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June 2014 Young Artist Award

Luke Hamilton has been a member of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO), directed by William White, for the past two years. He recently was a winner of the CSYO Concerto Competition and performed the Arutiunian Concerto with the orchestra in March 2014. He studies privately with Steven Pride, second trumpet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Luke is principal trumpet in the Lakota West High School Symphonic Winds and trumpet section leader for the Lakota West Marching Firebirds, both under the dir­ection of Greg Snyder. This No­v­ember, he will march with the Firebirds in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Luke is also a two-year member of the College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department Brass Choir, directed by Paul Hillner, and is currently principal trumpet with that group.

Luke served as principal trumpet for the 2013 Ohio All-State Band and has been accepted as a member of the 2014 Ohio All-State Orch­estra. In 2013, he was a finalist in the high school division of the Nat­ional Trumpet Competition, held at George Mason University. During his sophomore year, he per­formed at the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic with the Lakota West Symphonic Winds. He has also twice perform­ed in the Lakota West Pit Orchestra, playing for such musicals as The Music Man and All Shook Up.

Luke plans to major in trumpet performance next year. In his free time, he enjoys running, weight­lifting, and listening to music. He also plays electric guitar in his church worship band. He is very thankful for the support of his parents and family and feels very fortunate to have such accomplished mentors. As the June 2014 Young Artist Award recipient, Luke will receive a one-year complimentary membership to ITG. Congratulations, Luke!



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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