West Chester University

Annual International Trumpet Festival

February 21-22, 2020

Registration for the 2020 WCU International Trumpet Festival will be available on-site at West Chester University School of Music via cash or check on the days of the event.

Cost is $25 for adults & $20 for students for the weekend and include all events. WCU Students get free access with WCU Student I.D.

Don’t forget to bring your trumpet and participate in the festival mass trumpet ensemble.

Guest Artists: 

Jason Bergman

Jason Bergman joined the music faculty of the Brigham Young University School of Music as Associate Professor of Trumpet in August 2018. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Bergman was trumpet professor at the renowned University of North Texas College of Music. During summers, he is a faculty member of the Idyllwild Arts Chamber Festival. He also serves as an elected board member of the International Trumpet Guild, a regular adjudicator with the National Trumpet Competition, and recently was host of the 2018 National Trumpet Competition on the campus of UNT. He has also been named the host of the 2020 Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Competition which will take place at BYU in the fall of 2020.

Dr. Bergman has performed in China, Europe, the United Kingdom, South America, and throughout the United States. In 2008, he was named Associate Principal Trumpet of the Santiago Philharmonic in Chile, where he performed during their 2008 season. Most recently, he was Principal Trumpet of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and Mobile Opera. He was an active performer in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex, where he frequently performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera, and the Dallas Winds. He has been a member of the Gulf Coast Symphony, Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he has performed in concert with the Canadian Brass, Rhythm & Brass, and with conductor David Robertson, at Carnegie Hall, as part of the Weill Music Institute. He also enjoyed performing as a fellow at the Music Academy of the West.

Dr. Bergman has given recitals and master classes at numerous institutions worldwide and he has performed or presented clinics at conferences of the International Trumpet Guild, College Music Society, International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, Mississippi Bandmaster’s Association, Mississippi Music Teachers Association, Utah Music Educator’s Conference, and the Texas Music Educators Association Annual Convention. 

As soloist, he has performed with the Garland Symphony Orchestra; the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble; the UNT Symphonic Band, Brass Band, and Wind Ensemble; the Southern Miss Symphonic Winds; and the Brigham Young University Philharmonic, Wind Symphony, and Symphonic Band.

He has previously been an artist faculty member at the Música nas Montanhas Festival in Poços de Caldas (Brazil), the Semana de la Trompeta Peruana (Peru), the Festival de Música de Santa Catarina (Brazil), the Grand Valley International Trumpet Seminar (USA), and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (USA). He was also the Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professor of Trumpet at the University of Southern Mississippi for 5 years.

His debut solo album, On The Horizon, was released in 2013 and is available on the MSR Classics label. It has received rave reviews. In 2016, he released a second solo album on the MSR Classics label entitled The Lightning Fields. It won the Silver Medal in the 2017 Global Music Awards in the Instrumental Album and Emerging Artist categories. It has also received excellent reviews in Gramophone, Fanfare, and other respected sources. 

Committed to research, Dr. Bergman is a contributing author for the Grove Dictionary of American Music, Second Edition. He also serves as editor of the Orchestra Section Profile in the International Trumpet Guild Journal. His music arrangements have been published by Eighth Note Publications. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University (BM) and the University of Michigan (MM and DMA).

Jason Bergman is an artist/clinician for Bach trumpets.

Etienne Charles

Etienne Charles is the Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Michigan State University.  Hailed by New York Times as “an auteur” and by Jazz Times as “A daring improviser who delivers with heart wrenching lyricism.”  According to Downbeat Magazine “Charles delivers his ebullient improvisations with the elegance of a world-class ballet dancer.”  Etienne has received critical acclaim for his exciting performances, thrilling compositions and knack for connecting with audiences worldwide.  In June 2012, Etienne was written into the US Congressional Record for his musical contributions to Trinidad & Tobago and the World. 

Perhaps more than any other musician of his generation or Eastern Caribbean origin, Etienne brings a careful study of myriad rhythms from the French, Spanish, English and Dutch speaking Caribbean to the table.  Crucially, as a soloist, he fully understands the New Orleans trumpet tradition (which is readily discernible in his trademark instrumental swagger) and what famed Crescent City Pianist, Jelly Roll Morton so succinctly captured in the now immortal phrase, ‘The Spanish Tinge’. 

His latest recording, Creole Soul has received critical acclaim worldwide for it’s fusion of root grooves from the Afro-Caribbean. His previous release, Kaiso (Culture Shock Music 2011), features his arrangements and interpretations of the music of calypso legends Lord Kitchener, Mighty Sparrow & Roaring Lion.

As a sideman he has performed and or recorded with Monty Alexander, Roberta Flack, Frank Foster, Ralph MacDonald, Johnny Mandel, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Maria Schneider, Count Basie Orchestra, Eric Reed, Lord Blakie, David Rudder and many others.  He holds a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School and a Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. 

For more information please visit etiennecharles.com

Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski

Hailed for his pure tone and musical finesse,International soloist and educator Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski has appeared in numerous solo performances with orchestras, wind bands, piano, and mixed chamber ensembles within the United States, as well as around the Globe.

An active freelancer in the Philadelphia region, Dobrzelewski holds the positions of Professor of Trumpet and Interim Assistant Dean at West Chester University of Pennsylvania School of Music, Conference Director for the International Trumpet Guild, and founding member of the Grammy nominated Tromba Mundi Trumpet Ensemble.

In addition, Jean-Christophe is brass coordinator and resident faculty for the Aruba Symphony Summer Festival. Formerly, he held the position as co-principal trumpet of the Midland-Odessa Symphony and the Lone Star Brass in Texas.

Jean-Christophe’s solo recordings include CDs such as Tryptique, Tryptique Renewal, and Eternal Source of Light Divine with organ. Chamber music recordings from Tromba Mundi include Tromba Mundi, Sinfonia Americana,and Quest for Adventure. In addition, he can be heard on the MSR Classics recording of American music for brass and wind ensemble, Shadowcatcher(2011), a project for which he served as Executive Producer and was made possible thanks to funding he received from a National Endowment for the Arts grant. All recordings are available on iTunes.

Jean-Christophe has participated as editor and typesetter in over 150 works on the Hickman Music Edition catalogue. He has also published several chamber music arrangements, as well as a set of sixteen-volume of orchestral excerpts for trumpet. These excerpt books are widely used around the world and have been recommended study material for previous New York Philharmonic trumpet auditions.

Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski received a “Prix de Trompette” from the Rueil-Malmaison Conservatory of Music in Paris, a Master of Music from the University of Maine, and a Doctor of Music Arts degree from Arizona State University, all in the area of performance.  Former teachers include David Hickman, Eric Aubier, Guy Touvron, Wolfgang Bauer, and Jean-Francois Michel.

He is a Stomvi Artist and Clinician, and exclusively plays Stomvi instruments.

Steven Heitzer

Steven Heitzer, a native Philadelphian, is an active classical trumpet player in the tri-state area.  He is a member of Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia Brass, Fairmount Brass Quartet, Bach Festival Orchestra of Bethlehem, Reading Symphony, and Ocean City Pops Orchestra.  He is also a frequent performer with Delaware Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony, and the Walnut Street Theatre.

Steve’s many performing credits include Dave Brubeck, Branford Marsalis, Roger Daltry & The Who, Weird Al Yankovic, Vanessa Williams, Andrea Bocelli, Don Rickles, Peter Nero, and Luciano Pavoratti, among others.  Steven’s main musical interest besides playing the trumpet is arranging music.  He has scored nearly 200 brass arrangements for The Philadelphia Brass, Delaware Symphony, and Ocean City Pops Orchestra, as well as works for various string quartets, choirs, and organists around the Philadelphia region.  He received his undergraduate degree from Temple University and his master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music.

In his spare time, when not arranging or composing music, Steve enjoys watching foreign films, frequenting modern art museums, and never-quite-finishing crossword puzzles.


Robert Skoniczin

Robert Skoniczin is a native of southeastern Pennsylvania and has enjoyed a varied career as a trumpeter and teacher in the region and beyond. An active freelance musician and noted pedagogue in the region, he is well known to concertgoers.

Rob’s role in Tromba Mundi has been the go-to utility player that every organization dreams of having. At one time or another, he has subbed for, covered for, and perhaps even lied for every person in the ensemble. We are thrilled to have him as a regular member of the group for this tour!

Rob isprincipal trumpet with OperaDelaware and has performed with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Bach Choir (and Festival Orchestra) of Bethlehem (PA), New Jersey Opera Theatre, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, Peter Nero and the Phillly Pops, Philadelphia Orchestra Community Outreach, Reading Symphony, Ocean City Pops, Wilmington String Ensemble, Gramercy Brass Orchestra, Sammy Kaye Orchestra and Brian Pastor Big Band. Mr. Skoniczin has played for numerous touring Broadway shows in Philadelphia and Wilmington. He has backed various star attractions such as Martina McBride, Anne Murray, Pete Fountain, Collin Raye, Marvin Hamlisch and Mannheim Steamroller and performed for such dignitaries as Mother Teresa and former Chinese President Jiang Zemin during their visits to the United States. Mr. Skoniczin can be heard on several recordings including Manhattan Transfer’s DVD The Christmas Concert, American Anthems with the Gramercy Brass Orchestra and numerous spots for NFL Films.

After graduating as the valedictorian of his high school class, Mr. Skoniczin received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Gettysburg College and his Master of Music in Orchestral Performance from Manhattan School of Music. His principal teachers have included Vince Penzarella of the New York Philharmonic and Christopher Tranchitella of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. In 2002, Mr. Skoniczin received the Cecil Collins Award from Manhattan School of Music for Outstanding Brass Performance.

In 2007, Rob was named associate conductor for Bravo Brass, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Brass Ensemble program. This ensemble is designed to further the musicianship of advanced middle school and high school brass and percussion players of the greater Delaware Valley region.

Rob is a member of the National Band Association, the International Trumpet Guild, the American Federation of Musicians and Phi Beta Kappa.

The United States Army Blues








The U.S. Army Blues, part of the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” is the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Army. After informal beginnings in 1970, this 18-piece ensemble became an official element of the Army Band in 1972. Comprised of exceptional jazz musicians from across the nation, the Army Blues strive to fulfill their mission through public concerts, educational outreach, and the preservation of the tradition of America’s unique art form: jazz.

The Army Blues have performed at prestigious venues such as the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the famous Birdland jazz club in New York City, and the legendary jazz club Blues Alley club in Washington, DC. The band has shared the stage with jazz greats such as Dave Brubeck, Doc Severinsen, Stanley Turrentine, Slide Hampton, Dr. Billy Taylor, Kevin Mahogany, and Terell Stafford. The Army Blues give frequent performances at national conferences such as the Jazz Education Network annual conference, the International Trumpet Guild conference, the International Trombone Conference, and the Music Educators National Conference. The musicians of the Army Blues perform regularly at the White House, the Vice President’s Residence, the State Department, and for high-level military protocol and ceremonial events in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

The group plays a vital role in Army recruiting as part of the Twilight Tattoo performances seen by thousands of tourists each summer in Washington, DC, and surrounding areas. Members of the Army Blues have played for Habitat for Humanity volunteers in New Orleans during the cleanup efforts following Hurricane Katrina. In conjunction with the USO and the office of the Sergeant Major of the Army, individual members of the band have volunteered to travel to Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan during the holiday season to perform concerts for the troops stationed there.

Serving as musical ambassadors, the Army Blues have conducted numerous clinics at schools and colleges throughout the United States. Members of the Army Blues engage in community educational outreach, working with young musicians in local schools. In collaboration with the Library of Congress, the Army Blues play seldom-performed yet historically significant music from the Library’s jazz archives.

To celebrate their thirty-fifth anniversary, the Army Blues recorded a double CD album entitled Blues at Thirty-Five in 2007. This album won two Washington Area Music Awards (“Wammies”) in the categories of Best Big Band Group and Best Big Band Recording. Since that time, the ensemble has recorded Live at Blues Alley an educational initiative release called Blues Plus Youand most recently, a collaborative effort with the Library of Congress titled Jazz from the Stacks.

The WCU Wind Ensemble



The Wells School of Music Wind Ensemble features 55 of the finest wind and percussion students from the Wells School of Music, both graduate and undergraduate, and is one of four symphonic wind bands sponsored by the University. Ensemble members are selected through an audition process.

Schedule of Events

Friday February 21, 2020

5:30 P.M. Registration Opens (Ticket window for the Madeleine W. Adler Theatre) Only Cash or Checks can be accepted
6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Mass Trumpet Ensemble Rehearsal directed by Professor Robert Skoniczin from West Chester University
8:00 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. Concert: The U.S. Army Blues featuring Etienne Charles (Concert will take place at the Asplundh Concert Hall)
Saturday February 22, 2020
7:30 A.M. Registration Opens (Ticket window for the Madeleine W. Adler Theatre) Only Cash or Checks can be accepted
8:00 A.M. – 8:45 A.M. Warm-up Session: Robert Skoniczin
9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. Etienne Charles
Clinic: Developing Improvisational Ideas Through Everyday Exercices and the Importance of Listening for Building Vocabulary.
9:30 A.M. Exhibits Open in the Instrumental Room 141
10:45 A.M. – 11:45 A.M. Jason Bergman
Clinic: Centered, Resonant, and Full: Ideas for Improving Your Sound
11:45 A.M. – 1:45 P.M. Lunch Break & Exhibits
1:45 – 2:45 P.M. Large Trumpet Ensemble Rehearsal
3:00 P.M – 4:00 P.M. Steven Heitzer
Clinic: Rehabbing Chops after Overuse and Injury
4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Exhibit Hour
5:00 P.M. Exhibit Close
5:30 P.M. – 6:45 P.M. Concert: The WCU Wind Ensemble featuring Jason Bergman, Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski and Robert Skoniczin (Concert will take place at the Asplundh Concert Hall)*
* Ticketed Events Adult $12 / Student & Seniors $7 / WCU Student I.D. 1 Free ticket. Ticket for concert is included with week end festival registration.

Our Sponsors

This event is made possible in part by a grant from the International Trumpet Guild.