December 7, 2022
Robert Cannon recently retired as Principal Trumpet of the Austin Symphony Orchestra and currently performs with the Austin Opera Orchestra as Principal Trumpet. He teaches trumpet at Texas State University, Cedar Park High School and Cedar Park Middle School. He holds a Doctoral degree in Music from the University of Texas at Austin and has studied privately from some of the top professional trumpet players in the country including James Wilt of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Raymond Crisara of the NBC Symphony and Richard Giangiulio of the Dallas Symphony among others.  

Gilbert Elorreaga is a trumpeter for Latin-funk and cumbia powerhouse Grupo Fantasma and progressive funk ensemble Brownout based out of Austin, Texas. With Grupo, Gilbert is a 2008 Grammy Award nominee and a 2010 Grammy winner in the Best Latin Rock category for Grupo’s album El Existencial, and was the backing band for several tours with the late artist Prince. In 2013 Gilbert was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame for his contributions to the Austin music scene. 
Along with his performing successes, Gilbert remains a dedicated teacher. He has maintained an 80-strong studio of the next generation of trumpeters since 2000. He’s placed students in the highly competitive Texas All-State Bands/Orchestras every year for the last decade. Students from his studio have gone on to win scholarships to some of the most prestigious music programs in the country including The University of Texas-Austin, University of North Texas, Baylor, Cleveland Institute of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, Mannes School of Music and Eastman.
Gilbert lives in Austin with wife Laura and two little girls, Elena and Ashley. His love for the San Antonio Spurs is only second to his love for his family. He is an alumnus of Texas State University where he studied with Dr. Keith Winking. 

Micah Killion is the former principal trumpet of the United States Air Force Band in Washington DC, where he served from 2013-2018 and recorded 7 albums. The last of which, Illuminations, released in 2018, features him as a soloist on John Mackey’s Antique Violences. He can be heard playing on two recent recordings of the music of Du Yun: the Pulitzer winning chamber opera “Angel’s Bone”, and the Grammy nominated trumpet ensemble “Air Glow”. Among others, Micah has performed or recorded with the Knights Orchestra, Barclay Brass, Diana Ross, Shakira, Father John Misty, the Colorado Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Walt Disney World’s Christmas Brass, and various Broadway shows.
Micah has given master classes at over 20 colleges and universities including The Colburn School, Florida State University, University of Oregon, Baylor University, Bowling Green State University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2017, he partnered with the Ramallah Orchestra and the al-Kamandjati school in Ramallah to perform around the West Bank. In 2019 he was awarded a Rainwater Grant for American Music, to bring instruments and brass instruction to a school for homeless boys in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Micah is an assistant instructor and PhD student in Music and Human Learning at the University of Texas Austin. His research, including eye-tracking studies and the analysis of expert practice, explores the cognitive and perceptual-motor processes underpinning music learning. He holds an MA in Music Education from Teachers College at Columbia University, and a BM in trumpet performance from the Juilliard School where he studied with Philip Smith.

Kyle Koronka joined the Austin Symphony Orchestra trumpet section in 2014. He has previously performed with the Austin Opera, Round Rock Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Waco Symphony and Brazos Valley Symphony.

Kyle holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Baylor University, where he received the Donald I. Moore Award for Outstanding Senior Instrumentalist. He completed a Master of Music degree from Rice University, where he was the recipient of the Armando Ghitalla Memorial Scholarship. In 2010, Kyle completed a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he served as graduate teaching assistant for the trumpet studio. His principal teachers include Wiff Rudd, Michael Ewald, Marie Speziale and Ray Sasaki.Kyle serves on the faculties of Southwestern University and Austin Community College, as Part-Time Assistant Professor of Applied Music and Adjunct Associate Professor, respectively. Kyle previously served as Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet at Trinity University in San Antonio. He also maintains a large teaching studio with students from all over the Austin area.   

Kyle is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

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Kurt Kumme enjoys an active career as a freelance trumpet player and educator in the Austin area. He received the Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School, where he studied with Jay Lichtmann and Roger Murtha (Hartford Symphony). In 2008 he completed the Master of Music from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Ray Sasaki. While living in Hartford, Connecticut, his versatility was demonstrated as a member of Hartford salsa bands The Latin Heart Beat Orchestra and Syncopacion’, as well as being the founding member of the Midnight Brass Quintet. Kurt is formerly a member of the touring group The American Wind Symphony. He currently teaches privately in Austin at Westwood High School, Canyon Vista and West Ridge Middle Schools. You can hear (but not see) Kurt performing in the orchestras of musical theater productions at the Austin Playhouse, Austin Summer-stock and Zilker Park, as well as numerous other venues in the greater Austin area. 

Casey Martin is a trumpet player, composer, and educator in the greater Austin area. He holds bachelors degrees in performance and composition from California State University Long Beach and a masters degree in composition from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to his relocation to Austin, Casey was a member of a number of southern California-based ensembles including principal trumpet of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, True Brass Choir, and Southern California Brass Consortium. Currently he serves as section leader for the newly-formed Austin Brass Collective and the Cedar Park Winds. While in school, Casey partook in various national music competitions, earning 2nd and 3rd place in the 2013 and 2016 National Trumpet Competition ensemble divisions, 2nd place in the 2017 International Women’s Brass Conference Chamber Music Competition, and finalist in the 2010 Coleman Chamber Music Competition. 

As a composer, Casey has had his music performed world-wide. In 2017, his work Ashen Skies of a Timeworn World was premiered by the UT wind ensemble and subsequently received multiple performances internationally. While at UT, Casey was commissioned three times by Prof. Ray Sasaki to write trumpet ensemble pieces for the school to compete with at the National Trumpet Competition, two of which helped groups finish in 2nd place both in 2016 and 2018. In 2015 Casey was selected to attend the Brevard Music Center summer institute to study composition with David Dzubay and Robert Aldridge.

As an educator, Casey maintains a studio of fifty students in Leander and Round Rock ISD. His students have successfully auditioned into TMEA All-State bands, region honors ensembles, and university music programs, including University of North Texas and Texas State University. Casey’s primary teachers include Joan LaRue, Rob Frear, David Washburn, and Ray Sasaki. 

Brian Walker is Associate Professor of Trumpet at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. Dr. Walker has taught previously at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, the University of North Texas and The Florida State University as well as privately in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. His students have been accepted into many undergraduate and graduate music programs throughout the United States and currently perform in orchestras and premier military groups respectively. Dr. Walker was recently awarded Tarleton’s College of Liberal and Fine Arts Excellence in Student Success award for 2017.
As a performer he has appeared with many groups in the DFW region including (but not limited to) the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Dallas Opera, Plano, Allen, Arlington, Las Colinas, Irving, Garland, and Dallas Chamber Orchestras. He has also had the opportunity to perform with the North Texas Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and the Grammy Nominated UNT One O'Clock Lab Band. While at Florida State, Dr. Walker performed with the Tallahassee Symphony, Pensacola Symphony, The Florida Orchestra and New World Symphony to name a few. As a soloist, Dr. Walker has given recitals throughout the United States as well as abroad in Greece, France, China and Brazil. In addition, he was featured as a soloist on the Tarleton State Wind Ensemble’s performance at Carnegie Hall and most recently, this ensemble's performance at the Texas Music Educator Association Conference in 2022.
Brian Walker is active in the International Trumpet Guild where he serves on the Board of Directors. Dr. Walker also serves as an adjudicator for the National Trumpet Competition and ITG Competitions and is an artist and clinician for the Bach division of the Conn-Selmer Corporation.
Dr. Walker holds degrees from the University of North Texas (DMA), The Florida State University (MM) and Southeastern Oklahoma State (BM). His primary teachers include Michael Miles, Christopher Moore, John Holt and Adam Gordon. 

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