Alan Hood is one of today’s most prominent trumpet performers and educators. He has been performing for more than 25 years, has served as Professor of Trumpet at the Lamont School of Music since 1999, and has performed with the Denver Brass for more than 18 years. He is one of the rare trumpeters who is equally at home in both classical and jazz performance. Alan hails from upstate New York. He attended the University of Kentucky as an undergraduate, North Illinois and the University of Texas at Austin as a graduate student, and the University of Miami as a doctoral student. He has studied with many inspirational and highly regarded teachers including Vince DiMartino, Ron Modell, Ray Crisara and Gil Johnson. He has also performed with world-renowned musicians including Woody Herman, Glenn Miller, Harry James, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Manhattan Transfer, Arturo Sandoval and Wynton Marsalis, to name just a few. Alan has recorded extensively over his career, appearing on more than 50 albums, and it was his first solo CD release, Just a Little Taste, where he found his own voice in the world of trumpet virtuosos.
Alan and his wife Jennifer love to travel. Whether on the road to perform, lecture, present master classes or just vacation, Alan has seen the world on almost every mode of transportation. His daughter, Kyrie, is working on a Film Studies degree in CA. He calls himself an amateur photographer, but many of his photographs are truly professional. Recently, he was taking photos at the Getty Museum in LA, took a breather on a rock near a fountain, rolled back and fell in!