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Shawn Shearer: Trumpet

Shawn is a co-founder of ACBQ and its publicity guru. Growing up in band country outside of Chicago, IL, she was bred in one of the best band programs in the U.S. She attended one year at Valparaiso University studying with Charles Mann (a student of Adolph “Bud” Herseth) on trumpet and Billy Foster on jazz piano. She then went to Utah State University studying with Glen Fifield.  She had the opportunity to grab a private lesson with Anthony Plog, who did a Master Class there. He immediately referred her to study with the Utah Symphony’s Nick Norton and Edmund Cord.

After some wandering around, she resumed her studies at Boise State University where she studied with Marcellus Brown. In all her collegiate undertakings, Shawn was the principal and lead trumpet player in Orchestras, Symphonic Winds, Madrigal Brass, Chamber Orchestras, Jazz Ensembles, Brass Quintets, Marching and Pep Bands and a professional funk band. (She never completed her degree – she was too busy playing!)

Shawn has played with the Utah Symphony Orchestra, the Boise Philharmonic, the Boise Faculty Brass Quintet, and the Boise Summerfest series. She has been a Concerto Competition winner, and attained Musicianship awards, Jazz awards, Chairman Honors awards and was nominated for Talent of the Year. She was a member of the 1984 International Olympic Marching Band in Los Angeles (and got a bronze medal!) and the 1986 Liberty Marching Band for the rededication of the Statue of Liberty in New York.

These days Shawn plays with Utah Premiere Brass, Utah Valley Symphony, Gabriel Trumpets and a variety of freelancing including studio work. She teaches music in hopes of passing on her knowledge and love of the trumpet to budding young players.

Mostly though, she writes – her second love. She served time in the journalism field. The Georgia Press Association gave her First Place for sports writing and Second Place for her sports column. She has also been a Web editor, proofreader and copywriter. Her poetry has been included in anthologies and has won several Editor’s Choice Awards. Currently, she continues in the newspaper field and is a music tech at the local Junior High – and keeps plugging away at a novel.

Shawn’s words:

“I was born an Indiana Hoosier. In second grade, we moved to the heart of band country in the boonies of Chicago. When it was time to pick an instrument at the end of third grade, I was going to play the oboe. As Mom and I stood in line, I found out that mom played the cornet for about three months. So, when it was my turn to tell Mr. Pappas what instrument I liked, I decided I would finish what mom started and picked the cornet, much to my mother’s surprise.

My cornet became her new best friend and I never looked back. It became my therapy, my stability, and my life. A year later, I started taking piano lessons, but the cornet was still my favorite. I would practice both instruments until my fingers were sore or Mom would politely ask me to stop because we all needed to go to sleep.

I picked up guitar and played in church. I also covered for the organist, which was terrifying, but I did it. At Utah State, I started playing keyboard percussion. I love playing, so much that I was so busy playing, I never finished my degree. I might do that one day. But, for now, I’ll just keep doing what I love best.”


Danielle Dinkelman: Trombone

Danielle is ACBQ’s co-founder, manager, and our trombone extraordinaire. She hails from the Southeastern desert of Washington State and fell in love with the trombone at Highland’s Middle School in Kennewick, WA.

She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Trombone Performance from Brigham Young University. Studying with BYU’s Will Kimball, she played in The Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Synthesis, and the Honors Brass Quintet.

Danielle was a member of the Orchestra at Temple Square for three years, accompanying the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in their weekly, nationally televised broadcasts, as well as their Christmas Concerts with guest artists such as the King Singers, and Broadway star, Brian Stokes Mitchell. She has done freelance work recording sessions for video game sound tracks, chamber brass groups accompanying the All State Choir, pit orchestras for operas, was a member of a professional salsa band, Orcesta Latino that performed in Latin dance clubs in Sugarhouse/Salt Lake area.

She has also played with the Utah Premiere Brass, The Nebo Philharmonic, the Utah Valley Millennial Choir & Orchestra, subbed with BYU’s Synthesis, and been hired for the Utah Lyric Opera’s production of “Carmen”.

Danielle is an avid educator setting up the only brass studio is Price, Utah. She has successfully transformed young players into award –winning players receiving superior ratings at State Solo and Ensemble, the Sterling Scholar for Music, and invited to participate in the Lyceum Youth Orchestra. Her skills just keep getting sharper as a private instructor and also as clinician through Legacy Music Alliance. She has accomplished a great deal in her young career and there’s no ceiling for her budding legacy.

Danielle’s words:

“From the very beginning I was able to produce an exceptional sound for a sixth grader, or so they told me. All through middle school and high school I excelled as a section leader and played in all the groups I could. I filled my schedule with concert band, jazz band, and then in high school even more so, adding pep band, marching band, and symphony orchestra to the mix.

I began consistent private study in high school with Bruce Brown, a local freelancer and a great teacher and mentor. I was accepted by audition to be in the Western International Band Conference as a high school senior. I competed for a local prestigious music scholarship with other young instrumentalists and vocalists and was awarded second place. (I lost to a cellist, but I beat out the vocalist/steel drum virtuoso. Not a bad achievement for a trombone soloist!) I received a superior rating at regional solo and ensemble competition playing my first love of trombone solo literature, Félix Alexandre Guilmant’s “The Marceau Symphonique.” In WA, they only send one player from each region to state, and I was first alternate, so that was a big deal, too.

The BYU Chamber Orchestra toured in 2008 to the North Eastern United States and I had the marvelous opportunity to play in Carnegie Hall. Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” never sounded so good. While playing with Orcesta Latino, I was only a bit of a sore thumb – a short, blonde, 18-year-old playing with a group of Venezuelan immigrants. I had the time of my life in that group!

I married my husband, an accountant and finance guy, in 2007. He got used to my musician’s world quickly. Our first anniversary was soon followed by me going on tour for three weeks. Our second anniversary was a trip up to Salt Lake for a gig I had at the Salt Lake Tabernacle for a brass quintet accompanying the all-state choir! After graduation in 2009, I began the juggling act of being a musician and a young mother. In the last 5 years of motherhood, I have been sure to pepper in teaching and playing as much as possible.”


Robert “Bob” Peterson: Trumpet

Bob is our Composer, Arranger, Producer, Transcriber, Soloist, Teacher, Clinician and all around heavy hitter. He has published, composed, arranged, orchestrated and recorded music for a variety of talents and groups that include the Starbright Trio, Penn State, Alpenhorn and Orchestra, and dozens of songs for local artists and ensembles.

His performance experience spans a lifetime of recording albums, movies, commercials and military bands. He has performed with the 5th US Army Band in San Antonio, Texas, the U.S. Continental Army Band and Brass Quintet in Hampton, Virginia, TheLettermen, Aretha Franklin, The Dells, Gladys Knight, the Pouri Jazz Festival in Finland, and has been a featured soloist at Bruton Parish Church in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.

Bob is a veritable encyclopedia on trumpet instruction and uses classical and contemporary techniques to lift players and gain confidence. He currently plays with Sounding Brass Quintet, Top Brass Quintet, Gabriel Trumpets, The Mississippi Mood, Dick Losee Jazz Combo, Mila Gudnina, and the Robert Peterson Jazz Combo. He is a popular choice as a soloist with local orchestras and ensembles.

Bob holds a Bachelors of Music – Brigham Young University, Masters of Music – University ofMichigan, and attended the Armed Forces School of Music at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base, Virginia Beach, VA.

Bob’s words:

“Of all my buddies, when I was eight I could play the cow horn better than all of them. Then, in fourth grade, we were all herded into the auditorium at Sherman Elementary School in SLC, and were shown a movie on band instruments. There was something about the Cornet that just grabbed me. That very day, after school I asked my dad if I could play trumpet. To my great surprise, we got in the old Dodge and drove down to Hart Brothers Music in Sugarhouse, and dad bought me my first trumpet. I know this was a major sacrifice, as our family of 8 children, and dad working as a carpenter didn’t have any surplus.

My parents never asked me once to go and practice. Quite the contrary. Mom would often send me out on the front porch to serenade the neighbors. Sometimes I would play for 2 hours straight; it just felt
so good to play. Now, 48 years later, I just haven’t been able to shake  this habit of playing the trumpet. One church leader called it an extension of my arm.”


Marcus Voght, Tuba

Marcus Voght graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Secondary Music Education, having also received a minor in Spanish Teaching.  He lived as a missionary in Argentina for 2 years and fell in love with the Argentine people and the Spanish language.  His major instrument is the tuba and loves to play whenever he has the chance.  He plays regularly in the Utah Premiere Brass, The American West Symphony, as well as various Traditional Dixieland Jazz Bands.  Marcus is currently working on his Master’s degree at BYU in Music Education.  He teaches band and orchestra at Draper Park Middle School.  He lives in South Jordan with his beautiful wife, who is a local viola and violin teacher.

Marcus’ Words

“I started playing an instrument in 6th grade on the clarinet.  We moved the summer before 10th grade and when we got to school the band teacher begged one of us to switch to tuba.  Figuring that everything else in my life had changed I thought I might as well give it a try.  I fell in love with the instrument immediately.  I ended up majoring in music at BYU studying tuba with Dr. Steve Call.  I now play in the Utah Premiere Brass Band and the Art City Brass Quintet as well as sub for various community orchestras.  I teach band and orchestra at Draper Park Middle School and loves working with kids, helping them develop a love for music.”

Jeffrey Michaelis, Horn

Jeff is the principal horn for The Utah Valley Symphony. He taught music for a while and has some kind of technical job that none of us understand. He has a gaggle of kids and his wife is a cellist. That’s all we really know, but we know he is a fantastic player and we’re super happy to have him with us.

Jeff is working on his bio and will one day have it here for all to peruse.

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