Guest ARtists 2018

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Keith Benjamin

William Denton

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Bill Denton is in his third season as Principal Trumpet with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He is a member of the trumpet faculty at Depaul University and has presented performances and masterclasses at Northwestern, Roosevelt, and Northern Illinois Universities. Bill frequently performs as Principal Trumpet with the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a substitute trumpeter and with the Dempster Street Pro-Musica Chamber Ensemble. Prior to moving to Chicago, he was the 2nd/Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Alabama Symphony in Birmingham. Bill was a middle school and high school band director for five years, and has taught as an adjunct faculty member at several universities in Georgia and South Carolina.

Keith Benjamin joined the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance as professor of trumpet in 1989 with a Doctor of Musical Arts and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. While in New York, he performed with the Rochester Philharmonic and held principal chairs in three other orchestras. Current orchestra positions include principal trumpet in the Colorado MahlerFest, guest principal trumpet in Orchestra Iowa, and extra trumpet for the Kansas City Symphony.

In addition to orchestral playing, Benjamin is an active recitalist and chamber musician, and is first trumpet in the Missouri Brass Quintet. His recitals frequently feature contemporary music, and he has commissioned and premiered numerous works, including compositions of Samuel Adler, James Mobberley, Peter Hamlin, Stephen David Beck, Eugene O’Brien, and many others. Recital and concert appearances in Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, and more than 35 states are “traveling” highlights, and Kansas City also affords him the opportunity to have a lively professional career as a commercial, studio, and lead trumpet player; recent performances have been with Ben Folds, Peter Gabriel, and Idina Menzel. Benjamin has presented master classes and clinics at dozens of universities and colleges in the United States and overseas.

Benjamin is partnered with Los Angeles organist Melody Steed in Clarion, a trumpet and organ duo that emphasizes twentieth-century music. The duo has released two CD recordings on Gothic Records; the second recording, Clarion: New Vintage, is comprised of five commissioned American works. The duo completed a highly successful performance tour of Hungary in summer 2006. Plans for a third CD recording of all commissions are in place, with new works by Adler and Mobberley, as well as commissions from Steven Bryant, Anthony Plog, and Adam Schoenberg.

Benjamin is an artist-clinician for the Selmer/Bach companies. He makes his home in Kansas City with his wife Jennifer and their two sons, Duncan and Rowan.

Peter Wood


Dr. Peter Wood is Professor of Music at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, where he teaches trumpet, brass pedagogy, and brass literature; coaches brass chamber music ensembles; and conducts the trumpet ensemble. A two-time teaching award winner at USA, he also serves as Publications Editor for the International Trumpet Guild and is a member of the ITG Board of Directors.

Wood has taught and performed on four continents in a wide variety of musical settings. He is a member of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and has released three CD recordings. He has performed at conferences of the International Trumpet Guild, College Music Society, and Society of Electroacoustic Music in the United States. He has taught master classes and performed solo recitals at colleges and universities all over the US and has performed as soloist at the Nong Festival of Electroacoustic Music in Seoul, South Korea. He is also a faculty member at the International Trumpet Symposium in Ronzo-Chienis, Italy.

Wood earned the DM degree in Trumpet Performance at Indiana University (where he studied with Stephen Burns and Edmund Cord), the MM degree in Trumpet Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (where he studied with John Aley), and the BS degree in Music Education at the University of Illinois (where he studied with Ray Sasaki and Michael Tunnell). Wood is a Conn-Selmer performing artist.