Faculty - Hero - Luftman


  • Trumpet Class
  • Brass Chamber Music
  • Private Lessons


  • BM, Cleveland Institute of Music


  • San Francisco Opera, Principal
  • San Francisco Ballet, Principal
  • National Brass Ensemble
  • Baltimore Symphony, 2005-2007
  • New World Symphony, 2002-2005

What is your hometown?

Longmeadow, MA

What is your favorite recording?

German Brass: Bach 2000.

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Family, exercise, and food.

Who were your major teachers?

Michael Sachs, Adolph Herseth, and Raymond Mase.

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

Playing Sibelius 2 at Interlochen.

What was a turning point in your career?

My summers at the National Repertory Orchestra and Tanglewood.

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be now?

A doctor.

What is your daily practice routine?

Addressing each fundamental aspect of playing one by one with exercises out of Stamp, Schlossberg, Bai Lin, Sachs, Cichowicz, Clarke, Shuebruk, Gekker, Nagel, Arban, and Bordogni.

What are your most important collaborations?

Getting to perform, tour, and/or record with great orchestras like Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, Boston, and the San Francisco Symphony.

What recordings can we hear you on?

National Brass Ensemble, Gabrieli (Oberlin Music and SFCM label)
Philadelphia Orchestra, The Rite of Spring, Bach/Stokowski works, Mahler 2 and 8 (Deutsche Grammophon and Ondine)
SF Symphony, John Adams: Harmonielehre (SFS Media)
Baltimore Symphony, Dvorak and Corigliano works (Naxos and Sony)
Many Video Game and Movie Soundtracks recorded at Skywalker Ranch