1. Faculty

Mario Guarneri



  • Private Lessons
  • Trumpet Class
  • Improvisational Techniques


  • MM, The Juilliard School
  • BM, University of Southern California


  • Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, 1981–1992
  • Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, 1981–1992
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic, 1967–1981

What is your hometown?

Fairfax, CA

What is your favorite recording?

Miles Davis: Kind of Blue

What are you passionate about outside of music?

The challenges of leading a full and balanced life with the people I love.

Who were your major teachers?

Eddie Smith (Trumpet with Earl "Fatha" Hines), James Stamp, and William Vacchiano.

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

“Find your own voice.”

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

“Why should I practice this?”

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

Sitting in with Louis Armstrong and his band when I was 13 years old.

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

Playing/coaching basketball.

What is your daily practice routine?

Buzzing a modified "Stamp" routine on my Berp; Exploring efficient approaches to sound production; Being present and honest about what I should spend my time doing to prepare for my next performance; Playing music I care about.

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Thelonious Monk, J.S. Bach, and Mario Guarneri.

Who are three students you have had the privilege of teaching?

Vance Wolfe, Ralph Alessi, and Richard Roper.

What recordings can we hear you on?

The Godfather Part III Soundtrack, SBME SPECIAL MKTS
Los Angeles Brass Quintet, Crystal Records
Concerto for Trumpet & Bassoon, Crystal Records
Tell Your Story, berp
Choices, berp
TBD, berp
From My Heart, berp

What is your unrealized project?

Supporting local jazz artists by creating neighborhood performance spaces and guaranteeing them a fair wage. (See www.jazzintheneighborhood.org.)