There is only one regularly-performing 24-trumpet ensemble in the U.S., and it has it's home right here in Minnesota! Fans of the Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble (TCTE) have come to expect the obligatory opening fanfare at concerts, but then are astonished at the range and virtuosity of both the musical selections and the players. A TCTE concert is a musical feast not to be missed!
Educational Outreach is also a major part of the Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble's mission. Elementary and middle school Arts Immersion days as well as college-level master classes and clinics have made up a part of the TCTE calendar since its inception. In addition to working on technical and interpretive skills, the Ensemble also promotes the life-long value of music education.
The Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble (TCTE) was founded in 2014, when James Olcott, professor emeritus of trumpet at Miami University (Ohio), and two colleagues got together for an evening of trumpet playing and camaraderie. Over the following four months, the group grew to 12, then 16, then to its present size of 24 select trumpet players from throughout the Twin Cities region. From within the group are two smaller trumpet ensembles and a jazz group of six trumpets and rhythm section. The ensemble is, on occasion, further augmented by percussion and low brass. A calendar of upcoming concerts is available on the group’s website: www.tctrumpets.org.
"Soundings" by Brian Balmages. (Photos by Vera Olcott)
To enliven, entertain, and enrich through artistic excellence by presenting trumpet music of quality and stylistic and emotional diversity.
Recognizing that the trumpet holds a special place in the psyche of society, the TCTE models the transformative power of music through the performance of repertoire written for three or more trumpets.
Musical integrity Excellence Commitment Camaraderie