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Steven Cunningham

Steven Cunningham is an Adjunct Instructor of Jazz at VCU, where he teaches Jazz Orchestra II. A gifted composer/arranger as well as a formidable trumpeter and improviser, Steven has had the opportunity to work with Josh Groban, El DeBarge, Maestro J, Black Masala, The KG Experience, Brass of the Potomac, Joye B. Moore, The Brotherhood, The Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra, The Flavor Project and Brunswick. He has performed in high-profile venues such as Carnegie Hall, DAR Constitution Hall, The Kennedy Center, Washington National Cathedral, The Tower Theater, The National Orchestral Institute, Musikfest, New York Gypsy Festival, International Trumpet Guild Conference, National Trumpet Competition, American Bandmasters Association Convention, and The Richmond Jazz Festival. He performed as lead trumpet for the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra, third trumpet in 2015, and 2nd trumpet in 2016.

Steven received his Bachelor of Music degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011, studying with Prof. Rex Richardson. He pursued graduate studies with trumpeter Chris Gekker at University of Maryland, College Park, earning a Master of Music in 2014 and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance in 2017.

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