with Distinction from the Eastman School of Music.
A native Michigander, been on the faculty of the University of
Houston's Moores School of Music from 1960 through 2009, first as an
Affiliate Artist and then as Professor of Trumpet. He is currently a
Professor Emeritus of the University. He has also served on
the faculties of the Houston Baptist University and the National Music
Camp in Interlochen.
As a performer, James Austin has distinguished himself as the principal
trumpet of the acclaimed Eastman Wind Ensemble and served in the
Houston Symphony for 17 years in the
position of Principal Trumpet.
During his tenure as Principal Trumpet of the Houston Symphony, he also
performed in the Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, and Houston
Chamber Orchestra. Upon joining the faculty of the University of
Houston's School of Music in 1960, he helped found the faculty Symphonic
His students have an astounding record of achievement and success in the
professional world. Recent graduates hold positions in the orchestras
of Dallas, Calgary, Vancouver, Houston, San Antonio, and Louisville
among others, and they are regularly contenders for positions with major
orchestras throughout the world. Many of his students have become noted
their own right in colleges, universities, high schools, and
You may contact
him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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