J. Jerome Amend

J. Jerome Amend, principal trumpet of the Louisville Orchestra, joined the orchestra in 1972 following four years as trumpet soloist with the 564th USAF Tactical Air Command Band (Langley AFB, Virginia). He has appeared as soloist with the orchestra a number of times and his work there regularly includes performances with the Kentucky Opera and Louisville Ballet. Prior to military service, he performed with the Houston Symphony under Music Directors Sir John Barbirolli and André Previn. Since 1989, Mr. Amend has been Music Director of the Commonwealth Brass Band – an English-style brass band. Previously he conducted the Louisville Contemporary Chamber Consort (1973-1975), the Musician’s Union Summer Band (1986), the Louisville Festival Symphony, and was Co-Director of the “Twentieth-Century Series” (1975-1977) at the University of Louisville. He previously taught trumpet at the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan, (1974-1979), Spring Branch (Houston) Independent School District (1966-1968), Galveston Public Schools (1967-1968), Bellarmine College, Campbellsville (KY) College, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and both trumpet and music theory at the University of Louisville (for 28 years).

Mr. Amend attended Amarillo College (Associate), University of Houston (Bachelors), and the University of Louisville (Masters), where he studied music. In his free time, Mr. Amend enjoys farming, model trains, genealogy & history. To him, the most interesting aspect of being a musician is “growing in both ability and appreciation of a truly wonderful art and vocation”. Mr.Amend’s advice for young musicians is “Get out of your head and ego- listen, learn, and share.”