Jacobs School of Music trumpet faculty to perform — on the football field

Three members of the IU Jacobs School of Music faculty will showcase their musical skills in a unique way this fall — not in the expected concert hall, but on the football field alongside the Marching Hundred.

IU trumpet professors

From left, IU professors John Rommel, Joey Tartell and Ed Cord will perform with the Marching Hundred this fall.

IU trumpet faculty Ed Cord, John Rommel and Joey Tartell will perform with the marching band. Cord and Rommel will play at halftime of the Oct. 19 game at Michigan with Eric Smedley, assistant professor of music and assistant director of bands, who studied under Cord. Then, Cord and Rommel will be joined by Tartell for the Nov. 2 Homecoming game against Minnesota.

The trumpet trios will perform the Styx classic “Rockin’ the Paradise” and a second medley of rock tunes arranged by Dave Woodley, professor of music and director of athletic bands.

“We thought it would be very unique and exciting to feature our trumpet faculty from the Jacobs School of Music — Ed, John and Joey. Not many schools in the world have three trumpet professors on faculty, and I’m fairly certain no school has had three trumpet faculty solo with their marching band,” Woodley said. “This gives our band members a unique chance to interact with three of IU’s distinguished professors, and gives the entire study body a chance to interact with these professors in a less formal situation — the football field.”

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