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David Champouillon

Affiliation: Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies, East Tennessee State University

Columnist - The Brass Herald

Director - ETSU Jazz Program

Director - ETSU Faculty Brass

Leader - The Jazz Doctors

Artist's Biography
A graduate of the famed jazz programs at both the University of Miami and the University of Northern Colorado, Dr. David Champouillon is a Performing Artist for Bach Trumpets, Professor of Trumpet and Jazz at East Tennessee State University, director of the ETSU Jazz Program, leader of The Jazz Doctors, and director / first trumpet of the ETSU Faculty Brass. He has also performed as a member of The Lenore Raphael Quartet at the Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club (Miami Beach, FL) the Sarasota Jazz Club (FL), Dazzle Jazz Club (Denver) and the Tri-Cities Jazz Fest. He is in demand throughout the nation in all genres, especially in the performance medium of jazz trumpet and Baroque trumpet literature. He has been a frequent soloist with various orchestras, wind ensembles, jazz ensembles, and brass groups throughout the country, having performed in over 30 states and Canada. He has performed and presented master classes at various schools including the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music, and the Lamont School of Music (Denver University). His students perform in major military bands, professionally and academically, at leading undergraduate and graduate programs, and consistantly place in national competitions as finalists and winners.

A former solo trumpet in both classical and jazz idioms in the United States Air Force Band system at age twenty, he has also been a featured soloist with the Hellenic Camerata, Westminster Chamber Orchestra, Ogden City Concert Band, Johnson City Community Concert Band, ETSU Wind Ensemble, Johnson City Symphony, University of Northern Colorado Orchestra, and Skaneateles Brass Ensemble,. He has performed at the Budweiser Jazz Festival, Budweiser Rhythm and Blues Festival, Tri-Cities Jazz Fest, Highlands Jazz Festival, Notre Dame Jazz Festival, and the Greeley Jazz Festival. He is the former Principal Trumpet of the Salt Lake Symphony, Utah Chamber Orchestra, Ballet West, Utah Opera, Ash Lawn-Highland Opera Company, Utah Festival Orchestra, Skaneateles Brass Ensemble, and Johnson City Civic Chorale. Extensive performance credits also include the Utah Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Lehigh Chamber Orchestra, Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, the Syracuse Symphony, Danville Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, Symphony of the Mountains, Southern Mississippi Festival Orchestra, Vince DiMartino, The Temptations, The Drifters, The Moody Blues, Marvin Hammlisch, Mel Torme, Marvin Stamm, Rufus Reid, Ed Soph, Bill Mays, John Blake, Avery Sharpe, Butch Reid, Sumi Tonooka, Ed Shaugnessy, John Jensen, Don Menza, Arturo Sandoval, Disney Ice Shows, Jerry Butler, Gary Graffman, and Su Li.

A two time Downbeat award winner for Best College Big Band, Dr. Champouillon is also an adjudicator for the National Trumpet Competition - Jazz Trumpet Division, published author, including Bill Pfunds Beginning and Intermediate Trumpet Methods, and International Trumpet Guild Journal and Conference lecturer. His biography, accomplishments and opinions are listed in two books (The Pros Speak Embouchure and Trumpeters Pocketbook II) as one of notable trumpeters in the world. Recordings include two United States Air Force Band albums, a UNC Jazz Ensemble CD, Syracuse Symphony CD, and the NEA funded Appalachian Harmony. He also is a jazz columnist for The Brass Herald, brass reviewer for Oxford University Press, jazz reviewer for Prentice Hall and McGraw-Hill, and has been named to Whos Who In America (2002-2006).

Prior faculty positions include Roanoke College, the International FAME Festival, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, University of Northern Colorado, University of Utah, and Eastern Illinois University. Degrees include the Doctor of Arts in Music - Trumpet Pedagogy / Performance and Theory / Composition from the University of Northern Colorado, the Master of Arts in Music - Trumpet Performance from Eastern Illinois University, the Bachelor of Music in Studio Music and Jazz from the University of Miami, and the Associate of Applied Science Music from Onondaga Community College (State University of New York.) He has studied trumpet extensively with the late Elliott Topalian (Syracuse, NY), the late James Mosher (Syracuse, NY), Daniel Sapochetti (Associate Principal Trumpet, retired - Syracuse Symphony), Laurie McGaw (Associate Principal Trumpet, retired San Francisco Symphony Orchestra), the late Gilbert Johnson (Solo Trumpet, The Philadelphia Orchestra), Edward Gornik (Co-Principal Trumpet, retired Utah Symphony), George Coble (Principal Trumpet Syracuse Symphony), and William Fielder (Rutgers University, teacher of Wynton Marsalis).

Prior contributions to the ITG include four feature articles in the ITG journal, numerous news event stories, chairing the 2004 ITG Trumpet Preludes committee, presenting lectures and performing on several world premiere pieces at ITG conferences, conducting the ETSU Trumpet Ensemble on preludes, and performing in the Festival of Trumpets concerts. At the 2006 conference he was chair of the Jazz Improvisation competition.

Artist's Influences
Gilbert Johnson, The Philadelphia Orchestra

Laurie McGaw, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Clifford Brown, Jazz Trumpet

Clark Terry, Jazz Trumpet

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Artist Image


\"Syracuse Symphony Orchestra\". Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, 2000.

\"Appalachian Harmony\".
Continental Harmony (NEA), 2000.

\"Alive XV: This One\'s for Sandy\"
United Jazz Artists, 1996.

\"Command Performance II\".
Unites State Air Force Band of the Golden Gate, 1983.

\"Command Performance\".
United States Air Force Band of the Golden Gate, 1982.

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