Eli Asher  trumpet


Eli Asher

"I teach the whole student, and focus on what that student needs musically, in their life at school, and as a person. If the student has a passion for a particular style of music or playing, I always cultivate that."

Trumpet faculty member Eli Asher grew up in Maryland and began playing the trumpet in fifth grade. He heard the trumpet played in bands and picked it because he thought it was an exciting jazz and solo instrument.

As a teacher Eli addresses the unique needs of each student. "I teach the whole student, and focus on what that student needs musically, in their life at school, and as a person. If the student has a passion for a particular style of music or playing, I always cultivate that. The trumpet offers the opportunity for a wide range of expression, and whether we work on classical music, jazz, pop, or Latin music, I strive to help bring that out for them musically and personally."

As a performer Eli is interested in a wide range of styles. His musical influences are mostly from the jazz world. "Jazz will always be my first love. John Coltrane is my favorite jazz musician, though as I get older the music of the greats like Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie just seems to get better. For classical music I tend to listen to music after 1900. Bartok is a recent favorite, as well as the 12-tone composers and recent more experimental music."

When Eli is not performing or teaching he also studies computer programming and enjoys cooking, reading, and nature.