Joey Tartell

Primarily recognized for his prowess as a lead trumpet player, Joey’s resume is as varied as his musical interests, and as a result he has also enjoyed years of playing with orchestras, teaching, and of course, blogging to ensure a positive influence on generations of new trumpet players. 

Before joining the faculty of Indiana University where he serves as Professor of Trumpet and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Joey enjoyed a career as an in-demand lead and free lance trumpet player.  Joey was the lead player for Maynard Ferguson, touring the United States, Australia, Asia, and Europe, and can be heard on the recording “These Cats Can Swing.” He also played lead for the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, including a State Department tour of Egypt; the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors, including a State Department tour of India and appearances at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals; and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.  

Joey is a regular guest lead trumpet/soloist with several orchestras for Pops concerts, including serving as the Guest Principal for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s entire 2014-15 Pops season.  He has also played with the Chicago, Cleveland, St. Louis, Houston, Cincinnati, Detroit, National Arts Centre (Ottawa), and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras.  Active in the recording studios, he has recorded for the Bob and Tom Show, Hal Leonard Publications, Shawnee Press, Cedar Point Amusement Park, Williams Gaming, and many others.  Joey has also toured with Boston Brass and Canadian Brass.  

He is also a founding member of the professional trumpet ensemble Tromba Mundi. Joey’s job description in Tromba Mundi is truly unbelievable; “Must play trumpets in all keys, possess your own bass trumpet, and have a double C ready at the drop of a hat.”  He is the one who willingly walks on stage to fulfill the roles of basso profundo and coloratura soprano. . . on the same piece.  

Active as a soloist and guest clinician, he has been featured at both the International Trumpet Guild conference and the National Trumpet Competition.  He maintains an active calendar as a clinician nationally.

Joey had the great fortune to study with Barbara Butler, Mel Broiles, Gil Johnson, and Vince DiMartino.  In an effort to provide good information for trumpet players around the world, Joey maintains a blog at  

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