The Mute Caddy Artists
Rick Baptist is one of the most prolific trumpeters in Hollywood, Rick Baptist has played on over 1250 motion pictures, 30 years on the Academy Awards and 28 years on the Emmy Awards. He has performed on over 100 gold and platinum records including Frank Sinatra Duets 1 & 2, Barbra Streisand’s Duets album, and Ray Charles’ last record “Genius Loves Company”. Baptist has played trumpet on over 5000 cartoon shows from Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain to Family Guy where he can be heard on all 4 trumpet parts on the main title. He is honored to be one of two musicians who played on the first 13 Pixar Movies including his feature as first trumpet on The Incredibles and the Solotone Mute solos on Up.
David Longoria David Longoria is a GRAMMY Award nominated American trumpter, songwriter, singer, and record producer. He has worked with many of the top artists and producers of our generation. In the dance world he has produced hundreds of records for artists and labels all over the world. His newest Dance Single is Angles which combines his jazz and classically influenced trumpeting with trumpeting along with current progressive house production. The result is the groundbreaking melodic and rhythmic sound. This is the first single from the highly anticipated Instrumental Dance album The Journey which is scheduled to be released at the end of the year.
Arturo Sandoval is a Cuban-American jazz trumpeter, pianist, timbalero, and composer. While living in his native Cuba, Sandoval was influenced by jazz musicians Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, and Dizzy Gillespie. In 1977 he met Gillespie, who became his friend and mentor and helped him defect from Cuba while on tour with the United Nations Orchestra. Sandoval became an American naturalized citizen in 1998. His life was the subject of the film For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story (2000) starring Andy García. Sandoval has won 4 Grammy Awards, Billboard Awards and one Emmy Award. He performed at the White House and at the Super Bowl (1995).
Morris Northcutt is known for his lyricism, artistry and ability to cross the boundary between classical and jazz, a result of decades of craft with both the trumpet and the cornet. This Global Music Award Medal Winner, and Bach Conn-Selmer Solo Performing Artist, has shared the stage with a wide range of diverse performance groups. From Critical Mass Big Band, Mannheim Steamroller, and The Blues Brothers Reunion Band, to Federal Way Chorale, Seattle Symphony Chamber Orchestra and Tacoma Symphony, Northcutt’s list of collaborations is endless. Northcutt’s rich freelance career has seen him play everywhere, from locally, to internationally in Canada, South America and Europe. In both 2014 and 2017, Northcutt performed as a guest soloist with Denis Gautier Big Band in Southern France. And in 2018 he toured Ireland with the Tacoma Concert Band as a featured soloist. 2019 then saw him complete a solo tour of concerts and recitals in Ireland that included an appearance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Northcutt has been the lead trumpet player for legendary jazz saxophonist Pete Christlieb and his Tall and Small Big Band as well. He also continues to play as principal cornetist for the internationally recognized Tacoma Concert Band, a position he has held for over 20 years.
Jonathan De La Cruz remembers learning to play the trumpet in a Pentecostal church in Mexico. De La Cruz, who grew up in Eagle Pass, Texas. De La Cruz played the trumpet in church from seventh grade through high school. De La Cruz went on to join his high school band where he was invited to join the band director in a professional tejano music group. De La Cruz said his first travelling gig with this band was both exciting and terrifying since he was only 15 and had never left home before. After high school De La Cruz went to Texas A&M University-Kingsville, where he studied music education and played in the marching band. After graduation, De La Cruz was invited to play a high-profile gig at the Selena Festival with Chris Perez, the famous guitarist and husband of the late Selena Quintanilla. In 2016 De La Cruz was accepted into a master's program at the Jacob's School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana.
Joaquin Molina is a much in-demand trumpet player throughout Spain and is a Yamaha Performing Artist and clinician. He is in the orchestras of many Disney productions including "The Addams Family," and "Aladdin," "Anastasia," and attended the Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Murcia.