Frank Gabriel Campos

Frank Gabriel Campos's Biography

Frank Gabriel Campos is a renowned classical and jazz soloist and the author of Trumpet Technique (Oxford University Press, 2005), which is regarded as the best single source on the subject. His popular 'Clinic' column in the International Trumpet Guild Journal has been an important pedagogical voice to thousands of trumpeters around the world since 1995. Currently professor of trumpet at Ithaca College's Whalen Center for Music, Mr. Campos earned his bachelor's degree from California State University Fresno and did graduate work at the University of North Texas, where he won the Outstanding Masters and Outstanding Doctoral Student Awards as well as the Hexter Prize for Outstanding Graduate. His primary teachers include John James Haynie, Leonard Candelaria, Don Jacoby, James Stamp, W. Ritchie Clendenin, Carole Klein, and his father. 

Mr. Campos has been principal trumpet of the Dallas Chamber Orchestra; Texas Baroque Ensemble; Bear Valley Festival Orchestra and Madera Symphony Orchestra, and he has been a member of the Fort Worth Symphony; the Fresno Philharmonic and the Monterey County Symphony. He is a former member of the University of North Texas One O’clock Lab Band, the Dallas Cowboys Band, and he has been a featured soloist at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival; the Montreux Jazz Festival; the Sacramento Jazz Festival and others. He has played or toured with such artists as Natalie Cole; Johnny Mathis; Ella Fitzgerald and Bob Hope, and has performed at Constitution Hall; New York's Town Hall; and on the stages of the Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center.  

Mr. Campos is currently principal trumpet of the Binghamton Philharmonic, Tri-Cities Opera, Pulitzer Prize winner Steven Stuckey's Ensemble X, and a member of the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra and the Ithaca Brass. He has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, Skaneateles Summer Music Festival, Central New York Jazz Orchestra, and the Gap Mangione Big Band. He has premiered numerous new works for trumpet, most of them written especially for him, including solos by Yotam Haber, Sally Lamb, Andrew Waggoner, James Willey and Dana Wilson. He has performed on period instruments for New York State Baroque and the Sonare Early Music Consort, and he is a founding member of the Dallas Brass. He served on the Board of Directors of the International Trumpet Guild for twelve years. An active soloist and clinician, Campos has been a Yamaha Performing Artist since 1987.

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