Edward Higgins currently holds the position of Associate Director of Bands and Coordinator of Brass Studies at Washburn University where he co-directs the Washburn Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Band and teaches low brass.
Dr. Higgins began his musical career on high brass, receiving a bachelor's degree in trumpet from California Institute of the Arts. While completing bachelor's and master's degrees in trumpet performance at the Juilliard School in NY, he was a regular performer with the Lincoln Center Outreach program. He earned his doctorate in conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
His professional career began with two seasons as Principal Trumpet of the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Italy where he appeared on a Grammy award-winning recording of Samuel Barber's Anthony and Cleopatra. He went on to become the Principal Trumpet of the Sacramento Symphony. Dr. Higgins now performs exclusively as a tubist and is currently the Principal Tubist of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin and the St. Joseph Symphony Orchestra in Missouri. He has also made appearances with the Kansas City Symphony, the Topeka Symphony, the Missouri Brass and the Brookside Brass.