Seraph Brass Quintet
Raquel Rodriquez is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Tennessee Tech University. Raquel maintains a versatile career as a performing artist, clinician, educator, and scholar. Raquel is principal trumpet of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra and the Brass Arts Quintet, both faculty ensembles-in-residence at Tennessee Tech. Raquel is principal cornet with the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Band (TN) and an associate member with Seraph Brass, a brass quintet comprised of top female brass players in North America.
A versatile musician, Raquel has performed and/or recorded with a variety of artists and ensembles including: Tony Bennett, Idina Menzel, Adele, Sunflower Music Festival Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Fountain City Brass Band, Lexington Brass Band, Fillmore Wind Band, Frank Simon Band, Athena Brass Band, Synergy Brass Quintet, Brass Theater with the Canadian Brass, and the Tony Award winning show, Blast!. In 2013, Raquel recorded “Cincinnati Virtuosity – The Cornet Solos of Frank Simon and Herman Bellstedt” which is available on Amazon and iTunes. Dr. Rodriquez is a clinician for the Conn-Selmer and Denis Wick Companies.
An active clinician, Raquel has presented sessions at the College Music Society National Conference (Fall 2017), Midwest Clinic, Historic Brass Society Symposium, TMEA (TX), OMEA (OH), KMEA (KY), and the International Trumpet Guild Conference. Raquel has recently presented master classes and/or recitals at Virginia Tech University, Georgia State University, University of Arizona, TAMU-Corpus Christi, TAMU-Kingsville, Wright State University, Michigan State University, Luther College, University of Kentucky, University of Florida, University of Louisville, and the University of North Carolina-Pembroke. Raquel’s scholarly activities have resulted in articles published in the Instrumentalist Magazine and ITG Journal.
Raquel has served as an adjudicator at the National Trumpet Competition and International Trumpet Guild Conference. Active in the ITG organization, Raquel is the Editor of the Trumpet Technology Column in the International Trumpet Guild Journal and currently serves on the Board of Directors. Raquel co-hosted the 2014 International Women’s Brass Conference and served as the campus co-liaison of the 2016 Governor’s Scholar Program (KY) on the campus of Northern Kentucky University.
Dr. Rodriquez holds the DMA in Trumpet Performance from The University of North Texas where she studied with renowned trumpet pedagogue, Keith Johnson. She earned the MA and Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from West Texas A&M University where she studied with Mr. David Ritter.
Wynton Marsalis, Maurice Andre, Canadian Brass, Rafael Mendez, Arturo Sandoval, Phil Smith, Dave Ritter, John Holt, Keith Johnson.