Del Lyren

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Offering instruction in Trumpet/French Horn/Jazz Improvisation on Wind Instruments

Notable Training: Dr. Del Lyren has studied music extensively, earning his Bachelor of Arts from South Dakota State University, his Master of Music from Arizona State University, and his Doctor of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance from Arizona State University.

Additionally, he studied Jazz Improvisation with Jeff Coffin, sax player with the Dave Matthews Band. 

Professional Opus: Dr. Lyren hosted the International Trumpet Guild Conference in 2011 and has presented and performed at numerous conferences throughout the world. 

He has played with many orchestras throughout the United States, including the Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix Pops (under the baton of Doc Severinsen), Acadiana Symphony, Lake Charles Symphony, Rapids Symphony, Mesa Symphony, and Sun Cities Symphony.

For about 10 years, Dr. Lyren performed with the International Brass Quintet, the quintet-in-residence at the International Music Camp. Portions of his recital at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival were aired on NPR’s “Pipedreams” program in 2012. 

Dr. Lyren’s believes the highlights of his career are the accomplishments of his students, many of whom have achieved success in nearly every arena of the music world. With acceptance to nearly every major graduate program in the United States, many have completed doctoral degrees and teach at the university level. 

Recent graduates have performed with major popular artists such as Adele, The Temptations, and Boys II Men. Others have performed numerous times for the President of the United States and played taps at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier while serving in top military bands in Washington, D.C.

For the Record: “I decided at about age 5 that I wanted to be a musician. My mother’s old cornet was buried in the closet, and I begged her to teach me how to play it. From that point forward, I knew that was what I wanted to do.

“I believe that learning needs to be structured, inspired, and fun. I like to structure lessons based upon the personality of the student. Every student is a bit different, and every lesson I teach is also different, depending upon the mood of the student, how much they’ve practiced, what inspires them, and other intangibles that may come into play.

“Musicians who have impacted me include Maynard Ferguson, Jeff Coffin, Chick Corea, Rafael Mendez, and Maurice Andre. As a musician, I play whatever music is in front of me on a given day, but I particularly enjoy fusion, jazz, and brass quintet.

“Interesting people inspire me. And ice cream…”

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