The trumpet players at The University of Arizona have opportunities to play in a wide variety of ensembles. The University of Arizona Orchestra program, under the leadership of Dr. Thomas Cockrell, has two orchestras, the Arizona Symphony Orchestra, and the UA Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally, the orchestra program includes an opera orchestra that performs complete operas twice a year.


The University of Arizona Bands program is among the best-known wind programs in the country. The Wind Ensemble, conducted by the Director of Bands, Dr. Chad Nicholson, is the most select wind group, but the Wind Symphony, conducted by Professor Chad Shoopman is an excellent full-size ensemble as well. The Pride of Arizona is our wonderful marching band, active in the fall semester only.

In addition to the large ensembles, studio members are able to participate in many chamber groups. Brass quintets and trumpet ensembles are all ensembles for "credit" and participation is even required for some degree plans. The trumpet ensemble operates within the master class and performs on a regular basis. The Camerata program is designed to assist young musicians in organizing a portfolio, preparing resumes and other promotional materials and is highly recommended.