First picking up the trumpet at 10 years of age, Cory Driscoll has been infatuated with the instrument since day one. Having music always present while growing up, it was easy for Cory to realize what his passion was. While growing up in the Upper Midwest, Dr. Driscoll was taught the virtues of patience and hard work. This easily transferred to his musical practices.
Recently, Cory finished his doctoral studies at the University of Arizona where he achieved a DMA degree in trumpet performance. Prior to UA, Dr. Driscoll attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, where he received both his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in trumpet performance.
Currently on faculty at the University of North Dakota as Assistant Athletic Band Director and Concert Recording Manager, Dr. Driscoll assists with daily operations of the Pride of the North marching band and other pep bands.
While at UND, Driscoll won numerous awards including the first ever Trumpet Studio Scholarship in ‘11 and Best Brass Performer in ’08 & ’10. He was also featured as a soloist with many ensembles including: the UND Wind Ensemble, the 12 o’ Clock Jazz Band, the Pride of The North Marching Band, and the UND Trumpet Ensemble. During his studies at UND, Driscoll learned under the tutelage of Dr. Ronnie Ingle.
At the University of Arizona, Dr. Driscoll was principal trumpet of the UA Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, Arizona Symphony Orchestra,lead trumpet with the Studio Jazz Ensemble, and a member for the inaugural year of the Fred Fox Graduate Brass Quintet. Cory was an active performer around Tucson, performing at various churches and community ensembles as well as teaching privately. Dr. Driscoll was a graduate teaching assistant for the UA trumpet studio and studied trumpet with Professors Edward Reid, Ryan Darke, and Jason Carder, as well as conducting with Gregg Hanson.