Roger Ingram is a big name in the music industry. One of the most sought-after lead trumpet players, he has over 38 years of professional experience. Ingram has played for Jazz at Lincoln Center and has also led trumpet sections for big bands like Harry Connick Jr., Ray Charles, Woody Herman, and Maynard Ferguson. He is known for his distinct sound and his solid upper register chops.
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Ingram started playing the trumpet at the age of eight in 1965. He became associated with Hollywood’s finest players at a very young age. His skills improved while working with great music teachers like John Rinaldo (his mentor), Laroon Holt, Bud Brisbois, Bobby Shew, and Dan Jacobs, among many others. His professional career started at the tender age of 16, where he toured with the Louie Bellson Big Band. He soon joined the Quincy Jones Big Band the summer after his Bellson stint and toured with the Connie Stevens show for a pop act.
Ingram joined the Woody Herman Orchestra as the lead trumpet in 1985. He remained with the group until Herman’s death in 1987. He then co-lead his own band with Steve Elliott. In the ‘90s, Ingram joined the Harry Connick Jr. Band and recorded numerous albums with the team. He moved to New York after a few years and performed for various Broadway shows and recorded cast albums.
Aside from his brass playing expertise, Ingram is also an author and music educator. His textbook, “Clinical Notes on Trumpet Playing,” is available in 40 countries. It is a required reading for music majors in various colleges and universities worldwide. He is also currently teaching courses and lessons as well as traveling across the country as a in demand clinician for colleges and high schools.
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