Versatile trumpeter Brent Madsen is an active jazz, commercial, orchestral, chamber and solo performer as well as an educator. Madsen has performed with groups such as the National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Wolf Trap Opera Company, the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, the Brad Linde Ensemble, the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, the Dave Tucker-John Blount Big Band, and Baltimore-based improvised music collective Out of Your Head. He is also a founding member of NYC-based group Jerseyband. Madsen has played in the backup bands for stars such as Wayne Newton, Johnny Mathis, the Temptations, and the Four Tops. He has also performed in numerous musical productions including Peter Pan, Sunset Boulevard, Show Boat, 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, and Take Joy! at venues such as Wolf Trap, the National Theatre, the Music Center at Strathmore, the Hippodrome Theatre and the Signature Theatre.
In addition to seven Jerseyband CD releases, Madsen’s recording credits include Sting’s If On A Winter’s Night…, Shakira’s She Wolf, Steve Reich’s Triple Quartet, Music for a Large Ensemble, Electric Guitar Phase, and a soon-to-be-released recording of the music of composer Lawrence Moss, where Brent plays alongside Chris Gekker on the trumpet duet entitled Together.
Madsen holds a BM in jazz performance from the Eastman School of Music and an MM in classical trumpet performance from the University of Maryland. He is currently pursuing a DMA at the University of Maryland. In addition to teaching at the Preparatory, Madsen is on the faculty at Howard Community College.