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  James Estes teaches all brass lessons.  He is currently Principal Solo Cornet of the Orchid City Brass Band.  Mr. Estes is also Trumpet Professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University, and for 7 years he has coached the brass section of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony.

Mr. Estes has over 40 years' experience teaching all brass instruments from beginners to college level. As a teacher, Mr. Estes has produced some of the top brass players in the state of  Florida.  Three of his former students have been first chair trumpet in the state, two horn players have had that honor, and numerous trombone and euphonium players have been selected for All-State.  One horn student Mr. Estes started recently won the audition for Assistant Principal Horn in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.  

 For 23 years Mr. Estes was Co-Principal Trumpet of the Florida Philharmonic and its predecessors.  He’s played Principal Trumpet in Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, Palm Beach Opera, Stuttgart Ballet, American Ballet Theater and Peter Nero and Pops at the Philharmonic.  With the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra Mr. Estes performed with some of the most famous conductors and soloists in the world.  During his tenure with the orchestra he recorded 3 CD’s, and appeared with Luciano Pavarotti on Miami Beach before and estimated 250,000 people. In pops concerts, Mr. Estes played for Henry Mancini, John Williams, Bobby Short, Herb Alpert, Al Hirt, Doc Severinsen, Ray Charles, Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme’, Mel Torme’,  Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Band, Patti Page, Diihann Carroll, Vic Damone, Frank Sinatra, Jr.

Mr. Estes’ teachers were Vincent Cichowicz of the Chicago Symphony and Northwestern University and Gilbert Johnson of the University of Miami and formerly Principal Trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Estes holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois-Urbana and was a Graduate Assistant at the University of Miami where he completed the coursework on a Ph.D. Degree. Mr. Estes is a  National Board Certified Teacher.


for lessons call 954-270-5061 or email estesjw@gmail.com