Gregory Hammontree

Gregory H.

Astoria, NY

About Gregory H.

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Gregory teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: September 2004
Last sign in: 2 days ago


As a younger brother at the age of five, I began studying the piano because my older sister did. After my foundation in music strengthened I fell in love with the trumpet. At first, each note took time to develop and I enjoyed the challenge. The trumpet allowed me to travel all over the Southeast later in life and even to China with a 1940's Radio Show. I enjoyed many top-level bands the kindled my love and passion for good music. I want to share that kindling with my students in a nurturing and guiding situation, just like my teachers gave me.
I used to go to lessons and become so motivated and inspired that I thought I could change the world. I always knew that I would want to give back exactly that. As my performance opportunities grew into venues like Churchill Grounds, The Rialto, and The Variety Playhouse in Atlanta and Radio City Music Hall, 54 Below, The Jazz Standard, Bowery Ballroom, Shapeshifter and Flushing Town Hall in New York, my fire for wanting to develop my teaching did also. I was always thinking back to what my old teachers gave me, inspiration. I then understood that inspiration is the key to success in life.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons will be something the student looks forward to every week. We will work through common method books and learn material that the student has an interest in. For example, some students want to learn to play high notes, a popular song, improvise, or write their own songs. I am a laid back guy, but I do expect effort in the lessons and at home. I believe whatever you put into music is what you get out of it, and I will inspire and motivate the student to get as much out of the lessons as they can. Students will create, with my advisement, and update short term and long term goals every few months.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard or Piano and Music Stand

*** Travel Equipment ***
They should provide their instrument, instrument care products (valve oil), method books and sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz and classical music. I use many common methods depending on how the student tends to learn the best, and will even combine different methods if the student requires it.

Photos and Videos

About to perform at the Jazz Standard


Freelance Musician

Jan 2002 - Present
Greg Hammontree

Musician for hire


Master of Jazz Performance

Sep 2010 - May 2012
CUNY, Queens College

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies

Aug 2005 - May 2009
Georgia State University

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Employment of the Year Award

Dec 2012
Louis Armstrong House Museum

Music Scholarship

Sep 2010
CUNY, Queens College

Academic Scholarship

Aug 2005
HOPE Scholarship of Georgia

Music Scholarship

Aug 2005
School of Music Foundation Scholarship, Georgia State University

Music Scholarship

Jul 2005
Friends of Johnny Mercer Scholarship Foundation


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

Jan 2012

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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16 Reviews on Gregory H.

Maceo R. Sep 8, 2016
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Greg has been great and very patient with our son. He is only 5 and half and has a lot of energy, but he has been able to focus and is really enjoying it.
Andrew S. Sep 1, 2016
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Fantastic! Thank you!
Chip S. Nov 25, 2015
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
We could not ask for more in a teacher. Gregory helped our son prepare for NYC high school auditions this year and he was extremely professional, a very, very good teacher and overall just a very nice person to deal with. He gets our highest recommendation.
Vala P. Oct 9, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great bonding with a new student, engaging and encouraging.
Ian S. Aug 26, 2015
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Great first lesson!
Nathan R. Jul 25, 2015
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Greg was warm and just a pleasure.
Nathan R. Jul 25, 2015
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Greg was warm and just a pleasure.
Nicole B. Jun 24, 2015
Gregory is an excellent musician as well as a thorough and patient teacher. As a colleague, I often consult with him on methods and curriculum, and I highly recommend studying with him.
ArthurS Jul 27, 2012
The teacher is wonderful and the lessons are great. Greg has an ability to transmit his love of music and the trumpet to his student.
WilbertoS Apr 24, 2012
This experience has been wonderful!!

These classes are for my granddaughter, Victoria (7). Gregory has been amazing. He's patient and a great teacher. Victoria has learned so much already. I am glad that I am able to provide this experience for her. Gregory has inspired her to work harder and practice everyday. It makes her happy.
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