CSU Trumpet Day

Join us for a full day of clinics, trumpet ensembles, and recitals designed for trumpet players of all ages, especially those in high school and middle school.


9:00—Clinic with Stanley Curtis: How to play your best on auditions: Colorado All-State and beyond
10:00—Clinic with Dawn Kramer: Jack or Jill of All Trades: Developing skills to become a well-rounded freelance trumpet player
11:15—Trumpet Ensemble Rehearsal
12:30—Pizza lunch: CSU jazz combo
1:00—Clinic with Sophie Urban: Yoda on Trumpet: Learning from the Masters
2:00—Clinic with Justin Bartels
3:00—Concert: solos from clinicians, CSU Trumpet Ensemble, Participant Ensemble

Ensemble Participation:

For students interested in performing with a trumpet ensemble at the final concert, prepare the appropriate etude for your grade level. We prefer that you record and save the etude (as an Mp3) ahead of time and attach it to your registration form. You may also submit you recording via email to Stanley Curtis at Stanley.Curtis@colostate.edu.

Trumpet Day High School Excerpt (PDF)
Trumpet Day Middle School Excerpt (PDF)

Date and Location:

Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Instrumental Rehearsal Hall and Runyan Rehearsal Hall


Justin Bartels, principal trumpet, Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Justin Bartels headshotJustin Bartels joined the Colorado Symphony as principal trumpet in 2008. Prior to his arrival in Colorado, Justin held principal trumpet positions with the Columbus Symphony in Ohio, Central City Opera, and Augusta Symphony. He has previously been a fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida.

Justin is on faculty at the University of Colorado and serves as a visiting guest artist in Orchestral Studies at the University of Denver. He previously was an applied instructor of Trumpet at Regis University.

Justin has played guest principal trumpet with the New York City Ballet, St. Louis Symphony and San Francisco Symphony. He has performed with the Alabama Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Houston Symphony and Virginia Symphony. 

Justin is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he studied with Marie Speziale, Ed Cord, and John Rommel. He also attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with Alan Siebert and Marie Speziale and the University of Alabama with Mike Johnson. 

Mr. Bartels lives with his wife in Denver along with their two daughters. Justin is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Dawn Kramer, Boulder Brass and freelance trumpet

Dawn Kramer headshotDawn Kramer is a full-time freelance trumpet player in the Denver area. She is a member of the Boulder Brass, the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, the Darren Kramer Organization and the salsa band, Conjunto Colores. She plays many of the shows at the Denver Performing Arts Complex and the Arvada Center. Dawn has subbed with the Colorado Symphony, Fort Collins Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Music Festival, and many other regional orchestras and chamber ensembles. She attended the University of Colorado and received a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance. She has toured as lead trumpet aboard several cruise lines, a Miami-based salsa band, as well as the internationally acclaimed rock band Matchbox Twenty. These travels took her across the US, Canada, Europe, UK, Australia, and Mexico. She has appeared on the Tonight Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, the Rosie O'Donnell show, and VH1 Storytellers. She has performed at the International Trumpet Guild, the International Association of Jazz Educators, and the Colorado Music Educators Association conventions. Dawn also maintains a small private teaching studio.

Stanley Curtis, assistant professor of trumpet, Colorado State University

Stanley Curtis has developed a multi-faceted career as a trumpeter, composer and early music specialist.  After studying at the University of Alabama, the Cleveland Institute of Music and in the Netherlands on a Fulbright Scholarship, he received his Doctorate of Music from Indiana University in 2005.  He was Assistant Principal Trumpet in the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia (in Spain) and Principal Trumpet with the Evansville Philharmonic. He has taught at George Mason University and served as Historic Trumpet Division chair of the National Trumpet Competition. Having recently retired from a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy Band, Colorado State University appointed Curtis to the position of Special Assistant Professor of Trumpet starting in the fall of 2018. Curtis is a long-time blogger on the Trumpet Journey website (trumpetjourney.com) and can be reached at stan@trumpetjourney.com.

Sophie Urban, ITG Young Artist Award winner

After finding the trumpet tucked away in the basement, Sophie played her first notes in a pretend “concert” with her grandmother at 5 years old. In 2011, at the age of 7, the trumpet re-emerged with a serious request to begin formal lessons. Since then, Sophie has been studying with Thomas Wilson, associate conductor of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, philharmonic trumpet player, and music director of the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs.  Since 2nd grade, Sophie has been a member of her school bands and ensembles and was featured as a soloist performing Trumpeter’s Lullaby and Carnival of Venice. She is a sophomore at Coronado High School in Colorado Springs and plays in the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band. She was selected to the All City Band Festival and as an alternate for the Colorado State Music Teachers Association Concerto Competition.

Sophie is a member of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra. She recently won the winds/brass concerto competition and will be performing Enesco’s Legend in November with the orchestra. From 2013-2018, Sophie participated in the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association and was principal trumpet in the Youth Symphony for the last two years. She has received two honorable mentions for her performances in the annual Young Artist Concerto Competition. Sophie was a finalist in the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) Junior Competition in 2017 as well as a semifinalist in the National Trumpet Competition and the Young Musicians Foundation of Colorado in the same year. In the Spring of 2018, Sophie was honored with the ITG Young Artist Award. Most recently, Sophie was named a finalist in the Ictus International Music Competition.

Sophie is a dedicated learner and enjoys interacting with musicians around the country. She is grateful to have participated in masterclasses and lessons with many world class musicians in the trumpet community and thankful for their generosity and support of young artists. Sophie was honored to be selected to the Curtis Summerfest Young Artist Program in 2018. She was also chosen to be part of the filming of an upcoming documentary movie on Doc Severinsen’s life. In addition, Sophie participated in the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute in Denver, Colorado with members of the Summit Brass. Further, she values the camaraderie, mentoring and inspiration received at the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass retreats and was honored to be selected to play in a masterclass for Alison Balsom.

Trumpet is not Sophie’s first and only musical instrument. She began her musical studies at the age of four, playing piano and learning music theory through play. She continues to study piano and theory in private lessons. Sophie’s primary trumpet teachers are Thomas Wilson, Philip Hembree and Tim Hudson. Sophie enjoys serving others with her music: playing trumpet solos for church, regularly playing piano for children’s worship, and teaching lessons to elementary school students. She is also an active member in the church youth choir. In addition to music, Sophie is a strong student and loves to travel, ski, cook and spend time with family and friends.


$20: includes a pizza lunch, a CSU Trumpet Day t-shirt, and other trumpet swag.



Stanley Curtis

Assistant Professor of Music; Trumpet


(703) 509-0873