Dr. Aaron Witek
Brass Instructor, The Cadets
Dr. Aaron Witek is Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of Louisiana at Monroe where his duties include teaching Applied Trumpet, Trumpet Ensemble, Chamber Music, and performing with the faculty brass ensemble, Black Bayou Brass.
Dr. Witek earned a Doctorate of Music in Trumpet Performance from Florida State University (FSU) where he also completed his Master's of Music in Performance. In addition, he received his Bachelor's 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.
Maintaining an active performance schedule, Dr. Witek has performed throughout the United States and in China. His playing experience includes the Monroe Symphony Orchestra (principal), Sinfonia Gulf Coast Orchestra (second), Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (FL), Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of Northern New York. As a soloist, Dr. Witek has performed with the International Shanghai Symphony Band, Monroe Symphony Orchestra, Florida State University 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 Scholarship recipients, division finalists in the Music Teachers National Association Competition, and semifinalist in the National Trumpet Competition. In 2011, Witek was recognized and awarded the Florida State University Teaching Achievement Award and in 2015 was the recipient of the University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Arts, Education, and Sciences Dean's Award of Excellence. Since 2001, he has been involved with the marching arts activity as a designer and instructor. He has held the position as assistant caption head at the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps.
For more information about Aaron Witek and the ULM trumpet program, visit www.aaronwitek.com.