Dr. Ryan Gardner is the Associate Professor of Trumpet at Oklahoma State University.
Originally from Santa Monica, California, Dr. Gardner received his Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music with highest distinction, his Master of Music from Rice University - Shepherd School of Music, and his Doctor of Musical Arts from the Manhattan School of Music. While in New York, he worked with former principal trumpeter of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Mark Gould, and the former second trumpet player of the New York Philharmonic, Vincent Penzarella. Dr. Gardner's thesis is based on Penzarella's pedagogical techniques and philosophies, which include innovative ideas on breathing, air usage, and brass playing, as well as performance psychology.
Dr. Gardner has been teaching students for more than a decade. Prior to his appointment at Oklahoma State University, Dr. Gardner served as the Assistant Professor of High Brass and the Jazz Band Director at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. In New York, Dr. Gardner enjoyed a successful free-lance and teaching career. He held faculty positions at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege, Third Street Music Settlement, Music Conservatory of Westchester, Greenwich House Music School, and Meyer London School, as well as at the Manhattan School of Music Summer Camp.
Under the direction of Dr. Gardner since 2011, the Oklahoma State University Trumpet Studio has taken extraordinary strides. Dr. Gardner's students have been accepted on scholarship into distinguished graduate programs including the New England Conservatory, DePaul University, Carnegie Mellon University, Southern Methodist University, University of Southern California, University of Louisville, University of Colorado and University of Texas-Austin. At the 2012, 2013 and 2014 International Trumpet Guild Conferences, the OSU Trumpet Ensemble received rave reviews and standing ovations for their performances. Dr. Gardner's students have achieved success at the regional, national and international levels, most recently winning the 2014 and 2015 National Trumpet Competition Ensemble Division in addition to International Trumpet Guild Scholarship Awards.
Dr. Gardner, outside of his work at the University, maintains his private studio and additionally gives master classes and lectures internationally while continuing to perform.
As an orchestral performer, Dr. Gardner has played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Honolulu Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Tulsa Symphony, the Tulsa Opera, the Tulsa Ballet, the Fort Smith Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra USA, the Music Academy of the West Orchestra, the Aldeburgh Festival Britten-Pears Orchestra in England, and the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland, directed by James Levine. He has also performed in many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Merkin Concert Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Palau de la Musica Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Dr. Gardner continues to have an active orchestral performing schedule. He plays principal trumpet with the Distinguished Concerts International Orchestra in New York City and is a member of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas and the Artosphere Festival Orchestra.
Dr. Gardner also stands out as an avid chamber musician and soloist. Ensembles of note are the Three-Fifths Trio, the OSU Brass Trio, the OSU Brass Quintet, the Eastman Brass Quintet, the Rochester Philharmonic Brass Quintet, the Houston symphony Brass Quintet, and the Seventh Partial Brass Quintet, as well as the new music ensembles Alarm Will Sound and Crash Ensemble. Dr. Gardner has also performed with Broadway touring shows including Young Frankenstein and The Three Phantoms. As the Concerto Competition winner in trumpet at the Eastman School of Music and the Music Academy of the West Brass Ensemble Competition, Dr. Gardner soloed with both the Eastman Wind Orchestra and the Music Academy of the West Brass. He has also been a featured soloist with the Southeast Symphony and most recently with the OSU Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Gardner has been privileged to work with artists such as Ray Charles, Doc Severinson, Wayne Bergeron, Lenny Pickett, Mark Inouye, Don Green, Allan Vizzutti, the Canadian Brass, Michael Tillson-Thomas, Esa-Pekka Solonen, and David Zinman, to name a few. He can be heard on the Naxos, Mark Records, and BX Entertainment labels and is a Bach performing artist and clinician. His latest album, On Track, has been lauded as having a velvety tone that never loses roundness, strength and technical skills, and playing with all the feeling we want to hear (American Record Guide).
Holding memberships with professional associations, Dr. Gardner actively participates with the International Trumpet Guild, College Music Society, and National Associaton of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, as well as the National Trumpet Competition. In 2010, Dr. Gardner was honored for his philanthropic work as Spotlight Artist of the Year by Music for Autism. He is now the Artistic Coordinator for Music for Autism, programming music nationally for those with autism and their families, and most importantly, helping raise awareness and advocating for those with autism.
Dr. Gardner is indebted to all of his main trumpet teachers: Vincent Penzarella, Mark Gould, Marie Speziale, James Thompson, Boyde Hood, and Paul Salvo. He is thankful to have had additional studies with Adolph "Bud" Herseth, Jens Lindemann, Ryan Anthony, Mark Niehaus, Laurie Frink, Doug Prosser, Michael Sachs, Mario Guarneri, Joe Burgstaller, Ed Carroll, Thomas Smith, and Per Brevig.
Aaron Jensen is an avid cross-over trumpet player living in Boulder, Colorado. He has performed with International Blues Challenge champion Chris Cameron as lead trumpet for the Chris Cameron Blues Band, Broadway stars Craig Schulman, Cris Groenendaal and Kevin Gray on their 2010 “Three Phantoms in Concert” tour, as well as the Colorado and Fort Smith Symphonies, in addition to Broadway shows throughout the Denver area. As a student Mr. Jensen was a three-time scholarship attendant to the Juilliard Jazz Workshop where he performed with Wycliffe Gordon, and was a scholarship attendant to the Manhattan to the Mountains Chamber Music Workshop.
Mr. Jensen will complete his Masters degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder in May of 2017 where he holds the position of Lecturer of Trumpet in the College of Continuing Education, and he holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from Oklahoma State University. As a member of the Oklahoma State University Trumpet Ensemble, Aaron was a finalist in the National Trumpet Competition in 2013, and twice performed to standing ovations at the International Trumpet Guild Conferences. Mr. Jensen toured Japan as a member of the Oklahoma State Wind Ensemble, which concluded with a performance at the Japan Band Clinic.
Mr. Jensen believes strongly in integrating music technology with the arts and was the recording and mixing engineer for Snow College’s album Speech of Angels. In conjunction with Snow College, Mr. Jensen used his technology expertise to participate in clinics focusing on integrating technology with the arts at the Utah Music Educators Conference, and his work was used at the Technology Institute for Music Educators National Conference in 2009.
Aaron is greatly indebted to his primary teachers: Ryan Gardner, Justin Bartels, Terry Sawchuk, David Blackinton, Scott Wilson, and Steve Meredith.
Lanette Compton has been Associate Professor of Horn at Oklahoma State University since 2005. She earned her Bachelor of Music Degree in performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a student of Allen French and her Master of Music Degree in performance from the University of North Texas as a student of Dr. William Scharnberg.
Lanette is presently a member of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Opera Orchestra, Tulsa Oratorio Chorus Orchestra, and Tulsa Ballet Orchestra. She has also been a member of the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Texas Wind Symphony, Allen Philharmonic Orchestra, Flower Mound Chamber Orchestra, Garland Symphony Orchestra, Los Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Signature Symphony Orchestra, University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra, University of North Texas Wind Symphony, Camerata Chamber Winds, and the Myriad Brass Orchestra. She has also performed with the Dallas Wind Symphony, Fort Smith Symphony, and Enid Symphony Orchestra.
Lanette has performed on more than a dozen CD’s, including the critically acclaimed CD The Manne We Love: Gershwin Revisited featuring the Steve Houghton Quintet and the University of North Texas Two O’clock Lab Band. She has performed as soloist with the Camerata Chamber Winds, North Central Texas College Singers, and the University of North Texas Wind Symphony. She has performed at the Mid-South Horn Workshop, Texas Music Educators Association Convention, College Band Director’s National Association Convention, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Convention, and the American Bandmasters Association Convention. Lanette has performed for such artists as Luciano Pavarotti, Pat Boone, Diane Schurr, and Collin Raye.
Lanette has extensive chamber music experience in both brass and woodwinds quintets, including being a finalist in both the Coleman and Fischoff chamber music competitions. She is on the faculty of the Western Chamber Music Institute held at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado.
Paul Compton has been Associate Professor of Trombone at Oklahoma State University since 2003. He studied trombone at the University of North Texas with Vern Kagarice and Tony Baker, at the University of Texas at Arlington with Andrew M. Russell, at the Henry Mancini Institute with Bruce Paulson and Andy Martin, and at the Alessi Seminar with Joseph Alessi. Paul has also performed in master classes for Christian Lindberg, Denis Wick, Ben van Dijk, Ron Barron, Scott Hartman, and John Fedchock. Prior to his appointment at OSU, Paul taught at North Central Texas College and the University of North Texas. He has enjoyed an extremely versatile career, with extensive experience as a solo, symphonic, jazz, and chamber music performer.
Paul is devoted to promoting the trombone as a solo instrument. He has premiered more than twenty new compositions for trombone, by composers James Kazik, Wil Swindler, Joseph T. Spaniola, Stephen Smith, David Wilborn, Ian McDougall, James Beckel, David Herring, Michael Schneider, Dave Rivello, Sy Brandon, and David Shipps. Paul has performed as soloist with the University of New Mexico Wind Symphony, Camerata Chamber Winds, Oklahoma State University Wind Ensemble, Oklahoma State University Symphony Orchestra, Signature Symphony Orchestra, Myriad Brass Orchestra, Oklahoma State University Jazz Ensemble, Jacksonville State University Jazz Ensemble, University of North Texas Trombone Ensemble, Stillwater Community Band, and the Wills Point High School Band. Paul was a semifinalist in the prestigious Concert Artists Guild Solo Competition, and he received an Outstanding Performance Award in the Down Beat Student Music Awards. He has given recital performances at the University of Missouri, University of Saskatchewan, Texas Tech University, Del Mar College, Central Methodist University, and Oklahoma State University. Paul received a Commission Assistance Grant from the Co-op Press in 2004, which resulted in the premiere of Ballad and Dance Variations for Solo Trombone and Wind Ensemble by Sy Brandon. Paul subsequently won First Prize in the Co-op Press Recording Competition for his recording of Ballad and Dance Variations, and his recording can be heard on the album Trombonarama.
Paul is a member of the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and he has performed and recorded with several other orchestras, wind ensembles, and choral ensembles. He has held regular positions in the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra, Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, Irving Symphony Orchestra, San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, University of North Texas Wind Ensemble, University of Texas at Arlington Wind Ensemble, and the Myriad Brass Orchestra, and he has performed with the Flower Mound Chamber Orchestra, Plano Symphony Orchestra, Texas Wind Symphony, North Central Texas Chorale Orchestra, Women's Chorus of Dallas Orchestra, Tulsa Opera Orchestra, Tulsa Oratorio Chorus Orchestra, Signature Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Ballet Orchestra, and the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. Through these ensembles Paul has performed with artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, Diane Reeves, Herbie Hancock, Terrence Blanchard, Christian McBride, Sam Harris, Larry Gatlin, John Williams, Tony Bennett, Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, Bob Brookmeyer, and Monica Mancini. He has also performed in such venues as the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Kodak Theater, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, and Bass Hall.
Paul was lead trombonist of the well-known University of North Texas One O'clock Lab Band, and he can be heard on four of the group's albums. He also performed with the ensemble at the Molde International Jazz Festival (Norway), Pori International Jazz Festival (Finland), PASIC in Dallas, IAJE Conventions in New York and New Orleans, the New York Brass Conference, the Texas Jazz Festival in Corpus Christi, Texas Ballet Theater, Lone State Ballet, and the North Texas Jazz Festival in Addison. He played for such artists as Greg Bissonette, Terry Gibbs, the Brecker Brothers, Jim McNeely, Bill Watrous, Byron Stripling, Tim Hagens, Kenny Wheeler, and Joe Lovano. Paul played every Monday night for 5 years with the house Big Band at Sambuca Jazz Café Addison. He was lead trombonist of the University of Texas at Arlington Jazz Orchestra, and performed with the ensemble at the Montreux International Jazz Festival (Switzerland) and the Texas Music Educators Convention. He also performed with the Cary Richards Orchestra, Dreamaker Big Band, Eastside Jazz Orchestra, Tuxedo Junction, Collection Jazz Orchestra, Shelley Carroll Big Band, Dallas Jazz Orchestra, In Full Swing, Galen Jeter Orchestra, and the Les Elgart Orchestra. Paul is lead trombonist of the jazz trombone ensemble Slide Tradition, winner of the International Trombone Association Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition and the National Jazz Trombone Ensemble/Capitol Bones Competition. Slide Tradition was an artist ensemble at the 2002 International Trombone Festival in Denton, TX.
Paul has performed regularly as a chamber musician. In 1997 he began performing with the Texas based Bluebonnet Brass, and has since performed several hundred concerts with the ensemble. This includes guest performances with the San Angelo, Temple, and Georgetown Symphony Orchestras, as well as concerts across the United States and Japan. Paul has also performed with the Infinity Brass Quintet, Newcastle Brass Quintet, Classic Brass Quintet, and the Bravo Brass Quintet. He was a member of the Camerata Chamber Winds of Coppell, TX for two seasons, performing some of the finest chamber music for winds. As a member of the Bravura Trombone Octet, Paul twice won the Down Beat Magazine Student Music Awards Competition for Classical Chamber Ensemble. Paul is a faculty member for the Western Summer Chamber Music Institute held at Western State College of Gunnison, Colorado.
Paul is an artist for the Edwards Instrument Company of Elkhorn, Wisconsin and Griego Mouthpieces.
Stephen Kunzer currently resides in Stillwater, Oklahoma where he is professor of tuba and euphonium at Oklahoma State University. Stephen received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Arizona with emphasis in both Tuba Performance and Music Education. His Master of Music is from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he served as a graduate assistant.
In addition to his position at Oklahoma State University, Stephen is a first-call musician on the Las Vegas Strip, performing with countless headliners including Jennifer Hudson, Carole King, Joshua Bell, Emmylou Harris, Martina McBride, John Fogerty, Arturo Sandoval, and Willie Nelson. He performs regularly in Broadway Las Vegas, including such shows as Disney's Lion King and Mary Poppins, The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess, The Rat Pack Is Back, and has toured extensively with the Dallas Brass Quintet.
Stephen is in high-demand throughout the world as a solo artist and clinician, giving lectures, master classes, and recitals. His performances have been heard coast-to-coast in the United States, Thailand, and Korea, and he is a regular presenter at regional and international music conferences. Stephen has previously served on faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is a contributing writer for the International Tuba and Euphonium Association Journal.
Stephen is a Besson/Buffet Crampon USA, Inc. Tuba Artist and Clinician.