Dr. Ron Brooks, Music Faculty

Dr. Ron Brooks

Instructor of Music
Supervisor, Vault and Work Crew

Contact Information

Office: Frasier 11A
Email: Ron.Brooks@unco.edu
Phone Number: (970) 351-2680


Ron Brooks is a full-time staff member who is in charge of the instrument and locker rentals, scheduling of classes, recitals, and rehearsals, and supervises the Stage Crew. He is also an instructor of music teaching Foundations of Music, for which he wrote the textbook, and other classes as needed.

For more than 20 years, he performed as Principal trumpet with two major church orchestras in Fort Worth, Texas, playing many styles of music each week from Big Band to Bach as well as movie scores and commercial arrangements. He also worked as a freelance player providing chamber music with string quartets, brass quintets, and jazz combos. He has performed with the Fort Collins, Cheyenne, and Britt Festival orchestras and conducted the student ensemble at the Western State Trumpet Conference (Gunnison, CO) in 2006.

Dr. Brooks’ Bachelors degree in Composition is from the University of North Texas. He is an active composer and arranger creating music for trumpet ensemble, jazz bands and combos, church orchestras, chamber music groups and has produced several editions for solo trumpet. He has studied composition and arranging with William Latham, Paris Rutherford, and David Caffey.

His trumpet teachers include John Harbaugh, Leonard Candelaria, Keith Johnson, John Wacker, Kathryn James (baroque trumpet) and John Holt at the University of North Texas where he completed his Masters in Performance and took full advantage of the jazz studies program. While completing his doctorate at the University of Northern Colorado, he studied with Robert Murray and served as director of a lab band and the jazz guitar ensemble.

His dissertation, titled The Improvisational Style of Terence Blanchard, analyzed 36 transcribed solos of the artists and synthesized that information into a concise description of his style. He has presented papers at conferences of the College Music Society, Historic Brass Society, and the Evangelical Philosophical Society.

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