Gregory Hammontree
Astoria, NY
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Gregory Hammontree

Gregory H.

Astoria, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
The difference between knowing how to play something and performing live begins with how you practice and prepare.

About Gregory H.

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.


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26 Reviews
Katya Bankowsky
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Gregory is a great teacher. He makes it fun and breaks it all down really well. Greg is a real pleasure to learn with!

Posted Nov 21, 2020
Gil R.
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I've had just 3 lessons with Gregory and I'm making great strides thanks to his intimate knowledge of the horn. His manner of teaching is so relaxing that it helps no feel so stressed to play. I look forward to my next lesson. He drives you in a direction that works best to the student. Hes a great teacher.

Posted May 28, 2020
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I'm 58yrs old and a comeback player. I haven't played in over 40yrs. Yesterday was my 2nd class with him. And I was amazed at how my playing is already showing progress thanks to Gregory. He puts you at ease almost immediately. He is very patient and through his instruction I've gained more confidence in my playing. Gregory gets 5 stars for his demeanor, trumpet and overall music knowledge. He is the go to instructor in my opinion.

Gil R

Posted May 13, 2020
Adam K.
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He's absolutely a music genius in every way and also a solid teacher.

Posted Jan 17, 2020
Diana S.

Very good class Greg is both knowledgeable and patient. Great combination

Posted Nov 22, 2019
Diana S.

It was a very good class

Posted Nov 22, 2019
Ilia M.
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A great knowledgeable teacher; he conducts his lessons pleasantly and efficiently.

Posted Apr 17, 2019
Robert M.
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I have had several lessons so far with Gregory and as an experienced trumpet player can recommend him extremely highly.
I am getting back into the trumpet following a gap after playing for 10 years when I was at high school. Gregory has really helped getting my technique and sound going again, I have been really pleased with my improvement. He has a great demeanour and has been great fun to work with. He is also an excellent player, and is highly reliable and easy to schedule with.

Posted Jul 31, 2017
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Greg is supportive, patient and has a great understanding of how to approach the student to make the lesson interesting.

Posted Feb 11, 2017

Greg loves music and inspiring others to love it too! While teaching music, he also teaches his students to work hard to reach their goals while having fun along the way. Awesome professional!

Posted Jan 29, 2017
Maceo R.
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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.

Posted Sep 8, 2016
Andrew S.
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Fantastic! Thank you!

Posted Sep 1, 2016
Chip S.
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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.

Posted Nov 25, 2015
Vala P.
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Great bonding with a new student, engaging and encouraging.

Posted Oct 9, 2015
Ian S.
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Great first lesson!

Posted Aug 26, 2015
Nathan R.
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Greg was warm and just a pleasure.

Posted Jul 25, 2015
Nathan R.
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Greg was warm and just a pleasure.

Posted Jul 25, 2015
Nicole B.

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.

Posted Jun 24, 2015

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.

Posted Jul 27, 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.

Posted Apr 24, 2012

With professional knowledge and good teaching skill!

Posted Apr 23, 2012

Very positive experience. I enjoyed the lesson.

Posted Apr 6, 2012

Wonderful Teacher

Greg is a great instructor. I learned more from him in just one lesson. He's very patient and he's very encouraging.

Posted Jan 23, 2012


Gregory is a great teacher. he has patience and a wonderful conection with my son. We are going to continue his lessons in a few months when Wyatt has matured a bit.The surroundings werte warm and comforable. I look forward to starting again in the future Thank You Gregory.

Posted Jan 19, 2012


He is really a great guy and great teacher.My son taking trumpet lessons from him. He is happy and his skills improved a lot

Posted Apr 29, 2011

Piano lessons

Gregory is a great teacher, and he has the patience of a seed!

Posted Nov 23, 2010

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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



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Employment of the Year Award
Dec 2012

Louis Armstrong House Museum

Music Scholarship
Sep 2010

CUNY, Queens College

Music Scholarship
Aug 2005

School of Music Foundation Scholarship, Georgia State University

Academic Scholarship
Aug 2005

HOPE Scholarship of Georgia

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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