Jeffrey Strong will be the new 3rd/Utility Trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The Fresno native has been 2nd Trumpet with the St. Louis Symphony since 2015.
Prior to that, Mr. Strong served as a trumpeter in the U.S. Marine Band from 2009 to 2015. National Public Radio (NPR) interviewed him in 2011 regarding his audition and playing experience with the Band, known as “The President’s Own.” LA Phil Principal Trumpet Tom Hooten had also been in the Marine Band the decade prior.
He takes over the chair previously held by Stéphane Beaulac, who in 2017 returned to his prior position at Principal of the Orchestre Metropolitain of Montreal for personal reasons.
Mr. Strong received his Bachelor of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory in 2006 and Master of Music from Northwestern University in 2008.
With his hiring, the LA Phil brass section will be complete once again. No word yet on when he officially will join the orchestra. Congratulations to Mr. Strong and his new colleagues, and best of luck to all of them.
Photo credit: courtesy of the Youth Orchestra of Fresno
I believe I saw Mr. Strong playing with the orchestra a few weeks ago. Why doesn’t he appear on the roster?
Thanks for your question! Yes, he’s been playing as a guest in the section during the past couple weeks of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Stravinsky festival; however, he doesn’t officially join the orchestra until the summer, so he won’t be on the roster until it’s all official.
He sounded quite good! Looking forward to having him here full time.
Excellent! Thank you. Yes, it was the Stravinsky “Faith” concert where we saw him. A great addition to an already strong trumpet section.