About the Trumpet Studio

Welcome to the Trumpet Studio at The University of Southern Mississippi! 

Our trumpet studio is comprised of students who are energetic and dedicated to achieving success.  Our goal is to become a studio of not only great trumpet players, but also great people.  We seek a team atmosphere that fosters growth and success.
Our students are fortunate to have many performing experiences at USM.  Students can participate in the University Bands, Orchestra, The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band, Jazz Lab Bands, chamber music ensembles, Brass Ensemble, and the Trumpet Ensemble.  With these varied performing groups, our students are able to become proficient in a vast number of performing genres.  We also host an annual Trumpet Festival which features world-renowned quest artists, and invites participants from the entire region to participate – most recently, Ethan Bensdorf (New York Philharmonic).

Whether you are a current or future student, you will find information about our studio and our courses of study.

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Congratulations to the members of TRUMPET5 (Ismael Brandão, Anderson Romero, Timothy McMillen, Barrett Gray, and Jonathon Walker) for being selected as National Finalists in the 2011 National Trumpet Competition.

 

 

Trumpet Studio Accomplishments

2013 Ismael Brandão (BM, University of Southern Mississippi) has been accepted into the World Orchestra where he will tour and record twice a year.

 

2013 Ismael Brandão (BM, University of Southern Mississippi) has been accepted into the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in England, where he will perform Bruckner 4 in August 2013.

 

2013 Jordan Foster (BM, University of Southern Mississippi) accepted into the Masters Program as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Tennessee-Konoxville.

 

2013 Andrew Kennedy (MM, University of Southern Mississippi) selected as national semi-finalist for the National Trumpet Competition in Fairfax, VA.

 

2013 Ben Bullock (MM, University of Southern Mississippi) selected as national semi-finalist for the National Trumpet Competition in Fairfax, VA.

 

2013 Olivia Funkhouser (BM/BME, University of Southern Mississippi) selected as national semi-finalist for the National Trumpet Competition in Fairfax, VA.

 

2013 Jacob Hennes (BME, University of Southern Mississippi) has been named Assistant Director of Bands at Morton High School in Morton, Mississippi.

 

2012 Ismael Brandão (BM, University of Southern Mississippi) won the position of Principal Trumpet of the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra in Biloxi, MS.

 

2012 Ismael Brandão (BM, University of Southern Mississippi) won 3rd prize in the College Division of the Grand Valley International Trumpet Seminar.

 

2012 Olivia Funkhouser (BM/BME, University of Southern Mississippi) won a prestigious ITG Conference Scholarship through a rigorous national audition process.

 

2012 Candace Blake (BME, University of Southern Mississippi) has been named Assistant Director of Bands at East Central High School in Lucedale, Mississippi.

 

2012 Colman Grinnell (BM, University of Southern Mississippi) won a position with the Cavalier’s Drum and Bugle Corps.

 

2012 Kevin Mullen (BME, University of Southern Mississippi) won a position with the Carolina Crown Drumb and Bugle Corps.

 

2012 Olivia Funkhouser (BM/BME, University of Southern Mississippi) named alternate with the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Musical Institute in Washington, D.C.

 

2012 Anderson Romero (MM, University of Southern Mississippi) won the 2nd trumpet position with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra.

 

2012 Anderson Romero (MM, University of Southern Mississippi) accepted to the University of Georgia for his DMA and awarded a prestigious assistantship to be a member of the Bulldog Brass. He was also accepted to the University of Texas-Austin, Florida State University, and Louisiana State University.

 

2012 Ismael Brandão (BM, University of Southern Mississippi) selected to participate in a Weill Music Institute Professional Training workshop with the Berlin Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in New York City in February 2012.  Ismael was selected through very competitive national audition process.

 

2012 Anderson Romero (MM, University of Southern Mississippi) selected as national semi-finalist for the National Trumpet Competition in Fairfax, VA.

 

2012 Ismael Brandão (BM, University of Southern Mississippi) named winner of USM Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition. He performed Arban’s Carnival of Venice in March 2012.

 

2012 Ismael Brandão (BM, University of Southern Mississippi) named winner of USM Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.  He performed John Williams’ Trumpet Concerto, Movement 3 in March 2012.

 

2012 The Southern Miss Trumpet Ensemble has been invited to perform at the annual International Trumpet Guild Conference, Columbus State University.

 

2011 Southern Miss Trumpet Ensemble (Ismael Brandão, Anderson Romero, Timothy McMillen, Barrett Gray, and Jonathon Walker) were selected as FINALISTS (1 of 7) at the National Trumpet Competition held in Fairfax, VA.

 

2011 Anderson Romero (MM, University of Southern Mississippi) recently performed with the Meridian and Gulf Coast Symphonies.

 

2011 James Crocker (MME, University of Southern Mississippi) named Assistant Band Director, Germantown High School, Head Director, Germantown Middle School in Madison County, Mississippi.