Kevin Eisensmith was honored at the 2014 International Trumpet Guild Conference, held in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, as one of three recipients of the ITG Award of Merit. The Award of Merit is one of two lifetime achievement awards created by the International Trumpet Guild and is given “to those individuals who have made substantial contributions to the art of trumpet playing through performance, teaching, publishing, research, composition, and/or support of the goals of the International Trumpet Guild.” To date, only 35 individuals have been selected for this recognition.
Eisensmith is professor of Trumpet at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he also directs the IUP Jazz Ensemble and the IUP Trumpet Ensemble. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree from IUP, a master’s degree in Music Performance from Georgia State University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance degree from Temple University.
He served as solo trumpeter with the U.S. Army Forces Command Band (FORSCOMS OWN) in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1979 to 1984 and performed over 700 concerts through 26 states and the Virgin Islands during that period. As a free-lance artist, Eisensmith has worked with Carol Channing (Hello Dolly!), Richard Harris (Camelot), Barbara Eden (Woman of the Year), Judy Collins, Andy Williams, the Osmond Brothers, Bob Hope, Bernadette Peters, Julio Iglesias, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Doc Severinson, Shari Lewis, Peabo Bryson, Aaron Neville, Roberta Flack, Melissa Manchester, Marvin Hamlisch, Frank Sinatra Jr., Frankie Valli, the Lettermen, the Moody Blues, Natalie Cole, and Peter Nero. He has performed as principal trumpeter with many regional orchestras in the Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia areas and frequently served as an extra trumpeter with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Eisensmith served as the principal trumpeter with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra from 1998 to 2011 and currently serves as the principal trumpeter with the Altoona Symphony.
He has been a member of the International Trumpet Guild, which boasts a worldwide membership of over 6,000 trumpet students, teachers, and professional players, for over 35 years. He served as the secretary for ITG from 2003 to 2007, vice president from 2007 to 2009, and president for this organization from 2009 to 2011.
He has published over 50 articles in such magazines as the Sinfonian (official magazine for Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity), the Instrumentalist, the International Trumpet Guild Journal, and the Bluegrass Music News (official magazine of the Kentucky Music Educators Association). He appears in over 30 recordings with groups that include the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Berlioz Requiem and Respighi Pines of Rome), the Keystone Wind Ensemble, and the HoodleBug Brass, IUP’s faculty brass quintet-in-residence, which released its first commercial CD—Christmas Postcards from the HoodleBug Brass—in October 2012.
His students have established themselves as successful educators and performers. Many teach in the public schools in Pennsylvania and surrounding states, while others have gone on to instruct at the university level. Still other former students have achieved success as performers and serve as members of military bands and symphony orchestras throughout the United States.
Eisensmith presents numerous clinics and guest appearances annually throughout the eastern and mid-western states, and he has also performed and taught in Australia, Japan, China, Thailand, Costa Rica, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
Earlier this year, Eisensmith was also named as Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s 2014 University Senate Distinguished Faculty Award Winner for the Creative Arts.
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