915-525-0189 info@danielrodrigueztrumpet.com

About Me

I started playing trumpet in the sixth grade.  I didn't take many lessons until I reached college, but I LOVED practicing.  I went to New Mexico State University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in music business in 2005. In 2007, I graduated with a master's degree in trumpet performance.  Today, I build websites, play trumpet and teach lessons.  My passion in life is to combine my skills in web development and music to provide unique resources for the education of young music students.


  • Montwood High School, El Paso, TX 1996-2000, class rank: 10 of 543, GPA: 99, major areas of study: music, math, business, computer technology
  • Bachelor of Music, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM 2005
  • Master of Music, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM 2007

Awards, Achievements & Honors

  • Principal trumpeter UIL Region 22 Symphony Band 1998,2000
  • Principal trumpeter UIL Region 22 Symphony Orchestra 1998,1999,2000
  • Texas State Solo & Ensemble Outstanding Trumpet Soloist Award 1999, 2000
  • Guest Soloist for Mesilla Valley Concert Band

Current Ensembles

  • Toll Booth Willie - Ska Band - Las Cruces
  • Mesilla Valley Concert Band -  Las Cruces
  • Jazz Unlimited Orchestra - El Paso
  • Juarez Symphony - Juarez, Mexico - substitute

Past Ensembles

  • Las Cruces Symphony
  • El Paso Opera
  • NMSU Wind Ensemble
  • NMSU Jazz Ensemble
  • Border Jazz Quintet
  • Tuco - Blues Band - Las Cruces
  • Rio Brass Quintet - Las Cruces
  • Big Band on the Rio Grande - Las Cruces
  • Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps 2001-2003

Teaching Experience

  • Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps, Denver, CO - Visual Technician 2004, Assistant Tour Director 2005. Duties included stretching and physical conditioning for the corps, teaching marching fundamentals and dance choreography for the hornline, preparing travel route details and navigating for drivers.
  • NMSU Jazz Ensembles - Assistant Director 2005-2007. Duties included directing the second jazz ensemble and coordinating the annual NMSU Jazz Festival.
  • NMSU Trumpet Studio - Assistant Instructor 2005-2007. Duties included assisting with teaching freshman trumpet students.
  • Colorguard / Winterguard, Mayfield High School, Las Cruces NM - Instructor 2007, 2008. Duties included recruitment, colorguard drill and choreography, winterguard show design, budgeting and performance scheduling.

Partial List of Solo Literature Performed

  • Bozza Rustiques
  • Kennan Sonata for Trumpet
  • Ewazen Sonata for Trumpet
  • Arutunian Concerto for Trumpet
  • Haydn Concerto for Trumpet
  • Hummel Concerto for Trumpet
  • Wilson I Remember
  • Arban Carnival of Venice
  • Hindemith Sonata for Trumpet and Piano
  • Kraft Encounters III

Partial List of Classical Works Performed

  • Bartok Concerto for Orchestra - second
  • Dvorak New World Symphony - principal
  • Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker - principal
  • Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture - second
  • Orff Carmina Burana - second
  • Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherezade - principal
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 9 - second
  • Copland Appalachian Spring - second
  • Copland An American Overture - second
  • Copland Rodeo - second
  • Holst The Planets: Mars, Jupiter - principal

Partial List of Operas & Musicals Performed

  • Lehar The Merry Widow - principal
  • Flaherty & Ahrens Seussical - principal
  • Humperdinck Hansel und Gretel - principal
  • Puccini Il Tabarro - second
  • Puccini Tosca - second
  • Verdi Aida - onstage trumpet ensemble
  • Stewart, Strouse & Adams Bye Bye Birdie - second, third

Active Music Groups

All of the groups listed below are currently active and available for performance. If you would like to book any of these groups, contact me at 915.525.0189 or by email info@danielrodrigueztrumpet.com

Boba Jazz Cooperative
7 piece jazz combo
Big Band on the Rio Grande
15 piece big band in Las Cruces, NM
Jazz Unlimited Big Band
18 piece big band in El Paso, TX
Toll Booth Willie
7 piece ska band playing covers of 80s and 90s rock, ska and punk as well as original music.
Valley Jazz Group
6 piece jazz combo performing jazz classics from the 20s, 30s and 40s
Windy City
El Paso's Tribute Band to Chicago