Editor Biographies

Carrie Blosser

Dr. Carrie Blosser is a trumpet instrumentalist with U.S. Navy Band Great Lakes in North Chicago, Illinois. Before moving to Chicago, Dr. Blosser was a member of the U.S. Fleet Forces Band in Norfolk, VA. Equally comfortable in various genres, she plays over 100 concerts for military, community, and diplomatic ceremonies per year in various …

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Erika Izaguirre

Dr. Erika Izaguirre has been appointed Trumpet Instructor at Concordia College, beginning Fall 2021. Prior to this appointment, she was an active freelance performer and educator in New England, primarily based in Boston. She enjoyed a career forming the minds of young brass musicians from underrepresented communities through her work in the Intensive Community Program in collaboration …

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Raquel Samayoa

Executive Editor Raquel Samayoa leads a dynamic and engaging career as a teacher, chamber musician, recitalist, adjudicator and solo performer. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Trumpet, and Co-Conductor of the UNT Brass Band at the University of North Texas College of Music, where she has taught since 2018. Dr. Samayoa additionally performs with …

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Casidy Reed

Casidy Reed (she/her/hers) is a musician, educator, and advocate for music education. Native to Buffalo, NY, she is the current Head Band Director at the Chagrin Falls Village School District in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Previously, she taught 7-12 Band at the Greece Central School District in Rochester, NY. Reed received her Master of Music in Music …

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Jena Vangjel

Jena Vangjel is a freelance trumpeter, teaching artist, and arts administrator located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has performed with orchestras across the country, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Tucson Symphony, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Vangjel is fiercely passionate about using music to create community. In the fall of …

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Merrie Klazek

Canadian trumpeter Merrie Klazek, is a versatile and respected artist in the world of performance and education. Fluent in orchestral, chamber, solo, Celtic traditional, and popular music, Merrie joined the full-time faculty at the University of Victoria’s School of Music in 2016, after 21 years as principal trumpet in Canadian orchestras. Merrie holds a BMus …

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Jenny Bement

Jenny Bement has passionately been teaching and coaching bands since 2003. Her talent lies in brass studies, marching band, teaching student leadership & life skill clinics, and advocating on the behalf of Indigenous communities. With her experience and desire to branch out, she opened her own private music lessons studio as an Ojibwe entrepreneur in …

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