Atlanta Trumpet Festival

Festival Information

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Brief History: This all began with the organization of the Atlanta Youth Trumpet Ensemble in February 2004. The current Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble and Festival was inspired by the visit of the youth trumpet ensemble to the Western Carolina University Trumpet Festival.

The members of the Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble consists of collegiate and high school trumpeters from around the metro-Atlanta area. The trumpet ensemble rehearses weekly for two hours and cover all genres of music from baroque, latin/jazz, romantic and classical. The ensemble has performed in venues all over Atlanta, Savannah and North Carolina. The summer of 2007 will mark a series of performances at the Great American Brass Band Festival in  Kentucky.

November 6th, 2004 marked our first annual Atlanta Trumpet Festival at Emory University. Over 100 participants from Georgia, Florida and Alabama attended the full day trumpet clinic. We remain in full residence at Emory University and have expanded our festival to a full day and a half to include an artists recital, additional ensemble rehearsals and a festival recital to conclude the festivities.

What Makes This Your Festival: Our philosophy is simple: Attend with a trumpet in one hand and a notebook in the other. This festival is a hands-on educational experience for the youngest middle school student to our oldest "mature" adult participant. We invite the world's best artists to hold clinics on various aspects of trumpet topics that are relevant to every participant. In between sessions, everyone is placed in their respective age group ensembles and play together. We do not have auditions to assess one's ability. We create a non-competitive environment by allowing the participants pick which parts they want to play. No pressure, but tons of fun!

"I had a wonderful time at your trumpet fest!!! I am planning on attending next year and am also planning on inviting some of my fellow trumpet players. The clinics were amazing as were the concerts!! I really enjoyed the clinicians and the experience was truly fantastic. Thank you so much for hosting this event and I look forward to next year!"
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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What should I expect as a participant in the Atlanta Trumpet Festival?
    A fun filled weekend of learning and fun in master classes and trumpet ensemble rehearsals with people from all walks of life enjoying this opportunity.
     
  2. Can my family come to the festival concert in the evening?
    Yes, of course they can, the more the merrier!
     
  3. Do I need to bring a change of clothes for the concert in the evening?
    No, this is a very informal concert and there is no need to change from the clothes you wear during the day.
     
  4. I am concerned about the safety of my child at such a public event. What measures do you enforce for his/her safety?
    We have volunteers that keep a close eye on every participant. Your children's safety and comfort will be our first priority. Please be aware that your child will be quite busy during the day and we take extra measures to patrol the building.
     
  5. I have another obligation during the festival. Would I be able to leave the festival and then come back later?
    Certainly. When you register, please make a staff member aware that you will be leaving. You will have an all access pass, so you are welcome to come and go at your pleasure.
     
  6. Will a recording of the concert be available?
    Yes, we will have a professional recording done and you can pre-order a copy when you send in your payment or any time during/after the festival.
     
  7. Is it necessary to participate in the trumpet ensembles?
    No, but they are open to everyone and, no matter what your skill level on the horn, you should be able to join in the fun. There is no audition required and you will be able to pick the parts you wish to play.
     
  8. Can I register and pay at the festival?
    Yes. but ATE cannot guarantee a festival t-shirt or meals for you unless you pay before the festival date.
     
  9. Is the cost the same if I register and pay at the door?
    Yes.
     
  10. If I register on the day of the festival will I still be able to get a shirt?
    Yes, but it may have to be mailed to you.
     
  11. What solutions do you have for participants that live far away from Emory University?
    Click Here for a list of recommended hotels. Feel free to contact ATE for possible placement in a host home (student participants only).
     
  12. Is there a charge for parking?
    The Fishburne Parking Deck is free and open to the public on weekends and after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. Temporary parking to purchase tickets at the box office during regular weekday hours (10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) may be available in the first entrance (marked "Visitor Parking"), which is free for the first 30 minutes.
     
  13. What does the registration fee cover?
    2 meals, clinician/conductor fees, t-shirt, master classes, and handouts.
     
  14. I have not played in 10 years. Should I be embarrassed to participate?
    Certainly not! We have an adult ensemble that you would feel comfortable in.
     
  15. My son/daughter is a middle school trumpet player and wants to attend. I haven't played in 10 years, but would like to come too. Is there a charge for me if I just sit and watch?
    Yes, but bring your horn and play in the adult trumpet ensemble, you can join in the fun too!

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Facilities and Directions

The 2014 Atlanta Trumpet Festival will be in full residence at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts on the Emory University campus. For distant participants, view a list of recommended hotels near the Emory University campus. To download a printable map, you'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files. It's free, and you may download it here.

Directions To Campus

From Downtown Atlanta and Hartsfield International Airport:
Take Interstate 85 North to Clairmont Road (exit #91). Proceed south on Clairmont Road about four miles to North Decatur Road. Turn right and follow North Decatur Road to campus. From N. Decatur Rd, turn onto Dowman Drive, which is at the main Emory gates at the roundabout. Take your first right onto Fishburne Drive. Proceed one block, and Fishburne Parking deck will be on your right. Enter at the first entrance during weekdays or the second entrance during weekends or evenings. The Schwartz Center is located next door to Fishburne Parking Deck on Fishburne Drive.

From Interstate 285:
From any direction, exit I-285 at SR410/ Stone Mountain Freeway (exit #39A) and go west, toward Decatur. Move into the left two lanes, where the sign reads "To Lawrenceville Highway-Decatur." Proceed about two miles to North Decatur Road. Turn right on North Decatur Road to campus. From N. Decatur Rd, turn onto Dowman Drive, which is at the main Emory gates at the roundabout. Take your first right onto Fishburne Drive. Proceed one block, and Fishburne Parking deck will be on your right. Enter at the first entrance during weekdays or the second entrance during weekends or evenings. The Schwartz Center is located next door to Fishburne Parking Deck on Fishburne Drive.

From Interstate 75:
Whether coming from north or south, look for the junction of I-75 and I-85 on the north side of downtown. Take I-85 North to Clairmont Road (exit #91). Proceed south on Clairmont Road about four miles to North Decatur Road. Turn right on North Decatur Road to campus. From N. Decatur Rd, turn onto Dowman Drive, which is at the main Emory gates at the roundabout. Take your first right onto Fishburne Drive. Proceed one block, and Fishburne Parking deck will be on your right. Enter at the first entrance during weekdays or the second entrance during weekends or evenings. The Schwartz Center is located next door to Fishburne Parking Deck on Fishburne Drive.

From Interstate 20:
Exit I-20 at Moreland Avenue North (exit #60) just east of downtown. Proceed north on Moreland Avenue approximately four miles to North Decatur Road. (Note that at the intersection of Moreland and Ponce de Leon, the street name changes from Moreland to Briarcliff Road.) Turn right on North Decatur Road to campus. From N. Decatur Rd, turn onto Dowman Drive, which is at the main Emory gates at the roundabout. Take your first right onto Fishburne Drive. Proceed one block, and Fishburne Parking deck will be on your right. Enter at the first entrance during weekdays or the second entrance during weekends or evenings. The Schwartz Center is located next door to Fishburne Parking Deck on Fishburne Drive.

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2016 Schedule
tentative

Saturday - August 27, 2016:

8:00 - 8:45: Late registration, announcements and introduction of the Artists and Conductors 
9:00 - 11:45: Trumpet Ensemble Rehearsals 
12:00 - 1:15: Lunch/Vendors
(the DUC) 
1:30 - 2:45: Clinic
(Emerson Hall) 
2:45 - 4:00: Trumpet Ensemble Rehearsals 
4:15 - 5:30: Clinic
(Emerson Hall) 
5:45 - 7:00: Dinner/Vendors
(the DUC) 
7:30: Artists Recital
(Emerson Hall)

Sunday - August 28, 2016:

1:00 - 3:00: Final Trumpet Ensemble Rehearsals
3:00 - 3:30: Mass Trumpet Ensemble Rehearsal
4:00: Festival Recital

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