Our Trumpet & Brass Instrument Instructors
Dr. Caster J. Teoh (trumpet, brass)
Hails from Penang, Malaysia, Caster started playing the violin when he was 6 years old but switched to the trumpet in 1997. Caster was serving as principal trumpet in the Penang Symphony Orchestra from 2000-2002. In 2015, he was appointed Principal Trumpet with Dream Orchestra of Los Angeles and has been performing with this wonderful ensemble since then. Since coming to the United States, Caster has appeared in numerous orchestras, including the American Youth Symphony, Orange County Symphony, Santa Monica Symphony, Quad City Symphony, Cedar Rapids Opera, West Coast Chamber Orchestra etc. While in college, he was one of the finalists in the Maia Quartet competition and was awarded outstanding Pi Kappa Lambda award in 2007. Caster has been performing with many professional ensembles, including the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Malaysia, Kumamoto International Orchestra, etc. under numerous conductors and artists, such as Kees Bakel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kurt Mazur, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, and many more. During the summers, he has performed in many countries, including Brazil, Italy, Japan, Korea, Belgium, Taiwan, Australia, Thailand, Canada, etc. A doctorate graduate from the USC Thornton School of Music, Caster was inducted as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society in 2007 and 2013. While at school, he was also a Fulbright scholarship student and has been awarded 2013 outstanding Brass Chamber Music award. For the past summers, Caster has been performing in many world-class music festivals, including the International Winter Music Festival in Brazil, Alba music festival in Italy, etc. In 2014, he was invited to perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with West Coast Chamber Orchestra. His primary teachers include Andrew Balio, Boyde Hood, David Greenhoe, John Bourque and William Theis. Aside from being an orchestra musician, Caster has also served as Music Director/ Conductor of the Youth Symphony West Orchestra, Brass Coach at California Summer School for the Arts and Adjunct Professor of Brass at Grace Mission University. Caster is a much sought after teacher of trumpet. His students have won numerous music awards, admitted to credited universities, such as Michigan University, Eastman School of Music, University of California, Los Angeles, Cal state University at Northridge, etc. At the same time, Caster’s students also performed in music festivals, orchestras and competitions throughout the country, including the International Trumpet Guild competition, Colburn Youth Symphony and Jazz Orchestra, Pacific Youth Symphony, Idyllwild Music Academy, Colorado Youth Jazz Ensemble, etc.
Wednesday 2pm-8pm, Friday 2:00pm-7:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm
Aaron Woolley (trumpet, piano)
Is a Los Angeles-based trumpet player and educator. He performs with the touring brass quintet, "Alias Brass," since January 2018. In December 2018, Aaron recorded the theme for "Room 3A," a Japanese TV Drama composed by Akihiko Matsumoto. Earlier in 2018, Aaron also appeared on the track, "Song of Hope" which Jens Lindemann recorded for his most recent album, Brassfire Northern Stars. Aaron received his Bachelors of Arts in music from the University of California, Los Angeles and studied under world-renowned soloist, Jens Lindemann. Aaron is proud to have been a member of the UCLA Marching Band’s Opening Act for the Rolling Stone’s 50th anniversary tour. While at UCLA, Aaron also studied with Tom Hooten, principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2013, Aaron enlisted in the California Army National Guard and subsequently graduated from the U. S. Armed Forces School of Music. Upon graduating, Aaron won a place on Colonel Bruce Pulver’s Commandant’s List. Aaron has appeared with the American Youth Symphony, conducted by accomplished clarinetist, conductor, and faculty of the University of Southern California, Yehuda Gilad. Aaron attends Azusa Pacific University and is in pursuit of his masters degree in trumpet performance. He studies with studio musician and principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, David Washburn. He has also studied with LA Phil Principal Trumpet Thomas Hooten, and former Canadian Brass trumpeter Jens Lindemann. Aaron is an active educator in Los Angeles, teaching students of all ages in trumpet, music theory, and piano. Aaron's full bio can be found at https://www.aliasbrass.com/personnel.".
Monday-Thursday 1:30pm-8:30pm, Friday 2:00pm-6:00pm