TRUMPET STUDIO: David C. Brown, Instructor

Enrollment is limited to 18 trumpet students


  • Perform a solo or etude that showcases your technical and musical abilities. Take the time to make a good recording, but the final submission must be done without edits. Piano accompaniment is optional. You may skip over the rests if you do not use a piano.
  • Perform the C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, & A major scales as follows:
    • One octave up and down in eighth notes.
    • Use a metronome setting of 120 for the quarter note, but the metronome should not be used for the recording.
    • Record all seven scales back-to-back without stopping the recorder. You may pause between each scale.
    • Scales do not need to be memorized to be accepted, but you may be scored higher if you play them for memory.
  • Perform a two-octave chromatic scale that demonstrates your consistent high range at the same tempo as the one octave scales.
  • If you have experience as a jazz soloist, you should include a jazz improvisation with a play-along track.
  • If you have experience playing in a jazz band, you should include an excerpt from a big band chart demonstrating your ability to play in a jazz style.
  • If you have experience playing lead trumpet in a jazz band, you should include an excerpt from a lead chart that demonstrates your lead style.
  • If you have experience as an orchestral player, you should include one or two transposed orchestral excerpts.
  • Total recording time should be 2-8 minutes.

SummerFestival is a week for you to immerse yourself in the art of trumpet playing. You will work closely with BYU faculty on a daily basis and have the opportunity to meet and perform with some of the finest young musicians from around the country. You will have daily rehearsals and several performances with outstanding ensembles in a variety of mediums ranging from symphony orchestra to jazz combo. You can refine your skills and expand your musical knowledge by attending trumpet master classes, and music theory and literature classes.

Performance opportunities include the following: symphonic band, symphony orchestra, big band jazz, jazz combos, small brass ensembles, choir, master classes, and sectionals.




  • Comfort with basic sound production.
  • Fluency with scales up to three sharps and three flats.
  • Ability to sight-read in a variety of keys and meters.
  • Minimum range requirements are from low F# to the G at the top of the staff.
  • Placement on first parts will require a range up to high C.
  • Placement in the orchestra will require basic transposition skills.

Suggested Equipment:

  • B–flat trumpet or cornet in good repair
  • C trumpets may be used in the orchestra if you have one and are comfortable performing on it. If not, your B–flat will be fine.
  • Flugelhorns will probably be needed if you play in the jazz band (we can provide one for you if you don’t have your own).
  • Straight mute for orchestra and band.
  • Straight mute, harmon mute, and cup mute if you play in the jazz band (we can provide these for you if you don’t have your own)

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