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Alfred University assistant professor of music to discuss the evolution of trumpet at Forum

Dr. Christopher C. Foster, assistant professor of music and director of bands at Alfred University, will present “The Trumpet: Instrument of Gods, Kings, Wars, and Nightclubs” on Thursday, April 29, during AU’s Bergren Forum at 12:10 p.m., at Nevins Theater in Powell Campus Center. This event is free of charge and open to public.

Foster will discuss the evolution of the trumpet — ancestor to all brass instruments — which has been used as an instrument of war, praise, and enjoyment. Foster will talk about the trumpet’s various roles throughout history and how we have come to perceive it as heroic, alarming, and also beautiful. Foster will also perform a few musical examples.

Foster teaches music theory and classes on wind instruments and directs the concert band, jazz band, and brass choir. Holding a Ph.D. in musical arts from University of North Texas, Foster has performed with the University of North Texas Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Baroque Trumpet Ensemble, and as a freelance musician. In Nevada, Foster has performed with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Nevada Opera, Reno Jazz Orchestra, the Gordy Brown Show at Harrah’s Casino, and as principal trumpet and soloist for the Ruby Mountain Symphony. Foster has also been a guest conductor for the Lake Tahoe Music Camp.

Foster studied trumpet with Larry Engstrom, Keith Johnson, and John Holt, and conducted with Eugene Corporon and Dennis Fisher. Foster can also be heard on the Klavier, a music production label.

For more information about the trumpet and other musical performances, contact Foster at

The Bergren Forum, sponsored by the Alfred University Division of Human Studies, meets Thursdays during each academic semester at the University. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch; coffee and tea will be available.