JAMES L. KLAGES
James L. Klages is the professor of trumpet at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. He has performed throughout the continental United States and internationally as a trumpet and cornet soloist and recitalist. From 1986-90 he had the honor of being the only person in the Twentieth Century to be directly hired as the Cornet Soloist with the “Presidents Own” United States Marine Band. He has performed as soloist with the Marine Band on national and international tours, national music conventions, and on national radio and television broadcasts. Since his time in the “President’s Own,” he has continued to perform on an international scale, including the historic internationally televised first performance from the “Church of the Nativity” in Bethlehem, Israel, of Handel’s “Messiah,” the American embassy at Tel Aviv, Israel, Carnegie Hall in New York City, and as soloist at numerous televised “Sousa” concerts with university bands. He is also a composer and arranger of many works for trumpet, brass ensemble, and wind ensemble which have been performed widely by ensembles including the U.S. Marine Band, and the Indiana University wind ensemble.