Thomas Stevens (trumpeter)

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Thomas Stevens (July 29, 1938 – July 14, 2018) [1] was an American trumpeter, composer, and author. He was principal trumpet with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra [2] from 1972 to 1999. Stevens has been internationally recognized for his contributions to the development of advanced 20th century (classical) solo trumpet music and contemporary brass instrument performance practices as the result of his many solo and chamber music performances, recordings, [3] published articles, educational music publications, and teaching activities.

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Brass instrument class of musical instruments

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<i>Sequenza X</i> composition for trumpet and piano by Luciano Berio

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World premiere recordings

Solo and chamber music recordings


Solos recorded with orchestra

Published compositions

Recorded compositions and arrangements

Educational publications

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In 1996, Stevens received the "Alumnus of the Year" award from the University of Southern California (Thornton) School of Music, where he had done his undergraduate studies, and in 2007 he received a Certificate of Special Recognition from the United States Congress in recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the community.

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  1. ITG. "In Memoriam: Tom Stevens (1938–2018) - The International Trumpet Guild" . Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  2. Thomas Stevens' Profile on Bim Publishing
  3. Crystal Records Thomas Stevens catalogue