Dr. Aaron Jensen is the recently appointed Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. He previously taught at the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley, Tarleton State University, the University of North Texas, and the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as privately in the Dallas – Fort Worth metroplex.
Dr. Jensen’s students have gone on to attend both graduate and undergraduate programs and be performers throughout the United States and Europe. His students have competed and performed multiple times at the National Trumpet Competition and International Trumpet Guild conferences and have won multiple university level awards including Outstanding Instrumentalist, Most Improved Instrumentalist, Outstanding Jazz Musician, Outstanding Music Business Student, as well as winning the Honor’s Competition. In addition to his university teaching his private students have been members of the TMEA All-State bands, auditioned into the National Youth Wind Ensemble, participated in DCI, were members of the Denton Youth Symphony, and were awarded Outstanding Soloist at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Competition. Dr. Jensen is an active clinician, having taught masterclasses at the International Trumpet Guild conference in 2022 and multiple universities, including the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Arkansas State University, Colorado State University, Brigham Young University, and the University of Central Arkansas.
As a performer, Aaron performs and tours with the Session Brass Quintet, and was a founding member of the Eastside Brass Octet and the 956 Brass. As an orchestral performer, he frequently performs as a substitute musician with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Valley Symphony Orchestra, Monroe Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Arlington, the Fort Smith Symphony, Motown legends “The Four Tops”, the Denver Pops Orchestra, and the Red River Lyric Opera Festival. Aaron has performed and recorded with Grammy award winning “The Indigo Girls” as well as the University of North Texas Wind Symphony in addition to many other projects.
Dr. Jensen has served in various roles with the International Trumpet guild including conference reporter and recently completed his two-and-a-half-year tenure as Video Coordinator. He also served as Assistant Host to the 2017 National Trumpet Competition.
A lover of music technology, Aaron has produced and engineered albums and video projects for numerous artists and institutions including Caleb Hudson of the Canadian Brass, Jason Bergman, and Ryan Gardner.Dr. Jensen earned a doctorate from The University of North Texas and holds degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder (MM), Oklahoma State University (BM), and Snow College (AS). Aaron is greatly indebted to his primary mentors as well as his previous trumpet colleagues: Ryan Gardner, Caleb Hudson, Jason Bergman, Justin Bartels, Terry Sawchuk, Brian Walker, Jared Broussard, David Blackinton, Scott Wilson, and Steve Meredith.