Trumpet Professor Charles Decker is a former member of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Colorado Philharmonic, Berkshire Music Center Orchestra, University of Texas Faculty Brass Quintet, Austin Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra and was principal trumpet with the U.S. Army Field Band of Washington, DC, that toured thoughout the U.S., Canada, and South America. He is a frequent recitalist and soloist at TTU, as well as first trumpet of the University’s resident professional orchestra, the Bryan Symphony, and the faculty Brass Arts Quintet that has four CD’s with Mark Records and produced several BAQ concert specials for the National Public Television network. With a grant from TTU, he recorded with pianist Joy Rachor Recital and Festival Solos for Trumpet.
In various roles of performer, clinician, adjudicator, conductor, and arranger, he has appeared at major festivals and conferences in 13 states including the National Trumpet Competition and International Trumpet Guild Conferences. He is the author of numerous articles for the Instrumentalist, Tennessee Musician, the International Trumpet Guild Journal and other publications. His brass publications have sold more than 10,000 copies and been performed by students and professionals in the U.S., Europe, and Russia.
An active educator, he is a leader in developing trumpet ensemble literature with the TTU Trumpet Ensemble that has premiered 80 works and won performance awards from the National Trumpet Competition. He was trumpet instructor for several years at the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts.
He holds degrees from Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, and the University of Texas where his teachers were respectively Sidney Mear, Vincent Cichowicz, and Raymond Crisara. He was a fellowship recipient to the Berkshire Music Center (Tanglewood) where he was coached by Boston Symphony trumpeters Armando Ghitalla and Roger Voisin.
For more information about the Tennessee Tech University trumpet studio and its activities as well as the accomplishments of TTU trumpet undergraduates and alumni, visit the studio website at http://www.tntech.edu/trumpet/home/.