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Travis Heath (Brass)
After graduating from UCF, trumpeter Travis Heath went on to pursue his education at Rutgers University, earning his M.M. and D.M.A. degrees while studying with William “Prof” Fielder and Scott Whitener. While at Rutgers, Travis led the graduate orchestra as principal trumpet for six years and appeared in performances of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition in Carnegie Hall and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Avery Fischer Hall.
Travis was lead trumpet in the Rutgers Big Band for three years, including a dedication performance of the new PNC Concert Hall in Fukui, Japan. He also played lead trumpet with Ray Charles on the PBS broadcast “An Evening with Ray Charles.” He has soloed and recorded several CD’s on the Mark label with the Rutgers Wind Ensemble. In addition to his work at Rutgers, Heath performs with the Haddonfield Symphony Orchestra and Riverside Sinfonia.
He has been featured as a soloist with the Metropolis Ensemble performing Copland’s Quiet City and Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.1. Heath has been busy touring and recording with the Brass Roots Trio, most recently in England. In Cork, Ireland, Travis performed at the Guinness Jazz Festival alongside UCF professor and friend Jeff Rupert. Since its inauguration in 2001, Travis’s own brass ensemble Crescendo Brass has performed throughout North America and attended the summer music program as invited artists-in-residence at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada.
Heath’s private students have been successful at the collegiate level, attending the Aspen Music Festival, serving as principal trumpet of the New York Youth Symphony, and placing first trumpet in the New Jersey All-State wind ensembles and orchestras. Heath was invited to the 2006 International Trumpet Guild conference where he presented a lecture on the technique of the trumpet’s high register. A book based on these trumpet techniques is currently in preparation.
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