TBJ96: Jennifer Marotta

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TBJ96: Jennifer Marotta, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Trumpet at USC and former member of the US Marine Band

Jennifer Marotta is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. An active freelance musician based in Los Angeles, she regularly performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the St. Louis Symphony.

Marotta is currently a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Music of the Baroque in Chicago. She was a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band from 2001 to 2005.

Originally from Naperville, Illinois, she earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and her Master of Music degree from DePaul University.

Marotta was a visiting trumpet professor at UCLA in 2016 and was Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Kennesaw State University from 2006 to 2012. She was also a visiting professor at Illinois State University in 2006 and was an artist-in-residence at Emory University from 2006 to 2010.

Jennifer, along with her husband Thomas Hooten, is the most recent editor for Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet, published by Carl Fischer. She serves on the board for the International Women’s Brass Conference and is the editor for their bi-annual newsletter.

In this fun and lively conversation, we cover:

  • Teaching at USC

  • Subbing for Jens at UCLA

  • Freelancing and travel

  • Playing in the US Marine Band

  • St. Louis and Atlanta on the way to LA

  • Being married to another professional trumpet player (Thomas Hooten, Principal trumpet in the LA Phil

  • Similar teaching styles with Tom

  • Differences in their playing styles

  • Ambassador of Euphonium, Adam Frey

  • Kennesaw State with Tom Gibson, Wes Funderburk, and Dave Kehler

  • Studying with Barbara Butler

  • Balancing fundamentals with musical communication

  • Treating each student in a way that is best for them

  • Taking the best stuff from her teachers and heroes

  • The USC students study with both of them and switch each semester

  • Teton Festival

  • Playing in "The President's Own" United States Marine Band

  • Joining the band just after 9/11

  • Seven-week tours and "Tour Babies"

  • Playing for President Reagan's funeral in 90-degree heat

  • Playing with the Atlanta Opera

  • Being on the board of the International Women's Brass Conference and editor of the newsletter

  • Playing with the Monarch Brass

  • Ask a Performer site

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Expertly produced by Will Houchin with love, care, and enthusiasm.

Dominick Viviano