Faculty Profile: David Hickman
DAVID HICKMAN is one of the world’s leading classical trumpet soloists and teachers, having released 19 solo albums and toured the world numerous times. He has been a guest soloist with over 2,000 orchestras and is the founder and president of the large American ensemble, Summit Brass. He is one of the founders of the International Trumpet Guild, and served as its president from 1977-79. His 48 years of university teaching have produced hundreds of leading professionals who occupy chairs in major symphony orchestras, military bands, and chamber ensembles, as well as professorships at over 150 colleges, conservatories, and universities.
Hickman’s publications include textbooks such as Trumpet Pedagogy: A Compendium of Modern Teaching Techniques and Trumpet Greats: A Biographical Dictionary. Method books include Music Speed Reading, The Piccolo Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet Big Book, 15 Advanced Embouchure Studies, Beyond the C, and 100 Progressive Lessons for the Beginning or Comeback Trumpet Player. He has also published editions of over 150 trumpet solos. The International Trumpet Guild has awarded him both the Award of Merit and its prestigious Honorary Award.
A native of Kimball, Nebraska, David Hickman received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1972, then became a Graduate Teaching Assistant under Dr. Walter Myers at Wichita State University (MM degree in 1974). He taught at the University of Illinois from 1974 to 1982 before accepting a position at Arizona State University. ASU conferred upon him the title of Regents’ Professor of Music in 1989. After retiring from ASU in 2019, he was a guest professor at the University of Texas-Austin during the 2019-20 academic year.
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