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Solo Reviews


The following is a brief review of trumpet solo literature often performed by junior high through college age students. Each entry attempts to give the student (or teacher) a realistic overview of the music and the difficulties contained therein. Each piece has been rated for its difficulty level based upon the demands made upon the soloist: range, endurance, finger technique, multiple tonguing, etc. Where applicable, comments are included regarding the difficulty of the accompaniment.

Below is the rating system devised to simply indicate the usual ability levels of student musicians based upon the author's teaching and playing experience. When choosing a solo, keep the student's technical capabilities and maturity in mind; do not solely rely on any rating system. If you know of a solo that you would like to see included on this page, please email it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Beginner: 1st and 2nd year students; limited difficulty and range;

Junior High: 2nd and 3rd year students; more complex, but limited range;

High School Intermediate & Advanced: 3rd through 6th year students; increased range and technical difficulty;

College: more difficult in several ways than the above level

Range Chart



About the Editor: Dr. Adam Hayes is the Artist-in-Residence and Assistant Professor of Music at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. He 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. Adam was a featured artist at the 2012 International Trumpet Guild Convention, premiereing Amy Dunker's Etesian Traveler, an innovative composition for trumpet, piano, percussion, and dance.

Adam has published articles and reviews for music publications, including the International Trumpet Guild Journal. Adam's book, In Theory: The Trumpet, 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 on studio-recording and commercial engagements from cruise lines to Broadway shows. He has performed with notable 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, Hal Leonard, and Mark Records.

Adam Hayes serves on the Board of Directors for The Trumpet Festival of the Southeast. 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.

Adam Hayes is an artist/clinician for Eastman Trumpets. Follow him on the web at



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