Born: March 25, 1975 Primary Instrument: Trumpet
Mr. Austin has led a varied career in music to date performing in many musical circles (jazz, classical, and contemporary music). In high school, he was selected to play at the opening of Euro-Disney and was also a featured performer at the 1992 Montreux Jazz festival in Switzerland. In addition, he was selected as the first trumpet of the Maine All-State festival while attending Nokomis Regional High School and was later awarded a full music scholarship to attend the University of New Hampshire to study classical trumpet.
Other individual awards include being named to the 1993 Berklee Grammy High School Jazz Band, lead trumpet of the 1995 Disney All American Show Band, a featured soloist at the 1996 Harmony Ridge Brass Festival and at the 1997 Lake Placid Institute of the Arts Seminar. Mr. Austin has performed with such artists as Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Benny Green, Wycliffe Gordon, Joe Williams, Clark Terry, Jack Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider, Peter Erskine, Arturo Sandoval, Hal Galper, Dick Oatts, Marvin Stamm, Red Holloway, Jesse Davis, Dick Johnson, Kenny Werner, and Bob Wilber. Mr. Austin currently plays lead trumpet with the Artie Shaw Orchestra and is highly in demand in the Boston area as a jazz soloist. Mr. Austin also is on the faculty at the University of Southern Maine, teaches trumpet in the Wakefield, MA music department, and has a highly successful private studio in the Boston Suburb of Salem, MA.
His primary jazz instructors include private studies Jerry Bergonzi, Kenny Werner, Chuck Findley and extensive studies with Hal Crook. His major classical instruction includes studies with Robert Stibler (UNH), Edward Carroll (formerly musical director of the New York Trumpet Ensemble), and David Bilger (Principal Trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra). Mr. Austin's first solo CD entitled Trumpet 101 is available through his website.
Mr. Austin's New CD, entitled Two-Toned, features duo performances with some of his close friends. The Special Guest on this disc in Benny Green, the former Art Blakey and Ray Brown alumnus. You can click on the image above to hear sound clips and order the CD.
Mr. Austin performs on Eclipse Instruments and Osmun Mouthpieces exclusively.