Jazz Lab presents trumpet artist David Amlung
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Jazz Lab presents trumpet artist David Amlung

Published 2/5/18

Jalen Porter

TNE Writer

The NSU Department of Music presents performances for students and the community. For the spring semester the department has various performers who will have recitals for students such as the flute, piano and voice recitals. On Feb. 25 the Jazz Lab will present trumpet connoisseur David Amlung. 

Amlung is an assistant professor of music at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. He joined the music faculty at McMurry University in 2015 as assistant professor of music. He previously occupied faculty positions at Middle Tennessee State University and Indiana State University. He was also an associate instructor of trumpet at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music for two years.  As an active chamber musician and recitalist, Amlung has performed in solo and chamber situations throughout the U.S. Amlung has performed with various orchestras in Illinois, Alabama, Indiana, Tennessee and Ohio.

 “Amlung is an outstanding trumpet performer and a teacher, as well as a good friend of mine,” said Benjamin Hay, trumpet professor. “We have a trumpet teacher in common and became friends through that connection. During the fall semester, I gave a masterclass and recital at McMurry University at his request, and I have invited him here in kind.”

Amlung has competed many times in the National Trumpet Competition in both the solo and ensemble divisions. Individually he has played under conductors David Robertson, Giancarlo Guerrero, Mario Venzago, Joel Levine, Otto-Werner Mueller, Gregory Vajda, David Hayes, Joseph Colaneri, Paul Nadler and David Effron.

 He was an Honorable Mention Finalist in the Undergraduate Division of the 2003 competition and was a member of the second and third place award winning University of Oklahoma Trumpet Ensemble at the 2003 and 2004 competitions. Amlung received his doctorate in music, studying in brass pedagogy at the Jacob's School of Music at Indiana University. He received his master’s in music, studying trumpet performance from Mannes College the New School for Music and a bachelor’s in music, studying trumpet performance from the School of Music at the University of Oklahoma.

 “I am excited to see David Amlung,” said Chris Whipple, Muskogee freshman. “I have heard many great things from my professor and I want to get a chance to have a private session with him.”

Performances at the Jazz Lab allow a new experience for students who are in the music department. The NSU Jazz Lab was constructed in 1993 for jazz students to practice their craft and for other students to come together to enjoy jazz music. Former NSU President Roger Davis brought the idea to the university’s jazz instructor, Joe Davis. Several months later, Webb and his staff took action to organize the facility for the jazz program, which is also open to the community. The building provides a classroom and performance facility for the NSU Jazz Program and other activities.

“The Jazz Lab is a great venue,” said Cheryl Nobels, secretary of music. “It gives you that New Orleans feel.”

 Amlung is a world-class performer with experience in both teaching and performing. He will perform at 3 p.m., Feb. 25 at the Jazz Lab. This is a chance for students to experience his craft and also interact with him on a personal level. Amlung will be teaching several private lessons to the trumpet students at NSU during his visit.

For more information, email Hay at hayb@nsuok.edu.

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