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Steven Cunningham


A gifted composer/arranger as well as a formidable trumpeter and improviser, Steven has had the opportunity to perform with the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, Josh Groban, El DeBarge, No BS! Brass Band, Lagniappe Brass Quartet, Jah Works, Maestro J, Tinnarose, Tongue in Cheek Jazz Band, Orchester Prazevica, Black Masala, The KG Experience, Brass of the Potomac, Joye B. Moore, The Brotherhood, The Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra, The Flavor Project, and Brunswick. He has performed in high-profile venues such as Carnegie Hall, DAR Constitution Hall, The Kennedy Center, Washington National Cathedral, The Tower Theater, The National Orchestral Institute, Musikfest, New York Gypsy Festival, International Trumpet Guild Conference, National Trumpet Competition, American Bandmasters Association Convention, and The Richmond Jazz Festival. He performed as lead trumpet for the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra, third trumpet in 2015, and 2nd trumpet in 2016. Steven has also performed with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra and National Orchestral Institute. Steven received his Bachelor of Music degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011, studying with Prof. Rex Richardson. He merited his Master of Music degree in 2014 and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2017 from the University of Maryland, College Park, studying with Prof. Chris Gekker. Steven was Adjunct Instructor of Music at VCU from 2017 to 2018. He is currently the Assistant Professor of Upper Brass and Assistant Band Director at Grambling State University (

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