Gavin Tranter, Trumpet

Name: Gavin Tranter '16
Instrument: Trumpet
Majors: Double major in Trumpet Performance and Mathematics
Residence: Off-campus
Musical Involvements: Wind Ensemble (Principal), Symphony Orchestra (Principal)

Why I chose Puget Sound: I found myself drawn not only to the scenery on and around campus, but the encouraging atmosphere created by the community, faculty and students alike-- I really felt like I could pursue anything here.

Favorite thing about Puget Sound and the School of Music: For me, the faculty really makes the Puget Sound School of Music what it is. The professors here are all very supportive and highly respected in their fields, and my trumpet instructor Judson Scott as well has truly shown me my potential as a musician.

Favorite classes:

  • "Western Music from Antiquity to the End of the Baroque Era" & "Western Music of the Classic Era to the Birth of Modernism" (MUS 230-231) with Geoffrey Block -  Music History was a real eye opener; it was an opportunity to learn more about composers and styles I already liked, as well as to discover other areas of music to which I hadn't been exposed.
  • "Complex Analysis" (MATH 351) - I really enjoyed Complex Analysis, the study of complex variables and their applications-- mind-bending new concepts challenged my preconceptions and understanding of math on a daily basis.

Favorite musical memory at Puget Sound:  The Wind Ensemble's performance of Maslanka's Symphony No. 4  was unforgettable: I've never felt so physically involved in a piece of music, and the Symphony strengthened our bond as an ensemble--or "organism," you could say. 

Favorite place on campus: My favorite place on campus is definitely Oppenheimer Café; it's only a five minute walk from the practice rooms, so it's perfect for coffee breaks during long practice sessions.

What I'm looking forward to: Now that I have technique I didn't have before college, I look forward to attacking new and more difficult repertoire to challenge myself as an artist.


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