NEW FOR 2015!!

We would like to announce some exciting news! For the 2015 NTC we will be having TWO Trumpet Ensemble Divisions! One division will be for groups of 4-6 trumpet players and one will be for groups of 7-10 trumpet players. For more information please check out our rules page! Good luck! More information

National Trumpet Competition

2014 Competition begins in:

    Guest Artists

    Rick Baptist

    Rick Baptist moved to Los Angeles in 1980; since then he has worked on more than 1100 motion pictures, 2000 cartoons, and has played on over 100 albums.

    Rick has been the first trumpet on the Academy Awards show for 27 years and the Emmy Award show for 23 years. He was first trumpet on the Frank Sinatra duets albums and the Natalie Cole "Unforgettable" album and has worked with artists such as Michael Buble, Seal, Josh Groban, Madonna, and Michael Jackson to name a few. He is the lead trumpet on Dancing With The Stars.
    He feels blessed and grateful to be fulfilling his passion for music.

    Harry Kim Kim was born in raised in New York City where he attended High School For The Performing Arts and prepared for a career as a classical trumpeter. After high school however, he relocated to Los Angeles and soon discovered the world of funk and jazz. After several years touring throughout the U.S. with various show groups, R&B revues and big hands, including the Harry James Big Band, he returned to Los Angeles to further his career.

    Latin music took a front seat during the disco era, a time when live music was rarely featured in discotheques but was in strong demand by salsa audiences. It was at this time that he began working with artists such as Tito Puente and Celia Cruz, and also began honing his arranging skills by writing and performing on many disco productions.

    Soon he joined Stevie Wonders Wonder Love which opened the doors of opportunity to perform and record with such artists as Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, The Temptations, and Smokey Robinson. He was on stage for the Emmy Award winning 25th Anniversary of Motown performing with many of Motowns greatest stars. It was an evening highlighted by Michael Jackson's introduction of his now legendary moonwalk.

    In 1985 he joined the Phenix Horns, the celebrated horn section of Earth Wind and Fire. Together they performed with various artists throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Included were two tours in 1987 and 1988 with French icon Michel Berger and vocalist France Gall.

    In 1989 he participated in the making of Phil Collins's multi award winning CD ...But Seriously. A world tour followed in 1990 marking the beginning of a long association with Collins. The multi platinum live concert CD Serious Hits Live was released soon after.

    Realizing the many advantages of being part of a high performance horn section, Kim founded The Vine Street Horns. He called together musicians with whom he had worked for many years. Numerous productions with various artists were to follow.

    In 1994 Phil Collins called on The Vine Street Horns to join him on his Both Sides Tour, an extensive 18 month world tour.

    In 1996 he was asked by Collins to organize a big band featuring adaptations of his music and the music of Genesis in a jazz setting. The Phil Collins Big Band was born. As musical director and arranger, Kim and The Vine Street Horns took center stage performing at all the major European jazz festivals, with Tony Bennett as vocalist and Quincy Jones as guest conductor.

    This was also the year they recorded Phil Collins Into The Light CD which toured the world in 1997.

    The year 1998 saw another Phil Collins Big Band tour resulting in a live CD entitled A Hot Night In Paris.

    Later that year an introduction to France's legendary singer Johnny Hallyday led to 3 sold out performances at the Stade de France, five successful tours from 1998 to 2009 and numerous top selling concert CDs and DVDs.

    Although he continues to tour throughout the world with various artists he also manages to add to his long list of credits while at home in Los Angeles. As an example in one week he played Beethoven's Ninth Symphony for the tribute concert for the victims of the 2011 Japan earthquake, then flew to the Toronto Jazz Festival to play with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, then returned to Los Angeles to play on the Tonight Show Band with Rickey Minor. In 2011 he was on several awards shows such as the TV Land Awards, the American Film Institute Awards, and opened the 2011 Grammy's with the ten minute tribute to Aretha Franklin.

    From 2005-2011 he has acted as horn section leader and arranger for the 2005-2011 seasons of American Idol. In the USA Harry was even televised twice in one day as he played the final week of the Oprah Show, airing in the afternoon, and the final week of American Idol, airing in the evening. Harry presently is on tour with the legendary French recording artist, Johnny Hallyday, on his final tour.

    Ronald Romm

    Ronald Romm, a performer who has appeared worldwide on the stages of most major concert venues, music festivals, and international music conferences, is widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent trumpeters and clinicians of today. He was a child prodigy who began his career as a soloist at the age of ten. By age twelve Ron was a member of his family’s band, the Romm-Antics, performing on live radio and television, and at eighteen he was already a veteran freelance trumpeter in Los Angeles, performing regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Brass Quintet.

    Mr. Romm attended The Juilliard School in New York where he earned Bachelor and Masters Degrees and studied with William Vacchiano, legendary teacher and former Principal Trumpeter of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

    In New York City, Mr. Romm established himself as a top freelance musician performing with every type and style of musical organization from the New York Brass Society to the New York Philharmonic to the Radio City Music Hall Symphony Orchestra to Broadway shows.

    In 1971, Ronald Romm joined the newly formed Canadian Brass, which later established itself as the premiere brass ensemble in the world. In June of 2000, he retired from the group after participating in over 4,500 concerts, 60 recordings, numerous television concert specials, videos, and hundreds of master classes. He has performed with major orchestras and with the greatest living conductors in the world. Ron has shared the stage in live performance and recorded CDs with leading artists including Wynton Marsalis, Arturo Sandoval, Jon Faddis, Doc Severinsen, and brass performers from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Berlin Philharmonic. As an educator, Ronald Romm has contributed to the growth of brass performance through hundreds of student clinics and master classes worldwide.

    In 2002 Mr. Romm accepted the distinguished position of Professor of Trumpet at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a position he still holds proudly.

    Ronald and his wife and long time partner, Steinway Artist Avis, continue an active concert career as a spectacular Trumpet and Piano duo. The Romms present their stage show “A Trumpeter’s Dream” worldwide. The latest exciting concert endeavors for The Ronald and Avis Romm Trumpet and Piano Duo are their spectacular Trumpet, Piano and Symphony Orchestra Pops Show and their “Christmas Pops with the Romms”.

    Meditations for Trumpet CD was recently released by Opening Day Entertainment Group and launched in the top ten of the Billboard Charts.

    Avis, Ron and their trumpeter son Aaron also appear in concert and on recording as The Romm Trio. Recorded “singles” from the trio are slated to be released on their website very soon.

    Ronald Romm is a Yamaha Artist/Clinician.

    Eddie Severn a performing career spanning more than 25 years, British jazz musician Eddie Severn is notable in his ability to adapt to many musical styles on the trumpet.

    From his extensive work as a lead trumpet player in the commercial music world to his innovative performances as a soloist playing his own compositions, Severn is equally at home playing rock, jazz and classical styles. Severn has performed with many well-known musicians including Maria Schneider, Phil Woods, Dave Leibman, Clay Aiken, The Temptations, Kenny Rogers, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra,and the English Symphony Orchestra. In addition to being the former lead trumpet player with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra for 6 years, he has also performed and recorded music for television, radio and theatre, as well as on numerous pop sessions and touring shows.

    Severn composes music for his own quartet and has written several commissions for the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, the Scottish Composers Jazz Ensemble and the Scottish Arts Council. He freelances as a solo performer and clinician, spending time both in Europe and the United States. As an educator, Severn has extensive experience teaching both jazz studies and trumpet; he has been on the faculty at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music in England.

    Eddie holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Salford in Manchester, England and is currently Director of Jazz Studies at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania.

    Robert Sullivan Sullivan was appointed principal trumpet of the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops Orchestras in 2008. He is former assistant principal trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra (2003-2008), associate principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic (1993-2004), associate principal trumpet of the Charleston (SC) Symphony Orchestra, member of the U.S. Air Force Band and Orchestra and solo trumpet of the Chicago Chamber Brass. Mr.Sullivan toured the U.S. performing recitals for two seasons with Toccatas and Flourishes, a trumpet/organ duo, and performed as a member of the Disneyland All-American College Band. He has served on the faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, Charleston Southern University, the College of Charleston and currently as the Professor of Trumpet at Northwestern University. He has presented master classes and recitals throughout the U.S., South America, Europe and Asia, and has been a faculty member at the Hamamatsu International Music Academy in Japan. A native of Norwood, MA, Mr. Sullivan studied with Armando Ghitalla at the University of Michigan and won the Armando Ghitalla fellowship to attend the Tanglewood Music Center in 1984.

    Mr. Sullivan has had a varied performance career. He gave several performances with the Canadian Brass and German Brass while a member of the Principal Brass Quintet of the New York Philharmonic, and he has recorded with and conducted the Empire Brass, and toured and recorded with Summit Brass. While living in New York, Mr. Sullivan recorded soundtracks for several major motion pictures, and performed at the Grammy Awards Show and several live television specials. He has appeared as soloist with several orchestras and wind ensembles, including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Paavo Jarvi, the Cincinnati Pops, with the Cleveland Orchestra, and with the Blossom Festival Band. Recent repertoire includes concertos by Haydn, Hummel, Arutunian, Bohme, Telemman and Mozart, cornet solos by Bellstedt and Clarke, and Pops arrangements by Steven Reineke and Tommy Newsom. Robert’s two solo albums with pianist James Rensink, Treasures for Trumpet and Kaleidoscope are available on the Summit Records label.

    Mr. Sullivan is a Yamaha performing artist. He teamed with Yamaha brass designer Bob Malone in the development of the YTR-9335NYS and YTR-9445NYS Artist Model Bb and C trumpets. He currently performs on a new prototype Yamaha C trumpet and the “Bob Sullivan” Signature mouthpiece.

    Atlantic Brass Band
    Atlantic Brass Band, celebrating its 26th year, is one of the premier performing ensembles in southern New Jersey.

    Atlantic won top honors at the 2011 National Championship in Grand Rapids, Michigan, taking first place in the championship section. The band's program included "On the Shoulders of Giants" by Peter Graham and "Dances and Arias" by Edward Gregson.

    Since 1984, Atlantic Brass Band has entertained countless audiences throughout the Delaware Valley. The brass band comprises professional musicians, professors, educators, and community members. Performances throughout the year at events including the International Trumpet Guild Conference, Cape May Victorian Week, Villanova University commencement exercises and other ceremonies and festivals, make this group a favorite throughout the region. The band has also performed internationally with a tour of Italy and 2 tours of England.

    In recent years, the band has been privileged to host such distinguished musicians as Steve Sykes, Gary Cutt, Mark Frost, Ronald Waiksnoris, Tyrone Breuninger, Stephen Bulla, Dr. Steven Allen, Dr. Bryan Appleby-Wineberg, the Avonbank Brass Band, Philip Smith, Maynard Ferguson, and Dr. Nicholas Childs.

    The band's repertoire continues to include a wide variety of solo performances, contest literature, small ensemble works, and a broad selection from opera, jazz, ragtime, Broadway and movie soundtracks, to name a few.

    The band's most recent CD, Pageantry, includes solos by Arthur Henry and Dr. Bryan Appleby-Wineberg. This was immediately recorded following the 2006 North American Brass Band Association Championships. Recorded in the beautiful Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, this album features the band’s own choice selection, Pageantry, and also highlights a prize-winning performance by the Atlantic Brass Band Sextet.

    The band has been proud to foster collaborative relationship with other brass bands in our region. In 2007, Rowan University hosted the International Trumpet Guild Conference, in which ABB performed with the Salvation Army NY Staff Band and the Imperial Brass Band, en masse!

    Atlantic Brass Band is a British-style brass band, with approximately 30-piece instrumentation. The band is a long-time member of the North American Brass Band Association. The band has consistently competed in NABBA in the championship division.
    ABB is the Ensemble-in-Residence at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, and was originally formed as the Wheaton Brass Band in the early 1980's by Yorkshire-born Herb Roselle.

    United States Air Force Concert Band largest musical ensemble of The United States Air Force Band is the Concert Band. This world-class symphonic wind ensemble presents over 100 concerts annually and performs a wide variety of repertoire from light classics, popular favorites and instrumental features, to classical transcriptions and original works for the band idiom. Its members represent the best-of-the-best in musical talent and education within the Air Force. Remaining true to the Air Force's pioneering spirit, the Concert Band has established an international reputation as a champion of new works for band, with dozens of world premieres to its credit. In fact, the Band sponsors a biennial competition to ensure that new compositions will continue to be produced.

    Performing regularly for the general public in the greater Washington, D.C., area and on biannual community relations tours throughout the United States, The Air Force Concert Band is also in constant demand by many of the world's most highly respected professional musical organizations. Included among these are the American Bandmasters Association, National Band Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference and The Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.

    People of every race, color, creed, walk of life and ideology have enjoyed performances by The United States Air Force Band. The Concert Band is proud to represent the United States as a component of The United States Air Force Band, "America's International Musical Ambassadors."

    U.S. Navy Band Commodores is America’s music and the U.S. Navy Band Commodores, the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, have been performing the very best of big band jazz for the Navy and the nation for over 40 years. Formed in 1969, this 18-member group continues the jazz big band legacy with some of the finest musicians in the world. Led by Senior Chief Musician Philip Burlin, the Commodores mission includes public concerts, national concert tours, ceremonial support in honoring our veterans, jazz education classes and clinics, and protocol performances for high-level military and civilian government officials.

    The Commodores are held in high regard nationwide by concert patrons and critics alike. The list of guest artists that have appeared with the Commodores reads like a who’s who of jazz and popular music: Ray Charles, Branford Marsalis, Clark Terry, Grover Washington, Jr., Chris Potter, Jerry Bergonzi, Eddie Daniels, James Moody and many more. They have appeared on television shows, played nearly all major jazz festivals and toured across the United States and abroad. In conjunction with the Airmen of Note (Air Force) and the Army Blues (Army), the Commodores even host their own annual jazz festival, the Joint Service Jazz Festival in Washington, D.C.

    As a versatile and relevant musical organization in the 21st century, the Commodores write and arrange much of their vast library of music. Their concerts are an eclectic mix of traditional big band music, exciting jazz vocal arrangements as well as fresh new instrumental music written specifically for the Commodores of today. This vibrant, dynamic musical group is constantly striving for musical excellence and the pursuit of new and exciting ways to communicate with their audiences. Their most recent recording, “Directions,” was released in 2009 to critical acclaim.

    Washington Trumpet ensemble Washington Trumpet Ensemble consists of some of this generation’s most talented young trumpet players (and one old guy). Members of the ensemble boast numerous accolades including performances on Grammy award winning albums and multiple wins of NTC and ITG competitions. Outside of the ensemble, these musicians have performed with top tier organizations such as The National Symphony Orchestra, The Atlanta Symphony, Brass Band of Battle Creek, and Boston Brass as well as contemporary artists Andrea Bocelli and Kanye West. Individuals also hold positions in local orchestras and universities. They have performed across the country and around the world including China, Japan, Australia, Scotland, Germany, Italy, Austria, England, Guatemala and Israel. Each member of the ensemble holds multiple degrees from some of the finest colleges and universities in the nation. They are active educators and are strongly committed to the commissioning and performing of new works for trumpet ensemble.