About Me

Brian Garland serves as Professor of Trumpet at Mars Hill University, Operations Manager and Brass Instructor for the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Stage Manager for the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Garland is an active performer and adjudicator throughout the Southeast and is an S. E. Shires Trumpet Artist.

As a pedagogue, Mr. Garland specializes in orchestral studies, classical solo literature, and brass quintet repertoire. His students have most recently been accepted to such prestigious summer festivals such as the Brevard Music Festival and the Eastern Music Festival and have gone on to attend music schools and conservatories across the United States. As of Fall 2017 Mr. Garland conducts the Asheville Symphony Youth Brass Choir. An ensemble made up of students around the Asheville area training to perform the highest level or literature for brass choirs.

Mr. Garland has performed regularly with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, the New England Philharmonic, and the Mercury Orchestra of Cambridge. He has also performed across New England and the Southeast with a variety of chamber ensembles including the Accent Brass Quintet. As a strong advocate of contemporary music, Mr. Garland regularly commissions new works for brass, including “Lullaby” by Ted Oliver for Brass Quintet, which was performed in Boston at Symphony Hall as part of the WCRB Classical Cartoon Festival.

Mr. Garland holds degrees from the Boston Conservatory (MM 2014) and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (BM 2011). While in Boston he studied with Steve Emery, one of the top trumpet pedagogues in the United States, who has performed with world-renowned ensembles, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Ballet. While growing up in North Carolina he studied with Judith Saxton and Dr. Brad Ulrich. He currently lives in Asheville, NC, with his girlfriend Sarah and dog Egor.