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craig king trumpet

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about

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Craig lives in Greenville SC enjoying an active and varied performing and teaching career. He has degrees in trumpet performance from Yale University School of Music (MM) and Furman University (BM). As a freelancer he performs frequently with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, GAMAC Orchestra, West End Brass Quintet and GSO Brass Quintet, as well as the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, South Carolina Philharmonic, and Greenville Jazz Collective. Past highlights include performances at Avery Fisher Hall at New York City’s Lincoln Center, with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Broadway shows on local stops, Ringling Bros Circus, orchestras with Johnny Mathis, Edwin McCain, Bela Fleck, and opening act for Wilco.

Craig teaches trumpet at Converse College, Lawson Academy of the Arts, and North Greenville University where he also serves as Director of the Jazz Band and Jazz Combo. In the past he has taught Intro to Music and Jazz Appreciation courses at Furman and NGU. 

Released September 1, 2017, his nine song album of original music Blue Metropolis is now available on CD, vinyl, and digital download (www.craigkingmusic.com). The album was recently featured on WNCW's "New Tunes at Two" and included in a weekly highlight playlist by British alternative music blog For The Rabbits.

In his spare time, Craig is painting portraits (www.craigkingart.com), perfecting his from-scratch pizza recipes, indulging in cold brew coffee infusions, and singing Dylan tunes to the otherwise neglected houseplants.

 
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album

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Album

Blue Metropolis by Craig King

 
 
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instruction

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If you do the work you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life.
— MICHAEL JORDAN

I've done just about every wrong thing that a trumpet player can do. I stretched for high notes. I didn't warmup. I injured my lip, almost quit, labored on multiple embouchure setups, looked to mouthpieces and equipment for answers. Tried a rolled-out embouchure, rolled-in, puckered, high placement, low placement, side placements, excessive aperture control. It was a sad laboratory of trial-and-error experiments and I was the rat. 

But in the process I learned what it takes to play the instrument easily and effectively. I know how hard it can be. But I also know how easy it can be. 

I welcome students of all ages. The only requirement is a genuine hunger to learn and improve and a willingness to work. 

 
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weddings

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Everyone loved it, they loved your playing! ...What you did was just amazing, and I loved it, I loved everything.
— S.E., GREENVILLE, SC
You are the talk of the town. There are so many people who praised your performance. Even today I continue to hear compliments...Not only are you talented but also professional. There’s no question about it. We chose the best!
— MICHELLE M., GREENVILLE, SC
The music at our wedding was amazing! Many of our guests commented that they felt as though they couldn’t have heard better music at a concert! Don [Shabkie] and Craig are completely professional, but play with such emotion. They made our wedding so memorable with their incredible talent!
— ANNETTE B., TRAVELERS REST, SC
Beth L., Greenville, SC‘Fanfare’...the highlight of the ceremony...it was perfect...the signed copy is already framed. Thank you, Craig, for your beautiful performance! So many of our friends commented afterward on how much they enjoyed it.
— BETH L., GREENVILLE, SC

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