Los Angeles Phil trumpet principal holds class at La Sierra

Donald Green, L.A. Philharmonic principal trumpet, at right.
Donald Green, L.A. Philharmonic principal trumpet, at right.

May 25, 2012

Attendees kept arriving at La Sierra University’s Hole Memorial Auditorium on May 20 for Donald Green’s master class, filling the seats and listening intently to the acclaimed trumpeter’s instructions and playing tips.

Green, principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra held the class for aspiring trumpet players seeking additional musical knowledge. Approximately 40 people attended including students from La Sierra University, California State University, Fullerton, the University of California, Los Angeles and Loma Linda Academy. Several students took turns standing in front of the audience and performing portions of musical works while Green listened and gave instruction on ways to improve dynamics and phrasing, often playing his own trumpet to illustrate methods.

The audience included acclaimed trumpeter Malcolm McNab, a recording artist and orchestral soloist whose work is featured on more 2,000 soundtracks for films such as Crimson Tide, Air Force One, Independence Day, and Indiana Jones.

Green has held the principal trumpet position with the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2001. He has played with the orchestra since 1982 when he joined as associate principal trumpet. He has also been a member of the Houston, Seattle and New Jersey symphony orchestras. In addition to his duties with the philharmonic, Green works frequently in recording studios for motion picture and television soundtracks.

Giovanni Santos, La Sierra’s adjunct music professor for trumpet, organized the class. Santos is director of bands at Loma Linda Academy. He has performed nationwide as a soloist and chamber musician and has been featured as a soloist for television and feature film scores, including a solo performance for the 2010 Park City Film Festival Jury Choice for Best Impact in a Musical Score, “Actually, Adieu My Love” by Jay Kim. He has performed as principal trumpet under the direction of noted composers and conductors, including Yasuo Shinozaki, Carl St. Clair, Alfred Reed, Frank Ticheli, and H. Robert Reynolds.

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