North Carolina Brass Band, The United States Air Force Band, The New York Philharmonic, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra
BACHELOR'S DEGREE, MUSIC EDUCATION, The Ohio State University, MASTER'S DEGREE, MUSIC PERFORMANCE
The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, Travis AFB, CA - 3 years, The United States Air Force Band, Washington DC - 21 years (Co-Principle and Principle in the Concert Band for 15 years), Worked with some of the finest musicians in the Nation, Performed with numerous big named artists, conductors and industry leaders from around the country.
Taught private lessons/mentored students and colleagues throughout my career, Presented musical/educational clinics & master classes for music students of all ages across the country
Mr. McConnell went on to perform as co-principal and principle cornet/trumpet in the Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra for over fifteen years before closing out his Air Force career leading the Ceremonial Brass in more than 1,100 engagements a year. Highlights of his Air Force career include over thirty National Tours, performing in six inaugurations, two Macys Fireworks Spectacular events, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the dedications of the Air Force and Pentagon Memorials as well as the state funeral for former President Gerald Ford and several NBC Today Show appearances in New York City. While in the Air Force he went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Trumpet Performance from The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C..
Mr. McConnell has over twenty years of teaching experience and as a freelance musician. He has been a guest clinician around the country where he presented master classes to students of all ages. His primary teachers have included Dr. Richard Burkart, Michael Sachs, Langston Fitzgerald, Chris Gekker and David Fedderly. Mr. McConnell is also a member of The International Trumpet Guild and has performed with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Arlington Philharmonic and the Goucher Chamber Orchestra.
Throughout his Air Force career Mr. McConnell has performed on over fifty recordings and has has played with many top artists, including Jon Faddis, Doc Severinsen, Jose Feliciano, Kool & The Gang, Lone Star, Keiko Matsui, Glen Campbell, Wynonna Judd, Tony Bennett, and Peter Erskine. He’s also had extensive experience serving on audition panels so can also help students better understand what those on the other side of the screen are listening for and wanting to hear from today's musicians.
ABOUT MY TEACHING
I have over twenty-four years professional performance experience working with the highest-caliber musicians and many different conductors from around the country. That, in combination with your dedicated practice routine, positive attitude, and willingness to learn, I can help you get beyond the notes and technique to bring the music to life and take you to the next level.
I look forward the opportunity to work with you at the Music & Arts Center!