Born: August 1, 1987 Primary Instrument: Trumpet
As a finalist in the 2011 National Trumpet Competition (NTC) Jazz Division, 24-year old trumpeter Shawn Williams is beginning to make a name for himself among the jazz scene. Prior to competing at NTC last spring Shawn struggled to re- learn the trumpet as he went through a drastic embouchure change and intensive dental implant surgery. Shawn questioned himself many times if he would be able to play the trumpet again, yet he still made many decisions that risked his future with music. Shawn has overcome many challenges and obstacles in a very short amount of time. He is thankful for the risks he made that have led him to the accomplishments he has achieved to this day....