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The University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts

Trumpet Ensemble

Director: Jason Dovel     Course No.: MUC 171-002     Normal Rehearsal Schedule: MW 1:00-1:50 PM

Audition Requirements: Trumpet Ensemble is open to the entire university community.  There is no formal audition to participate in trumpet ensemble. Please contact Dr. Jason Dovel if you are interested in playing in trumpet ensemble.

The University of Kentucky trumpet studio regularly premieres and performs the latest repertoire for trumpet ensemble. The UK Trumpet Ensemble has won many coveted awards, most recently winning Second Place in the 2014 National Trumpet competition. They have also performed at the 2014 and 2009 International Trumpet Guild Conferences.

In 2015, The UK "Shades of Blue" Trumpet Ensemble recorded a disc of some of the most difficult music for trumpet ensemble, "Competition Pieces for Trumpet Ensemble." This disc is commercially released by New Branch Records and is available through CD Baby and most online retailers. The UK press release for this disc can be found on UKNow. We believe this to be the only commercially released CD ever produced by a university trumpet ensemble.

For videos of the UK Trumpet Ensemble, please see the Trumpet Media Tab on the Brass Study page.

  • The UK trumpet ensemble took Second Prize in the 2014 National Trumpet Competition.
  • UK Trumpet Quintet received the Fourth Place Ensemble Award at the National Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C., both March 2010 and 2011
  • UK Trumpet Ensemble performed by invitation to open for the New York Philharmonic Brass concert at the 2009 International Trumpet Guild Conference (May 2009)
  • UK Trumpet Sextet, Third Place the National Trumpet Competition in Washington DC (2008)
  • UK Trumpet Quintet, First Place, National Trumpet Competition (2004)