- D.M.A., University of Washington
- Graduate Studies Music Pedagogy, University of Maryland
- M.M., Yale University
- B.M., The Manhattan School of Music
Dr. Edward Castro has made it his mission to educate and entertain through music. Born New York City, his formative music training started at LaGuardia High School where he was exposed to various forms of classical and jazz music. Ed later studied trumpet at Yale, the Manhattan School of Music, and the University of Washington. As a fan of modern and early classical music, Castro has positioned himself between genres with additional deep interests in jazz and popular music, where these myriad styles influence his compositions. His trumpet instructors include Chris Gekker, Trumpet Professor University of Maryland, Former Member of the American Brass Quintet; Allen Vizzutti, Yamaha Recording Artist; Alan Dean, Trumpet Professor Yale University, Member of the New York and St. Louis Brass Quintets; Tom Smith, New York Philharmonic; and Steven Hendrickson, Principal Trumpet with the National Symphony Orchestra.