Will Rabun is the Professor of Trumpet at DePauw University where he is also the director of the Tiger Pep Band and brass instrument chamber music coordinator. Professor Rabun maintains an active performance career in both studio and freelance music in Indianapolis where he has recorded music for music publisher Carl Fischer and well-known composers including Randall Standridge. Currently, Professor Rabun is in the final stages of the Doctor of Music degree in trumpet performance and brass literature at the illustrious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Professor Rabun is the former principal trumpet of the Artic Chamber Orchestra, Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Fairbanks. Opera Fairbanks is under the direction of Gregory Buchalter- Maestro di Banda for the Metropolitan Opera. As a guest artist, he has performed with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Wind Symphony, and the Mat-Su concert band, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Jazz Festival, and the Valley Jazz Festival in Palmer, Alaska. He has also had the opportunity to play lead trumpet in jazz big bands behind jazz legends such as Bill Watrous, and Tom “Bones” Malone. As a member of the United States Army, Professor Rabun was also the lead trumpet player and leader of the Frigid Brass Quintet.
“Playing trumpet has given me opportunities, and life stories I would have never been able to get anywhere else. I have played trumpet in numerous states, and countries in North America, Europe, and the Middle East and it has helped me connect with people and become the person I am today. Playing trumpet is more than a job, or a hobby. Trumpet is a way of life."
Currently, I am enrolled in the Doctor of Music program in trumpet performance and literature with a minor in music education at the Jacobs School of Music, and teach trumpet at DePauw University. I play in any available style of music as long as the playing opportunity interests me. If you would like to learn how to make trumpet your way of life, just hit me up through any of my links in the "Contact Me" portion of this website. I look forward to hearing from you!