John Rommel has been a faculty member at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music since 1993. He is Principal Trumpet of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and was Principal Trumpet of the Louisville Orchestra from 1988-1996, where he recorded more than 30 compositions by many of the leading composers of the twentieth century. Rommel has performed throughout the United States, as well as in France, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Spain, Chile, and China. He also was a member of the Nashville Symphony from 1979-1988. In recent years, he has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra (including a three-week European tour with the orchestra in the fall of 2017), the Cincinnati Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, and the Milwaukee Symphony. He has been a member of the orchestra for the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado since 2015.
John Rommel’s chamber music experience includes performances with Summit Brass, the Saint Louis Brass Quintet, Fulcrumpoint New Music Project, and the Nashville Contemporary Brass Quintet. He has performed as a featured soloist in many venues, including the U. S. Marine Band at the National Trumpet Competition. He also has extensive commercial recording experience with studios in Nashville and Indianapolis. Rommel’s students hold positions in orchestras, military bands, and with universities throughout the U. S., Canada and Europe. His primary teachers were William Adam, Louis Davidson, Leon Rapier, and J. Jerome Amend, with additional studies with Vincent Cichowicz and William Scarlett.