The trumpet is best known as a jazz or big band instrument and characterized by it’s strong, brass sound and quick note changes. However, the trumpet can also make a delicate, soulful sound as well.

Rachael Johnston

Rachael Johnston has been playing trumpet for almost 20 years.  She started playing when she was six when her grandma began teaching her.  She continued to play – taking lessons and performing with the University of Alaska Anchorage Wind Ensemble while in high school.  Rachael studied with Professor Marcellus Brown at Boise State University and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance in 2008.  While she was studying at Boise State, she played in the Keith Stein Blue Thunder Marching Band and played principal trumpet in both Symphonic Winds and the BSU Orchestra.  She has also performed with the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boise Baroque Orchestra, Capital Brass quintet, Treasure Valley Concert Band, as well as several  musical theater productions.




Josh Barro

josh-professionalpicJosh Barro is a trombonist and educator in the Treasure Valley. Mr. Barro earned his B.M. in Music Education from Boise State University. His primary teachers were Dr. David Mathie and Dr. Sarah Paradis. He has also studied with notable trombone teachers/performers in the Los Angeles area: Andy Malloy, Steve Trapani, and James Miller.

Currently, Mr. Barro is teaching general music and band in the West Ada School District and also teaches private trombone and euphonium lessons. During his time at Boise State, he performed in numerous ensembles including Symphonic Winds, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Trombone Choir, Blue Thunder Marching Band, Brass Quintet and All-Campus Concert Band. He has also played with Opera Idaho and the Hymns of Thanksgiving Orchestra.

Mr. Barro has been teaching trombone and euphonium lessons to students of all ages since 2012. His goal as an instructor is to help develop each student into a better musician through an intensive study of their instrument and its music. At the core of each lesson is the focus on fundamental skills required on the instrument to master any musical challenge that the student may face. His students have had successful auditions at their school programs and for Idaho All-State.

During his free time, Mr. Barro enjoys photography, basketball, music composition and arranging.

Mr. Barro will be teaching Trombone and Euphonium.

Cord Breuer

unnamed-jpgMr. Breuer is in his final semester as a Graduate Assistant for Dr. Joe Tornello with the Boise State University Blue Thunder Marching Band. He holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Education from Boise State University and is expected to complete a Masters of Music in Music Education from Boise State University in May of this year. He is currently studying trumpet with Dr. Alex Noppe, and previously with Marcellus B. Brown, Justin Stamps and Keith Weigandt. Prior to pursuing his Masters at Boise State University. From the Summer of 2013 to the Spring of 2015, Cord taught at Middleton High School in Middleton, Idaho as the Director of Bands, Orchestra, and Guitar. As a director, he increased his student-musician involvement by 80% in the marching band (50 members to 92 members), by 126% in Jazz ensembles (15 members to 34 members) resulting in the addition of a second Jazz ensemble, and an increase of over 200% in percussion ensemble (8 members to 24 members) . His students performed in festivals and were selected for All-Northwest Concert Band, All-Northwest Jazz Band, All-State Honor Band, Macy’s All-American Marching Band, Boise State University All-Star honor band, and Boise State University honor marching bands. During the Summer, he is a staff member at the Boise State Summer Chamber Music Camp where he teaches trumpet techniques and brass ensembles. As a performer, Mr. Breuer was the 2012 featured soloist for the Las Vegas Maaco Bowl with the Keith Stein Blue Thunder Marching Band. Mr. Breuer’s private students have placed in the All-Northwest and All-State Bands, State-Solo competitions and many have continued on to pursue music after high school.

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