Benjamin W. Tyhurst
Professional Trumpet Player,
Teacher and Composer
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

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Summary of Experience

This resume encompasses 25  years of experience gained as a professional trumpet playerprivate trumpet instructor,  music director/conductor, and composer/arranger. It represents a vast diversity experiencing and producing music in settings including solo and ensemble performance for the public, private instruction, and public school instruction..


Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ, 2017-2018

University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 2003-2005

East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN,  1994-1995, 1999 to 2002

Private Instruction

  • Keith Amstutz, University of South Carolina (Aug 2003-May 2005)
  • David Champouillon, East Tennessee State University (Aug 2000-Dec 2002)
  • Matthew Inkster, East Tennessee State University (Aug 1999-May 2000)
  • James O’Donnell, East Tennessee State University (1994-1995)

Single and Short-term Lessons

  • Mark Clodfelter, Interharmony Music Festival (Summer 2016)
  • Robert Dorer, Brevard Music Camp (Summer 1993)
  • Vincent DiMartino, Masterclass, East Carolina, (2003)
  • Allan Siebert, Cincinnati Conservatory single lesson (2003)
  • James Olcott, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, (Summer 2000)



Ensemble Experience

  • Princeton-Rider Brass Band, Cornet, Lawrenceville, NJ (2017-present)
  • Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra—co-principal trumpet, Fairbanks, AK (2012-2014)
  • Southcoast Symphony Orchestra—principal trumpet, Charleston, SC (2006-2008)
  • Cumberland Winds – Trumpet Player in Wind Ensemble, Brass Quintet, and Jazz Project, Clarksville, TN (2015-2016)
  • Johnson City Symphony Orchestra—trumpet (1994-1995, 1999-2001)
  • Sumter Community Band—principal trumpet (2005-2006)
  • Columbia Community Orchestra—principal trumpet (2004-2005)
  • Bristol Theater–lead trumpet in pit orchestras, Bristol, TN (1999-2002)
  • South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra–sub trumpet, Columbia, SC (2003)
  • Kingsport Symphony Orchestra–sub trumpet, Kingsport, TN (1994)

 Solo Experience

  • ETSU Wind Ensemble, Dramatic Essay for Band by Clifton Williams, Johnson City, TN (2002)
  • ETSU Concert Band, Napoli by Herman Bellstedt, Johnson City, TN (2001)
  • Interharmony Music Festival, “Trumpet Concerto”by Pakhmutova, Arcidosso, Italy (2016)
  • USC, “Trumpet Concerto” by Joseph Haydn, Columbia, SC 2004
  • 1/25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team memorials, Fort Wainwright, AK and Afghanistan, Taps (2010-2012)

Conductor/director Experience

  • Sangaree Middle School Chorus and Musical Theater programs, Ladson, SC (2006-2008)
  • Scott’s Branch High School Chorus program, Summerton, SC (2005-2006)
  • Northstar Variety Ensemble, Fairbanks, AK (2012)
  • Church choirs of LDS Church, West Columbia, SC and Fairbanks, SC (2004-2005, 2008-2009, 2010-2011)
  • Children singers programs of LDS church, Fairbanks, AK and Aiken, SC (2013-2014)




  • Entropy for trumpet, horn, bass trombone and three percussionists, Columbia, SC (2005)
  • An Undesirable Point of View for concert band, Columbia, SC (2005)
  • A Patch in the Blueberries for solo trumpet and piano, Johnson City, TN (2001)
  • The Storyteller for Bassoon and piano, Johnson City, TN (2002)


  • Orchestration of “Come thou Fount of Every Blessing” for band +/- choir, performed by ETSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Johnson City, TN (2001)
  • Orchestrations of jazz, classical, and show-tune songs for volunteer choir and chamber orchestra in Fairbanks, AK (2012)
  • Orchestrations of jazz, classical, and show-tune songs for chamber orchestra and choir, show choir, and solo voice for ensembles at Sangaree Middle School, Ladson, SC (2006-2008)
  • Orchestration of The Raiders March for Brass Quintet (1993, updated 2002)
  • Orchestrations and arrangements of  sacred and secular music for trumpet choirs (2008-2012)
  • Arrangements of sacred music for church choirs (2004-2010)



Public School Teacher

  • Berkeley Co. Schools, Chorus Teacher/Theater Director, Ladson, SC (2006 to 2008)
  • Clarendon School District 1, Music/Chorus Teacher, Summerton, SC (2005 to 2006)

Masterclass Teacher

  • Dobbyns-Bennett High School trumpet section for Symphonic Band in preparation for Mid-West Band and Orchestra Festival of 2002, Kingsport, TN (2001)
  • Patrick Henry High School trumpet section, Meadowview, VA (2003)
  • Abingdon High School trumpet section, Abingdon, VA (2003)

Private Trumpet Teacher

  • Ten trumpet students at Fort Mill High School, Fort Mill, SC (2004-2005)
  • USC outreach program, Columbia, SC (2003-2004)
  • Students from age 9 to 70, Abingdon, VA and Johnson City, TN (1993 – 2002)
  • Single lessons for brass students based on request, Ladson, SC (2006-2008)



Music Festivals

  • Interharmony Music Festival (Italy)—trumpet soloist, chamber ensemble member, orchestra trumpet section (July 2016)
  • Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp—trumpet in multiple staff ensembles and cabin counselor (Summer 2000, 2001)
  • Brevard Music Camp—trumpet in Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble (Summer 1993)

Singing Performance

  • Interharmony Music Festival Opera, Le nozze di Figaro acted and soloed in role of Antonio and bass in chorus, Arcidosso, Italy (2016)
  • Summerville Community Choir–tenor, Summerville, SC (2006-2008)


  • International Trumpet Guild (2000-2002, 2014-2016)
  • Phi Mu Alpa—Alumnus (1995 to current)
  • American Choral Directors Association (2007-2008)

General Employment History last 10 years

  • US Army , Chief Communications Manager (2009 – 2016)
  • Berkeley Co. Schools, Chorus Teacher/Theater Director, Ladson, SC (2006 – 2008)
  • Clarendon School District 1, Music/Chorus Teacher, Summerton, SC (2005 – 2006)

*References to be provided upon request

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