Doctor John Pursell is retired from his position as the Senior Ceremonial Trumpeter with the United States Air Force Band in Washington, DC, after 21 years of service. His career included numerous performances at the White House, the Capitol and other venues for four Presidents and Vice-Presidents, along with hundreds of foreign heads of state and dignitaries.
After his retirement, he was invited to join the Yamaha Music Corporation as a Trumpet Artist & Clinician. In this capacity, he appears frequently as a soloist and clinician at high schools, colleges and music educator conferences throughout the eastern and mid-western United States. He has been a featured clinician at 16 state music educator conferences.
Over the course of his career, he has also performed with the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, the Wilmington Grand Opera Company, the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, the Young Vic Opera Theater, the Gettysburg Festival Orchestra and other ensembles. He has performed for such artists as Peter Nero, Ann Jillian, Lou Rawls and James Earl Jones.
Dr. Pursell holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from West Chester State College. He is a published author, with numerous articles in national journals on trumpet pedagogy, trumpet history and Renaissance trumpet iconography. Dr. Pursell is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Gettysburg College; he also teaches at Mount Saint Mary's University and Frederick Community College.