Peter Estabrook

Peter E.

Santa Rosa, CA

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Peter delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
September 1983

I have been teaching private lessons for over 30 years. I work with students on the mechanics of trumpet playing which lead to the ability to execute solid fundamentals consistently. This allows my students to function in a variety of musical settings with a secure foundation. Any player can improve if they apply a well-considered approach to material appropriate for their current level of development. My strength as a teacher (and player) lies in my versatility, patience, and persistence (as well as my sense of humor and ability to connect with students and players as human beings). Ear training and music theory are taught as an integrated support for trumpet performance. Audition preparation rests on the work that has occurred during lessons which is supported by consistent, daily practice.

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Applied Music (Trumpet) Instructor
Sep 2011 - Present
Santa Rosa Junior College

Studio Trumpet Instructor
Sep 2008 - Present
Pacific Union College

Orchestral Experience
Sep 1996 - Present
"Classical" Trumpet Artist

Cinnebar Theater Opera Orchestra (1st trumpet)
Benicia Ballet Orchestra (1st trumpet)
Ukiah Symphony (assistant principal)
Lake County Symphony (2nd trumpet)
Fort Bragg Symphony (1st trumpet)
Santa Rosa Chamber Orchestra (1st trumpet)
Cotati (American) Philharmonic Orchestra (1st trumpet)
Healsburg (Raven Theater) Philharmonic Orchestra (1st trumpet)
Pacific Union College Orchestra (guest principal trumpet)
5th St. Brass Quintet (1st trumpet)
Polished Brass Quintet (1st trumpet)
Sonoma State University Faculty Brass Quintet (1st trumpet)
Sonoma Valley Chorale Brass Choir

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Trumpet Coach
Sep 1996 - Present
San Francisco North Bay Schools

Currently: Maria Carillo High, Analy High, Montgomery High, Redwood High, Windsor High, Windsor Middle

Adjunct Jazz Instructor
Jun 1996 - Present
Santa Rosa Junior College

Currently: Jazz Appreciation
Previously: Beginning Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Combos, Jazz Big-Band
Guest Lecturer: Intermediate Jazz Improvisation, Jazz/Pop Theory

Racetrack Bugler
Jun 1985 - Present
Northern California Fair Circuit

I have been the bugler each summer (29 years) for mixed breed horse racing at: Sonoma County, San Joaquin County, Solano County, Alameda County, Humboldt County, Cal Expo Harness and Sacramento State Fairs

Jazz Performance Experience
Sep 1983 - Present
Jazz Trumpet Artist

I have played with ensembles featuring well-known Jazz Artists such as: Bobby Shew, Carl Fontana, Joe Williams, Bruce Forman, Mel Graves, Randy Vincent, George Marsh,Tom Scott, Albert Heath, James Newton, and Charlie Haden.

Album Credits
Dec 1995 - Sep 2013
Jazz Trumpet Artist

Mel Graves "Ear Shot"
Bonnie Brooks "You are the Song in Me"
Steve Wolf "Joy Button"
Al Gruber "This Ain't the Last Time"

Adjunct Jazz Instructor
Sep 2001 - May 2011
Sonoma State University

Beginning Jazz Improvisation, Jazz, History, Jazz Combos, Jazz Arranging
Guest Lecturer: Jazz Composition, American Music

Studio Trumpet Instructor
Sep 1999 - May 2011
Sonoma State University

Adjunct Jazz Instructor
Sep 2001 - Dec 2001
Napa Valley College

Jazz Appreciation


Master of Fine Arts in Jazz Studies
Sep 1989 - May 1991
California Institute of the Arts
Bachelor of Music Degree in Professional Music
Sep 1985 - Dec 1987
Berklee College of Music
Associate Arts Degree in Liberal Arts (Music)
Sep 1983 - Jun 1985
Santa Rosa Junior College


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Teacher of the Alexander Technique
Apr 2011
American Society for the Alexander Technique

Completed 1620 Hours of Training at the Northern California Center for the Alexander Technique in Redwood City/San Francisco, CA. with additional training at the Constructive Teaching Centre in London.


Professional Music Scholarship
Sep 1985
Berklee College of Music
Art Farmer Jazz Master's Inscentive Award
Sep 1985
Beklee College of Music

Photos & Videos

Racetrack Bugler on the Northern California Fair Circuit for 28 years

...on the job.

...jazz trio gig in San Francisco

My flugelhorn solo on a beautiful ballad by Steve Swallow (from a recent gig where my quintet played for the Cloverdale Arts Alliance).
My piccolo trumpet playing on the Bach Magnificat with the Pacific Union Orchestra and Choir.
...with my dog Lacey


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