Brahmstedt's China Travels Bring Recognition: TTU Trumpet Professor "Outstanding Foreigner"

On a recent trip to China, Howard Brahmstedt, Tennessee Technological University trumpet professor, earned high distinction for his years of work with musicians there. The Shaanxi Province named Brahmstedt "Outstanding Foreigner in Culture and Education" for 1995-96.

Brahmstedt and his wife, Pat, spent six weeks this summer teaching at the Xian Conservatory of Music in Shaanxi Province. Brahmstedt has made numerous educational trips to China, twice as a Fulbright scholar. He believes that no other foreign musician has spent as much time performing and teaching in China, where he has worked with students and faculty in all but one of the country's music conservatories.

During his most recent visit, Brahmstedt rehearsed and conducted four concert ensembles at the Xian Conservatory and performed as a trumpet soloist with the faculty jazz band.

Brahmstedt also worked in Beijing this summer as musical director for the Beijing Brass Quintet, the first such group in China comprised of professional orchestra musicians. With grant funding from the American Embassy in China and financial sponsorship from an American firm, Johnson and Higgins, Brahmstedt rehearsed and directed the quintet for two Fourth of July celebrations at the embassy. Former U.S. Senator Jim Sasser of Tennessee, now the U.S. Ambassador to China, was instrumental in arranging the performances at the embassy.

Brahmstedt also used the opportunity to travel to Tibet and Nepal to research the music and culture of those regions.