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Trumpet Studio

    Welcome to the webpage of the Capital University Trumpet Studio, Trumpet Ensemble and Performance Graduates and Alumni, led by Rob Parton, associate professor of trumpet.


    Trumpet Studio 

    Trumpet Ensemble 

    Clinics and Master Classes by Guest Artists 

    Graduates and Alumni  

    The Trumpet Studio

    The Capital Trumpet Studio has been very strong over the years, emphasizing versatility in a variety of musical skills and genres. Students study the fundamentals of trumpet playing in addition to the literature required to elevate their skills and performance in support of the conservatory's fine ensembles and to prepare the students for a career as professional musicians, educators and furthering studies in graduate school. The following information may be helpful in understanding the goals and expectations of our studio.

    The Trumpet Ensemble

    Capital University's Conservatory of Music has many fine chamber ensembles that enhance our students' musical experience. The Capital University Trumpet Ensemble is one of many chamber groups that are featured throughout the year, on and off-campus, performing standard literature and compositions by our talented composition faculty. The faculty and administration's support for this ensemble has made Capital's musical experience rich with the challenges of professional expectations and has provide a local and national stage for our students to flourish in our department.

    The Capital University Trumpet Ensemble (CUTE) has performed for student recitals (1997-2007), Capital University Honors and Reading Band Clinics (2001-2006), The Ohio Chapter of the International Trumpet Guild (2003-2006) and has been honored to be semi-finalists for five consecutive years in the Trumpet Ensemble Division of the National Trumpet Competition in Fairfax, Virginia.

    The Trumpet Ensemble performs works from the Renaissance to the 21st century including both classical and jazz styles. Works by Scheidt, LoPresti, Ewazen, Altenburg, Thomas, Handel, and many others are part of the Trumpet Ensembles repertoire. Capital University composers Rocky J. Reuter and Anthony Zilincik were both featured composers at the 2005 National Trumpet Competition.

    Clinics by Guest Artists

    We have been very fortunate to have had some of the worlds finest trumpeters as our guest at Capital University in addition to visiting faculty from Ohio and from around the US. Our guests have included:

    • Chris Botti Clinic/2004
    • Vincent DiMartino Clinic/2004
    • Adolph Herseth Ohio ITG Lecture and Master Class, 2003
    • Ron McCurdy Ohio ITG Master Class, 2003
    • Gordon Mathie Clinic and Master Class, 2005
    • James Reed Master Class/2002
    • Arturo Sandoval Clinic/1997
    • John Schlabach Clinic/2004
    • Alan Siebert Clinic/2004
    • Karl Sievers Ohio ITG, 2003
    • Byron Stripling Master Class/2005


    Graduates and Alumni

    Over the past few years, Capital has had many fine students in all areas of music. The trumpet studio is no exception. We have many fine performers and music professionals in the U.S. and abroad. Capital's musical programs have provided a wealth of challenging and inspiring experiences and have prepared the students for professional careers and graduate school. The following graduates and alumni are currently performing professionals, serving our country as military band members, continued on to graduate school, or were recent competition winners.

    William Bjornes (Cap'99) - TSgt United States Air Force Band or the Pacific in Alaska - Performer/Published Arranger/Composer/Brass Quintet

    Shane Kibbey (Alumni/02) - United States Air Force Europe Band in Germany - Concert Band/Jazz Ensemble/Rock Ensemble/Arranger

    Adam Liette (Cap'06/BME) - United States Army/Fort Bragg, NC 


    Zack Rawlings (Cap'06) - Freelancing Professional Musician in NYC
    Finalist in the 2005 Jazz Division of the National Trumpet Competition


    Robert Waugh (Cap'04) - University of Oklahoma in Performance (UO'07/MM)
    2005 2nd Place Winner of the Masters Division of the National Trumpet Competition
    Robert's current position: Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Ensemble Director at Indiana State University 


    Recent Performance Graduates and Institutions attended: 

    • John Brandon (Cap '07) -Yale University under full scholarship in Performance.
    • Daniel Coleman (Cap'06) - Indiana University in Performance.
    • Robert Waugh (Cap'04) - University of Oklahoma in Performance (UO'07/MM)