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Joe Montelione

Performs nationwide as a soloist for “Concert with Words”, a concert experience that blends instrumental music and spoken word.  Additionally, he performs with the Walt Disney World Orchestra. He has performed with the American Pops Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Opera Tampa, Orlando Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, Coastal Symphony of Georgia, Ocala Symphony, Opera Memphis, Memphis Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Moscow State Radio Symphony, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Erie Symphony, Washington Symphony Orchestra, Jackson Symphony, the Irish Tenors, Cirque Musica Orchestra, with the United Nations Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and many others.  

As a commercial artist he has worked with Billy Joel, Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Charlie Daniels, Amy Grant, Don Menza, Bob Mintzer, Ruben Studdard, Mandisa, Kim Choo-ja, Julie Andrews, Nathan Lane, Lou Diamond Phillips, Ian Fraser, Ed Strauss, Laura Bell Bundy, Lea Michelle, Bart Shatto, Steve Tewksbury, Eden Espinosa, The Little River Band and many others. Montelione can be heard on major-motion picture soundtracks to “Post Grad”, “Live Evil”, “Unearthed” ,"U-Street Sounds", and  the video game “Metropolis.”

As a theatre musician, he has been seen in the Broadway pits for the shows “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” starring Nathan Lane, “Victor/Victoria” starring Julie Andrews, “The King and I” starring Lou Diamond Phillips, “Big: The Musical” a musical adaptation of the 1988 Tom Hanks film, and numerous national tours. 

Montelione is a teaching artist providing masterclasses and performances throughout the United States.  He has performed all over the world as a chamber musician and soloist, with engagements throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He has been on the faculty of the University of Florida as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Trumpet and a member of the artist faculty for the National Trumpet Competition. Before arriving at the University of Florida, Montelione served as a teaching-artist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a performing artist-educator for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and the New England Music Camp and as the Director of Instrumental Performance at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. He is currently on faculty at Florida Tech University where he teaches trumpet and directs the concert and jazz ensembles. 

Montelione is proud to be a Larson Brasswerks Artist. His formal education began at the Manhattan School of Music, and concluded at the University of Southern California.  Previous trumpet teachers have included: Carl Sakofsky, Robert Sullivan, William Vacchiano, Dennis Edelbrock and Boyde Hood.  Previous jazz teachers have included: Earl Carter, Dave Arnay, Jim Carroll and every album he ever heard.

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