Thursday, February 23rd, 2006 1:32 PM EST
Alvin Trask was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and was raised on a farm in Independence, Louisiana until age 12. He began playing the trumpet at the age of nine, inspired by his uncle who played tenor sax. The influence of his uncle´s musical flair combined with steady encouragement to entertain at family events, church activities, and school programs brought Alvin remarkable progress in playing the trumpet and perfecting his skills.
Alvin was exposed to many styles of music during junior high and high school where he continued to study trumpet. While in high school, he was inspired by band director, James Gory and was encouraged to study with Anthony Corroa and later with James West, principal trumpet of the Baton Rouge Symphony. Additionally, he studied with Alvin Batiste, Director of Jazz Studies at Southern University and often performed with the Southern University Jazz Ensemble. While in graduate school in Washington, D.C. Trask freelanced in the Metropolitan area, quickly establishing a solid reputation as an outstanding musician.
In 1989, Alvin received his first major break with the Tony Kelley Royal Ambassador Big Band where he performed, toured, and recorded with the Howard University Jazz Ensemble and the Federal Focus Jazz Band. During his summer hiatus from graduate school, Trask studied and performed at the Thelonious Monk Institute and Jazz Festival in Dolo, Italy.
Additional training and professional development includes studies with Eddie Henderson, Fred Irby, Webster Young, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, Eastman School of Music´s Jazz Arranging for Music Teachers, the Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Essentially Ellington Band Director´s Workshop.
The slate of performances attributed to Alvin Trask includes:
AfriCobra Art Festival in Martinique
Sacramento Dixieland Jazz Jubilee Festival
East Coast Jazz Festival
Family Easter at the White House
Lincoln Theater´s Motown and Stax Women of Soul
Kennedy Warren Ballroom with Marlena Shaw
Kennedy Center Young Lions Jazz Jam
A Cannonball Adderley Celebration with Cecil Bridgewater and Vanessa Rubin
New England Presidential Inauguration Ball
Smithsonian Museum "Seeing Jazz" Exhibit
National Symphony Fundraiser
Congressional Black Caucus Seminar on Preserving Jazz in America
Kennedy Center "Best Friends Foundation Awards Ceremony
Ebenezer A.M.E. Church with Kirk Franklin and Byron Cage
Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra
Capitol All-Stars Jazz Ensemble
Sassy Brass and Kenneth Louis at Holy Comforter-St Cyprian
Most recently, Alvin performed in "Ain´t Mis´behavin" at the Gateway Theater in Long Island, New York, and has shared the bandstand with a countless number of legendary artists throughout his career.
Alvin Trask earned a Bachelor of Music Degree (Classical Trumpet Performance) from Louisiana State University and a Master of Music Degree from Howard University. As an educator, he is currently the Associate Professor of Music, and the Trumpet and Jazz Coordinator at Montgomery College. As former Chair of the Performing Arts Department at St. Stephen´s and St. Agnes School he taught music theory and composition and conducted the full spectrum of bands: symphonic, jazz, pep, ensembles and chamber orchestras. Additional roles include Adjunct Professor of Music at Trinity College, Trumpet Instructor for a Music and Arts Center, Associate Conductor for the Pan American Symphony Big Band, and Brass Instructor for the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop.