Friday, February 22, 2019
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March 2013 Young Artist Award Winner

John Burton

Congratulations to our March 2013 Young Artist Award recipient John Burton, a senior at Walker Valley High School in Bradley County, Tennessee. John began his musical studies with piano lessons in the second grade progressing to the trumpet in the sixth grade at Ocoee Middle School, where he received his first award for “Best Brass Student,” launching his focus on the trumpet.

Since middle school, John has been the recipient of numerous awards and opportunities—among them three consecutive seasons as principal trumpet with the Chattanooga Symphony Youth Orchestra. A concerto winner in his sophomore year with CSYO, John performed the third movement of the Hummel Concerto for Trumpet four times in one season and will be featured this spring again as a concerto soloist showcasing his skills on the second movement of Eric Ewazen’s Trumpet Concerto.

John was featured nationally last April on NPR’s “From the Top” performing Barat’s Fantaisie in E-flat with pianist Christopher O’Reilly and was a semifinalist at the National Trumpet Competition. 2012 proved even more rewarding, resulting with prizes won at the ITG Youth Day Competition, securing principal trumpet with the Allstate East Tennessee Blue Band, and principal chairs with the Tennessee All State Band and Orchestra. Over the last four years, John has studied trumpet with Tina Erickson, dedicated educator, faculty member at the University of Tennessee and Lee University, and Blackburn Trumpet Artist.

Currently a senior at Walker Valley High, John has served as principal trumpet in the Symphony Band under the direction of Alan Hunt, additionally playing bass guitar in Fox Creek, a local bluegrass band. An excellent student and member of the National Honor Society, John maintains a straight-A average. John relaxes with numerous visual art forms such as juggling, knife throwing, and yo-yoing, and he even rides unicycles! As the March 2013 Young Artist Award Recipient, John will receive a one year complimentary membership in the ITG.

John would like to thank his parents, Mike and Fredda and three brothers (Brian, Mark, and Ben), for their love and support. At the present time, John is busy on the college audition trail and plans to pursue a career in trumpet performance.





About the Editor: David Bohnert is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Wayne State College where he teaches conducting, music education, applied trumpet, and brass methods, as well as serving as director for the WSC Wind Ensemble and Marching Band. He holds the Bachelor of Music (Trumpet Performance) and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Southeast Missouri State University. He earned the Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where he also served as a graduate teaching assistant with the University Bands. He has done post-graduate study at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where he completed the DMA (Trumpet Performance).

An active performer, Bohnert plays regularly with A Touch of Brass, the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and Municipal Band, in addition to maintaining an active solo recital schedule. He has recently performed at the International Trumpet Guild conference and the American Guild of Organists conference and is on the recording reviewing staff for the journal of the International Trumpet Guild.

David was selected for the 2009 State National Bank Teaching Excellence Award at Wayne State College. He resides in Wayne, Nebraska with his wife Melissa and their three sons, Ethan, Aidan, and Nolan.

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