Roy Poper has for more than 30 years maintained an active performing career of a breadth rare among musicians. His engagements span every facet of trumpet performance including symphonic principal player (Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and L.A. Opera), film studio work (over 500 major motion pictures), chamber music (founding member, The Modern Brass Quintet), and “popular” genres including jazz ensembles, Broadway shows, and even recordings with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.
Equally respected as a teacher, he was for more than 20 years a member of the faculty of the University of Southern California School of Music prior to moving to Oberlin, OH in 2002 to assume the duties of Associate Professor of Trumpet at the Oberlin Conservatory. His book, Roy Poper’s Guide to the Brasswind Methods of James Stamp (Balquhidder Music), which serves as a companion to James Stamp Warm-ups and Studies (Editions BIM) has become an acclaimed addition to the trumpet method-book literature, thoroughly explaining how to execute and effeciently utilize James Stamps’ teaching methods.
He continues to be in demand as a performer, performing frequently in the greater Cleveland Area and Los Angeles. He has commissioned numerous works, some of which appear on his forthcoming CD, L.A. Trumpet Works. Roy has been recorded on the Crystal, Orion, Nonesuch, and Dorian labels.
"Ken Larson manages to couple that vintage sound we all love with an ease of playing that is unmatched. These horns will take anyone who plays them to the next level."
Marc Reese is an internationally acclaimed trumpeter is best known for his near two decade tenure in the Empire Brass Quintet. As a member of the quintet, he toured the globe entertaining audiences and inspiring brass players with the quintet's signature sound and virtuosity.
Reese is highly regarded as an orchestral musician having performed on multiple occasions with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra and the Boston Symphony. As an educator, Reese serves as Assistant Dean and Brass Department Head for Lynn University's Conservatory of Music.
“Ken Larson’s trumpets allow me to color my sound in a variety of ways, giving me flexibility in any musical setting that I’m in. The way in which these horns respond to air make for an incredible ease of playing.”
- Theo Van Dyck
Theo Van Dyck is an emerging young artist quickly making a name for himself as a highly versatile trumpeter in New York City. He has performed as a classical and jazz artist in venues all around the world including Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Birdland Jazz Club, The Banff Centre, and The Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Theo has been a featured soloist with the Yale Philharmonia and Interlochen Academy Orchestra, as well as on the Charles Ives Concert Series and hit radio show A Prairie Home Companion.
Theo earned a B.M. in trumpet performance from The Juilliard School under the study of Ray Mase and Mark Gould, and a Masters Degree from the Yale School of Music under the study of Allan Dean.
Currently living in Manhattan, Theo is an active performer and teacher around the Tri-State area. Recently he has performed with both the San Antonio Symphony and the Binghamton Philharmonic and has recorded a piece scored for five trumpets and electric guitar for Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Du Yun's most recent album.