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Stephen Kirk Bottom "Steve"

Affiliation: University of Louisville
Bottom-Cantrell Trumpet/Organ Duo
Phoenix Brass

Artist's Biography
A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Stephen is an accomplished performer in jazz and classical music. He has appeared as a soloist on National Public Radio, BBC Radio, PBS television, Kentucky Educational Television, and as guest trumpet soloist with the Vienna Boys Choir.

His discography is a varied collection of jazz, classical, and performances on historical instruments, two of which have been nominated for a GRAMMY. A former winner or finalist of several national and international trumpet competitions, Stephen is the first former 1st place winner of the National Trumpet Competition (1995) to have also served on the Artist Faculty (1996-2004). In recognition of his accomplishments as a teacher and performer, he was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by Governor Paul Patton in November, 2001.

Stephen has also toured the United States, Europe and Asia as a performer and clinician. Included in his creative output are appearances and performances with Saxton\'s Cornet Band in the motion pictures Gettysburg, Manassas 1861, and The Day Lincoln Was Shot.

Other past activities include serving for two years as Bugler at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby Festival races, and performing regularly with the Louisville Orchestra and the Lexington Philharmonic.

Further orchestral activities have included serving as Guest Principal Trumpet and Featured Soloist with the Missouri Chamber Orchestra as well as the Jefferson City (MO) Symphony. You can also hear him through his studio work on various commercials for Clear Channel Radio and on a commercial for VISA.

As a teacher, Stephen formerly served as Professor of Trumpet at The University of Missouri (Mizzou), Campbellsville University, Bellarmine College, Adjunct Trumpet Instructor at the University of Kentucky, and as Visiting Professor of Trumpet at Northern Kentucky University.

His students and ensembles have achieved national and international acclaim, including an appearance by the Mizzou Trumpet Ensemble in the Finals of the 2003 National Trumpet Competition as well as a featured performance at the 2004 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Denver, CO.

One of his students, Patrick McGinthy, won the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition for Trumpet in 2002, the same award Stephen won in 1994. This made them the first teacher-student winner combination in the award\'s history.

Stephen\'s trumpet students have also gone on to win other individual national competitions and to pursue graduate and post graduate work at major music schools and conservatories. Several are also professionals working in the USA and Europe as college music faculty, service band members, and symphony orchestra members.

Artist's Influences
CLASSICAL INFLUENCES: Wynton Marsalis, Rolf Smedvig, Hakan Hardenberger, Ole Edvard Antonsen, Maurice Andre. JAZZ INFLUENCES: Wynton Marsalis, Chet Baker, Clark Terry, Harry James, Doc Severinsen, Al Hirt, and Bill Chase.

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