Max O'Leary

Max O.

Ventura, CA
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experienced trumpet teacher/professional player of ten years. My goal is to inspire and help each of my students grow with custom tailored lessons primarily using exercises which I create specifically for each student. I make sure that all my students have a very strong understanding of the foundation and basics of trumpet playing so they learn to play the correct way from the start. I am well versed in many genres new and old from jazz and classical to funk, pop, reggae and hip-hop. Students must have their own instrument. I provide a music stand and blank staff paper for students coming to my home location while students I drive to must have music stand.

About Max O.

Max O. is a working freelance trumpet player residing in the Los Angeles area. With many years of music education combined with hard work within the field, Max has developed a career for himself which keeps him busy as a performer, studio musician, arranger and private teacher.

Max's love for music began at an early age. While living in Baja Mexico, he began playing guitar at the age of eleven. After moving to Sandpoint Idaho he soon began studying trumpet in the sixth grade. Upon graduating from Sandpoint High School, he studied for a year at Eastern Washington University and soon transferred to Citrus College in Glendora to study under famed studio trumpeters Charlie Davis and Robert Slack. While at Citrus, Max auditioned into and held the lead trumpet chair in the Citrus Wind Symphony, Night Shift Pop Rock group, and Blue Note Swing Orchestra.

Max began to work as a freelance musician while still enrolled at Citrus and has continued into the present day. He has performed, toured and recorded with artists of all styles with the likes of Gwen Stefani, Matisyahu, Tribal Seeds, Save Ferris, The Green, and many more. Max has been fortunate to have toured nationally and internationally to countries including Germany, Switzerland, France, UK, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Canada, and Singapore. He has also worked with many musical theatre productions and has performed in the orchestras for such shows as Annie, Kiss Me Kate, Hairspray, Les Miserables, Chicago, The Producers, and many more.


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3 Reviews
Aric S
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Max is excellent. He is an experienced player and exceptional teacher who has worked with a number of my musical idols at venues around the world.

Posted May 1, 2016
Carey D.
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Max, is great teacher. He understands the students needs and tailors his pace accordingly. He is easily able to spot a weak spot in a student's technique and help them correct it easily. He is also immensely patient and easygoing.

His skills with the trumpet are top notch. He makes trumpet playing so easy. Max is easily one of the best music teachers that I have come across.

Posted Nov 17, 2014
Ken M.
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Max is a nice guy, patient, and very knowledgeable. I look forward to my weekly lessons with him.

Posted May 22, 2014

Photos & Videos

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Feb 2014 - Present

Tribal Seeds

Play trumpet for the San Diego based reggae band Tribal Seeds.

May 2013 - Present

Natural Vibrations

Play trumpet and keyboards for the reggae band Natural Vibrations (aka Natty Vibes) from Hawaii

Jun 2008 - Present

Mike Pinto

Play trumpet and keyboards for Reggae/Rock/Surf artist Mike Pinto

Feb 2008 - Present

Bodhi Rock

Play trumpet and manage the LA based Reggae/Funk/Soul band Bodhi Rock

Lead Trumpet
Mar 2006 - May 2013

Yari More Y Su Orqestra

Played lead trumpet for Salsa artist Yari More.

Nov 2006 - Dec 2006

Gwen Stefani

Performed with Gwen Stefani on the 2006 American Music Awards and Billboard Awards.


Trumpet Performance
Aug 2004 - May 2009

Citrus College

Trumpet Performance
Aug 2003 - May 2004

Eastern Washington University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency

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