Dr. Aaron Witek
Brass Instructor & Pedagogical Coordinator, The Cadets
BM. Ed. - SUNY Potsdam
MM - Florida State University
DM - Florida State University
Dr. Aaron Witek is pleased to be back with The Cadets for his second year as a brass instructor, and new this season as Pedagogical Coordinator. Teaching at the University of Louisiana Monroe (ULM), Witek is Assistant Professor of Trumpet where he previously held the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Endowed Professorship in Music and the position of Assistant Director of Athletic Bands.
During Witek’s time working with the ULM athletic bands the quality of the ensemble both musically and visually increased substantially as noted among the community and faculty. Along with the quality increasing, so did the size of the marching band by 29%. In addition, while Witek served as the ULM winter guard director and drill designer, they won their first state championship title.
Since 2001, Witek has been involved with the marching arts activity as an instructor, consultant, and designer. He has worked with groups all across the country and is in demand as clinician and adjudicator. Previously he held the position of assistant caption head at the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps.
Maintaining an active performance schedule, Dr. Witek has performed throughout the United States and China. His playing experience includes the Monroe Symphony Orchestra (principal), Sinfonia Gulf Coast Orchestra (second), Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (FL), Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (LA), Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of Northern New York. As soloist, Dr. Witek has performed with the International Shanghai Symphonic Band, Monroe Symphony Orchestra, Florida State University Symphonic Band, University of Louisiana Wind Ensemble, and the University of Louisiana Symphonic Band. He has been an award recipient winning first place in the Historic Division of the National Trumpet Competition and an International Trumpet Guild Scholarship.
Dr. Witek has given recitals and master classes at many universities and conferences; including the International Trumpet Guild Conference, International Women's Brass Conference, NACUSA Mid-South Regional Conference, Louisiana Music Educators’ Association Conference, and the Florida Music Educators’ Association Convention. He has been an adjudicator numerous times at the International Trumpet Guild Conference, National Trumpet Competition, Louisiana All-State auditions, as well as the Florida State University Tri-State Band Festival. In addition, Dr. Witek is in demand as a clinician and has worked with ensembles throughout the United States.
As a noted author, Dr. Witek has been published numerous times in the International Trumpet Guild Journal. His book entitled Gordon Mathie: The Treasured Legacy of a Master Teacher and Performer, published by (WR Enterprises), was recently released at the 2014 International Trumpet Guild Conference and is available for order at www.wiffrudd.com
Before moving to Monroe, Witek served on the faculty for the Florida State University (FSU) Summer Camps and assisted in teaching the FSU trumpet studio. While at Florida State University he directed the FSU trumpet ensemble – a group that has been a finalist at the National Trumpet Competition several times, and won second place in the 2011 competition.
Students of Witek's have been International Trumpet Guild Scholarships recipients, division finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Competition, and semifinalist in the National Trumpet Competition. Witek has been awarded the Florida State University and ULM Foundation Teaching Achievement Award, and has been a recipient of the ULM College of Arts, Education, and Sciences Dean's Award of Excellence.
Dr. Witek earned a Doctorate of Music in Trumpet Performance from Florida State University (FSU) where he also completed his Master of Music in Performance. In addition, he received his Bachelor of Music in Education degree at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. His principal teachers have included Christopher Moore, Bryan Goff, John Ellis, and Alex Jokopi.
For more information about Aaron Witek and the ULM trumpet program, visit www.aaronwitek.com.