CANCELLED: 2020 CSU Trumpet Day

Welcome to CSU Trumpet Day, designed for trumpet players of all ages who are looking for an event that inspires their love of music and all things trumpet. We are pleased to welcome to our campus four extraordinary clinicians who will present clinics and work with participants in a masterclass-type setting. The day culminates with an afternoon concert presented by several of our clinicians, the CSU Trumpet Studio, and trumpet ensembles made up of Trumpet Day participants. We look forward to seeing you!

A registration fee of $10 will be collected upon arrival at the registration table. This expense covers a full day of professional clinicians, pizza lunch, and an event t-shirt. Payment may be made by cash or check made out to CSU.

If you are under 18, we require a signed liability waiver in order for you to participate. Please go to the following link, complete the waiver, and email it to or print and bring it to registration. Trumpet Day participation waiver.


8:30 a.m. — Registration, Runyan Rehearsal Hall
9:00 a.m. — Group Warmup, Runyan Rehearsal Hall
9:30 a.m. — Clinic, Runyan Rhearsal Hall, with Philip Hembree
10:00 a.m. — Clinic with Bill Pfund, Runyan Rehearsal Hall
10:45-11:10 a.m. — *High School Mock Audition Finals, Runyan Rehearsal Hall
11:15-11:45 a.m. — *Undergraduate Mock Audition Finals, Runyan Rehearsal Hall
11:45 a.m. — Pizza lunch, Instrumental Rehearsal Hall
12:30-1:00 p.m. — Chris Still Video Clinic, Runyan Rehearsal Hall
1:00-1:30 p.m. — Annabella Brotherston Clinic, Runyan Rehearsal Hall
1:30-2:30 p.m .— Trumpet Ensemble Rehearsals, various locations
2:30-3:00 p.m. — Stanley Curtis Clinic, Runyan Rehearsal Hall
3:00-4:00 p.m. — Grand Finale Concert, featuring trumpet ensembles and more, Runyan Rehearsal Hall

*Note: Finalists will be chosen from recordings submitted for the mock auditions. Only finalists will participate in the final concert. The audition excerpts are the same for both live and recorded rounds.

Mock Audition Participation:

The winner in the High School category will receive a prize of $100. The winner in the Undergrad category will receive a prize of $200.

High School Excerpts:

1. Copland, Outdoor Overture, mm. 16 to 34 (pdf)
2. Respighi, Pines of Rome, offstage solo (pdf)

Undergrad Excerpts:

1. Stravinsky, Petrouchka, Ballerina's Dance (1911 edition) (pdf)
2. Strauss, Don Juan, 5 mm. after F to 5mm. before G (pdf)

Please submit, via a link address, a recording of the above applicable excerpts in the space provided on your registration form. You may also submit you recording via email to Stanley Curtis at



Per Colorado State University policies regarding COVID-19, all School of Music, Theatre, and Dance events and related activities originally scheduled for March 23 through May 15, 2020 have been cancelled, including CSU Trumpet Day.

CSU has no greater responsibility than the health of our students and broader community; therefore, this decision has been made out of an abundance of caution due to the rapidly changing nature of the situation. For up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit the CSU Public Safety site.

Date and Location:

Saturday, March 28, 9 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Runyan Rehearsal Hall


Christopher Still, 4th trumpet, Los Angeles Philharmonic
Christopher Still Promotional Photo
Honesty Pill founder Christopher Still joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Second Trumpet in 2007. 

Before coming to California, he was the Principal Trumpet of the Colorado Symphony. He has also held the positions of Associate Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Symphony and Principal Trumpet of the Charleston (SC) Symphony. Additionally, Christopher has served as Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Grant Park Festival Orchestra in Chicago’s Millennium Park and Guest Principal with the St. Louis Symphony.

Christopher has recorded extensively with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Grant Park, Dallas, and Albany symphony orchestras. Active in the Hollywood recording studios, he can be heard on major motion picture and television soundtracks. He is a Yamaha Artist, a dedicated educator, and an active clinician.

Having grown up in a musical household, Christopher originally intended to become a band director and earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Crane School of Music (SUNY-Potsdam). Switching to performance, he received his Master of Music Performance degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston. He was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow in 1995 and 1996.

Christopher’s favorite aspect of his job is the orchestra’s frequent performance of contemporary music, especially the Green Umbrella concert series.

Christopher lives in Altadena, CA with his wife, Amanda McIntosh, and two children. He enjoys long-distance running, skiing, brewing beer, and hiking in the trails behind his house.
Philip Hembree, 2nd/associate principal trumpet, Colorado Symphony
Philip Hembree Promotional Photo
Philip Hembree joined the Colorado Symphony as Assistant Principal / 2nd Trumpet in July of 2015, and was promoted to Associate Principal / 2nd Trumpet in 2019. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Philip holds degrees from Indiana University and Rice University. His primary teachers include John Rommel, Marie Speziale, Barbara Butler, Charlie Geyer, and Mark Hughes.

In addition to his tenure with the Colorado Symphony, Philip has appeared in guest roles with the San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Houston Symphony, and the Houston Grand Opera. Philip is also an avid chamber musician, performing with the Colorado Symphony Brass Quintet regularly. He also specializes in new music and has worked with several composers to premier new works across the country.

Philip has served on faculty as Instructor of Music at the University of Northern Colorado since 2016. His primary duties include teaching studio lessons and Orchestral Excerpts class in addition to performing faculty recitals. Philip is also passionate about early education and was involved in the young children’s division of Rice University’s JUMP! program. He maintains a private studio in the Denver metro area teaching students of all ages. Philip’s former education experience includes; Guest Lecturer of Brass Technique for the Houston School for Performing and Visual Arts, and Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Houston Baptist University. He has also presented masterclasses for students of Rice University, University of Colorado, and the National Trumpet Competition.

Philip can be heard on his solo album, "The Trumpet Sings: Lieder, Songs, and Art Pieces" and in ensemble on the album, "Studies in Nature: new music by Karim Al-Zand." For more information, visit
Bill Pfund, professor emeritus, University of Northern Colorado

Bill Pfund Promotional Photo


Bill Pfund received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Dana School of Music of Youngstown University and his Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music.

He has studied trumpet with Esotto Pellegrini, principal trumpet with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and Roger Voisin, former principal trumpet with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has also studied briefly or consulted privately with: Bernard Adelstein, principal trumpet with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra; Adolph Herseth, former principal trumpet with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Josef Levora of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic; Bill Lang and Maurice Murphy of the London Philharmonic; Philip Jones of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble; Knud Hovaldt, Copenhagen, Denmark; Bo Nilsson of the Malmö Philharmonic, Sweden; and Tony Plog, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, recording artist, and soloist as well as composer.

Author of The Trumpeter's Pedagogical Guide, Bill Pfund’s Beginning Trumpet Method, Bill Pfund’s Intermediate Trumpet Method, and Bill Pfund’s Problem Solving Exercises. Mr. Pfund has conducted studies regarding the relationship of tooth position to a trumpeter's range, endurance, and tone quality. The Trumpeter's Pedagogical Guide has been translated into Chinese and Mr. Pfund was invited to Taiwan to present clinics related to this publication in May, 1994.

Mr. Pfund has been a regular member of the Youngstown University Faculty Brass Quintet, the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, and The United States Army Band, Pershing’s Own, Washington, D.C. Professor Pfund has taught at Youngstown University and The University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is retired from The University of Northern Colorado, as Professor Emeritus, and has played principal trumpet with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra and the Rocky Mountain Brass Quintet for more than 30 years. Mr. Pfund has been active with the International Trumpet Guild since its beginning. He has served as the chair of the ITG Solo Competition, the Jazz Competition, and as a judge for the Solo Competition, and the Orchestral Excerpt Competition. Pfund has served on the ITG Board of Directors for twenty-four years and served two terms as Vice President, and was President from 2007 to 2009.  Mr. Pfund delivered the charter for the China Trumpet Guild from ITG in 2007.

Mr. Pfund has given trumpet master classes and/or performances in Hungary, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, Thailand, Russia, and China.

Bill Pfund began designing and building trumpets in 2005 and maintains a private trumpet studio in Greeley, Colorado.

Annabella Brotherston, high school trumpeter, Denver School of the Arts

Promotional Photo Annabella Brotherston




Annabella Brotherston is a versatile high school trumpet player, who started her musical journey at age seven, when her grandfather handed her a pocket trumpet, captivating her with its sounds. Her first performances included playing for her family and then for the Denver Brass Holiday Fest. Music became more serious in middle school when she played in the University of Colorado Honor Band and attended the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute. She then enrolled into the Denver School of the Arts (DSA). As a DSA student, she has participated in jazz festivals at Five Points (Denver) and the University of Northern Colorado. She has traveled to New York for the National Orchestra Cup and for the Essentially Ellington Festival, to New Mexico to participate in the ASTA competition, and to Indiana for the Music for All Festival. In 2019, she won positions in the Colorado State University Honor Band and the Colorado All-State Symphonic Band. Annabella has played “side-by-sides” with Wartburg College, Arapahoe Symphony, and Colorado Symphony. She has been a member of the Denver Young Artist Orchestra under the direction of Wes Kenney, and she has performed in Colombia, South America, at the Villa De Leyva Music Festival.

As principal trumpet with the DSA Wind Ensemble, she recently performed Bernstein’s West Side Story Symphonic Dances and the Lieberman Flute Concerto at the 2020 Colorado Music Educators’ Association conference.


Her first trumpet teacher was Arnie Hernandez, and she currently studies with Ryan Spencer. Other mentors include Ron Miles, Ryan Gardner, Alan Hood, Stanley Curtis, John Adler, Philip Hembree, John Marchiando, Ronal Romm, and Jose Sibaja.

Stanley Curtis, assistant professor of trumpet, Colorado State University

Stanley Curtis Playing TrumpetStanley Curtis has developed a multi-faceted career both as a modern and historic trumpeter and as an arranger and composer. After studying at the University of Alabama, the Cleveland Institute of Music and in the Netherlands on a Fulbright Scholarship, he received his Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University in 2005. He has taught at George Mason University and served as Historic Trumpet Division chair of the National Trumpet Competition. Having retired from a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C., he is now the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Colorado State University. He performs as Principal Trumpet of the Fort Collins Symphony and is a member of the CSU Faculty Brass Quintet and Brass Trio. Curtis released his first solo album, “Refracted Light” on the Arts Laureate label in 2019, and he enjoys blogging on the Trumpet Journey website (


$10: includes a pizza lunch, and a CSU Trumpet Day t-shirt.



Stanley Curtis

Assistant Professor of Music; Trumpet

(703) 509-0873