Adrian Holton – conductor
Adrian Holton is currently the Conductor and Music Director of Village 7 Brass, a trumpet player in the US Air Force Academy Band, and Volunteer Conductor of the US Air Force Academy Cadet Orchestra. He also maintains a private trumpet studio and an active freelance schedule around the state of Colorado.
Adrian has a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Florida (UF), and a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from Indiana University’s (IU) Jacobs School of Music. While at IU, he was a finalist in 2010 and finished in third place in 2011 in the trumpet ensemble division of the National Trumpet Competition. He was also the music arranger for the group in 2011. He participated in the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute (Denver, Colorado), Exploring Trumpet in Kalavrita (Kalavrita, Greece), and Fearless Audition Training for Musicians (Bloomington, Indiana). Adrian studied trumpet with John Rommel, Dr. Jay Coble, Gary Langford, and Roger Steward.
While at UF, Adrian performed for five seasons as a student musician at Walt Disney World, and was in the 2005 Disney Collegiate All-Star Band. He also toured Japan twice with the Broadway Show, Blast!, and Blast II: MIX, and spent two years working aboard Royal Caribbean International cruise ships. In 2011, Adrian toured Brazil with the American Chamber Winds, performing at music festivals and conservatories across the country. He has performed with the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Opera Colorado, Bloomington Camerata Orchestra, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Harry James Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Adrian joined the United States Air Force Academy Band in 2012, and performs with Stellar Brass, the Concert Band, and Marching Band. Since joining Stellar Brass, Adrian has arranged a number of pieces for the group, which have become staples in their performance repertoire.
Adrian’s passion for music is evident, and has guided him in many different directions. His wide variety of musical interests keeps him busy, and also keeps him from ever having to “work” another day of his life. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife Taylor, who is both tolerant and supportive of his musical obsession.