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Going Acapella, The Oxymoronic Career of Trumpet Soloist, Finding Zen in Performance and Much More w/ Patrick Oliverio.

“Average Joe?!” I asked incredulously.

“Yes, I…”

“Average Joe???!!!” I asked, again stupefied.

When it comes to the trumpet, Patrick Oliverio is anything but average.

Solo cornetist w/ the Fountain City Brass Band, awarded first place in the graduate division of the 2017 National Trumpet Competition, highly sought-out teacher and performer in the Kansas City metro area.

These are but a few of the well-deserved accolades Patrick has earned in his career.

When he’s not producing videos of himself performing 6-part ensemble pieces in stairwells using the Acapella app, he writes in his blog on topics such as meditation, parenting and performing, and much more.

Find him on the web at

About the guest:

Patrick Oliverio is currently solo cornet with the Fountain City Brass Band, principal trumpet of the Northland Symphony Orchestra, and is an active clinician and private lessons instructor in the Kansas City metro area. 

He has performed with ensembles such as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony, and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. 

Patrick began his music education at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville which he attended for his undergraduate degree in trumpet performance. 

Some of his selected achievements include: winning 1st and 2nd place at the state and regional level of the MTNA Soloist competition. The International Trumpet Guild’s Scholarship Competition in 2011, 2012, and 2013. 

In 2013, Patrick moved to Kansas City with his wife Jennifer Oliverio and joined the award-winning group the Fountain City Brass Band. Since becoming full-time members, the FCBB have won their 7th US Open Competition and 5th North American Brass Band Championship. The FCBB toured to Gateshead, England in 2017 where they placed 2nd in Brass in Concert and 3rd in the Scottish Open Championship. 

In 2016, Patrick placed 1st in the Graduate Solo Division of the National Trumpet Competition in Denver, Colorado.

Patrick has studied with phenomenal teachers such as Frank Campos, Ed Carroll, Justin Emerich, Dr. Richard Rulli, and Dr. Keith Benjamin.

Patrick is an endorsing artist for Bach Trumpets. 

Enjoy the interview!

A few of the more salient highlights from our chat:

-The proper use of air when playing trumpet…4:30

-Growing up in a musical family…9:35

-How Patrick prepared for his successful performance at NTC…11:58

-The oxymoron of a career as trumpet soloist…22:45

-Finding joy and community in the brass band community…29:38

-Long overdue attention to the cornet…35:22

-How Patrick records himself playing 6-part ensemble pieces in stairwells…40:14

-And much more…

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Patrick’s blog

The Shure MV-88 mic that Patrick uses for his recordings

National Trumpet Competition

Jens Lindemann

Fountain City Brass Band

Denis Wick cornet mouthpieces

Hakan Hardenberger

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