Bradley Ulrich

Brad Ulrich, Executive Director

Dr. P. Bradley Ulrich, professor of music, has been the trumpet professor at Western Carolina University since 1989. Dr. Ulrich received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance from the Florida State University where he studied with Bryan Goff. His Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Trumpet Performance and Literature were awarded from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where he studied with Ray Sasaki and Michael Tunnell. He has had additional lessons with Raymond Mase, George Vosburgh, Adolphe Herseth, James Thompson, Vincent DiMartino, and Chrispian Steele Perkins.

Maintaining an active performing career, Dr. Ulrich is currently second trumpet with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. He has formerly held positions in the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, Greenville Symphony Orchestra (SC), Brevard Chamber Orchestra (Principal Trumpet), the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (IL), the Champaign-Urbana Symphony (IL), Sinfonia da Camera (IL), and the Cedar Falls Waterloo Symphony (IA).

In addition to his orchestral experience, Dr. Ulrich has performed countless recitals both as a soloist and in brass quintets. He has performed across the United States and in Russia, Canada, England, Ireland, Wales, St. Barths, and Italy. Dr. Ulrich is the artistic director/first trumpet of the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, which gave its New York debut at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in June 2007.

Dr. Ulrich has published over a dozen articles in the International Trumpet Guild's Journal and since 1999 he has been the Public Relations Director for ITG. He is an artist/clinician and member of the Product Advisory Council for the Jupiter Band Instrument Company.   For additional information, please visit his website at


Eric Yates

Eric Yates

Eric Yates serves as Associate Professor of Trumpet at the University of Alabama School of Music, Principal Trumpet of the Tuscaloosa Symphony, First Trumpet of The Alabama Brass Quintet, and is an in-demand soloist and clinician.  He has appeared throughout the United States and in numerous countries abroad as a soloist, touring ensemble member, and teacher.  Dr. Yates has performed in Russia, England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, and Cuba, and has presented master classes and recitals at the St. Petersburg and Moscow Conservatories, the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in Havana, Cuba, the American University of Rome, Italy, and numerous American institutions including Emory University, Furman University, the University of Georgia, Northwestern University and others.  He has twice hosted the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast at The University of Alabama and served as a judge at the National Trumpet Competition since 2009.  He was awarded Best Cornet Player of the 2006 U.S. Open Brass Band Championships, toured with the award-winning Fountain City Brass Band of Kansas City, MO, and served two years as Principal Solo Cornet of the Prairie Brass Band of Arlington Heights, IL.  His performance career has included engagements with numerous professional orchestras in the United States including the Alabama (Birmingham) Symphony Orchestra, the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, the Northbrook (IL) Symphony, the South Bend Symphony, the Illinois Symphony, the Elmhurst Symphony, the Northwest Indiana Symphony, and the Nashville Symphony.  Dr. Yates earned his Doctor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from Northwestern University, and his principal teachers include Charles Geyer, Barbara Butler, Vincent Cichowicz, and Gary Armstrong.


Brandon Craswell

Brandon Craswell

Dr. Brandon Craswell is the Trumpet Professor at The University of Georgia. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in trumpet performance from Indiana University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kentucky. Prior to his 2008 appointment to UGA, he coordinated the brass department and directed the jazz ensemble at Minot State University, in Minot, North Dakota.

In demand as an orchestral musician, he has played with the Atlanta, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, and Honolulu Symphonies, including a performance at Carnegie Hall with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2010, he played principal trumpet with the Santiago, Chile Philharmonic.  He was also a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for two seasons, working with “Bud” Herseth, former principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for over fifty years.

Adept at both classical and jazz, Craswell recently finished a North American tour of the Broadway musical “42nd St.” As a soloist, he has been a featured artist at the Aspen Music Festival, the International Romantic Trumpet Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, and has shared the stage with pianist Olga Kern and the National Gallery of Art Chamber Orchestra.  Aside from performing in 48 of the 50 states, he has taught and/or performed in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Italy, and Russia.  Craswell is a New York Trumpet Company performing artist.


Adam Hayes

Adam Hayes

Dr. Adam Hayes is Artist-in-Residence and Assistant Professor of Music at Berry College in Rome, GA. Adam is an internationally recognized performer, educator, and clinician. A versatile musician, Adam has performed throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, including performances with over 40 professional orchestras throughout the world. 

With an interest in new music and creative music, Adam endeavors to promote the latest in solo trumpet repertoire. His debut album CURRENT, features innovative compositions for solo trumpet and piano and is distributed internationally on Curvepoint Media. Adam actively commissions new works for trumpet by a variety of composers. He has given the world-premiere performances of 11 significant works for trumpet and has published articles and reviews for music publications, including the International Trumpet Guild Journal. Adam's book Approaching Music Theory Through Practical Application: A Supplemental Method for the Developing Trumpeter is a trusted resource in the collegiate trumpet studio.

Adam has performed with professional ensembles including The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Atlanta Opera, The Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, The Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, The Hollywood Festival Orchestra, The Hollywood Hills Orchestra, The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, The Dayton Philharmonic, The West Virginia Symphony, The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, The Richmond Symphony, The Chattanooga Symphony, and numerous regional orchestras. He has been a soloist with the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus, and has performed studio-recording and commercial engagements from cruise lines to Broadway shows. He has performed with artists such as Diana Krall, Mannheim Steamroller, Edwin McCain, Joan Osborne, Neil Sedaka, New York Voices, Chris Potter and John Cowan. Several of Adam's solo, chamber and orchestral recordings have been broadcast on radio and television. He can be heard on labels including ACA, 5ive Happiness, Curvepoint, and Mark Records.

Prior to his appointment at Berry College, he taught at Clemson University, North Georgia College & State University, The University of New Mexico, Truett-McConnell College, and for the Georgia Governor's Honors Program. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music from the University of New Mexico, and a Bachelor of Music from The University of Georgia.

As an artist/clinician for Edwards Trumpets, Adam performs as a soloist, and gives master classes and clinics worldwide. Visit him at


Erika Schafer

Erika L. Schafer

Dr. Erika L. Schafer is in her sixth year as Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Assistant Director of Bands at UTC. She teaches trumpet lessons, directs the Jazz Band and Trumpet Ensemble, and is the Assistant Director of the Marching Band and Pep Band. She performs regularly with the Chattanooga Symphony and recently visited Chile to present masterclasses at the University of Chile and Catholic University of Chile. Furthermore, Dr. Schafer is the host of the 2014 Trumpet Festival of the Southeast. She has hosted such world renowned trumpet players as Thomas Hooten, principal trumpet of the L.A. Philharmonic, and Anthony Plog, composer of solo trumpet and brass chamber music. Jazz artists she has hosted include Jeff Coffin, saxophonist with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and his group Mu’tet, and the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors.

Prior to her position at UTC, Dr. Schafer was a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C. where she was a featured soloist and performed with several chamber ensembles including the U.S. Navy Band Brass Quartet and the Joint Services Brass Quintet. She was also active in several orchestras in the D.C. area including the McLean Symphony Orchestra, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, the Folger Consort, and the Orchestra of the 17th Century. She is a former student of the Aspen Music Festival and School. Her primary teachers include Chris Gekker, Steven Hendrickson, Allan Dean, Louis Ranger, and Walter Chesnut.

For more information about the UTC Trumpet Studio, please visit the studio website.