Dirk Koman

Trumpet

Dirk is an active freelance trumpet player, teacher and band director all over San Diego. His experience includes principal trumpet of the San Diego Comic Opera Orchestra, an extra with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera and Chamber Orchestra. Dirk has performed with orchestras at the Aspen Music festival and played with the Bolshoi and San Francisco ballet companies. He is brass choir director at La Jolla Presbyterian church, band director at USD HS and Marian Catholic High School, helped establish and directed the Coronado Community Band. A graduate of the New England Conservatory and USIU School of Performing Arts, Dirk is an Associate Professor at the University of San Diego, performer, leader and program director for Young Audiences, Inc. and teaches privately

  • My Trumpet Instructors

    John Koman

    Throughout my elementary, intermediate, and high-school years. Mr. Koman (my father) had been Principal Euphonium and soloist with The US Army Band of Washington, DC, was trained by Ernest S. Williams, once Sousa-Band soloist, later teacher at Juilliard and Principal Trumpet of The Philadelphia Symphony under Leopold Stokowski.

    Roger Voisin

    While I was a student at New England Conservatory. Mr. Voisin was then Principal Trumpet of The Boston Symphony.

    John Clyman

    While I was in the Navy stationed at San Diego, and later while completing my degree at US International University. Mr. Clyman was Staff Trumpet at the 20th Century Fox studios in Hollywood, previously Principal Trumpet with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

    Mark Bedell

    Trumpet with San Diego Symphony and Opera, a Juilliard graduate and long-time student of James Stamp.

    Allen Selbert

    Professor of Trumpet at Cincinnati Conservatory, former trumpet with San Diego Symphony and Opera, having been a student of John Ware in New York and David Hick-man at the University of Arizona.

    Louis Ranger

    Principal Trumpet of Aspen (Colorado) Festival, Brass Chairman at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. Mr. Ranger had been a student of William Vacchiano and Armando Ghitalla while a student at Juilliard, later while a free-lance trumpeter in New York.

    John Wilds

    Principal Trumpet of San Diego Opera, Principal Trumpet San Diego Chamber Or­chestra, also Trumpet with San Diego Symphony. Mr. Wilds had been a student of Louis Davidson at the Indiana University School of Music.

  • Awards & Degrees

    • Trumpet Scholarship, Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore (not exercised)
    • Trumpet Scholarship, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (not exercised)
    • Trumpet Scholarship, New England Conserva-tory of Music (employed)
    • Bachelor of Fine Arts, US International University (cum laude)
    • Full Scholarship, Trumpet, Aspen Festival 1986, Colorado.
  • Performing Experience

    Symphony Orchestras

    • San Diego Youth Symphony, Louis Campiglia Music Director
    • US International University Symphony, Arpad Joo Conductor
    • Mesa College Community Orchestra, Marlin Owen Music Director
    • San Diego County Orchestra, John Metzgor, Robert Minnich Conductors
    • Palomar College Civic Orchestra, Daniel Lewis Guest Conductor
    • Grossmont Slnfonla, Anthony Porto Music Director
    • San Diego State Symphony, Donald Bara Music Director
    • La Jolla Civic Orchestra, Thomas Nee Music Director
    • University of San Diego Orchestra, Henry Kolar, Navroj Mehta Music Directors
    • San Diego Symphony, Full season under Zoltan Rozynai, other engagements under various guest conductors
    • Aspen (Colorado) Music Festival, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Aspen Chamber Orchestra, Aspen

Mr. Koman has been a music educator since his early days as trumpet section leader of the York High School marching and concert band in the early 1960’s. He taught in the New England Conservatory Preparatory Dept. in Boston while working on his undergraduate degree, and continued while a young US Navy band musician in San Diego. While finishing his Bachelors degree at the School of Performing Arts, a part of United States International University, he again taught in the preparatory department for the university. At this time he also began conducting both for his degree and privately with his and other teacher’s students who wished to be taught and led in various chamber music ensembles including brass quintet, trumpet quartet, French horn quartet, traditional brass trios and larger mixed brass ensembles. Some of these students performed in his university classes, for various civic club functions, in churches, and in parks and libraries.

In addition to his B.F.A. in music with a major in trumpet and minors in voice, piano, and conducting, Mr. Koman has one year towards his Masters with the American Band College at the University of Southern Oregon

In addition the teamwork skills needed and honed in the music business are phenomenal. As each individual aspires to be the best they can be, every member of the band, orchestra, choir, or chamber ensemble is rooting for all the others in the group to be the best they can be also. Like in most team sports the success of the individual enhances the team, and the success of the team makes each member work and feel better. Such realizations have been a part of each private lesson Dirk has given for years, and he decided to also make this philosophy a part of his band directing positions.

Mr. Koman’s band directing experience has included USDHS from 1990- 2005, and Cathedral Catholic HS from 2005- 2010 where he also was choir director and musical theater conductor for those years. The band during these years was basically a concert band learning techniques, theory, and music history to California Art’s UC standards. They also broke down into an excellent pep band, brass and woodwind ensemble, and regularly functioned as a liturgical and show band. The USDHS and CCHS Community Concert Band received numerous awards and accolades over the years for sound, style, intonation, and maturity and precision over the years from music adjudicators and the public at festivals and concerts all over San Diego county, as well as Music in the Parks at Disneyland in Anaheim.

In addition Dirk taught and administered for a music arts magnet program at Ira Harbison elem. School in National City for 3 years where he gave piano lessons, and directed the band and orchestra. He also provided workshops and teacher development for the VAPA institution with the SD Unified public schools in Scripts Ranch, Lemon standards into the class rooms over 5 years. He was also band director at St. Michael’s School in Poway CA for 6 years.

Mr. Koman has been band director for USDHS, now Cathedral Catholic H.S. for 15 years and choir director and musical director for theater production for two years. He started the program in 1990 with only 4 students, began recruiting members from his private students and other community resources, and has grown the program to a twenty-five member concert band.

This group also breaks down into an excellent pep band, brass ensemble, woodwind ensemble liturgal and show band. The CCHS Communty Concert Band has received numerous awards and accolades for sound, style, maturity and precision from adjudicators and the public at festivals and concerts all over San Diego County, as well as "Music in the Parks" at Disneyland.

Mr. Koman attended the New England Conservatory in Boston, Ma. He played trumpet in a U.S. Navy band for four years, which is what brough him to San Diego. Mr. Koman graduated from the USIU School of Performing Arts with a BFA in music with a major in trumpet and minors in voice and piano.

As a freelance musician, Mr. Koman has played trumpet with the San Diego and La Jolla Symphonies and Chamber Orchestra, the San Diego Opera and Ballet and Aspen Music Festival Orchestra. he played in the San Diego Youth Symphony for several years as well as serving as principal trumpet of numerous college and community orchestras including USD, Mesa College, Grossmont College and the La Jolla Symphony. In addition Dirk was trumpet professsor for the University of San Diego from 1985-2000.

Mr. Koman both sang and performed roles on stage with the Gilbert and Sullivan Company and then served in the pit with the San Diego Comic Opera Orchestra for 17 years as pricipal trumpet. As a vocalist, in addition to the theatrical experience, he has sung with numerous concert and madrigal ensembles and church choirs including 10 years as Bass soloist for the Mission Hills United Methodist Church.

Mr. Koman was also the founder of and pricipal trumpet of "Classic Brass", a symphonic brass quintet that is one of San Diego's oldest and best known chamber ensembles. They perform for corporate and civic events, festivals, and weddings all over San Diego County. They have performed at the Mission d' Acala, Horton Plaza, Fashion Valley, Balboa Park Aero Space Musem as well as conventions at the Sheraton Harbor Island, San Diego Mariott, and the Grand Del Mar and the Hotel Del among many others…

For more than 30 years Mr. Koman has maintained an active private music studio in Coronado, CA. teachig Trumpet and all the brass family, piano, and percussion, and theory and woodwinds during which time his students have won scholarships to many universities. In addition some students have performed with "Up with the People" and various cruise ships and U.S. service bands. At the high school level, his students have been selected to perform in regional bands and orchestras, and with the various youth symphonies and bands throughout San Diego County. Currently he is trumpet coach and teacher with the San Diego Youth Symphony in Balboa Park and is the brass specialist at his studio in "La Jolla Music" and with Young Audiences, Inc. of San Diego.

Other institutional elements in Mr. Koman's career as a music educator include the following:

  • 10 years as director of the Brass Choir at the La Jolla Presbyterian Church
  • Co-Founder and music director of the Coronado Community Band
  • Coronado Elementary School Band Director
  • Ira Harbism Elementary School Arts Magnet Music Director
  • Associate Professor of trumpet, brass and brass ensemble at USD since 1988
  • Young Audiences Inc. of San Diego clinician, performer, residency artist working with CA. arts standards program development and implementation for 20 years.
  • Brass teacher and band director at COSA (Coronado School of the Arts) for 3 years

As a dedicated teacher and music educator Mr. Koman passionatley believes that lives are greatly enriched and enhanced by exposure to, education in and appreciation and performance of the musical arts. The focus, discipline, and concentration learned and develooped are invaluable tools that will impact and stregthen the student's lives in so many ways. They will become more balanced with a healthysense of pride and humility. They will have a wonderful means of creative self expression while learning the universal language of music.

Musicians are multi-tasking people who become expert problem solvers. They usually quickly learn to keep their "eye on the ball"and when faced with difficulty or faced with failure, can pick themselves up and get back in the game…

Mr. Koman's "Three Keys to Success" - Patience, Ambition and Tenacity. Dirk shares all of these ideals with his wife Elsie, and their two amazing red toy poodles, Spark and Teddy!

Doug Meeuwsen

Trumpet

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Trumpeter Doug Meeuwsen received his Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University and Master of Music degree from San Diego State University. He plays in a variety of musical styles From classical and Commercial to Jazz and Latin. Mr. Meeuwsen has performed with the San Diego Symphony, the San Diego Opera, various chamber groups, shows and night clubs. He has been a Band Director at Mission Viejo high school since 1999.

Ryan Beard

French Horn

Studied composition, music theory, and horn at the the Cleveland Institute of Music and Indiana University. Commissioned by the Heltz Charter High School Symphony. Serves as 1st Horn in the La Jolla Symphony and as a substitute for the San Diego Symphony. Head of the band and orchestra divison at Kjos Publishing.

James Prindle

Trombone

One of San Diego's busiest trombonists, Jim has performed with the San Diego Symphony and Opera, Ballet and Chamber Orchestras, and musical theater orchestras at the Civic Theater, the Old Globe and Starlight Bowl. Originally from Spokane, he has also lived and worked in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Caracas, Venezuela. He is the low brass clinician for all three Poway high schools and has taught privately for over twenty-five years. Jim holds degrees from Gonzaga University and California State University at Northridge.

Ken Earnest

Tuba

Ken has performed with the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Pops, as well as the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, the Bolshoi Ballet, and the San Francisco Ballet. He is principle Tuba for the La Jolla Symphony. Ken is also active in various chamber ensembles including S.O.N.O.R. New Music ensemble and several brass quintets. Ken is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego.