The Trumpet Festival of the Southeast is a celebration of trumpet performance and education in the Southeastern United States. One of the nation's premiere regional trumpet conferences, participants at the festival come from states including Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Florida, with as many as 300 participants each year.
In recent years, TFSE has been hosted by The University of Alabama, The University of Georgia, and Berry College. The 2014 festival will be held at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga from January 17-19.
Each year, the conference features world-renowned performing artists in both the classical
and jazz idioms. Past artists have included Phil Smith, Michael Sachs, Craig Morris,
Paul Merkelo, Tom Hooten, Malcolm McNab, Vincent DiMartino, Marcus Printup, Pat Harbison,
Lew Soloff, Byron Stripling, Allen Vizzutti, Bobby Shew, Chris Gekker, and Ingrid
The three-day event includes concerts, master classes, trumpet ensemble performance opportunities, festival ensembles and exhibits.
The Trumpet Festival of the Southeast is the continuing evolution of a long-standing and highly recognized regional trumpet gathering, the Western Carolina Trumpet Festival hosted by Professor Bradley Ulrich. In 2010, the festival was reinvented as a wide-reaching trumpet event for the southeastern United States with rotating host schools.
The rich tradition of fine trumpet playing in the Southeast is supported by a vibrant professional community in several major metropolitan areas and many colleges and universities with strong music programs. The Trumpet Festival of the Southeast is proud to highlight the stellar trumpet playing and teaching in our region.