Music on Purpose E014: Guest Stephen Campbell, Principal Trumpet Lexington Philharmonic

I was thrilled to have Stephen Campbell on this episode to discuss his keys to success in trumpet performance, music education and how to be successful in helping students be the best versions of themselves. We were in school together at University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM) and I noticed his work ethic and attention to detail then and was elated he agreed to record this episode.

Stephen is currently the Visiting Professor of Music with Trumpet Emphasis at Ball State University and the Principal Trumpet of the Lexington KY Philharmonic Orchestra.

You can reach Stephen on Social media:

twitter: @trombadecorum

Instagram: @trombadecorum

Music on Purpose E013: Guest Vincent DiMartino, International Trumpet Touring Artist

In this episode of Music on Purpose I had the opportunity to spend time with one of the greatest trumpet performers of all-time, Vincent DiMartino. He has performed and/or played with everyone imaginable from Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie to Canadian Brass and Doc Severinsen. He offers his advice on how to separate yourself from the middle of the pack and make your way to being extraordinary. He is an educator at heart and taught at the University of Kentucky for over 20 years and Centre College for almost 20 years.


Music on Purpose E012: Guest W. Dale Warren, Senior Wind Band Conductor University of Arkansas

W. Dale Warren, Senior Wind Band Conductor from the University of Arkansas, joins me to discuss qualities that embody successful music educators. W. Dale has taught music at every age and enjoys working and consulting with programs all over the country. A genuinely passionate man about building and keeping relationships, he offers advice on connecting with students and keeping the passion to have longevity in the field of music education. Chair of the Sudler Shield Committee, W. Dale offers advice to programs on how to stand out during the audition process.


Music on Purpose E011: Teaching Middle School w/Lois Wiggins

On this episode of Music on Purpose I was fortunate enough to talk with a wonderful person and music educator Lois Wiggins. Lois is the Band Director at Edith J. Hayes Middle School in Lexington, Ky. Recently, Ms. Wiggins was a finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award and she discusses the thought process and techniques that have helped her be successful. She says “If you want it, Teach it!” Great thoughts from an experienced middle school music educator.


Music On Purpose E010: Guests, Members from the Band Seabird

On this episode of Music On Purpose I was fortunate to sit down with three talented members from the band Seabird. Ryan Morgan, Aaron Morgan and Aaron Hunt all toured and recorded including being signed with the EMI label. Currently each member is now leading worship at a church in the Cincinnati area. Hear these guys talk about what it’s like to be a member of a nationally recognized popular band as well as life on the road, recording, writing songs and the transition to worship ministry.

Thank you to Ft. Mitchell Baptist Church for allowing us to use the facility to record this podcast.

Music on Purpose E009: Guest, Matt Hawkins Freelance Percussionist

On this episode of Music on Purpose, I talk with Matt Hawkins about his passion for being a freelance percussionist and doing what he loves as his career. He has some great insight about what it is like to be a self-employed musician. Matt also discusses his primary teachers and advice that has meant so much to him. He has an amazing sense of humor and is extremely laid back and easy to talk to. Listen to him talk about how to get along with others and the importance of what others think about you. He also mentions his love for playing Bach!

You can contact him at with any questions.

Music on Purpose E006: Guest Andrew Marriner, Principal Clarinet London Symphony

What a pleasure to sit down with the long time Principal Clarinetist of the London Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Marriner. On this episode of Music on Purpose, Andrew talks about the things he has done to be successful at the highest level and gives advice to those planning to audition for an orchestra job. He also talks about the many recordings he is part of, and the conductors and mentors that have meant the most to him along the way. One of those mentors was his father, who founded and conducted the St. Martin in the Fields Orchestra, which is one of, if not THE, most recorded orchestras of all time. Take a listen to a wealth of experience and knowledge.

Music on Purpose E005: Guest, Chris Coletti from Canadian Brass

On this episode of Music on Purpose, Chris Coletti from the world famous Canadian Brass joins us to talk about his passion and success in performing at the highest level. It was such a pleasure to sit down with Chris and get his insights about what helped him get to the level to be able to perform around the world in the Canadian Brass.

You can follow Chris on twitter @colettitrumpet, Instagram @trumpeterchris, and follow his website at

Music on Purpose E004: Guest, Nate Siler, Assistant Trombone Professor, EKU

On this podcast, Nate Siler talks about things that have helped him in the world of freelance playing and being a successful educator at both the high school and collegiate level. Nate is the Assistant Professor of Trombone at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky. He’s real about getting students to become the best versions of themselves.

Music On Purpose E001: Success in K-12 Music Education – H. Brent Barton, guest

On this podcast, I talk with long time Band Director at Madison Central High School, H. Brent Barton. Brent taught at Madison Central for 25 years and won 4 KMEA Marching Band State Championships including 3 back t0 back from 2014-2016. Brent and I discuss the definition of success in Music Education and he talks about things he has done to take his programs to the highest level.

Music On Purpose takes you on a quest to define success in the field of music. Bryan Crisp talks with professional musicians, music educators and people in the music industry that have been successful at the highest level. This show gives you the secrets to their success through intentional conversations and interviews. Fuel your passion to be the best by learning from the best.