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 and 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 have changed our venue this year and are very excited to announce that we will be at Lakeside High School for the 2017 festival. Our festival is a full day and a half and includes 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. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Is the cost the same if I register and pay at the door?
  9. If I register on the day of the festival will I still be able to get a shirt?
    It is possible but we cannot guarantee that we will have one for you.
  10. What does the registration fee cover?
    2 meals, clinician/conductor fees, t-shirt, master classes, and handouts.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 2017 Atlanta Trumpet Festival will be in full residence at the Lakeside Auditorium for Performing Arts on the Lakeside High School campus. For distant participants, view a list of recommended hotels near the Lakeside High School campus.

Directions to Lakeside High School

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2017 Schedule

Saturday - November 18, 2017:

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 Atrium) 
1:30 - 2:45: Clinic
(Performnace Hall) 
2:45 - 4:00: Trumpet Ensemble Rehearsals 
4:15 - 5:30: Clinic
(Performance Hall) 
5:45 - 7:00: Dinner/Vendors
(the Atrium) 
7:30: Artists Recital
(Performance Hall)

Sunday - November 19, 2017:

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

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