Walter White grew up in a musical family near Detroit and was inspired at an early age by the music of Beethoven and Louis Armstrong. Starting on his brother’s Boy Scout bugle at age five, Walter learned to play baritone and tuba before settling on trumpet by age nine. Trained at Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Juilliard School, the University of Miami, and the Banff Centre, Walter’s former teachers include William Vacchiano, John Lindenau, Leon Rapier, Carmine Caruso, Jerome Amend, and Kenny Wheeler. Walter’s dynamic trumpet playing led him to work with many of the top names in music including Bob James, Dave Holland, the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Gunther Schuller, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, the Jaco Pastorius Big Band, and The Mingus Big Band. During the 1990’s, Walter toured and recorded with his boyhood hero, trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, and is featured on the CD, “Live from London,” playing The Fox Hunt, a sizzling duet with Maynard recorded at Ronnie Scott’s in Soho. Currently, Walter serves as lead trumpeter for Dave Matthew’s Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, with whom he tours Japan on a bi-yearly basis, and has recorded six award-winning records for the Japanese market. Walter’s playing has graced the sound tracks of records, movies, and television; most notably network sitcoms TAXI, and The Cosby Show. A recording studio owner, Walter produces music for records, television, and film, and has authored the Walter White Long-tone Accompaniment, a play-along CD for music practice, which has garnered worldwide acclaim. Walter has composed over forty original works for large jazz ensembles and has been commissioned to write for choirs, woodwind and brass ensembles, and symphony orchestra.
Walter White is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician. Please visit his website at www.walterwhite.com. Walter White and Small Medium @LARGE website: http://walterwhite.brassjarmusic.com
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