School of Arts and CommunicationMusic: Trumpet

Joe Boertmann, Music Education, Class of 2009

Joe BoertmannJoe Boertmann graduated from PLU in 2009 with a degree in Music Education.  While at PLU he played trumpet in the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, University Symphony Orchestra, student brass quintet, and Concert Band.  Currently, Joe is working as the Director of Bands for the Castle Rock School District, teaching high school jazz band, concert band and pep band, middle school band, elementary school beginning band, fourth grade recorders, and kindergarten general music.

"Professor Lyman was able to individualize his instruction to meet my specific needs.  I never once felt like any of my time was generic hoops to jump through.  I learned how to be a better band director from being his student.  I had access to my teacher at times outside of my scheduled lessons. He even came and found me in a practice room to provide additional advice after a conversation we had.  This would have never happened at any of the larger schools – even the 'best' schools in the nation, I’m convinced.  Outside of trumpet, the music faculty working in concert created a complete experience.  There were professors whose classes I was never in, but I was able approach them and ask advice on playing, being a musician, about my intended career and just life in general.  Again, something you wouldn’t find at many other institutions no matter the size. I would not have survived my first years of teaching in this current assignment had it not been for the complete music education experience I received at PLU.  If the program had been any less, I’m not sure I’d still be teaching.  After I graduated, I have kept in touch with my private instructor and my band director.  They both have served as sources of information and advice.  I transformed from being their student to their colleague in the profession and, looking back, I feel that this was their goal the whole time."

Micah Haven, Music Education, Class of 2009

Micah HavenMicah Haven graduated from PLU in 2009 with a degree in Music Education.  At PLU, Micah played with the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, brass quintet, and Trumpet Ensemble.  He is currently the director of bands at Meeker Middle School in Tacoma.

"Having faculty members that are approachable and helpful, professors who have students in mind first and foremost, made PLU an incredible place to develop as a musician.  The PLU faculty members come from varied backgrounds, most having taught at many levels and out of their content areas at some point in their careers.  This gives them a special appreciation for the developing music educator.  In my lessons, my teachers were able to draw from their varied teaching and performing experience to help me understand more deeply the teaching and performing process.  The PLU music faculty, more so than other schools, collaborate and communicate with each other.  They care about student success in all music classes, not just their own. Most schools give you the technical skills and content knowledge to have a career in the world.  PLU gave me the opportunities  and experiences to make sure my career impacts the world.  My GUR classes taught me to think deeply about the world around me and to question the injustices I see.  My lessons and ensembles taught me the amazing impact music has on the world and why making music is an experience everyone deserves.  My experience at PLU taught me to care.  It taught me to care for the successes of everyone around me.  It taught me care for places in the world I may never see.  It taught me to look outward in a society that is so profoundly inward facing.  More than the technical skills and content knowledge I teach my students, I teach them what being a musician truly means.  On any given day, 235 young minds walk through my door and my hope is they learn from the lessons I learned at PLU.  My private lessons, ensembles and tours, and relationships I developed at PLU gave me a sincere sense of gratitude to be able to teach music.  My hope is to create a classroom that has so many of the good qualities that are deeply rooted in PLU.”


Matt Terjeson, Business Marketing, Class of 2009

Matt TerjesonMatt Terjeson graduated from PLU in 2009 with a degree in Business Marketing.  While at PLU he took trumpet lessons from Dr. Lyman and played in the Trumpet Ensemble and Wind Ensemble.  Since 2006 Matt has worked as a recording engineer for Save the City Records.  When he's not in the sound booth, he's on tour as a rock guitarist.

“The groups within the PLU music program are far greater than college classes you get a few credits for. It feels as if you are playing in a professional atmosphere. There is also a striving for excellence that never lets up. We could have given the best performance of our lives but the next day we were working to raise the bar for the next performance. It's not only in performances either. Each and every rehearsal in Wind Ensemble we worked and played to the best of our ability. Some of the best moments I experienced were in rehearsal. The same goes for Trumpet rehearsals. This has a lot to do with the excellent leadership from Dr. Powell and Dr. Lyman. They set the tone for us in rehearsals and inspired us to be great. In trumpet lessons, Dr. Lyman was great at giving me material that was doable but challenging at the same time. It’s a plus to learn an instrument from someone who is exceptional at their instrument, both musically and technically. If I had to do it all over, I would never consider another program to be a part of. PLU did an outstanding job preparing me for what I do.  Although I don’t need a business degree for what I do, I learned many skills that I use everyday.  The business knowledge helped me start and maintain multiple businesses.  I have used tons of the marketing skills for music advertising and promotion.  I also learned how to meet deadlines and work well with teams. The music program not only helped me further my music theory and skill on my instrument, but also gave me a great attention to detail which I use everyday editing and recording music.”

Mary Davis, Music Education, Class of 2010

Mary DavisMary Davis graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 2010 with a bachelors degree in Music Education. While at PLU, Mary played trumpet in the Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and Concert Band. She also participated in the PLU Brass Quintet. Mary has worked as a substitute teacher in several school districts in the Seattle-Metro area.  She is currently teaching Elementary and Middle School band in Bellevue.

"What I love most about PLU music is that there are so many opportunities, even if you do not major in music. Music is truly a passion and even if you don’t want to devote your entire life and future career in music, you can still perform and be a part of top-notch groups and take lessons from the same staff that teach the music majors, and pursue a passion. PLU prepared me very well for what I am doing now. I was hired for general (K-4) music in the district I was in simply because they didn’t have another band job but didn’t want to lose me to a different district, that’s what having PLU Music Ed can do for your resume. Now I am teaching beginning (and very early) band and every opportunity I was given through trumpet lessons, brass lab, and band methods, I use every day. In any given day I will play clarinet, trumpet, baritone, trombone, and tuba for my students. My time at PLU really helped me to feel confident in my abilities in front of a group as well as flexibility to meet students where they are at.”

Zoyia Perry, Music Education, Class of 2010

Zoyia PerryZoyia Perry is a 2010 graduate of PLU where she received a degree in Music Education.  While at PLU she performed regularly with the University Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Brass Quintet, Trumpet Ensemble, and Jazz Band.  She is currently teaching 3-12 grade General Music and Band in the South Bend School District.

“PLU was a great school to go to. When I started going there I couldn’t believe how welcoming and helpful everyone was. PLU... helped me find ways to pay for everything I needed.”

Ben Tully, Musical Arts, Class of 2011

Ben TullyBen Tully graduated from PLU in 2011 with a degree in Musical Arts and a minor in English writing. While at PLU, Ben played trumpet in the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Trumpet Ensemble, Brass Quintet, Concert Band, and sang in the Men's Chorus.  Ben is also a baseball fanatic and has worked in the broadcast booth for the PLU baseball team during home games.  He currently teaches at a primary school in Hong Kong.

“The PLU music program is outstanding in the fact that it both trains professional musicians and allows non-music majors to continue participating in music. In addition to that, it was a good fit for someone in the middle of the spectrum like myself. I majored in music, but never was interested in a performance or education degree, wanting a more general knowledge base and the flexibility to minor in another discipline. My classes both non-musical and musical gave me a much more informed vision of life and the world, but my non-academic experiences were just as impactful, such as the friends I made on campus and how I learned from them. I don’t think I could’ve made the leap to move 6,500 miles and experience something so new if I’d gone to a university that put less energy into turning me into a mature, critically thinking adult.”

Ryan Foster, Trumpet Performance, Class of 2011

Ryan FosterRyan Foster graduated from PLU in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance.  He was a member of the University Wind Ensemble, University Symphony Orchestra, University Jazz Ensemble, and the student brass quintet.  He was also a 2010 student soloist winner.  Ryan is currently pursuing a Master of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance at Rutgers University, where he studies with David Krauss, principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

“PLU gives the amount and quality of performance opportunities needed to improve as a performer, unlike some schools where opportunities are only offered to graduate students or even 'ringers.' Looking back at my time at PLU, I am amazed at all the opportunities I got to either solo with a group, or feel like an important member of the group I was performing in. PLU did an amazing job of preparing me for what I’m working on now. Each week I travel to New York City to take lessons with David Krauss. I sincerely feel like I’m building and refining what I learned at PLU and that going there really prepared me for studying at the level I’m at now.  PLU was extraordinarily friendly and eager to teach me when I came to visit the school, and I felt that I would have no trouble fitting there.  I never expected just how great the experience actually was, and I would recommend any serious music student to consider the program at PLU.”


Joe Natwick, Religion and Classics, Class of 2011

Joe NatwickJoe Natwick graduated in 2011 with degrees in Religion and Classics. Joe played in the trumpet ensemble, was a member of the Jazz Ensemble, and studied under Zachary Lyman, as well as Matthew Swihart. He worked as a backpacking guide in Northern Colorado this past summer and is now pursuing his Masters of Divinity at Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He will forever have trumpet in his heart and will never let his chops go unused! 

“The PLU trumpet program offered a flexible and encouraging community for me to grow not only as a musician but also as someone who is intentional about caring for the self and others through nurturing gifts and talents. As someone who had a double major outside of the music department, I was very grateful to have teachers and ensembles that challenged me but also took seriously my commitment to other academic pursuits.”


Christine Pyle, History and Political Science, Class of 2011
Christine PyleChristine Pyle is a 2011 graduate of PLU. She was a double major in History and Political Science.  She played trumpet in the Trumpet Ensemble and Wind Ensemble at PLU. Up to the present she has studied under Paul Bain, Kevin Paustian, Dr. Lyman, and Matthew Swihart. On her time off she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, running, biking, and researching at the UW.  She is currently taking the year off to discover what amazing adventures the future has in store for her.
Thomas Siburg, Economics and Global Studies, Class of 2011
Thomas SiburgThomas Siburg graduated from PLU in 2009 with majors in Economics and Global Studies.  He also received minors in Religion and Political Science.  While at PLU he took trumpet lessons from Dr. Lyman and played in the Trumpet Ensemble.  He also sang in the Choir of the West.  Thomas is currently working toward a master's in Social Work at the University of Minnesota.
Allison Lansverk, Biology, Class of 2011

Allison LansverkAllison Lansverk graduated from PLU in 2011 with a degree in Biology.  While at PLU she took trumpet lessons from Dr. Lyman and played in the Trumpet Ensemble and Concert Band.  She also studied abroad in New Zealand, Costa Rica, and South Africa.  After completing a tour of the National Parks, Allison is now working on her PhD in Biology at East Carolina University.

"PLU was all about going beyond just teaching students to regurgitate information and actually teaching them to think critically and creatively and question what they know. I loved that I was able to take private lessons from a phenomenal professor and be involved in multiple groups even though I was not a music major or minor.  The department didn't have a closed-off feel where non-majors were unwelcome. I wouldn’t be where I am without PLU!  I had many opportunities to participate in student-faculty research in the biology department and gain valuable experience that is helping me succeed in grad school now.  PLU in general made me a critical thinker, a good communicator/writer, and gave me the passion to pursue my vocation.”

Erina Riley, Religion, Class of 2014
Erina RileyErina Riley is a Senior at PLU majoring in Religion.  She has performed in the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Jazz Band.
Josh Kinne, Communication, Class of 2013
Josh KinneJosh Kinne is a Senior at PLU majoring in Communication.  He has performed with the Wind Ensemble and Trumpet Ensemble and enjoys playing folk music on the side.  Some of his trumpet teachers include Dr. Lyman, Dr. Castro, Matt Swihart, Paul Bain, and Brian Rascon.  During his spare time Josh enjoys toying with professional audio equipment and software, listening to local radio, watching football and baseball, traveling, and reading.
Kim Stone, Music Education, Class of 2013

Kim StoneKimberly Stone is a Senior Music Education major at PLU currently completing her Student Teaching before graduation in December 2013.  She has performed with the University Symphony Orchestra, Trumpet Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and has sung with Choir of the West.  In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.  She isn't sure exactly what lies ahead after PLU, but she knows she wants to travel, have amazing adventures, and eventually end up teaching secondary music in Alaska.

"It's really hard for me to sum up my PLU experience in words, because it was absolutely incredible.  I always felt supported by the faculty, and many of them continue to support and encourage me now.  I appreciated the opportunity to study music in a highly professional and positive environment.  The music department provided me with some amazing performance and travel opportunities, which included Alaska, Oregon, Canada, Germany, France, and Australia.  PLU has prepared me to be a great musician and person as I step out into the world, and I'm sure the years I spent here will be among the most cherished of my life."

Raymond DeLeon, Trumpet Performance, Class of 2013
Raymond DeLeonRaymond DeLeon graduated from PLU in 2013 with a degree in Trumpet Performance.  He was a three-time first prize winner in the National Music Competition for Young Artists.  He was a semi-finalist in the First Calvia International Trumpet Competition in Mallorca, Spain.  He also won third prize in the ITG Solo Competition.  He has held the position of principal trumpet with the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra and principal trumpet of the Southeast Asia Youth Orchestra.  At PLU Raymond played in the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Trumpet Ensemble.  He was also a member of the PLU tennis team.