John Almeida holds the Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Alabama and the Master of Music Education from Appalachian State University. Mr. Almeida has been a member of the Applied Brass faculty at the University of Central Florida since 1993 where he teaches trumpet and coaches the UCF Trumpet Ensemble, and the Colbourn Brass Quintet. During the summer months, Mr. Almeida teaches trumpet and coaches the Honors Brass Quintet at Cannon Music Camp at Appalachian State University.
His orchestral experience includes performing as Principal Trumpet of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra from 1993-2007 and Principal Trumpet of the Winter Park Bach Festival Orchestra from 1993-2002. His students have gone on to receive music performance degrees from Appalachian State University, Indiana University, Rice University, Rutgers University, the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and the Vandercook College of Music. A number of Mr. Almeida’s students have been first place winners in the International Trumpet Guild Solo Jazz Competitions, members of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the United States Army Jazz Ambassadors, the United States Navy Band, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Walt Disney All-American Band, BLAST, and professional musicians in the Los Angeles movie and television music industry.
Mr. Almeida remains active as an adjudicator for the Florida Bandmasters Association. He has been a guest artist/clinician in the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinc, New Mexico, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Rhode Island, Virginia, Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, New York City, and Florida.
“I have traveled across the United States and to Europe with both my Classic and Coyote. Each case gives me the opportunity to carry my trumpets and accessories in a secure manner and with ease. The designs are such that, regardless of what horns I need to play, or what number of mutes and music I need to bring, my Torpedo Bags always help me get the job done.” — John Almeida.