Brass Teachers

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Trevor Gould, Trumpet

Trevor Gould graduated from Illinois State University with a Master’s in both Trumpet Performance and Jazz Performance and currently serves as the auditorium director for the ISU School of Music. While studying, his responsibilities included recording technician, trumpet section leader, wind ensemble section leader, lead trumpet in jazz, graduate brass quintet member, and symphony orchestra trumpet.  He served as president of the trumpet club on campus, aided in daily routines of the trumpet studio on campus, and is an active member of the International Trumpet Guild. Trevor continues to gig with a local Funk Band and has attended conferences across the world such as Orvieto Musica, Brass Junkies Brass Talks, Midwest Trumpet Festival, ITG conference, and the National Trumpet Competition.

Throughout his 10 years of teaching, Trevor has developed the following philosophy: “Know your stuff; know who you’re stuffing; and stuff em’.” Trevor is an expert in his craft and focuses on understanding his students needs to enable their success. A variety of Trevor’s students have achieved Arkansas and Illinois All-states, competed at national levels, and continued into their own music careers.

Daniel Castillon, French Horn

Daniel G. Castillon III is a graduate student at Illinois State University who is pursuing a master’s degree in French Horn Performance. As the Graduate Assistant for the French Horn studio, Daniel provides private lessons to studio members, coaches and conducts the horn choir, and leads warm-up classes. Daniel also has taught several masterclasses for various middle schools in the area with a focus on horn pedagogy. During his time at Illinois State University, Daniel has performed as a guest hornist with various orchestras including the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Bradley Symphony Orchestra, and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.

Daniel enjoys performing on the horn and is excited to share his passion with his students! He is driven towards understanding the inter-connected relationship between music and its effects it can have on a community. Because of this, Daniel’s teaching philosophy is rooted in the principals of diversity and inclusivity. He believes that all students come from different walks of life and because of this, each student’s path towards musical excellence is different from person-to-person. Daniel is a firm believer that instruction should be designed to fit the needs of each student. 

His principal teachers include Dr. Rachel Hockenberry, Orlando Medrano, and Dr. Nicholas Fife. 

Michael Archer, Trombone

Michael graduated from Bradley University in 2014 with degrees in Music Business and Trombone Performance. Originally from Peoria, Illinois, he has performed throughout the Midwest in various capacities for many years.

Among other things, he regularly plays for professional Broadway tours that come through the Central Illinois area, including Mary Poppins, White Christmas, and Wicked.  Michael specializes in performing with symphony orchestras, pit orchestras, concert bands, jazz big bands, and chamber music ensembles.