Skip navigation
T.J. Tesh

Dr. T.J. Tesh

Associate Professor


Dr. T.J. Tesh is Associate Professor of Trumpet at The University of Southern Mississippi. T.J. relocated to Mississippi after an exciting and successful career as a freelance trumpeter and music educator in the Los Angeles area. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Pickett Brass Artist, and he has enjoyed an eclectic performance career, having performed with music legends like Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Patti Austin, Take 6, Quincy Jones, Dave Koz, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and many others.

Prior to leaving Los Angeles, T.J. recorded, toured, and performed around the globe for three years as a member of the internationally celebrated brass quintet, Presidio Brass. Additionally, he has toured and performed throughout the United States and Canada with the Alias Brass, Southern Arts Brass Quintet and with Mel Brooks' The Producers. Dr. Tesh currently serves as Principal Trumpet of the Meridian and Gulf Coast Symphonies.

  • MBA - University of Southern Mississippi (2020)
  • Trumpet Performance, Music Education, Music Industry, Instrumental Conducting (DMA) - University of Southern California (2012)
  • Trumpet Performance (MM) - University of Kentucky (2004)
  • BA - Mars Hill University (2002)

Undergraduate Courses:
MUP 232/432 - Applied Trumpet
MUP 471 - Chamber Music
MUP 474 - Trumpet Ensemble
MUP 499 - General Recital
MUS 446 - Brass Literature
MED 458 - Trumpet Pedagogy

Graduate Courses:
MUP 632/832 - Applied Trumpet
MUP 571 - Chamber Music
MUP 574 - Trumpet Ensemble
MUS 546 - Brass Literature
MED 558 - Trumpet Pedagogy

  • Daily Routine Songbook for Trumpet, 2018
  • International Trumpet Guild
  • American Association of University Professors
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
  • English (Native or Bilingual)
  • Spanish (Native or Bilingual)

Edit profile

Contact Me

Mannoni Performing Arts Center (PAC) 214 map



Areas of Expertise

Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy, Music Education