Dr. Eric Swisher 

Before his appointment to Murray State University in 2003, Dr. Eric Swisher worked as freelance musician in Oklahoma, Indiana, California and Texas performing with: the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Dallas Opera Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Irving Symphony, the Evansville Philharmonic, the Paducah Symphony (KY) and the Jackson Symphony (TN).

He holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma, a Masters degree in Trumpet Performance from Indiana University and a Doctorate in Trumpet Performance from the University of North Texas. His primary trumpet instructors were Dr. Jacob Larson, Louis Ranger, Edmund Cord and Keith Johnson.

As a soloist, he performed the Suite in D-Major by G.F. Handel with the Timberline Symphony Orchestra (CO), Haydn's Concerto for Trumpet in E-flat with the San Jose Wind Symphony and the Concerto for Trumpet in A-flat by Alexander Arutiunian at the International Trumpet Seminar (Truro, UK). Additionally, he as performed solo recitals and masterclasses throughout the the United States.

He has many publications to his credit: a trumpet method, Basic Skills for Developing Trumpeters, several arrangements for trumpet ensemble and brass ensemble, and many articles in the Bluegrass Music News,Tempo!, the National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors Journal and the International Trumpet Guild Journal. 

A dedicated teacher, Dr. Swisher has earned several teaching awards: KMEA District One University Teacher of the Year (2009, 20010), KMEA District Two University Teacher of the Year (2011), Murray State University Board of Regents Award for Teaching Excellence (2010), and the Charles and Marlene Johnson Outstanding Music Faculty Award (2012)

His former students have continued their trumpet studies at some of this country's finest music programs: Indiana University, the University of North Texas, the Aspen Music Festival, the San Francisco Conservatory, and Yale University. Others have entered the field of music education, working in highly successful programs. Under his direction the Murray State Trumpet Ensemble performed at the 2006 International Trumpet Guild Conference and placed 6th at the 2007 National Trumpet Competition. 


Mr. Mark Woodring


Mark Woodring currently lives in Memphis, TN, where he is pursuing a DMA at the University of Memphis. He completed his BM-Performance at Murray State University in 2008, and his MM-Performance at Indiana University in 2010. His primary teachers have included David Spencer, Kyle Millsap, Edmund Cord, Eric Swisher, and Robert Murray.

Mr. Woodring has taught and performed throughout the Midwest United States, performing with the Summit Brass, The Columbus (IN) Symphony, The Camerata Orchestra, and the Lafayette (IN) Bach Society.  He was a featured soloist in Bellarmine University’s Festival of Hymns in 2009 and 2010.

Mr. Woodring was also the assistant Band Director at Lone Oak Middle School in Paducah, KY from 2011-2012 and taught at Kentucky’s Governor’s School for the Arts from 2006-2009. He maintains a studio of private students who consistently excel in local and regional competitions and has had many students continue their musical training at the collegiate level.