Welcome to the

Western Carolina University Trumpet Studio


Located in Cullowhee, North Carolina, the Western Carolina University Trumpet Studio is one of the top studios within the WCU School of Music.  Each semester this group of 25-30 talented students study individually with Dr. P. Bradley Ulrich and Mr. David Ginn.  Each student will have the opportunity to study with both professors during their tenure at WCU, which will afford them the opportunity to learn twice as much as most other university trumpet studios!

In addition to individual instruction, trumpet students also attend a weekly master class and have the opportunity to perform with the highly acclaimed WCU Trumpet Ensemble.

The WCU Trumpet ensemble performs on campus each semester as well as annually at the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast.  This fine ensemble was selected four times, by recorded audition, to perform at the International Trumpet Guild Conference.

One of the goals of the WCU Trumpet Professors is to provide an international travel experience for the studio every four years.  The students have attended and performed at the the Orvieto Music Festival (Italy) in 2008  and the Exploring Trumpet in Greece Festival in 2013.  n May, 2017 two trumpet students performed and taught with the WCU student honors brass quintet, The Balsam Brass, in South Africa.  In addition to these international experiences, each year the entire WCU Trumpet Studio attends the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast, which is hosted by various universities in the southeastern United States. 

The WCU trumpet studio has hosted over 50 clinics by the world’s top trumpet artists including:  Allen Vizzutti, David Hickman, Ingrid Jensen, Jon Faddis, Byram Stripling, Chris Martin, James Thompson, Denver Dill, Laurie Frink, Phil Smith, Chris Gekker, Vlad Lavrik, Paul Merkelo, Phil Smith, Marvin Stamm, Vince DiMartino, Randy Brecker, Ivano Ascare, Mike Miller, Chuch Lazarus, The Chicago Brass Quintet, the Dallas Brass, Chestnut Brass Quintet , St. Louis Brass Quintet, The American Brass Quintet, Verona Brass Ensemble, the US Army Brass Band, and the Hawthorne Brass Band.

The Trumpet Studio

The WCU Trumpet Studio is comprised of highly motivated trumpet students and is considered by many to be the finest trumpet studio in North Carolina