For Immediate Release

            Central Michigan University's School of Music announces Trumpet Summit, 2017.  Hosted by Professor of Trumpet Neil Mueller and the CMU trumpet studio, this event takes place Sunday, October 29, 2017 in the School of Music on the campus of Central Michigan University.  Trumpet Summit is free and open to all high school age trumpet students.

For more information and to REGISTER, please contact Neil Mueller at

            This year's guest trumpet artists are Hunter Eberly, Principal Trumpet of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Charley Lea, Principal Trumpet of the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. Their biographies follow this page.

Sunday begins with registration from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the School of Music lobby. At noon there will be a session on warm-up and fundamentals, followed by a mass trumpet ensemble rehearsal from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  From 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. there is time to visit the exhibits, after which the Trumpet Ensemble concert follows in Staples Family Concert Hall in the School of Music.

Mr. Eberly and Mr. Lea will be joined by Neil Mueller for the artist recital at 3:00 p.m., also in Staples Family Concert Hall.

They'll be a short break for refreshments following the recital, and the day will finish with a master class presented by the artists at 4:30 p.m. on stage

For more information and to REGISTER, please contact Neil Mueller at

*Tickets for the artists recital are free for registered students, $3 for seniors, and $5 for all others, and are available by calling the Central Box Office at (989) 774-3045, or at the door.

John Jacobson

Director of Music Events

(989) 774-3738

Guest Artist Biographies

Principal Trumpet of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Hunter Eberly is a native of Muskegon, Michigan. Hunter started playing the trumpet at the age of eight under the tutelage of his mother and continued his studies in high school with Charley Lea of the Grand Rapids Symphony. He attended Grand Valley State University, where he studied with Richard Stoelzel and earned his Bachelor of Music degree. Hunter continued his education by attending The Colburn School in Los Angeles. There, he studied with James Wilt of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and earned a Professional Studies Certificate.

Prior to his appointment in Detroit, Hunter served as Principal Trumpet of the Jacksonville Symphony. He has performed as Guest Principal Trumpet with the Cincinnati Symphony, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra in China. He has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Grand Rapids Symphony.

Charley Lea, principal trumpet of the Grand Rapids Symphony, is a native of Charlotte, Michigan, and began his studies in music when he was 10.  Lea joined the Grand Rapids Symphony as Second/Assistant Principal Trumpet in 1991 and the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra in 1994. In 2015 he was appointed Interim Principal Trumpet and in 2016 auditioned for and won the Principal Trumpet chair.  He attended the University of Michigan where his teachers included Armando Ghitalla, Ramon Parcells, and Gilbert Johnson.  He has also studied with William Lucas and Arnold Jacobs.

Prior to joining the Grand Rapids Symphony, Mr. Lea was Principal Trumpet of the Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit and has also appeared many times with the Detroit Symphony, as well as participating in the Festival of Two Worlds in both Charleston, SC and Spoleto, Italy. As soloist, Lea has appeared several times with the Grand Rapids Symphony and in 2006 was a featured soloist with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.