Magazine article International Musician

Gordon Mathie: A Dedicated Trumpeter and Teacher

Magazine article International Musician

Gordon Mathie: A Dedicated Trumpeter and Teacher

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"The day I stop practicing trumpet is the day I die," professes Gordon Mathie of Local 103 (Columbus, OH). These solemn words are uttered by a man who can just as quickly poke fun at himself, shrugging off his impressive list of musical and teaching achievements. Though Mathie doesn't take himself too seriously, he is devoted to his craft.

He knew from a young age he would make a career in music. From his early middle school days playing the bugle, he felt a connection to brass. After experimenting on the cornet in high school, he eventually migrated to the trumpet. With a few years of playing under his belt, and trying to stay afloat amidst the financial turmoil of the Great Depression, he joined the AFM. At the ripe age of 16 Mathie found himself playing gigs in night clubs, busting out familiar crowd pleasing tunes to pay the bills.

He's come a long way since then, having performed with several big bands and ensembles, including the Detroit and Vermont Symphony Orchestras, Leonard Smith Concert Band, Potsdam Brass Quintet, University of Illinois Brass Quintet, and University of Georgia Brass Quintet. As much as he's always loved playing, teaching trumpet became an even deeper passion. He has taught trumpet at numerous colleges, having obtained his doctorate in music education from the University of Illinois. He is also a founding member of the International Trumpet Guild, which has grown to more than 7,000 members in 64 countries.

Mathie knows many of the Trumpet Guild members by name. …

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