Joey Tartell is Professor of Trumpet and the Director of Undergraduate Studies at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.  Before joining the faculty, he enjoyed a career as an in-demand lead and free lance trumpet player.  Joey was the lead player for Maynard Ferguson, touring the United States, Australia, Asia, and Europe, and can be heard on the recording “These Cats Can Swing.”  He also played lead for the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, including a State Department tour of Egypt; the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors, including a State Department tour of India and appearances at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals; and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.  

Although teaching full time, Mr. Tartell remains an active performer.  He is a regular guest lead trumpet/soloist with several orchestras for Pops concerts, including serving as the Guest Principal for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s entire 2014-15 Pops season.  Joey has also played with the St. Louis, Houston, Cincinnati, Detroit, National Arts Centre (Ottawa), and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras.  Also active in the recording studios, he has recorded for the Bob and Tom Show, Hal Leonard Publications, Shawnee Press, Cedar Point Amusement Park, Williams Gaming, and many others.  Joey has also toured with Boston Brass and Canadian Brass.  

Mr. Tartell is also active as a soloist and clinician.  Recently, he has been a featured soloist and clinician at both the International Trumpet Guild conference and the National Trumpet Competition.  He maintains an active calendar as a clinician nationally, presenting clinics from Boise, Idaho to Tallahassee, Florida last year.  

Joey has a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Miami, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he was also awarded a Performer’s Certificate.  He had the great fortune to study with Barbara Butler, Mel Broiles, Gil Johnson, and Vince DiMartino.




  1. Hey Mr. Tartell! I’m a freshman trumpet player and I just love band and playing the trumpet. I wanna take in as much as possible but I also wanna find what I’m looking for. With the way this website is set up, you can’t really see what all is there unless you page through the blogs.

    I don’t mind that but I worry if there’s something amazing waiting for me at the end and I just don’t realize it. Is there a way to look at all the blog entries at once by title?

  2. Hey Joey:

    48 year old comeback player here. Never been anything other than an amateur, but took lessons in HS with a very good instructor.

    Why am I playing again?? Well, some guys get to midlife and buy a sports car. I pulled my trumpet out of the closet and said through gritted teeth, “I’m not dead yet!”


    I just discovered your warm-up video on YouTube. Awesome. AWESOME. That’s my warmup now, and my flexibility has increased a lot after just a couple weeks. I’ve always been able to do decent sounding shakes, but always moving the instrument back and forth. Now I can do it with just my chops. Thanks for putting that info online!

    Also: thanks for recommending the Lip Slur of the Day, which is also great.

    Sigh. Tell me again why we didn’t have YouTube, Facebook, etc. when we were in HS?? I shake my fist at the sky!!

    Anyway, many kudos and thanks!

    Captain Comeback

  3. Love your lead playing on Heart & Soul by the Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra. Play on, play on!

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