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Ethan C.

Los Angeles, California

Learn the fundamentals of the trumpet: applicable to any style!

Do you want to play higher, faster, get a good sound, or just want extra help with the trumpet? Interested in improvising? I'm a jazz trumpeter with 13+ years experience playing around the world. I love working with motivated students to achieve their goals in any style of music. We'll always start by addressing the fundaments – air, tongue, embouchure, and fingers – and introduce personalized exercises as we go. I can also help you build skills in jazz, classical, rock/pop/R&B, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban music.
About Ethan C.

Hey there!! I'm a professional trumpeter in Los Angeles, CA with a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California. My experience includes touring around the world, playing with some of the most prolific jazz musicians in LA, several recording credits, and composing my own music. I've also taught many local students from age 6 to 26 over the past few years! My emphasis is in jazz trumpet; I perform regularly in the LA scene with different bands, as well as my own groups. Most recently, as a USC student, I won the 2022 Keep an Eye International Jazz Competition in Amsterdam, NL. I was also a semi-finalist in the National Trumpet Competition in 2020. During my undergraduate studies, I was a Merit Award Winner in YoungArts Los Angeles, chosen to perform with the Telluride All-Stars in Colorado in 2017, and studied abroad in Amsterdam in 2019. I toured the US, Canada, and Europe with rock legend John Fogerty in 2018. Jazz musicians I've performed with professionally include John Beasley, Remy Le Boeuf, Teri-Lynne Carrington, Patrice Rushen, Sara Gazarek, Mic Gillete, Bob Mintzer, Louis Cole, Logan Kane, Alex Han, Aaron Serfaty, and more. I've performed small-group jazz, big-band jazz, R&B, Afrocuban and Salsa music, rock, rap, and more. Some of my biggest influences on the trumpet include Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Roy Hargrove, and Ambrose Akinmusire. I'm also a composer, with two albums out under my name; most recently, "The Planets," featuring nine original pieces for mixed jazz and classical ensembles. I studied composition with multiple-Grammy-winner Vince Mendoza for three years, and received 2nd place in the Irwin Kostal Orchestration Competition in 2020 for my string quartet. I recently performed with a 16-piece ensemble called Novel Utopia at the Troubadour, one of LA's most historic venues, opening for Thumpasaurus and Genevieve Artadi (of the band KNOWER). Finally, I love to teach! Teaching keeps my mind sharp and lets me continually focus on the fundamentals; you never stop learning, and students always ask the deepest questions. I look forward to meeting you and helping you work on your goals with this incredible instrument.

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since 2015

Masters of Music in Jazz Studies, Trumpet

Age: 5+

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Subject: Trumpet
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If you really want to learn about the trumpet, Ethan is your guy. He helped me get a good sound, and now we're getting into jazz and improvisation, which is super fun so far!

Posted May 31, 2022

Ethan is the best! I had never picked up the trumpet before and he has taught me everything I know. He has great lessons and is fun to work with. We meet over zoom which works great for our schedules. Highly recommend :)

Posted May 23, 2022
Masters of Music in Jazz Studies, Trumpet
Aug 2020 - May 2022
University of Southern California
Native Proficiency
American Federation of Musicians
Dec 2020
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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