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Styles: Jazz, Classical, Orchestral, Pops, Commercial, Lead
Phone: 901-604-4299
Instruments: Trumpet, Flugelhorn, German Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet
Influenced by the cross study of ethnomusicology and trumpet pedagogy, Derek is a highly adaptable and adventurous musician and performer. Equally at home in the orchestra, big band, chamber group, or commercial settings, Derek has shared the stage with Arturo Sandoval, Barry Manilow, Maria Schneider, Kevin Spacey, Danilo Perez, Vince Mendoza, Terence Blanchard, Wayne Bergeron, and many others. He has performed as guest principal trumpet with the National Symphony of the Dominican Republic, the Space Coast Symphony, the Boca Sinfonia, the Miami Symphony, the Henri Mancini Institute orchestra, and the New World Symphony. A California native, Derek attended UCLA, NYU, and recently earned his DMA at the University of Miami in both jazz and classical performance. He holds degrees in ethnomusicology, computational cognition, jazz/studio music performance, and trumpet performance. He has recorded one full-length CD of original music and is working on his second release. Derek is highly regarded as both a jazz and classical trumpeter, and has developed a reputation for professionalism and excellence in all areas of music. His past teachers include Mark Lord, Ken Larson, Laurie Frink, Brian Lynch, Ralph Alessi, and Craig Morris. As a graduate of the University of Miami, Derek is committed to developing his path as a highly skilled trumpeter in all genres, an effective teacher, a thoughtful professor, and a forward thinking entrepreneur.

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