The thing that draws many students to the annual Midwest Trumpet Festival is the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business. As it turns out, it’s the same for faculty, too.
After a master class conducted by the acclaimed performer and teacher David Hickman, Todd Hastings, professor of music and festival director, traded notes with other trumpet professors.
“He (Hickman) is the master when it comes to master classes,” Hastings said. “I think we all have learned things that we’ll take back to our classrooms.”
Hickman, who is a regents’ professor of trumpet at Arizona State University is widely considered one of the world’s top trumpet virtuosos and has performed more than 2,000 solo appearances around the world.
Hickman said the annual Midwest Trumpet Festival is valuable because it brings together so many musicians and teachers from different states and different schools.
“What he’s (Hastings) doing here is really valuable,” Hickman said. “To get all these people, especially all the faculty, to come to something like this is amazing.”