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    Lewis, Jon

    Trumpeter from Falls Church, Virginia, who started performing at nine years of age.  In 1981, he graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence with a degree in trumpet performance.  His teachers included Bob Findley, Armando Ghitalla, Pat Mastroleo, Tony Plog, Jimmy Stamp, Roger Stoner, and Bobby Shew.


    Upon graduation, he relocated to Los Angeles, California, and made a huge reputation for himself as an indispensable part of the studio recording community. 


    Groups with whom he has worked include the Bruce Lofgren Big Band, the Chatsworth Brass Quintet, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Long Beach Symphony, the Los Angeles Chamber Brass Quintet, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Opera, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New West Symphony, the Nick Ross Orchestra, the Pasadena Pops Orchestra, the Pasadena Symphony, and the Santa Barbara Symphony.


    In May 2003, he gave a master class and recital at the International Trumpet Guild conference, hosted by Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, where he gave the world premiere of Curt Wilson’s “Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble”.


    He did same at his alma mater in November 2006 as part of their “Band Spectacular!” to raise funds for KU band student scholarships.


    On 27th October 2008, he and pianist Junko Ueno Garrett and trombonist Andrew Malloy gave a faculty artist recital at California State University in Northridge.  The evening comprised world premieres of pieces composed by Adrienne Albert, Jason Barabba, and Steve Williams.


    He was back at CSU-Northridge for a trumpet recital on 9th November 2009.


    On 26th January 2010, he and pianist Peter Collins premiered John Prescott’s “Sonata No. 3 for Trumpet and Piano” at Missouri State University. 


    Then it was back to the University of Kansas, where he gave a master class and recital in the Swarthout Recital Hall on 27th January 2010.


    In the spring of 2010, he participated in KU’s Brass & Percussion Master Series.


    He was a featured soloist with the Santa Barbara Symphony in February 2011 when they performed Felix Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 5” (“Reformation”), Nino Rota’s “Concerto for String Orchestra” and Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings”.


    Recordings on which he appears include:  Amy Beach:  Sacred Music/Nick Strimple:  Anthems; Bat out of Hell III:  The Monster is Loose by Meat Loaf; Christmas by Tommy Morgan; In the Big City by Rob Frear; Invincible Summer by k.d. lang; Jeepers Creepers:  The Big Band Sound of the Glenn Miller Era by The Nick Ross Orchestra; Harps and Angels by Randy Newman; Michael Jackson’s This is It; Serenada Schizophrana by Danny Elfman; and, Stone Rollin’ by Raphael Saadiq.


    He is purported to have played on over 500 soundtracks and 1000 cartoons and TV shows, so listing his filmography is out of the question.  Here, however, are but a few highlights:  Amistad, Bad Santa, Batman Forever, Batman Returns, Bruce Almighty, Catch Me If You Can, Conspiracy Theory, Courage Under Fire, Dreamcatcher, Eight Legged Freaks, Enchanted, The Fugitive, Godzilla, Hook, Ice Age, Independence Day, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, King Kong, Mars Attacks!, Men in Black, Men in Black 2, Nacho Libre, The Pink Panther, The Polar Express, Scary Movie 3, Seabiscuit, Signs, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Starship Troopers, Star Trek:  Generations, Titanic, and War of the Worlds.


    On the small screen, he can be heard on Alias, CBS Evening News, Human Target, JAG, Meet the Press, NBC Nightly News, Star Trek:  Deep Space Nine, Star Trek:  The Next Generation, and Star Trek:  Voyager.


    Gamers may have heard him whilst fighting Watchers on Dark Void.


    In the field of music education, he has served on the faculties of Pepperdine University and CSU-Northridge.



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