Ryan Gardner: “I’m Just Lucky to Be Able to Work With Such Inspiring Students That Make Every Day a Pleasure”
Dr Ryan Gardner is the Associate Professor of Trumpet at UC Boulder. In this interview, he talks about his career and the recent successes of his students at the National Trumpet Competition. Dr Gardner’s students have won every collegiate division at the National Trumpet Competition, including the Undergraduate Solo Division — 2017, 2018, 2021 — the Graduate Solo Division in 2016, the Military Band Excerpt Competition in 2022 and the Ensemble Division seven times — 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2021, 2022 (small ensemble) and 2022 (large ensemble) in addition to placing a total of 19 times during this span. They have also won top prizes in the International Trumpet Guild competitions, Music Teachers National Association competitions, and International Women’s Brass Conference competitions, among others. They are employed in orchestras, premiere military bands, and teaching positions across the country.