Ken Carter, Trumpet Coach - Jazz Band Director
Like many musicians, Ken Carters instrument was chosen for him by his parents. He began playing the cornet as a child and when his beat up instrument needed replacing he begged his parents to buy him a Soprano Saxophone, but instead they got him a new cornet. In High School he began playing trumpet in the Jazz band at the request of his band director. While in Southern California he studied trumpet with David Evans. He attended Azusa Pacific University and earned a BA in Music there in 1979. In 2009 he earned a Masters in Music from Southern Oregon University.
Ken has a lengthy teaching record. Altogether he has taught music for 39 years at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. He has taught at Gladstone High School, Westlake High School, Colina Middle School, Monte Vista High School, Seven Hills Middle School and Currently is the Ban director at Nevada Union High School. During his time in Southern California he judged Field Shows for SCSBOA and has been a trumpet section judge for SCSBOA, CBDA, NCBA and CMEA. He currently belongs to the CBDA, NCBA, CMEA Capitol Section and CMEA Northern Section.
Ken presently plays French horn in the Nevada County Concert Band and at 1st Baptist church in Grass Valley and plays the occasional trumpet gig in the greater Sacramento area. One of Kens most interesting performance memories was playing fanfare trumpet for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.