DSC00023Associate Professor of Trumpet John Adler joined the faculty at the University of Northern Colorado in 2010. Dr. Adler has an emerging national reputation as a performer, educator, and composer of trumpet music in various mediums. His diverse performance resume includes recitals, masterclasses, and performances in classical and jazz settings all across the country including conferences of the International Trumpet Guild including a 2015 Presentation on performing music for trumpet and electronics.

Recording Session Oct 2015
Cuthbert Recording Session Oct 2015

Dr. Adler frequently performs with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and has played as guest principal trumpet with Greeley, and Boulder Philharmonic Orchestras, and the symphony orchestras of Fort Collins, Cheyenne, Roanoke, and the Boulder Chamber Orchestra.  He has also performed with the Denver Brass, Boulder Brass, the Palm Beach Pops, Opera Roanoke, Opera Colorado, Miami Symphony, Palm Beach Pops, and has played lead trumpet for several touring Broadway shows including “Matilda”, “The Sound of Music”, and most recently, “Beautiful” in 2016.

My setup for
My setup for “Matilda” in 2015

His jazz experience includes performances with the Colorado Jazz Orchestra, the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra, the Jaco Pastorious Big Band, and the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band. In 2014, he embarked on a new project with composer Adam Cuthbert featuring music for trumpet and electronics utilizing improvisation and multiple effects with the software program Ableton Live.  Dr. Adler has performed this music all across the country including performances at Baylor University, University of Missouri, Missouri State, University of Texas-Arlington, and Middle Tennessee State University.  Adler and Cuthbert recorded a CD of Cuthbert’s music and free improvisations that will be released in 2018.

Tracy Cowden and myself performing Confronting Inertia music at the Eastman School of Music in 2014
Tracy Cowden and myself performing music from Confronting Inertia at the Eastman School of Music in 2014

His first solo CD “Confronting Inertia”, released on Origin Classical, features all new works, many incorporating improvisation in a classical context, for trumpet and piano or electronics by jazz composers. His other recording credits include the big band recordings “Pulse” featuring music by Dan Cavanagh, and “Stand Up Eight” featuring music by Steve Owen. John’s first jazz CD as a leader, “Things I Like” was recently released with pianist Dan Cavanagh and percussionist Jaime Reyes, and is available at  For more info and to listen to samples, check out the RECORDINGS page.

John holds a D.M.A. in trumpet performance at the University of Miami, a MM from the University of Oregon, and a BM from the University of Nevada-Reno. John’s primary teachers/mentors include Craig Morris, Steve Owen, Larry Engstrom, Alex Norris, Whit Sidener, George Recker, and James Miley. His compositional output includes works for various jazz settings and trumpet ensembles, and includes pieces that have been performed at the National Trumpet Competition and multiple ITG conferences.