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About Arthur

     Arthur is widely known as an educator / clinician and performing artist. Currently, he is a freelance musician and music educator; graduate of  Hartt School of Music with a BS. in Music Ed. & Special Ed.West Virginia  University with a  Master's of Music., Harvard University Ph.D. (Ethnomusicology) and again to The Hartt School of  Music for his DMA, (Trumpet Performance). Dr. Pugh has previously taught public and private schools in Connecticut, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Georgia. He’s been Dean of the Music dept. & Professor of Trumpet at Morris Brown College, on the graduate faculty of San Jose State (now San Jose University), serving as its director of education outreach. While there, he developed eight educational and community outreach programs, which included college fellowships in interactive performance and teaching, community engagement initiatives, and the Music Advancement Program, a Saturday instrumental music program that reaches under served children ages 8 to 14 who demonstrated musical potential and need.

      As a professional and first call trumpet player, he is a skilled musician in classical, commercial, and jazz idioms, currently playing trumpet for television and movie soundtracks as well as jingles, recording dates, video games and a good deal of 'live music such as Las Vegas and Broadway shows. He has given master classes and recitals at Hartt School of Music and Boston University, and given lectures at the Curtis Institute, Oberlin College, and Harvard University. His performing affiliations have included the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony, Chestnut Hill Symphony,  UAE Philharmonic Orchestra (Dubai), Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico to name a few. Commercially, he has recorded, toured with or written for, Angela Bofill, Ashford & Simpson, Gladys Knight, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, M.F.S.B, Issac Hayes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Barry Manilow, Mel Torme, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Celia Cruz, Bobby Rodriguez y La co., Clark Terry, Jackie McLean, Teddy Pendergrass, Blondie and has been the recipient of 37 gold & platinum albums with over 347 movie soundtracks to his credit.


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