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John Pursell

John Pursell

Lecturer in Trumpet

Department of Visual and Performing Arts

John Pursell, DMA, has been called "the best of the brass" and "a brilliant trumpeter" in the print media. He is retired from his position as the Senior Ceremonial Trumpeter with the United States Air Force Band in Washington DC. Today he performs nationwide as a soloist and clinician for the Yamaha Music Corporation. His musical activities have taken him to 44 states, 7 foreign countries and dozens of music educator conferences.

  • Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Maryland
  • BM, MM West Chester State College
  • Distinguished Graduate, USAF Senior NCO Academy
  • USAF Meritorious Service Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster
  • USAF Commendation Medal
  • Applied Trumpet

Over 25 articles published in such national journals as Journal of the Association of Concert Bands; International Trumpet Guild Journal; Bandworld Magazine; Tempo Magazine; Maryland Music Educators Journal

Have taught at Mercersburg Academy, Frederick Community College, Gettysburg College and Mount St. Mary's University.