Shiny Violin: Alex Wilson Plays Paganini

Classical trumpet players rarely learn a Paganini concerto just for fun. Then again, most trumpeters in their mid-twenties have not already served as principal trumpet of a touring orchestra and placed first or second in not one but three National Trumpet Competition categories. Most trumpet players have not performed as a soloist with the symphony orchestras of two universities and accepted a position as a visiting trumpet professor while finishing their doctoral studies.

Alex Wilson is not most classical trumpet players, and his recording of Paganini’s second violin concerto proves it.

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Earthquake City Premiering at NTC 2016

Megan with the Grand Valley Trumpets and director Alex Wilson at NTC 2016
Left to right: Justin Schreier, Ethan Lonsway, Denton Grant, Erin Ray, Willis Dotson, Luke Buckingham, Megan DeJarnett, Brenden Hoekstra, Ryan Gilbert, and Alex Wilson.

The eight-member Grand Valley State University Trumpet Ensemble, under the direction of Alex Wilson, premiered my new piece Earthquake City at the Large Ensemble Semifinals of the 2016 National Trumpet Competition. This year, NTC was held at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA on March 10th-12th. Earthquake City was commissioned by the GVSU trumpet studio in the fall of 2015.

I was also in attendance at NTC for the premiere, thanks to a grant from the ASU School of Music. I had a great time networking within the national trumpet community! ♦