Alumni, 2016

Sarah Brown ImageSarah Brown graduated from the Eastman School with her Master’s degree in 2016.  Prior to her studies at Eastman, she graduated from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2010, under the tutelage of Peter Miller. While studying, Sarah had a vast range of exciting experiences, especially as a member of the WAAPA Brass Ensemble (directed by David Elton) with yearly tours to the Melbourne International Festival of Brass, and the opportunity to work with Allen Vizzutti and the Australian Brass Quintet. She was also a part of the West Australian Youth Orchestra, with guest conductors Tze Law Chan, Arvo Volmer and Vladimir Verbitsky directing, and in 2009 she toured with them to Singapore and Hong Kong. Sarah successfully auditioned for the Australian Symphony Orchestra Institute, and was part of their intensive summer orchestral-training program in December 2010.  

Following this, Sarah moved to Melbourne to take lessons with Tristram Williams. Whilst in Melbourne, she has become a successful freelance musician, performing regularly with Orchestra Victoria, The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra and Melbourne Opera as well the Australian Musical Theatre Orchestra, who toured to China in October 2013. Sarah completed her fourth (honours) year in 2013 at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, graduating with a William Thornton Bequest Award.

Sarah has taken instruction from many notable brass musicians including David Elton, Yoram Levy, Gabor Tarkovi, Jeroen Bewaerts, Niklas Eklund, Christian Lindberg, Daniel Mendelow, James Thompson, and Allen Vizzutti.



FatuzzoJohn Fatuzzo graduated from the Eastman School in 2016, earning his Master’s degree in Trumpet Performance & Literature.

Before starting at Eastman, John graduated summa cum laude at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY where he received a Bachelor’s in Music Education and was designated the “Most Outstanding Graduating Senior” in his area of study. At Saint Rose, John held collegiate executive board positions with The National Association of Music Education ad Jazz Education Network. In October 2013, John performed Herbert L. Clarke’s “Carnival of Venice” as a featured soloist with the Saint Rose Wind Ensemble.

Some of the highlights of John’s young musical career include his performances with the Sage City Symphony in Bennington, VT, appearances in various capstone albums of Saint Rose peers in a multitude of musical genres and styles, studying privately with trumpet legend Doc Severinsen and performing with the members of the New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet.

 In the summer, John works as a counselor at the New York State Summer School of Orchestral Studies at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. There, John supervises and teachessome of the most talented high school musicians in New York State. Additionally, John works with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra who serve as the artistic directors of the summer program.

John’s former trumpet teachers include James Kanellos, Eric Latini, James Thompson, and most prominently, Dr. Dennis Johnston.



Samuel Huss graduated from the HussEastman School in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Trumpet Performance & Literature, studying with professors James Thompson and Douglas Prosser.  Sam was recently awarded first place in the 2013 National Trumpet Competition and was a member of a finalist trumpet ensemble in the 2014 National Trumpet Competition. Sam was most recently an apprentice at the National Music Festival in Chestertown, Maryland. Originally from Michigan, Sam has been a guest soloist with the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Youth Symphony Orchestra, and numerous concert bands based around his hometown of Sanford, Michigan. His interests include playing in all kinds of groups ranging from brass quintets to symphony orchestras and being exposed to many different genres of music.  In the Fall of 2016, Sam will  continue his studies at Rice University as a graduate student of Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer.




Mike KentMichael Kent holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School, graduating in 2016.  While at Eastman, Michael studied with Professor James Thompson.  Mr. Kent began playing trumpet in the 6th grade and went to an Arts high school in Houston, Tx to follow his path. During his years of high school, he took from James Austin, former principal of the Houston symphony and member of faculty at the University of Houston. Mr. Kent also studied with Mark Schubert, Neil Berntsen, and Mark Hughes while attending the Brevard music festival in 2012. Mr. Kent recently competed in the National Trumpet Competition as a soloist and with the Eastman Trumpet Ensemble, with the school’s first ensemble to make it to the finals.




1375070_1423264361220471_545747978_nJacquelyn Lankford graduated from the Eastman School in 2016, earning her Master’s degree in Trumpet Performance & Literature.  She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from New Mexico State University, where she graduated with honors.

Jacquelyn immensely enjoys playing both Classical and Jazz trumpet, and played principal in the top wind symphony and lead in the top jazz ensemble for her final two years at New Mexico State University. She recorded the album All In One with the top jazz ensemble in the summer of 2012. For the last two years, Jacquelyn also played in the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra alongside her trumpet teacher Pancho Romero and Steve Schiller.

Masterclasses in which Jacquelyn has participated and performed include ones led by Malcolm McNab, Clay Jenkins, Wayne Bergeron, Thomas Stevens, Ayke Agus, and Dave Evans.




1553348_10152299969934575_1228410142_oDovas Lietuvninkas holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music.  While at Eastman, he was a member of professor James Thompson’s studio, having previously studied with Rick Leister in his native Chicago.  In Chicago, Dovas was a member of the Merit School of Music where he held principal positions in the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, and Brass Quintet.  During his time at Eastman, Dovas has performed with every large ensemble and held principal positions with the Wind Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonia, and was a member of the finalist trumpet ensemble in the 2014 National Trumpet Competition. Dovas is also a founding member of the East End Brass, a German-style polka band made up of Eastman students. Along with trumpet, Dovas also enjoys playing other instruments such as the piano, guitar, and accordion (among others), and has performed on the accordion with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and New Jazz Ensemble.




LordA native of Albany, NY, George Lord graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 2016, where he studied with Professor James Thompson. During High School, George played with the Empire State Youth Orchestra, including a tour of China and South Korea in the summer of 2012. He has had the privilege of performing with various All-State orchestras and wind ensembles, as well as the MENC All-Eastern wind ensemble in Baltimore, Maryland. Most recently, he has participated in the Chosen Vale international trumpet seminar in Enfield, NH.





Robbie MarxRobbie Marx graduated from the Eastman School in 2016, studying under the tutelage of Professor James Thompson. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Robbie has toured with the Interlochen Academy Orchestra, and performed under a variety of conductors including Jung-Ho Pak, Octavio Mas Arocas, and Donald Mickinney. During the summer of 2011, Robbie was a fellow at Tanglewood’s BUTI Music Festival in the high school division where he played principal trumpet in the Wind Ensemble. Robbie has lived in a variety of places and has performed with many different ensembles, including the Hawaii Youth Symphony, the Bamberg University Jazz Ensemble in Germany and with folk or “polka” ensembles in Germany for the summers of 2012 and 2013. Robbie also is the founder of East End Brass, a folk band made up entirely of Eastman students.



Headshot (1)Bailey Paugh graduated from the Eastman School in 2016, earning her Bachelor’s degree in Trumpet Performance & Literature.  During her time at Eastman, Bailey was a highly active member in many of the school’s performing ensembles, including the Eastman Wind Orchestra and Eastman School Symphony Orchestra as well as with Eastman’s student-run new music ensemble OSSIA. She is a member of Ad Hoc Music which has recorded live for WXXI Radio in Rochester, NY. Originally from South Dakota, Bailey has served as substitute trumpet for the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra and has appeared several times as soloist with the Rapid City Municipal Band.





Andrew Headshot 1Andrew Psarris, a native of the New Hampshire/Boston, graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 2016, having earned a Bachelors Degree in Trumpet Performance with an Arts Leadership Certificate as a student of Professor James Thompson.  During the 2014 summer Andrew had the opportunity to play and intern with the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and was recently a finalist with the 2014 Eastman Trumpet Ensemble. Andrew enjoys playing classical, jazz, pop and many other styles of music.

At Eastman Andrew played principal and recorded for the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Philharmonia and has also played for all three Jazz ensembles. He has played with many brass quintets and brass choirs including New England Brass and Boston Brass. Originally from the Boston area, Andrew has soloed and played principal with the Boston Youth Orchestra and New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. Andrew has been freelancing in the New Hampshire and Boston area since 2009.

Andrew is also an avid teacher of the trumpet having taught kids as young as 8-9 to adults. After graduating as student head of the Timberlane music department in high school Andrew received the Timberlane Regional Music association scholarship and the Steven Passanisi scholarship to attend Eastman School. Andrew works as a Resident Advisor and in the Eastman communications department.

Along with his musical studies, Andrew also served as a mathematics TA at the University of Rochester. In his free time Andrew enjoys playing Frisbee, baseball, biking, reading and writing. As well as Trumpet Performance, Andrew is also pursuing a degree Economics and taking classes in Astrophysics at University of Rochester.



SheltonA current resident of the greater Washington D.C. and Baltimore area, Peyden Shelton has gained a rapidly growing reputation as an active clinician and performer throughout the United States and Canada.  While pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, Peyden not only served as one of the trumpet instructors at the University of Rochester, but also as the studio teaching assistant for the Eastman School’s trumpet studio under Professors James Thompson and Douglas Prosser.  Along with his teaching responsibilities in the Rochester area, Peyden also served as the Lecturer of Trumpet at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

In March of 2014, Peyden was awarded 1st place in the Graduate Solo Division at the National Trumpet Competition in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Since that time, Peyden has been featured as a soloist with several chamber and large wind bands throughout the East Coast.  His most recent performances include Duke Ellington’s Concerto for Cootie, Bruce Broughton’s Excursions for Trumpet and Band, as well as Donald Hunsberger’s famous arrangement for Wynton Marsalis of J.B. Arban’s Fantasie Brillante.  Peyden has performed as a soloist with a wide variety of ensembles including The Winds of the Blue Ridge, Southwest Virginia’s premiere wind band, and Cornell University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble.  He has been featured as soloist in chamber music setting as well, including the Eastman School’s Tuba Miram, and the Eastman Brass Guild.



VictorVictor Yuen, a native of Hong Kong, graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 2016, having studied Trumpet Performance under the guidance of Professor James Thompson. Victor as also studied privately under Mr. Fung Ka Hing in Hong Kong. Before coming to Eastman, Victor studied at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for two years. Victor is an active member in various groups in different genres in the school including the East End Brass, Eastman Jazz Lab Band, Eastman School Wind Orchestra and the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra. In Hong Kong, he performs with the jazz group 5422 Collectives and recently the international pop star Coco Lee. Victor has played with the Diocesan Wind Orchestra in Hong Kong and traveled around the world to competitions including the Singapore International Band Festival and the World Music Contest in Kerkrade. Away from the trumpet, Victor is an avid chorister who performs and competes with the Diocesan Boys’ School Choir in the World Choir Games and Int. Johannes Brahms Choir Festival.





Alumni, 2015

headshotMatthew Swihart is currently a Trumpet Performance DMA student at the Eastman School, and has studied at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and SUNY Stony Brook.   He was a Fulbright Fellow studying at Hochschule fur Musik in Detmold, Germany between 2001-2003.  In 1997 Matthew was a Fellow in the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and in 1999 he was a fellow in the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra.  Matthew was awarded 3rd prize in the International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition both in 1995 and 1998.  He has performed with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Opera Orchestra, the Tacoma Philharmonic, and the Eastman Virtuosi.  Matthew has studied with Armando Ghitalla, Max Sommerhalder, and James Thompson.  He has performed under Seiji Ozawa, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Christoph Eschenbach.  Matthew served as adjunct trumpet professor at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA from 2008-2011.



Ale Mayon MIA PhotoAlex Mayon, a native of Morgan City, Louisiana, is a second year Master’s student at the Eastman School of Music, where he is also the teaching assistant for the Eastman Brass Guild, the school’s premiere brass ensemble. Alex began his serious studies on the trumpet in 2009 with Dr. Nicholas Volz at Loyola University New Orleans. There he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, summa cum laude, graduating with university honors. As an honors student, he won the Most Outstanding Research Award for the presentation of his thesis “Henri Tomasi’s Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra: A Stylistic and Theoretical Analysis for the Performer.” As the principal trumpet of both the Loyola Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, Alex also performed as part of the Loyola Faculty Brass Quintet and occasionally with Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra members.

A winner of numerous awards on the trumpet, some of his achievements include two-time Loyola University Outstanding Brass Student of the Year (2011 and 2012), two-time winner of the Loyola University Concerto/Aria Competition (2012 and 2013), and recipient of the Kent Clarke Memorial Scholarship, one of nine scholarship awards given to students around the globe at the 2012 International Trumpet Guild Conference. 

In 2014, Alex traveled to Africa as a part of MIA (Music Inspire Africa). He and other musicians from around the world performed concerts and taught music to students in schools throughout Zimbabwe. He also attended the Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale, where he studied with some of the world’s top trumpet soloists and pedagogues. Alex was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2014 National Trumpet Competition’s Graduate Solo Division and as alternate in the 2014 International Trumpet Guild Orchestral Excerpt Competition.



376623_10150992435146167_351006209_nMatthew Langford is an educator and trumpeter from Orlando, Florida who enjoys making and sharing music with diverse audiences around the world. 

Driven by his passion to share in making music with those who have not had as much access to musical training, in the summer of 2013 Langford organized and led a team of three other musicians to Bujumbura, Burundi to teach at one of the only music schools in the entire country. His aim is to continue creating opportunities like this around the world.  

As a trumpeter, Langford has studied and performed at the Brevard Music Center Orchestral Studies Institute in North Carolina, the MasterWorks Festival in Winona Lake, Indiana, and the AT&T Youth Institute with the London Symphony Orchestra. His private teachers include Douglas Prosser, Tye Riter, Marvin C. Perry II, and Richard Stoelzel.  

Langford holds a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida and he is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Music Education at the Eastman School of Music with an Arts Leadership Certificate from Eastman’s Arts Leadership Program.  

Outside of music, Langford enjoys playing soccer, hammocking, perfecting his chili recipe, and friendly conversations over a cup of delicious specialty coffee.



966431_10202587121384429_1924025666_oJacy Ripley is currently a second-year Master’s student at Northwestern University, where she studies with Bob Sullivan.  Jacy graduated from Eastman in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Trumpet Performance & Literature, under the guidance of James Thompson.  She is an alumni of Midwest Young Artist’s Symphony Orchestra as well as the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. Jacy loves playing different genres of music and has played in many different chamber settings including: Brass Trio, Brass Quartet, Brass Quintet, Brass Choir, Trumpet Ensemble, Jazz Combo, and a polka ensemble. Jacy was also the recipient of the Kenosha Symphony Scholarship in 2009 and the Barbara Butler and Charlie Geyer Scholarship in 2010. Jacy has been teaching trumpet for the past 7 years to students with various skill level. At Eastman, Jacy works in the Eastman Ensemble Library as the Eastman Wind Orchestra assistant. In her spare time, Jacy serves as a Specialist at JCPenney.



Alumni, 2014 

natalie_fullerNatalie Fuller began playing the piano at the tender age of 4, and trumpet followed 2 years later. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Natalie’s 12 years of homeschooling allowed her the freedom to travel across Canada and the United States as well as internationally to Great Britain and Japan with award winning ensembles including the Regina Lions Band and the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra. During this time, Natalie began studying trombone, euphonium and tuba under the late John Griffiths. Six months after her battle with cancer at the age of 16, Natalie achieved the highest mark in Canada for the Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto diploma in trumpet performance.

At the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Natalie studied under Dr. Ed Lewis (CBC Radio’s “Jazz Doctor”) and Miles Newman (principal of the Regina Symphony Orchestra). After completing the bachelor’s degree in just three years, Natalie was awarded the President’s Medal, the highest distinction upon graduation. Natalie then moved to Rochester, New York where she studied with the renowned James Thompson at the Eastman School of Music. While completing her Masters and Doctorate degrees at Eastman, Natalie toured with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and sat principal on pieces including Mahler’s 2nd Symphony, Berlioz’s Symphony Fantastique and Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben with the Eastman Philharmonic. Over the last few years, Natalie has competed in several competitions, winning 1st place in the brass division of the Canadian Music Festival and placing in the medals three times at the American National Trumpet Competition.

Natalie has performed for a wide variety of audiences, including notable trumpet greats like Stephen Burns, Tom Stevens, John Wallace and Mark Gould to dignitaries including the Governor General of Canada and even Prince Charles. Recently, Natalie has taught at the University of Rochester, Eastman Community Music School and Cornell University.



Alumni, 2010

HullBarbara Hull is Assistant-Professor-in-Residence of trumpet at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her students have performed for the International Trumpet Guild Conference, and in various orchestras in Las Vegas and around the country. At UNLV she teaches studio trumpet, repertoire class and trumpet ensemble. Before joining the faculty at UNLV she lived in Rochester, NY where she taught applied trumpet and brass at Nazareth College and was a member of Symphoria (formerly the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra). She also played regularly with the Skaneateles Summer Music Festival, Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Oratorio Society and the Kunde Chorale. From 2008 through 2013, she taught at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance. Barbara also teaches trumpet and music theory each summer at the Csehy Summer School of Music, which is held on the beautiful campus of Houghton College in Houghton, NY.

Barbara holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with James Thompson and was Assistant Conductor of the Eastman Brass Guild. She earned her Masters Degree at Eastman in the studio of Charles Geyer. She is a recipient of the Eastman Performer’s Certificate, and, as winner of Eastman’s Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Concerto Competition, performed as soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble under Donald Hunsberger. Barbara also served as principal trumpet of the Eastman Wind Ensemble during the collaboration between the EWE and the Canadian Brass. The CD for that project, Manhattan Music, was released in 2008.

Barbara was tenured as Principal Trumpet with the Albany Symphony Orchestra  (1995-1998), recording there under the Decca and Albany Records labels. She played with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra from 2000-2003. While living in Albuquerque she also performed regularly with the New Mexico Brass Quintet, the New Mexico Symphony Brass Quintet, the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, and Opera Southwest. She has also performed with the Rochester Philharmonic and Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Hull is co-principal trumpet with the San Francisco Wind Ensemble and principal trumpet with Ensemble Monterey.  She has also performed with the Modesto Symphony, Fremont Symphony, Grass Valley Music Festival, the San Francisco Lyric Opera and the SF Masterworks Chorale. Barbara’s work has also included masterclasses with Barbara Butler, Vincent Cichowicz , Allen Vizzutti, Mark Gould and Niklas Eklund.

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osika1Matt Osika is a Rochester-based trumpeter, teacher, conductor and composer. Currently teaching instrumental music at Willink Middle School in Webster, NY, Matt performs regularly with the Penfield Symphony Orchestra, Cordancia Chamber Orchestra, Ad Hoc Chamber Ensemble, and Eastman Community Music School Music Educators’ Wind Ensemble. In addition to private studio teaching and his work in the Webster Central School District, Matt is the Assistant Conductor of the Hochstein Philharmonia and Sinfonia Youth Orchestras. In the Spring of 2014, Matt founded the Young Composers’ Collaboration Project with the Hochstein Youth Orchestra Program, where students create, refine, and premiere large orchestral works. In 2012, Ludwig Masters Publications released Matt’s chamber-ensemble orchestration of Percy Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy, which has been performed by the Eastman Wind Ensemble, members of the U.S. Navy Band, and the Ad Hoc Chamber Ensemble.

Matt attended the Eastman School of Music as a recipient of the prestigious Lois S. Rogers scholarship where he received a Bachelors’ Degree in Applied Music/Music Education (2008) and a Masters’ Degree in Music Education (2010). During that time, he performed alongside the Canadian Brass, served as tour manager for the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and served as Assistant Conductor of the Eastman Wind Orchestra. Trumpet teachers include James Thompson and Douglas Prosser; Conducting teachers include Mark Davis Scatterday and Brad Lubman.



Alumni, 2008

headshots_088Brad Hogarth is a San Francisco based freelance trumpeter as well as the director of bands and head of instrumental music at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts. As a performer, Brad has been seen on stages extensively throughout North America, Europe and Japan.  Since moving to Bay Area Brad has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Opera, SF Contemporary players, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra,  the Grammy nominated group Bay Brass, as well as with orchestras in Oakland, Modesto, Marin, and the Napa Valley. In the summer of 2012, Brad was a featured soloist with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, where he performed the Henri Tomasi Concerto for trumpet and orchestra. Other solo engagements have included performances with the American Festival for the Arts Orchestra and at the Midwest Clinic. Brad has performed in summer festivals such as the Music in the Vineyards Festival, The Spoleto Festival Orchestra, CCM Spoleto Italy, The National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands, and most recently he has returned from a tour of Japan with the Pacific Music Festival.  

In addition to performing and his work at SOTA, Brad is an active conductor and arranger for brass choirs, chamber groups and wind ensembles and keeps a private studio. Brad completed a double major in trumpet performance and music education at the Eastman School of Music and graduated with his masters in trumpet performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2012. His principal teachers have been James Thompson, Mark Inouye, Anthony Plog and Roger Bobo. More information can be found at