Fall 2017, Year-in-Review

Thankful.

First off, I just want to start by saying “thanks” to you. Yes, you, reading this. Without family, friends, and fans to support me, I’d never possibly be able to do what I do. The past 3-4 months have been full of adventures, and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings our way.

A while back, I started doing a “personal” year-in-review in order to reflect on 12 months of accomplishments; it served as a fun and encouraging way to reminisce about hard work, sleepless nights, and busy weekends… Hopefully coming to the conclusion that the effort was worth it! This year, I thought that a fun twist would be doing the same thing publicly–sharing my proudest achievements, as well as some things that didn’t get done. Here’s to hoping that public shaming results in a more productive 2018!

Thanks for reading, and enjoy.

–Stephen

Fall 2017, Year-in-Review:

  • Another successful tour with the Grand Avenue Brass! We had an excellent time presenting masterclasses, recitals, coachings, and private lessons to high school and college students throughout the Great Plains region.
  • Successfully competing in the National Trumpet Competition and securing 3rd Place in the Getzen Small Ensemble Division (4-6 players) with my fellow CCM trumpet colleagues in Denver, Colorado.
  • An appearance at the International Trumpet Guild’s (ITG) 42nd Annual Conference, presenting and performing on the inaugural Affiliate Chapter Recital in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It was also an honor to be recognized as the recipient of the ITG Legacy Fund Scholarship!
  • Attending the 2017 Boston Brass Summer Intensive with other members of GAB as a featured chamber ensemble. For the 2nd year, Grand Avenue Brass was selected to perform as the opening act for the world-renowned Boston Brass. We also had the opportunity to work with members of BB on a masterclass entitled “Recording and Sound Engineering.” 
  • I was extremely blessed to be appointed as the Graduate Teaching Assistant of Trumpet for my second year at the College-Conservatory of Music. This position has given me opportunities to lead and conduct the CCM Trumpet Ensemble, teach brass courses at CCM, and instruct undergraduate students in weekly lessons.
  • Several of my brass students in the Greater Cincinnati area advanced to the final round of Kentucky All-State auditions, and were selected for All-State ensembles!

Some things I didn’t get done…

  • A few really cool music videos.
  • Some multi-track recording projects.
  • Applications to summer music festivals.
  • Several homework assignments… Oops!