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Josh McDonald

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Born: August, 1984    Primary Instrument: Trumpet

A sense of wonder has always been trumpeter Josh McDonald's guide. He is currently located in Boston, as a Presidential Fellow at Boston University. However, he also has three Bachelors of Arts degrees in Philosophy, Psychology, and Political Science from the Smittcamp Family Honors College at CSU, Fresno.

He maintains an active playing schedule, having played with many bands based in Oregon, California, and Massachusetts, including: the After Dinner Mints, the Moonlight Jazz Orchestra, Altered Youth, Fibonacci Cubed, the David Aus Ensemble, the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, Protean Visions, the Russ Wilcox Ensemble, the Train and the River Ensemble, the BU Big Band, Bon Jazzy, Infinite Out, and the Kevin McDonald Fellowship...
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Awards:

2007 Reno International Jazz Festival Top Collegiate Trumpeter
1st Annual Paul Shaghoian Memorial Award Winner
Trumpet soloist for the California Institute for the Preservation of Jazz’s Collegiate Honor Jazz Band in 2004-2008
2008 Dean's Medalist for Student Affairs, CSU Fresno
2007 Benjamin Burton and Alan Button Renaissance Person Award for CSU, Fresno
As A Side Musician

WaterColor Bridges
Protean Visions
Protean Visions Records
2008
Tracks: Catch; The James Nudey Blues; The Presence of Your Absence: Music for Janna; Content Robot; No Trespassing; Wachanaw (Brotha Got a Gift)!; Beatrice; WaterColor Bridges; Jazz of All Trades.
Personnel: Josh McDonald: Trumpet, FX; Jonathan Hendrickson: Piano, Keys; Kevin McDonald: Bass; Antonio Montanez: Drums.

As A Side Musician
Hey!
Fresno State Jazz Band 'A'
Fresno State Records
2008
Tracks: Hey, Open Up; Shadow Dancing with a Hint of Gold; Hey, That's My Bike; Reactance; Nice 'n' Easy; Songbird (Thank You for Your Lovely Song); Smack Dab in the Middle; The Last Great Georgia Exchange.
Personnel: Big Band: various members; Combo: Josh McDonald: Trumpet, FX; Josh Appleby: trombone / FX; Kevin McDonald: Bass; Jason Fritts: Drums.

Daydream
Fresno State Jazz Band 'A'
Fresno State Records
2005
Tracks: .
Personnel: Big Band: various members; Combo: Josh McDonald: Trumpet, FX; Josh Appleby: trombone / FX; Kevin McDonald: Bass; Jason Fritts: Drums.

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Primary Instrument:
Trumpet

Location:
Boston, MA

Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students

Credentials/Background:
Josh has 3 Bachelor's degrees from CSU, Fresno and extensive experience playing in jazz settings. He is an experienced teacher and tutor and has taught rudimentary jazz skills to young trumpeters from ages 8-17 in both private lessons and in clinics.

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1982 Bach 37, Stork Vacciano 3C, & 1961 Benge Cornet.

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