2018/19 Hartt Trumpet Studio

Brandon Dicks is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Trumpet Performance and Music Composition at University of Hartford where he is studying trumpet with Phil Snedecor and composition with Robert Carl and David Macbride. He was a semi-finalist in the Graduate Division of the National Trumpet Competition and a finalist in the Paranov Concerto Competition at University of Hartford. His compositions have been performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conference, Southeastern Trumpet Festival, and the International Double Reed Society Conference. Brandon has won audience choice in the IDRS Composition Competition and he won first prize in the State Division of Music Teacher’s National Association while receiving honorable mention in the Southern Region of MTNA. He is currently finish a new teaching book, Scales Exercises and Character Studies for trumpet.

Graduate Students:

Originally from South Florida, Griffin Weber completed his BMp at Stetson University in 2016. 

Griffin is a founding member and currently Principal Trumpet of the Orlando Contemporary Chamber Orchestra, a 15-piece ensemble dedicated to performing the works of living composers.

A passionate teacher, he maintains a private trumpet studio, frequently works with band students in public schools, and proudly returns to DeLand each summer to teach at the Stetson University Brass Camp. Other interests include playing chess, climbing and being a devout Florida Panthers hockey fan.

James McAloon Jr. is currently a senior at the Hartt School of Music studying with Phil Snedecor. He comes from Williamstown, New Jersey, where his playing started within a very musical family. James has been recognized by the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and the Union League of Philadelphia for outstanding leadership and citizenship, as well as being a 2018 recipient of the Mark Lord Trumpet Award. James is also a member of the 20/20 Chamber Ensemble, the highest and most prestigious ensemble at Hartt while being one of the youngest in the group. He has been accepted into other groups such as All National Honors Orchestra, All Eastern Symphony Band, All State Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, along with numerous regional ensembles. He has also participated in masterclasses with John Wallace, James Thompson, Marco Blaauw and many others. Some of his previous teachers include Kevin Cobb and Darin Kelly. Recently James was chosen out of applicants from all over the world to participate in the Lucerne Festival Academy, held in Switzerland while performing new and contemporary music before going on tour with them to Hamburg, Germany to perform in the Elbphilharmonie. 

Undergraduate Students:

From Newington, CT, Robert Ciaffaglione is thrilled to be returning to The Hartt School for his second year as a Trumpet Performance and Music Education major. In addition to playing with various ensembles at The Hartt School, Robert is an active trumpet player, teacher, and keyboardist throughout the state of Connecticut, often playing in pit orchestras, churches, and classic rock bands. Robert also works part-time alongside David Zoni and Jonathan Ball as an Assistant Brass Technician at The Music Lab, LLC.  Throughout High School, as a student of David “Booch” Negri, Robert regularly performed in various groups with Newington High School, The Hartt School Community Division, and the Connecticut Music Educators Association, also having performed with the 2015 All-National Concert Band in Nashville, TN. Recreationally, Rob loves to bike, run, and skateboard.

Matthew Guevara is a trumpet player and composer from Hebron, CT. He is currently a Senior at the Hartt school studying trumpet performance and composition. Matt also enjoys teaching and has his own studio based in Hebron, CT. Hobbies include hiking rock climbing and going on walks with his dog Rita.

Dale Beaulieu, from Coventry, CT, is a sophomore undergraduate music education major. She is excited to be the first musician in her family. During her high school years, Dale played with her school's concert band, jazz band, and pep band. In her freshman year of high school, she marched in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C.. While she's not playing trumpet, she likes to ski, do gymnastics, and listen to various genres of music. Dale also loves dogs, including her wheaten terrier, Darby. Dale's goal as a music educator is to share her passion for music and make a positive impact on many young musicians, as her teachers and professors have.

Emily Tourgeman is a 5th year music education and trumpet performance double major at the Hartt school. Along with the classical ensembles at Hartt, she oftentimes plays the musical productions, operas, and also plays lead trumpet in the Jackie McLean Institute Big band in which she has participated in master classes and performances with guest artists such as Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, Donald Harrison and Terrell Stafford. Emily was a quarterfinalist in the Undergraduate Solo Division at the 2018 National Trumpet Competition while also being a semifinalist as a part of the Hartt Trumpet Ensemble. While spending most of her life in Staten Island, Emily is a 5th year member of the Giglio band that plays Italian Feasts in New York City and all over the tri-state area.  While also being a freelancer in the New York area, she also is a private teacher at Castellano's House of Music in Staten Island. past summer, she found herself in Appleton Wisconsin attending the Atlantic Brass Quintet Seminar where she was given the award for Outstanding Trumpet playing. Emily has studied with Kevin Cobb, Jay Lichtmann, and Phil Snedecor and has taken lessons with Tony Kadleck, Freddie Hendrix and Greg Whitaker. Aside from being a teacher and performer, Emily is a great cook and enjoys snuggling with her dog Benzy. 

Jacob DiMirra is a trumpet player from Clifton Park, New York. He received his A.S. in Trumpet Performance from Schenectady County Community College, where he studied with Dr. Allyson Keyser. During his time at SCCC Jacob has performed as principal trumpet in the wind ensemble, lead in jazz ensemble, in the brass quintet, large brass ensemble, and jazz combos. Additionally he has performed with Empire State Youth Orchestra as a paid musician and with Capital Region Wind Ensemble. Jacob performs regularly in the Capital Region of NY as a freelance musician and maintains his own private trumpet studio. While not playing trumpet he enjoys golfing, playing tennis, and exercising.

Marissa Berthiaume, from North Branford CT, is a freshman undergraduate music education major at Hartt. During her high school senior year she participated in all regional and all state, and was in the orchestra at all state as second chair. She was the first person at her school to ever go to the New England regional music festival. During high school she was a member of the concert and jazz bands and of marching band during junior & senior year, winning the biggest solo her last year. In her spare time she likes to watch YouTube, listen to music and read.

Matthew Suckling, a native of Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY, is excited to begin graduate studies at the Hartt School this fall as a member of the 20/20 Chamber Music Program.. This past summer, he had the pleasure of performing with the 2018 music staff at Camp-of-the-Woods in Speculator, NY. During the summer of 2016 he was a member of the College Light Opera Company Orchestra in Cape Cod, MA. Matthew completed undergraduate studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY where he received a Performer’s Certificate. While at Eastman, Matthew performed with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Philharmonia, and New Jazz Ensemble.