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October 2014 Young Artist Award

Brent Proseus is currently a senior in high school and has distinguished himself as an excellent trumpet player and musician in both classical and jazz genres. He won ITG Conference Scholarships in 2013 and 2014, and he won the third-place prize in the Senior Division of the ITG Youth Competition in 2014.

Brent’s first trumpet teacher was his father, Eric and since the seventh grade Brent has continued his studies with Gregg Good. As an eighth grader, Brent was principal trumpet in the Michigan Junior High All-State Band. In his sophomore year, he was principal trumpet in the Michigan All-state Orchestra and in his junior year, he was lead trumpet in the Michigan All-State Jazz Band. He won a featured soloist award at the Michigan Youth Arts All-State Competition and will solo with that orchestra at the gala concert. Currently, Brent plays in his high school concert and jazz bands with the West Michigan Homeschool Fine Arts. He has also contributed to the Grand Rapids community by playing in the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony since the eighth grade, holding the co-principal or principal position.

In the Michigan State Solo and Ensemble Festival, Brent has achieved the highest ratings and scores throughout his junior high and high school years. As a sophomore, he received a perfect 100% score, playing the first movement of Henri Tomasi’s Trum­pet Concerto. As a junior, he performed Jolivet’s Con­certino at Michigan State Solo and Ensemble Festival. Besides classical trumpet honors, Brent has also won many awards in jazz, including the Hastings Jazz Festival soloist award and the Western Michigan University Jazz Festival lead trumpet and soloist awards. Brent also placed third in the high school division of the Grand Valley State University International Solo Competition, after his freshman year.

Outside of music, Brent loves academics, is active in his church and enjoys drawing. He plans to pursue trumpet performance as a career. As the June 2014 Young Artist Award recipient, Brent will receive a one-year complimentary membership to ITG. Congratulations, Brent!



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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