Prof. John Pursell has enjoyed a professional career that has spanned over four decades, including a 21+ year career as the Senior Ceremonial Trumpeter with the United States Air Force Band in Washington, DC. While with the band, he performed over 5,000 engagements throughout the Continental United States and Europe, along with numerous television appearances, including five appearances on the NBC Today Show. After his retirement, he was invited to join the Yamaha Music Corporation as a Trumpet Artist and Clinician. In this capacity, he appears throughout the United States as a soloist and brass clinician.
Pursell also has enjoyed extensive experience as an orchestral trumpeter, performing with such groups as the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, the Wilmington Grand Opera Company, the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, and the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra. He has performed under the batons of such famous conductors as Robert Shaw, Claudio Abbado, William Revelli, Robert Trevino, and Max Rudolf, and for such popular artists as Peter Nero, Lou Rawls, and James Earl Jones.
He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Maryland and both B.M. and M.M. degrees from West Chester State College. He has studied with Melvyn Broiles, Seymour Rosenfeld, Emerson Head, and Kenneth Laudermilch. Pursell is a published author, with over a dozen articles in such journals as The International Trumpet Guild Journal, Bandworld Magazine, Journal of the Association of Concert Bands, In-tune Magazine, and Maryland Music Educator.
He is a member of the International Trumpet Guild, the Association for Concert Bands, the National Association for Music Education, Maryland Music Educators Conference, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
B.M., West Chester University
M.M., West Chester University
D.M.A., University of Maryland