Dr. Timothy J. Tesh is a Grammy-nominated trumpeter, Yamaha Performing Artist, and is one of the newest members of the University of Southern Mississippi School of Music faculty, having become Assistant Professor of Trumpet in the Fall of 2016. T.J. has relocated to Hattiesburg, Mississippi after an exciting and successful career as a freelance trumpeter and music educator in the greater Los Angeles area. During his time in southern California, T.J. performed as a member of internationally renowned brass quintet, Presidio Brass, and had the distinct pleasure of performing with Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Patti Austin, Take 6, Quincy Jones, Dave Koz, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, and many other music greats. Dr. Tesh's career has also included a tour throughout the United States and Canada with Mel Brooks’ award-winning Broadway musical, The Producers, where he served as principal trumpet. His debut solo recording, Adaptations for Trumpet, is currently in production, and it is slated to be released in November of 2017.
T.J. completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance and Music Education at The University of Southern California in 2012. He received a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Kentucky in 2004 and a Bachelor of Arts from Mars Hill College in 2002.
As musicians, we often paint ourselves into a proverbial corner by working tirelessly to perfect orchestral, solo and chamber music, and filling our bookshelves with etude and method books, that are written specifically for our own instrument. We tend to focus myopically on this set of pieces, forsaking all others in our artistic quest for perfection. In doing so, we are denying ourselves access to a vast lexicon of music that is right at our fingertips, should we simply choose to access it. As such, Adaptations for Trumpet will be a sound recording for the trumpet that includes no compositions originally written for it.
For more information, to pre-order your copy, or to see how you can be a part of bringing Adaptations for Trumpet to fruition, please visit www.pledgemusic.com/projects/tjtesh or click the album cover above.