Instructor, Trumpet

John Abbracciamento holds a B.M. in Trumpet Performance from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a M.M. in Trumpet Performance from the Mannes College of Music in New York. His primary teachers included Armando Ghitalla, Andre Come, John Ware and Vincent Penzarella. 

Prior to joining the faculty of James Madison University in 2021, Mr. Abbracciamento served as a trumpet player in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. The Marine Band’s mission is to provide music to the White House and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Throughout his 27-year career in the Marine Corps, Mr. Abbracciamento performed at the White House for countless high-profile state functions. In addition, he regularly performed concerts and ceremonies in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, as well as across the country on the Marine Band’s National Concert Tour.  

Mr. Abbracciamento was the Marine Band’s most sought-after ceremonial trumpet player, sounding “Taps” on hundreds of occasions during high-visibility events of national significance, to include the dedication of the World War II Memorial and the 9/11 Moment of Silence on the South Lawn of the White House. In addition to his regular duties with “The President’s Own”, Mr. Abbracciamento regularly participated in the Marine Band’s Music in the Schools Program and was appointed the Senior Enlisted of the high brass section.  

As an educator, Mr. Abbracciamento has presented master classes at numerous universities, to include The University of Michigan, The Cleveland Institute of Music, The New England Conservatory of Music, Colorado State University, NYU, The University of Texas at El Paso and the University of New Hampshire. 

Prior to joining the Marine Band, Mr. Abbracciamento spent 10 years as active freelance musician. He also performed, recorded, and toured as a substitute player with the New York Philharmonic and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York.  

Brass Professors and Instructors

Chris Carrillo

Chris Carrillo, Trumpet
Professor, Brass/Percussion Area Coordinator
carrilcj@jmu.edu
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