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GARRETT KLEIN

PERFORMER AND EDUCATOR

Biography

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Garrett Klein is an artist-teacher of the trumpet who is deeply committed to providing engaging performances that thrill and inspire audiences. Garrett is a member of the Dallas Brass, an internationally recognized touring brass ensemble that is known for its ability to master a wide range of musical styles. In addition to offering breathtaking performances across the United States, the Dallas Brass shows a unique commitment to music education by working with students of all ages while on tour. Playing in the Dallas Brass allows Garrett to combine his love of performing with a passion for encouraging the next generation of musicians.

Outside of touring with the Dallas Brass, Garrett is in demand as a soloist, orchestral musician, and clinician. He has performed with the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big BrassThe Phoenix Symphony, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra. Much of his orchestral training has taken place at the Aspen Music Festival and the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO. As a strong proponent of new music, Garrett has been invited to present fresh compositions at International Trumpet Guild Conferences in Columbus, OH and San Antonio, TX. He is currently in the process of recording five new sonatas by composers from all over the world. 

Coming from a family of educators, Garrett has an instinct for coaching young musicians. With Dallas Brass and as a solo presenter, Garrett has given clinics at high schools and colleges across the United States. His private students have been admitted to several of the finest music programs in the country, won awards, received substantial scholarships, and have been featured as soloists. Additionally, many students have participated in award-winning drum and bugle corps, All-State festivals, and prestigious youth symphony programs. Garrett also is a trained music theory teacher, and has served as Visiting Instructor of Music Theory at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Garrett is in the final stages of completing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at Arizona State University, with a concentration in Music Theory Pedagogy. While at ASU, he served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant to the internationally recognized soloist and pedagogue David Hickman. 

Prior to living in Arizona, Garrett spent a year in Singapore. As a student at the prestigious Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, he studied trumpet with William Theis and conducting with Singapore Symphony associate conductor, Jason Lai. Garrett also spent much of his time in Singapore teaching music through Partners in Brass, the country's leading music education resource for brass students. As a freelance musician in Singapore, he was a featured soloist on the 2012 Singapore National Day Parade soundtrack, performed with Australian jazz legend James Morrison, along with many local orchestras. Garrett has been fortunate to take part in educational outreach trips in Singapore, as well as to Malaysia and Burma. While in Burma, he had the distinct honor of performing for the Burmese democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, at her famous estate.

Garrett received his Bachelor's of Music degree from St. Olaf College in Minnesota, where he studied with Dr. Martin Hodel. It was at St. Olaf where Garrett met his wife, Mara, and together they discovered their passion for travel and the great outdoors. They currently reside in Saint Peter, MN with their dog, Scout. 

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Sounds

by Garrett Klein

Please enjoy samples of solo, orchestral, and chamber performances.

EDUCATION
 

Garrett offers private lessons to highly-motivated young trumpet players looking to take their craft to the next level. To me, teaching goes beyond making weekly assignments and providing feedback. I view my role as more of a coach. I work with my students to set goals, face difficulties head-on, and help make tough decisions, all while providing a positive and fun atmosphere. Please use the contact section to inquire about setting up your lessons!

 

Here's what people have said about their experiences:

 

“Garrett Klein helped me with an array of different projects for school band and personal projects. He has given me guidance on effective equipment. He has also helped me improve my fingering, tone, and range with exercises I found helpful.”    - High school student
 
“Garrett is a great teacher who has made my weekly lessons really enjoyable.  Garrett was able to quickly identify the areas of my playing which needed improvement.  His methods for teaching proper sound and techniques have enabled me to excel in my music class and in my band performance.”     - High school student

 

“Garrett has a warm personality and creates a comfortable environment for the student.  His idea is that the student comes to him for a practice session and Garrett listens without judgement and helps them develop good habits.  This REALLY takes the pressure off the student and allows him/her to excel without the anxiety of “performing” for the teacher. Really happy to have found him!”     - Parent of a beginning student
"As a former student of Garrett, I would definitely say he helped me improve my skills on the trumpet. He helped me with tuning, posture, and articulation.  He also started my passion for music."    - Middle school student
"DANIEL KALLMAN'S SONATA FOR TRUMPET...HIGHLIGHTED GARRETT KLEIN'S FACILITY ON THE TRUMPET. KLEIN MANEUVERED THROUGH EACH MOVEMENT WITH GREAT GRACE AND INTERPRETIVE EXPRESSION ON THIS MODERN PIECE.
--International Trumpet Guild Journal

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