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Jonathan Hinkle

Associate Professor of Music, Director of Athletic Bands, Trumpet & Music Education

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PhD, Florida State University
MME, Florida State University
BME, Florida State University


Jonathan Hinkle, PhD, is an associate professor of music at Colorado Mesa University. He came to CMU in 2012 to serve as the first director of athletic bands, where he was responsible for starting and directing the university's first marching band, the Maverick Stampede. Building from the ground-up, this group included over 155 members in only its 4th season, and is now housed in their own rehearsal, meeting and storage facility on campus, the Stampede Center. In 2016, Hinkle also started an elite 16-member ensemble called the Rowdy Brass Band (RBB), taking from his experience as a performing trumpeter at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, and other professional appointments. This highly mobile 21st Century ensemble quickly gained both local and state interest, performing in dozens of high school auditoriums and gymnasiums across the state, and is now in high demand. In 2018, the RBB was invited to perform for a live senate legislative session at the Colorado State Capitol.

At CMU, Hinkle is also responsible for coordinating and teaching instrumental music education courses and has developed a music major studio of 12 strong trumpeters. Hinkle maintains an active schedule as a band clinician and adjudicator in the United States.

Before moving west, he was an active music educator, band director, composer/arranger and trumpeter in the southeastern United States. This experience includes five years as a high school band and orchestra director at Sebastian River High School (Sebastian, Florida) and Melbourne High School (Melbourne, Florida), leading marching bands, concert bands, jazz ensembles and string orchestras to state and national recognition. Hinkle returned to the Florida State University (FSU) College of Music for the Master of Music Education degree earning a university fellowship for his work starting and directing the first jazz big-band specifically for music education majors, Seminole Swing Machine. Encouraged to continue graduate work, he later earned a PhD in Music Education under the mentorship of Dr. Clifford Madsen. Hinkle’s research investigated band director performance and teaching anxieties, program development and curricular offerings among hundreds of high school band programs.

As both an undergraduate and graduate student at FSU, he served as principal and lead trumpet with many of the university's top performing ensembles including the Wind Orchestra under the direction of Richard Clary and Jazz Ensemble I, under the direction of Leon Anderson, performing on national stages with both groups. Hinkle's professional performing experience also includes serving as a lead trumpeter at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, a principal trumpeter with Orchestra Mia in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a member of the Colorado Mesa University Faculty Jazz Quintet and Faculty Brass Quintet, and freelance opportunities throughout the United States.

Hinkle's professional and honorary affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors National Association, the College Music Society, the Colorado Bandmasters Association, Phi Kappa Phi national academic honorary, Pi Kappa Lambda national music honorary and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia national music fraternity.

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