Buddy Deshler, co-founder, artistic director

Trumpet soloist Buddy Deshler is an ambassador for the transformative powers of the arts, champion of living composers, and agent for change in the instrumental music field. His bourgeoning career has taken him around the country, as well as internationally, and has allowed him to share the stage with ensembles such as the King’s Brass, The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, Foden's Band of Sandbach, Cheshire, his own Vice City Brass and Marquee Brass, and as of 2017, the illustrious Dallas Brass. 

In addition, Buddy has performed with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Occasional Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Washington Chamber Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, American Festival Pops Orchestra, and more. He has also been in residency at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Rafael Mendez Brass Institute, Le Domaine Forget in Quebec and the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. 

His musical endeavors have given him guidance and association with artists like Jose Sibaja, Chris Castellanos, Demondrae Thurman, Jens Lindemann, Maniacal 4 Trombone Quartet, Martin Hackleman, Sam Pilafian, Larry Williams, Mary Bowden, Shawn Hagen, Andrew Hitz, Lance LaDuke, Rex Richardson, Matt Niess, Kevin Gebo, Phil Snedecor among many others. 

As a performing artist for Jupiter’s XO Brass and Denis Wick of London, Mr. Deshler tours nationally, conducting lectures and clinics everywhere from middle school through college students. His educational programs and masterclasses focus on sound pedagogical approaches to practice and the business acumen necessary for a modern career in music. His clinic, “The Entrepreneurial Student”, instills the idea that one can develop and execute the skills necessary to jump start a career in music while still being a "student" and has been presented at multiple colleges throughout the United States. 

Additionally, Mr. Deshler uses his platform as a performing artist to showcase the talents of emerging composers. In 2015, he mounted the inaugural “Well That’s a First!” The recital featured commissions by five young composers, who were the direct recipients of all proceeds. Mr. Deshler has commissioned over a dozen works for solo trumpet, and various chamber ensembles. 

As an educator, Mr. Deshler serves as the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of “The Fredericksburg Brass Institute”, a weeklong summer music festival offering a rich immersion in master classes and seminars, large and small ensembles, instrument exhibits, participant recitals, and free concerts featuring renowned guest artists. Deshler has also held the position of trumpet faculty at the Rappahannock Summer Music Camp for numerous years.

Buddy presently resides in Midlothian, VA as an active freelance musician and educator. He holds a B.M. in Instrumental Performance and an Artist Diploma from the Frost School of Music, University of Miami and an M.M. from the Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University. His primary teachers have included Dennis Edelbrock, Phil Snedecor, Craig Morris, and Josef Burgstaller. Buddy is also a Professional Artist for Torpedo Bags.