ponzo is a Full Professor at Northern Illinois University, where he joined the faculty in 1990. His principal teachers include John Hagstrom, Barbara Butler, Charles Schlueter, George Coble, and Richard Jones. Mark is a member of the New Sousa Band, Fox Valley Orchestra and Antiqua Baroque Consort. He has been a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra,