Texas A&M University-Kingsville

TRUMPET STUDIO - FACULTY

DR. KYLE MILLSAP

Doctor of Musical Arts: The University of Memphis
Master of Music: University of North Texas
Bachelor of Music: Wichita State University

Kyle Millsap is Assistant Professor of Trumpet & Jazz at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. In addition to applied teaching duties, Dr. Millsap directs Jazz Band 3, the TAMUK Trumpet Ensemble, the Jazz Trumpet Ensemble, and performs with the Kingsville Brass Quintet. His performances span orchestral, chamber, and jazz/commercial idioms, including opportunities to perform in England, Germany, Mexico, and throughout the United States. He has performed with Doc Severinsen, The Temptations, Mannheim Steamroller, Johnny Mathis, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Al Kapone, Jon Mayer, Rufus Reid, Kirk Whalum, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, Eroica Ensemble, Memphis Repertory Orchestra, Germantown Symphony Orchestra, Corinth Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica UANL, Jazz Orchestra of the Delta, Memphis Jazz Orchestra, as well as productions with Ballet Memphis.
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office: MUSB 217
office phone: 361-593-2805
e-mail:
kyle.millsap@tamuk.edu
website:
millsaptrumpets.com
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Theater credits include performances for nearly a dozen national touring company productions, including The Addams Family, Anything Goes, Chicago, Dreamgirls, High School Musical, South Pacific, and Young Frankenstein. He has performed at halftime for the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, the Elvis Presley 35th Anniversary concert, and been seen on BET television. He has been frequently heard on the Memphis Public Radio WKNO Live Lunch series. He has been a featured soloist with the Corpus Christi Wind Symphony and the TAMUK Wind Symphony.

A proponent of new music for trumpet, Dr. Millsap has commissioned and premiered several new works for trumpet: Shalom, Salaam, Peace… (2010) written for two trumpets and organ, Scatter the Darkness (2011) for trumpet and organ and A Whisper of Angels (2012) for trumpet quartet and narrator, 2x4: Domestic Tranquility (2013) for trumpet and flugelhorn duet, Cuando las ranas crien pelo (2014) for trumpet sextet, Murmurations (2015) for two trumpets and electronics, and Divertimento in Blue (2017) for jazz trumpet quintet. His recording of several these compositions will be released on the album Scatter the Darkness: New Music of Stanley Friedman. He can be heard as principal trumpet with the Memphis Repertory Orchestra on their recordings Dvorak & Tchaikovsky and Voyagers, and as lead trumpet on the Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra recording Voices.
Dr. Millsap has written articles for the International Trumpet Guild Journal, with which he also serves as a music reviewer, and the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Journal. He has published compositions and arrangements through Brass Arts Unlimited, Cimarron Music Press, and Triplo Press. He has performed at the International Horn Society conference and presented at the Texas Music Educators Association and Tennessee Music Educators Association conventions. He is a member of the Artist Faculty for the National Trumpet Competition.
Dr. Millsap holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Memphis, Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas, and Bachelor of Music degree from Wichita State University. Prior faculty appointments include the University of Memphis and Murray State University. He is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Jazz Educators Association, and Pi Kappa Lamba.

He is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Dr. Millsap’s trumpets always travel safely inside his Torpedo Bag.

You can listen to his recent interview on the Trumpet Teacher Talk podcast.

Erik Morales: Concerto for Two Trumpets, Movement 3
Kyle Millsap, Melissa Millsap, trumpets
Sehee Lee, piano

Recorded October 6, 2016 at Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Leroy Anderson: Bugler's Holiday
Kyle Millsap, Melissa Millsap, Mark Woodring, trumpets
Memphis Repertory Orchestra, William Langley, conductor

Recorded July 11, 2015 at the Buckman Performing Arts Center
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MRS. MELISSA MILLSAP

Master of Music: University of Louisville
Bachelor of Music: Webster University

Melissa Millsap currently serves on the faculty of Texas A&M University-Kingsville as Lecturer of Trumpet where she teaches studio trumpet, co-directs the TAMUK Trumpet Ensemble, and is a member of the Kingsville Brass Quintet, the professional brass ensemble in residence at TAMUK.

Mrs. Millsap has performed with a variety of groups, including the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Delta Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Repertory Orchestra, the Eroica Ensemble, and the Memphis Jazz Orchestra. In 2013, she performed at the International Horn Symposium and in 2007, she performed at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in Killarney, Ireland as a member of the International Youth Wind Orchestra. She has performed for professional musical productions of All Shook Up, Beauty and the Beast, Curtains, The Drowsy Chaperone, Grey Gardens, Hello Dolly, Les Miserables, Narnia, Peter Pan, and Pippin. She has been heard as a performer on WKNO’s Live Lunch series in Memphis, TN and on WUOL in Louisville, KY.
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office: MUSB 217
office phone: 361-593-2803
e-mail: melissa.millsap@tamuk.edu
website: millsaptrumpets.com
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Mrs. Millsap has premiered and commissioned new works for trumpet, including Shalom, Salaam, Peace… (2010), Scatter the Darkness (2011), A Whisper of Angels (2012), and 2x4: Domestic Tranquility (2013). Her performance of these works is featured with her husband on their album Scatter the Darkness: New Music of Stanley Friedman. Additional recording credits include Jazz Nocturne: American Concertos of the Jazz Age, released on the Naxos label, and the Memphis Repertory Orchestra's recordings Dvorak & Tchaikovsky and Voyagers.

She is on the Artist Faculty of the National Trumpet Competition. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, and received her Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Louisville. Her primary teachers have included Dr. Lee Weimer, Malcolm McDuffee, Dr. Stanley Friedman, Ryan Anthony, Scott Moore and Dr. Michael Tunnell.

Mrs. Millsap is an artist for Conn-Selmer performing on Bach trumpets.

DR. LANCE WITTY

Doctor of Musical Arts: University of Texas
Master of Music
: Bowling Green State University
Bachelor of Music: Bowling Green State University

Lance D. Witty is Lecturer of Trumpet at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. In addition to his teaching duties at TAMUK, he is a professional trumpet performer and educator in Central Texas. Witty earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Texas at Austin, and has received both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at Bowling Green State University. Witty’s principal trumpet instructors include Ray Sasaki and Charles Saenz, and he is a registered member of the International Trumpet Guild, as well as an alumnus of Kappa Kappa Psi.
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office: MUSB 217
office phone: 361-593-2803
e-mail: lance.witty@tamuk.edu
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In addition to Witty’s role at TAMUK, he has served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Texas at Austin and has maintained a large private studio in the Austin area since 2014. He has inspired and guided aspiring trumpet players from all skill levels in Austin, Texas, and throughout Ohio as a performer, private instructor, guest lecturer, contest adjudicator, and field technician. Internationally, Witty was Guest Faculty for the International Trumpet Camp in Montemorelos, Mexico in 2016.

As a native Midwesterner, Witty has performed considerably in Ohio in many musical idioms equally as an orchestral, chamber, and commercial musician. As a performer in Austin, aside from freelance work, Witty has performed regularly with the ensembles at UT-Austin as he has held lead roles with the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, New Music Ensemble, and Jazz Orchestra. He has also enjoyed performances with the Butler Opera Center, Palette Brass Quintet, World Premiers with the UT Wind Ensemble and New Music Ensemble, and UT Trumpet Ensemble (2nd place NTC 2016). As a proponent for new music for trumpet, Witty has premiered his commissioned work by Steven Serpa, Mountain Idyll for trumpet and piano (2016) and looks forward to recording Coalescent for Solo Trumpet by Lucas Marshall Smith (2016).

Kingsville Brass Quintet

The Kingsville Brass Quintet is the professional brass ensemble-in-residence at Texas A&M University-Kingsville's Department of Music.

The Kingsville Brass Quintet is made up of distinguished faculty members that bring a wide range of performing experience to the ensemble. With performances in the Kingsville area, Texas, and around the US, the KBQ has developed a reputation for outstanding artistic concert presentations. The mission of the group is to expose and educate students and audiences to varied repertoire that includes Renaissance and Baroque transcriptions, jazz arrangements, as well as contemporary works for brass quintet. Along with their concerts, the group regularly presents clinics and masterclasses to students of all levels. The members are Dr. Kyle Millsap and Mrs. Melissa Millsap, trumpets; Dr. Jennifer Sholtis, horn; Dr. Oscar Diaz, trombone and Dr. Matthew Hightower, tuba.
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For more information on Kingsville Brass Quintet concerts and opportunities for brass players at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, please contact:

Dr. Kyle Millsap
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Department of Music
MSC 174, 700 University Blvd.
Kingsville, TX 78363-8202
(361) 593-2805
kyle.millsap@tamuk.edu
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For more information, contact:
TAMUK Department of Music
MSC 174, 700 University Blvd
Kingsville, TX 78363-8202
kyle.millsap@tamuk.edu

Physical address:
Bellamah Music Building
905 Engineering Ave
Kingsville, TX 78363