The Brainerd High School Department of Music presents a Brainerd “Trumpet Summit” that wraps up with a finale concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.
The concert is open to the public. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.
Master trumpet player Allen Vizzutti will perform a solo with Jazz Ensemble I and Wind Symphony BHS students in the finale concert. The concert follows an all day workshop where Vizzutti, along with two other master trumpet players, Allen Thomas Strait and Doug Snapp, will teach master classes to the top band students starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
Vizzutti will visit Forestview Middle School band students Friday morning, then rehearse with the BHS Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble I in the afternoon. On Saturday, area trumpet players from high school to collegiate level are invited to the masterclass rehearsals and performances, led by Vizzutti and trumpet faculty from around the state of Minnesota.
All events are at Tornstrom Auditorium.
“This is an amazing opportunity for our students and the community,” Christopher Fogderud, the Jazz Ensemble I and Wind Symphony band director, said. “You will want to be here.”
This “Trumpet Summit” event is the fourth in a series of summits previously hosted in Staples. The summit series begins in guest clinics from across the country to teach and inspire the upcoming music professionals and enthusiasts, a news release stated.
Vizzutti has visited 40 countries and every state in the union to perform with a rainbow of artists and ensembles including Chick Corea, “Doc” Severinsen, the NBC Tonight Show Band, the Airmen Of Note, the Army Blues and Army Symphony Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, Woody Herman, Japan’s NHK Orchestra and the New Tokyo Philharmonic, the Budapest Radio Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Leipzig Wind Symphony and the Kosie Wind Orchestra, it stated on Opportunity Music’s website. Opportunity Music sponsors the summits.
Vizzutti performed as a classical and a jazz artist, often in the same night, and appeared as a guest soloist with symphony orchestras in Tokyo, Germany, St. Louis, Seattle, Rochester New York, Syracuse, Milwaukee and Winnipeg to name a few.
From his home in Seattle, Washington, Vizzutti’s current career activities embody a schedule of recitals, concerts, recording and composing. His continued commitment to music education and the value of music in everyday life results in an extensive schedule of guest appearances at universities throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Australia.
Allen's solo jazz recordings include CDs such as, “Ritzville,” “Trumpet Summit” and “Skyrocket” from Summit Records. His “High Class Brass,” is available on iTunes, and is a classical and jazz blend co-produced and performed with fellow trumpet artist, composer and conductor, Jeff Tyzik along with a 90 piece studio orchestra.
As Artist in Residence, Vizzutti has taught at the Eastman School of Music, the Banff Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas State University, Ohio State University, West Texas State University, the Skidmore Jazz Institute and the Trompeten Akademie of Bremen, Germany. He is currently Artist In Residency at the University of South Carolina.
While growing up in Montana, Vizzutti was taught by his father, a self taught musician and trumpet player, until he left home to attend the Eastman School of Music on full scholarship. He earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in music, a Performer’s Certificate, a chair in the Eastman Brass Quintet faculty ensemble and the only Artist’s Diploma ever awarded a wind player in Eastman’s 85 year history.
Snapp serves as a professor of music at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he directs jazz/contemporary instrumental and vocal ensembles and teaches contemporary methods, music technology and trumpet. In 1998, he formed the JazzMN Orchestra and nonprofit arts organization. He also played principal trumpet in the Mankato Symphony for 20 years. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Texas and his doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado.
Strait has been a member of the music faculty at Minnesota State University, Moorhead since 2001, where he teaches brass and directs the MSUM Jazz Ensemble. He earned a doctor of arts degree in trumpet performance from the University of Northern Colorado, as well as degrees from Henderson State University and the University of Texas. Before coming to MSUM, he taught for several years at both the university and public schools and served in the Air Force.
Strait is an active freeland trumpeter and has performed with many artists, including Bob Hope, Nancy Wilson and Natalie Cole. He currently serves as principal trumpet with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra.