David Hickman is one of the world’s leading classical trumpet soloists and teachers, having released 19 solo albums and touring the world numerous times. He has been a guest soloist with over 2,000 orchestras and is the founder and president of the large American ensemble, Summit Brass. He is one of the founders of the International Trumpet Guild and served as its president from 1977-79. His 45 years of university teaching have produced hundreds of leading professionals who occupy chairs in major symphony orchestras, military bands and chamber ensembles, as well as professorships at over 150 colleges and universities.
Hickman’s publications include books such as Trumpet Pedagogy: A Compendium of Modern Teaching Techniques and Trumpet Greats: A Biographical Dictionary, Music Speed Reading, The Piccolo Trumpet and many others. He has also published editions of over 150 trumpet solos. The International Trumpet Guild has awarded him both the Award of Merit and its prestigious Honorary Award.
Hickman has also commissioned numerous works for trumpet by such composers as Anthony Plog, Thom Ritter Geiorge, Michael Conway Baker, Daniel Thrower and Oskar Morawetz. He has given U.S. and world premieres of several important concertos and was the first to record many significant trumpet solo works. In 2005, Hickman received the prestigious Award of Merit from the International Trumpet Guild for his lifetime achievement and service to the world of trumpet.
A native of Kimball, Nebraska, Hickman received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1972 and then became a graduate teaching assistant under Dr. Walter Myers at Wichita State University (MM degree in 1974). He taught at the University of Illinois from 1974-82 before accepting a position at Arizona State University. ASU conferred upon him the title of Regents’ Professor of Music in 1989, a position he still holds.