Calling all trumpet players! 

This event is fourth in a series of Summits previously hosted in Staples, MN. Our summit series brings in guest clinicians from across the country to teach and inspire the upcoming music professionals and enthusiasts. 

Trumpet players beginning high school through collegiate level and enthusiasts are invited to this jam-packed day of masterclasses rehearsals and performances featuring our lead clinician, Allen Vizzutti, and others including Doug Snapp and Thomas Strait. 

***TRUMPET PLAYERS*** Bring your trumpet - we will be forming a few trumpet ensembles with all participants to perform at the Finale Concert. Music can be found below when available.

Masterclasses will start at 9:30AM and the Finale Concert will be held at 7PM

Sheet Music

The trumpet ensemble music for all participants will be emailed immediately  after you confirm your ticket reservations. Please reserve your tickets for the Trumpet Summit Masterclasses and Finale Concert below. Listen to the recordings to decide which ensemble is best for you or your students. Participants are encouraged to practice and play along with the recordings.

Early High School Group - Three Nordic Quartets by Vera Hørven arr.  James Olcott

Late High School Group - Three for Four by James Olcott

Advanced High School/Collegiate - LoPresti Suite for 5 Trumpets by LoPresti & Capriccio for 6 by Vizzutti

Mass Ensemble(ALL PARTICIPANTS) - Elegy (No recording) and Fanfare Festoso (No recording) by Allen Vizzutti

Schedule of Events

Friday, November 22, 2019

7:00 PM Open Jam Session at Jack Pine Brewery

Saturday, November 23
(Tornstrum Auditorium, Brainerd, MN)

9:30 AM Opening Masterclass / Intro to Guest Artists / Warm-ups with Vizzutti

10 AM Small Trumpet Ensembles

11 AM University of MN Mankato Students and Allen Vizzutti

11:30 AM Eckroth Music / YAMAHA Display

NOON - Lunch (on own)

12:45 PM Masterclass by Doug Snapp Intro to Jazz Improv and Articulations

1:30 PM Mass Trumpet Ensemble Rehearsal with Vizzutti

2:30 PM Masterclass / Performance by Allen Vizzutti

3:15 PM Small Trumpet Ensembles

4:30 PM Masterclass by Thomas Strait

5:15 PM Mass Trumpet Ensemble Rehearsal with Allen Vizzutti

5:45 PM Supper (on own)



Tickets can be reserved here, picked up and  paid for at the event. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. It is $10 for participants that wish to participate in the masterclasses throughout the day - this includes your ticket to the Finale Concert.

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Meet the Artists...

Allen Vizzutti

Equally at home in a multitude of musical idioms, Allen Vizzutti has visited 40 countries and every state in the union to perform with a rainbow of artists and ensembles including Chick Corea, 'Doc' Severinsen, the NBC Tonight Show Band, the Airmen Of Note, the Army Blues and Army Symphony Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, Woody Herman, Japan’s NHK Orchestra and the New Tokyo Philharmonic, the Budapest Radio Orchestra, , the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Leipzig Wind Symphony and the Kosie Wind Orchestra. Performing as a classical and a jazz artist, often in the same evening, he has appeared as guest soloist with symphony orchestras in Tokyo, Germany, St. Louis, Seattle, Rochester N.Y., Syracuse, Milwaukee, Buffalo, Phoenix, Croatia, Slovenia, Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg to name a few. Music lovers in Germany, Poland, England, Sweden, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Australia and the United States have heard his brilliant sound over the airwaves of national television. Allen's status as an artist has led to solo performances at the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Newport Jazz Festival, Banff Center for the Performing Arts, Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Teton, Vail, Aspen and Brechenridge Music Festivals, the Charles Ives Center and Lincoln Center in New York City.

From his home in Seattle Washington, Allen’s current career activities embody an impressive schedule of recitals, concerts, recording and composing. His continued commitment to music education and the value of music in everyday life results in an extensive schedule of guest appearances at universities throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Australia.

“Trumpet player supreme.”
-Syracuse Post Standard


Allen's solo jazz recordings include CDs such as, "Ritzville", (Village Place Music), and “Trumpet Summit” and “Skyrocket” from Summit Records. Classical CDs currently available from DeHaske Music Publishing Recordings are “The Emerald Concerto and Other Gems”, with the Budapest Radio Orchestra, “Vizzutti Plays Vizzutti” and “Vizzutti and Soli On Tour”. His “High Class Brass”, (available on iTunes), is a wonderfully unique classical and jazz blend co-produced and performed with fellow trumpet artist, composer and conductor, Jeff Tyzik along with a 90 piece studio orchestra. Also of interest are “Baroque and Beyond”, from Sony, “The Carnival of Venus”, (Summit Records), and “A Trumpeter’s Dream, (Ludwig Music Publishing).

As Artist in Residence, Allen has taught at the Eastman School of Music, the Banff Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas State University, Ohio State University, West Texas State University, the Skidmore Jazz Institute, and the Trompeten Akademie of Bremen Germany. He is currently Artist In Residency at the University of South Carolina.

His extensive treatise, “The Allen Vizzutti Trumpet Method” and his “New Concepts for Trumpet”, (Alfred Music Publishing), have become standards works for trumpet study world wide. Many more of Allen’s jazz and classical books, play along recordings, and student and recital compositions are published by DeHaske/Hal Leonard, Southern Music, Village Place Music and Ars Nova. His writing includes solo pieces for flute, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, tuba, and harp, chamber groups, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, and symphony orchestra.

Allen’s love of expression through composition has led to premier performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Budapest Radio Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic of London, the Nuremberg Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, London Symphony, the renowned Summit Brass and others. After the world premier of his “Emerald Concerto” with the Syracuse Symphony Allen’s writing was described in review: “The Emerald Concerto sparkles!...a vivacious treatment which speaks well for both his dramatic instinct and technical prowess as a composer.”

“Finely tuned wind, easy control, polyharmonic wit, orchestral penmanship, punctuated spiritual warmth…rarely do so many qualities find themselves in one musician.”
-Chick Corea


While growing up in Montana, Allen was taught by his father, a self taught musician and trumpet player, until he left home to attend the Eastman School of Music on full scholarship. There he earned the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, a Performer’s Certificate, a chair in the Eastman Brass Quintet faculty ensemble, and the only Artist’s Diploma ever awarded a wind player in Eastman’s 85 year history.

While living in Los Angeles during the 80’s, Allen performed on over 100 motion picture sound tracks, (such as Back To The Future and Star Trek), as well as countless TV shows, commercials and recordings with such artists as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Chick Corea, the Commodores and Prince. His soaring sounds can be heard on recent projects including the movies "Furry Vengeance", “40 Days and 40 Nights”, “Unfaithfully Yours”, Gridiron Gang”, “Scary Movie Four”, and the “Medal of Honor", "Gears Of War 3" and “Halo” video games.


Dr. Doug Snapp

Dr. Douglas Snapp serves as a Professor of Music at Minnesota State University, Mankato where he directs jazz/contemporary instrumental and vocal ensembles, and teaches contemporary methods, music technology, and trumpet. In 1998, Snapp formed the JazzMN Orchestra and nonprofit arts organization. Throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to share the stage with over 80 jazz masters such as Dave Brubeck, Phil Woods, and Randy Brecker, as well as many current jazz recording artists. He also played principal trumpet in the Mankato Symphony for 20 years. Snapp received his Bachelors and Master’s degrees from the University of North Texas, and his Doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado.

Dr. Thomas Strait

Since 2001, Tom Strait has been a member of the music faculty at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he teaches brass instruments and directs the MSUM Jazz Ensemble. He holds a Doctor of Arts degree in trumpet performance from the University of Northern Colorado, as well as degrees from Henderson State University and the University of Texas. Before coming to MSUM, Dr. Strait taught for several years at both the university and public school levels and served in the U.S. Air Force, playing with the USAF Academy Falconaires. An active freelance trumpeter, he has performed with many artists, including Bob Hope, Nancy Wilson, Natalie Cole, Doc Severinsen, and Randy Brecker. Currently, he serves as Principal Trumpet with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra. His past teachers include Donald Kramer, Raymond Crisara, and William Pfund. Tom Strait is a Yamaha performing artist. 

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