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Cumberlands Professor Hosts Summer Trumpet Day


The first ever Summer Trumpet Day was a successful blend of hands-on training and theory emphasis, providing students with a new perspective of trumpet playing.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.- For most high school students, summer vacation means trading schoolbooks for entertainment magazines, early morning wake ups for alarm clock snoozes, and long study hours for rest and relaxation. Others look at it as a time to focus on their favorite subject of study. University of the Cumberlands Assistant Professor Patrick Tuck provided an opportunity for just such a group of area high school students when he hosted the first annual Summer Trumpet Day on Wednesday.

The goal of the program is to provide high school students with the opportunity to receive free instruction and the chance to gain a new perspective on playing. “Several other programs exist in the area but may prove too costly for some students,” said Tuck. “I just think that everyone should have the opportunity to learn and practice in a group setting.”


A graduate of Corbin High School, Quinton Powers plans to join the Cumberlands music program in the fall of 2008 and study music education.

Tuck spent the day facilitating study of trumpet playing. Each of the eight participants received a folder filled with music targeted at developing basic techniques. “The folder music is meant to help them develop an approach they can use whenever they play a new song,” Tuck said. “It also gives them something they can practice throughout the summer.”

After teaching the students how to properly warm up, they learned and later performed Heroic March, a quartet composed by George Telemann. In addition to learning and practicing trumpet play, the students were led through a workshop on the trumpet’s different types and uses. They explored the unique sounds and discussed the types of ensembles in which each type could be used.

Among the students in attendance was Corbin High School graduate and incoming Cumberlands freshman, Quinton Powers. Powers, now in his eighth year playing trumpet, is set to join Cumberlands music program in the fall. “I came to Summer Trumpet Day because I saw it as an opportunity to keep my playing up for the summer,” said Powers. He will be majoring in music education because he sees it as “an opportunity to share his interests with others and to keep playing.”

Summer Trumpet Day is open to all area high school students and will be offered for one day each summer. For more information on the event please write or phone (606) 539-4338.