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Gekker, Chris

He is a trumpeter who was born in Alexandria, Virginia and studied at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Maryland.

He has appeared frequently with groups including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the American Brass Quintet , who he was a member of for 18 years.

As a performer he has made many recordings and his solo trumpet performances of works by Alan Hovhaness in 1994 won Best Recording on an Independent Label.  He has also featured in performances by Elton John and Sting as well as being heard in the movie “The Thin Red Line”.

As a teacher he has been on the faculties of Juilliard School, Columbia University and the Manhattan School of Music and more recently he has been a Professor of Trumpet at the University of Maryland.

American Brass Quintet recordings
Masquing Ayre (John Adson )
Summit DCD 181 (CD: Fyre & Lightning)

Here he is giving a trumpet lesson….