“Brian Shaw epitomizes the versatile twenty-first-century trumpeter.”
– Elisa Koehler, Fanfares and Finesse

Brian Shaw is Co-Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Winds, Principal Trumpet of Spire Chamber Ensemble, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Baton Rouge Symphony, and enjoys an international performing career as a modern and historical trumpet artist, arranger, and author.

He has shared the stage with Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis, Branford Marsalis, Joe Williams, Joan Rivers, Wayne Bergeron, Rufus Reid, Bobby Shew, Wycliffe Gordon, Maria Schneider, and Kenny Wheeler, among others. He has been a featured soloist with the Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Dallas Wind Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony, Spire Chamber Ensemble, Tempesta Di Mare, Colorado Wind Symphony, Acadiana Symphony.

He attended the Eastman School (M.Mus) where he studied trumpet with James Thompson and jazz writing with Fred Sturm and Bill Dobbins, and the University of Texas at Austin (DMA), where he studied trumpet with Ray Sasaki.

Shaw has won prizes in four international trumpet competitions. He can also be heard as principal trumpet on recordings with the Dallas Wind Symphony (Reference Recordings), the professional choral ensemble Conspirare (Harmonia Mundi), the University of Texas Wind Ensemble (Naxos), and the Eastman Wind Ensemble (Danzante, Summit Records). His books and transcriptions are published by Advance Music, Presser, Schott, and Universal Edition.

A noted Baroque trumpet player, Shaw toured Europe in early 2015 with the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, performing at L’Opéra Royal (Versailles), the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (Paris), Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), etc. His 2008 recording Virtuoso Concertos for Clarino includes some of the most difficult pieces ever written for the instrument. Early Music America observed: “Shaw’s tone is beautiful, and his playing unfailingly musical… His is a voice that will make a major mark on Baroque trumpet playing.”

His acclaimed solo recordings include redshift, (accompanied by the Dallas Wind Symphony), and his 2008 Baroque CD, Virtuoso Concertos for Clarino. As a jazz trumpet player, Brian plays with the LSU faculty and leads a big band in Baton Rouge every December, which recently released a holiday-themed album titled Christmas at the Manship!

At LSU, he is Associate Professor and teaches trumpet, jazz arranging and directs the Jazz Ensemble.