About the video in above: I asked John to perform my composition called “Sleep of Sorrow” for piano and trumpet duo. His trumpet sounds very warm, the same as his personality.  If I were to explain his sound, I would say it is deep, sensitive, strong, rich and full at same time.

Duo with John Sheppard

“Sleep of Sorrow” at Scholes Street Studio in Brooklyn, New York in 2015

Performed by

John Sheppard, Trumpet

Tetsuro Hoshii, Piano

I first encountered his music in 2012 in Boston. I listened to his CD Sacrae Symphoniae: Antiphonal Motets of Giovanni Gabrieli by the Metropolitan Opera Brass & John Sheppard.  It blew my mind. After we met in  New York, I learned his brass arrangement technique through his lessons. This was the beginning of my composing for brass. I wrote my first brass composition called “Bravery” for brass quintet, and I’ve gotten a commission for his brass group called the New York Symphonic Brass. So I have continued to write more brass music, including my first fanfare piece called “Fanfare for Elf”. In the meantime, John arranged my composition for piano students called “Lily” for brass orchestra. “Lily" has now been performed every Christmas season at the Fish Church, in Stamford, Connecticut since 2012.

About John Sheppard

John Sheppard has been a freelance trumpeter in New York City for over 30 years. Currently playing principal trumpet in the hit Broadway revival of On The Town, he is also a member of the American Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theater Orchestra and Opera Orchestra of New York. He also performs with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, among many others. John recently completed a six and a half year run as principal trumpet in the Broadway production of Disney's Mary Poppins. In addition, he has performed in many other Broadway pit orchestras. He has also recorded extensively for radio, television and film, most notably, the PBS documentary, Medal of Honor.

John has toured Japan many times with various ensembles, most recently with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Nobuyki Tsujii in the winter of 2014.

Mr. Sheppard has co-produced three recordings with the Metropolitan Opera Brass, acting as conductor, arranger and performer. His arrangements for brass have been performed and recorded by the MET Opera Brass, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass, New York Symphonic Brass, Meridian Arts Ensemble and the Atlantic Brass Quintet.

On April 15, 2003, The New York Times reviewed the Metropolitan Opera Brass concert at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine with praise, saying "Mr. Sheppard's arrangements skillfully wove ever-changing textures with one group of players while allowing individual soloists to stand out. A selection of opera scenes, which the ensemble previously recorded, showed off the multifaceted colors that brass instruments can produce, including velvet-soft horns and lyrical trombones... Thanks to the admirable clarity of Mr. Sheppard's conducting — himself a trumpeter — entrances were always precise and harmonies perfectly voiced."

John attended California State University, Northridge where he was a student of John Clyman, Roy Poper and Mario Guarneri. He also attended the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Mel Broiles and William Vacchiano.