Maryland Community Band Welcomes Guest Trumpeters Brandon Almagro, Chris Gekker, and Dr. Emerson Head

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelbaum Concert Hall

On Wednesday evening, April 6, the Maryland Community Band will present a special trio of trumpet performers with a unique tie to the UM School of Music.  Faculty member and trumpet professor, Chris Gekker, will be joined by his teacher, Prof. Emeritus Dr. Emerson Head, and his former student, Musician 1st Class, Brandon Almagro, of the United States Navy Band, in Agostini’s “The Three Trumpeters.” The performance is part of a concert presented each semester by two special outreach groups formed by the UM Band program; the all-campus University Band, Eli Osterloh, conductor, and the Maryland Community Band under the baton of John E. Wakefield, Director of Bands Emeritus.  Wakefield proposed the soloists to recognize the great legacy of fine trumpet teaching and performance over many years at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Head, a graduate of the University of Michigan (BM, MM) and the Catholic University (DMA), started performing at a young age as a contestant on the “Ted Mack Amateur Hour” radio show at the age of 12. He continues today as an active performer in Brevard, North Carolina after retiring in 1999 with 35 years as trumpet professor at the University of Maryland.  Prof. Gekker first studied with Dr. Head when he was in middle school.  He went on to receive a BM from the Eastman School and an MM from the University of Maryland before an 18 year stint as a “first call” trumpet performer in New York City.  He was a member of the American Brass Quintet, taught at the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music and Columbia University,  appears on over 120 recordings, and has performed with various professional groups from the New York Philharmonic to recent performances with the popular singer, Sting.  Gekker’s former student, Brandon Almagro, received a BM from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and a MM from the University of Maryland. He is in his sixth year as a member of the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, DC.

This free concert begins at 8pm with the University Band. Please join us for a great evening of music!