Trumpet 2, Composer, Arranger

R. Kevin Paul, a Virginia native born in 1971, earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Education from Radford University in 1993 where he conducted several university ensembles and performed as a trumpeter in most, including a nominated undergraduate honors recital. He earned Virginia Commonwealth University's first Master of Music degree in Conducting Performance in 1996 - where he served as Director of the University Band and Pep Band, graduate teaching assistant for the Wind Ensemble, and interim graduate teaching assistant for the Choral Arts Society. He also served as principal trumpet of the VCU Symphony & Opera Orchestras.

Kevin served the Richmond Community as a member of several brass quintets, Principal Trumpet of the Richmond Philharmonic, Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Richmond Symphonic Winds, and trumpeter with the Petersburg Symphony and other chamber ensembles. He founded the Richmond Brass Consort, Richmond’s only large brass & percussion ensemble, and was its Conductor/Music Director until he left Richmond in 2000. Kevin currently enjoys playing in a local brass chamber group.

Since 1989, Kevin Paul has been teaching music to students at all levels, from elementary to graduate school, both publicly and privately (20 years+). In addition to maintaining a private trumpet studio, he was the trumpet instructor for the RU Community Arts School and the VCU Community School for the Performing Arts. He has served as a middle school Band Director in the Virginia Public Schools; and part-time member of the music faculties of SweetBriar College (Va) and Lynchburg College (Va) where he was Trumpet Instructor and Director of the Brass Ensemble. He has conducted several high school and middle school bands and has adjudicated many festivals, competitions, and entrance auditions.

He has composed works for Brass Quintet, Brass Ensemble, and Concert Band; and has arranged over 120 works for Brass Quintet and Brass Ensemble. Two of his works for brass quintet were featured on a program at Radford University's "New Horizons" concert in October 2010. His most recent collaboration is Appalachian Hymnsong (brass quintet), a new commission by da Capo Brass (NC), premiered by the same group in March 2011 and included on their debut album by Delos. His March Of The Chinchillas (young concert band) is published by Grand Mesa Music (2011), and was performed at the 2011 MidWest Clinic by the Farmington Jr. High Sumphonic Band (Utah). March of the Chinchillas is also featured in the new publication Teaching Music Through Performance in Middle School Band (GIA Publications). Kevin is a member of ASCAP and recipient of its 2012 Plus award.