DSCN2495_resizedGerald L. Welker is in high demand as a performer, teacher, and clinician, having performed as a guest artist and having held numerous master classes at several universities throughout the U.S. and at the Royal Academy of Music in London.  Mr. Welker earned both his bachelors and masters in horn performance from the University of Alabama.  He held the graduate teaching assistantship and performed as principal horn with the Alabama Wind Ensemble, the symphony orchestra, and the contemporary ensemble. Along with his duties at the university, Gerald maintained a busy performing schedule.  He was principal horn with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Associate Principal/3rd Horn with the Macon Symphony Orchestra, and the Assistant Principal Horn with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra.  He was also the principal hornist of the Orvieto Musica Music Workshop in Orvieto, Italy for two summers.  Mr. Welker has performed as a soloist with the Alabama Wind Ensemble, the Marquette Wind Ensemble, the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, the Quincy Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Academy of Music Horn Ensemble, the United States Air Force, Band of Mid-America, and the United States Air Force Academy Band. Gerald has performed as a featured artist at numerous workshops, most notable being the 37th Annual International Horn Society Summer Symposium, the 2009 Southeast Horn Workshop, and twice for the Hornswoggle Workshop, held at Hummingbird Music Camp in Jemez Springs, NM.  He has been named both the National Federation of Music Club’s Brass Soloist of the Year, and a Yamaha Young Performing Artist.  He was also the top-prize winner at the 2001 American Horn Competition (University Division).   In 2007, Mr. Welker was named the 2nd Prize Winner at the International Horn Competition of America (Professional Division). Along with other honors, Gerald has performed on numerous occasions with the world-renowned TransAtlantic Horn Quartet, including a live performance on BBC Radio, celebrating the life of composer, Michael Tippett.  Since 2006, he has held the position of Principal Horn with the United States Air Force, Band of Mid-America and currently performs as principal horn with the United States Air Force Academy Band in Colorado Springs, CO.  In January 2015, Gerald will relocate to Germany to perform with the United States Air Force Band in Europe.  He can be heard performing the music of Paul Basler on the MSR Classics Label. TSgt Gerald L. Welker, Principal Horn United States Air Force Academy Band