Andrew Classen is professor of trumpet and jazz studies at Drake University. He is currently second trumpet with the Des Moines Symphony and principal trumpet with Orchestra Iowa. He has played in many of the Willis Broadway Series shows including: Wicked, Spamalot, Book of Mormon, Hairspray, Annie, Little Shop of Horrors, The Producers, Chicago (solo trumpet), The Full Monty, 42nd Street, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
He often works as a clinician and guest artist for recitals, masterclasses and seminars, regionally, nationally and internationally. He has performed in China, Mexico, England and much of continental Europe. His classical trumpet album, It’s About Time, is available through Amazon or the iTunes store.
He is the leader of the Turner Center Jazz Orchestra, which just released their first album, Class ‘n Jazz: The Music of Andy Classen. His is also an active jazz composer. He currently has six compositions published through C.L. Barnhouse Publishing.
He received a Bachelor in Music Education degree from the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire and a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from the University of Tennessee. His principal trumpet teachers were Vincent Cichowicz at Northwestern University, William Adam at Indiana University, Robert Baca at the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire and Cathy Leach at the University of Tennessee.
Andrew Classen became the inaugural holder of the Fred and Patty Turner Professorship in Jazz, thanks to a $1 million gift from Drake alumnus Fred Turner. Mr. Turner noted, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to support the future generations of musicians who will keep this art form alive. Creating a jazz professorship at my alma mater is a perfect fit. This is my own way of making sure the music plays on.”
MME – Boston University
BME – Drake University
Christian Baughman is currently the seventh grade instrumental music instructor in the Ankeny Community Schools and has previously held teaching positions in the Des Moines, Newton and Johnston public schools. He has also instructed the brass line of the World Finalist Colts Drum and Bugle Corps of Dubuque, Iowa.
Mr. Baughman studied the trumpet with Andy Classen at Drake University where he was a member of the Drake University Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Band I. His teaching philosophy for trumpet centers on showing students how daily practice of the fundamentals can make playing the trumpet easier and more rewarding. Mr. Baughman is passionate about music making and the positive impact music education can have on young people’s lives.
Mr. Baughman earned his Master of Music Education degree from Boston University in January 2008 and has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Drake University. He is a member of the Iowa Bandmasters Association, Music Educators National Conference and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Mr. Baughman resides in Clive with his wife Kelly and their three year old son, Elliot. He enjoys bicycling, home cooked meals and live music.
Carl Eitzen is a native of San Diego, Calif., and is currently a member of the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band. He is former principal trumpet of the Las Colinas, Garland and Arlington Symphonies in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metro area. Carl has performed with other noted ensembles such as the Omaha Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, and Lincoln Symphony to name a few. Carl has been musical director, show band leader and played lead trumpet aboard several ships for Carnival Cruise Lines.
As a soloist, Carl has been featured with the Heartland of America Band at the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Holland Performing Arts Center Opening Gala concerts in 2005, USAF Brass in Blue, University of Arizona Wind Ensemble and UCLA Symphonic Band. He has also performed many recitals and conducted brass clinics throughout the Midwest and Southern California.
Carl’s earliest music training on the trumpet came from his father, John Eitzen, while attending the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. He received his formal music education from the University of Arizona and University of California at Los Angeles where he earned his bachelor and baster of music degrees, respectively. Carl’s primary teachers include Jens Lindemann- international trumpet soloist and former member of the Canadian Brass, Keith Johnson- Regents Professor of Music at the University of North Texas and Edward Reid- Principal Trumpet of the Tucson Symphony and Professor of Trumpet at the University of Arizona.
Carl resides in Papillion, Neb., with his wife, Jennifer and daughter, Claire. When not performing music, Carl enjoys spending time with his family and working out.