I believe starting trumpet lessons at a young age is essential. There is a lot of misinformation on how to play the trumpet out there. If I can impact any aged beginning student to realize that the trumpet is not rocket science, I will be happy!! The trumpet should be fun and exciting everyday we pick it up. I also believe if we can develop a habit of taking care of the music every day, the music will eventually take care of us. :)
It all starts with getting the biggest and most beautiful trumpet sound!
Coming from the Bill Adam school of thought, I have been very lucky to have studied from some of the best trumpet players in the world. My goal is to inspire anyone and everyone through music and I strive to pass down the information I've learned to the next generation of trumpet players.
I am a musician, bandleader, producer, and educator.
I have been playing trumpet for 15 years and I have been teaching for 5. In 2019 I traveled the world playing on the Norwegian Cruise Line Gem Ship. I was a member of the Kids From Wisconsin Performing troupe for 3 summers in a row, playing and mentoring students from ages 4-18 (2016-18). In college I played in every classical and jazz ensemble possible. The most notable being the Grammy Nominated UW-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble 1!
I also started my own funk bands, jazz combos, and brass quintets that played regularly at local venues.
PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE
● Norwegian Cruise Line - Gem Ship; June-November 2019
● Kids From Wisconsin – Trumpet Player; Summer 2016 - 2017
● Uncommon Denominator - Eau Claire, co-founder/booking agent; 2017 - 2019
● Studio Recording - Spencer Douglas, Jack Greenwood, Scoop, and Sulestial; 2017 - 2020
● Band Leader - Luminescence, Animistic Groove, small group jazz bands; 2017 - 2020
● The Presidents - Oshkosh, WI; Summer 2018
● Freelance Musician - the greater Eau Claire and Twin Cities area; 2017 - Present
● Anything Goes - Spring 2018
● The Original Broadway Swing - Fall 2019
● Get Down Tonight - Fall 2019
● Guest Entertainer Show Band - Norwegian Cruise Line Production Shows; 2019 - 2020
● Don Giovani - UW-Eau Claire Orchestra; Spring 2019
● University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, Class of 2020
Business Administration Major, Music Liberal Arts Minor, Leadership Certificate
● Cedarburg High School, Cedarburg, WI; 2015
UNIVERSITY PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE
● UW-Eau Claire Jazz 1, Small Group Jazz
● Wind Symphony, Orchestra, Contemporary Ensemble, Cabaret
● Kids From Wisconsin - Intern/Assistant Band Director; Summer 2018
● David Thomas School of Music - Private Trumpet Instructor; 2019 - Present
● Big Band Trumpet Sectionals Coach - Eau Claire Memorial High School; 2019
It is very apparent that Jan truly loves the trumpet and enjoys seeing kids learn and grow with the instrument. I would highly recommend Jan as a teacher. He is the most kind and enthusiastic teacher you will find.
As Music Department Chair at Cedarburg High School in Wisconsin, I have been recommending Jan as a trumpet teacher for the past three years. Parents will appreciate his organization, his excellent use of the lesson time- balancing both instruction and talk time with the student-and his vast knowledge of a variety of styles of music. He is a top notch musician possessing solid pedagogical skills.
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