What does it take to be a professional classical musician while maintaining a private teaching studio of 40-50 students? Trumpeter Keith Geiman addresses that question with WMUK contributor Craig Freeman, performing some of his favorite pieces with his Britton-Geiman Duo partner, pianist Thom Britton. They play arrangements of Clark's Venus Waltz, Gershwin's Summertime, and the Thiele/Weiss tune, What A Wonderful World. In remembrance of influential Western Michigan University performer/educator Stephen Jones, Geiman plays two verses of Amazing Grace.
Geiman is the co-founder of the Kalamazoo Trumpet Workshop, which he created with fellow trumpeter Benje Daneman to give young trumpet players an opportunity to improve their skills and be inspired by fellow players. It will be held at Kalamazoo College June 25-27.