Dr. Jim Buckner (HSUTrumpets 1990 – 2022)


Dr. Jim Buckner



Dr. Jim Buckner is Professor of Trumpet at Henderson State University where he teaches trumpet, brass methods, and brass ensembles.  He is the first trumpet professor at Henderson to teach only trumpet.  In 2006 he was also in charge of the Band Camp.  Since 2008 he has served as Controller for the North American Brass Band Association Championships.

Buckner previously taught at Illinois State University, Quincy University, Western Carolina University, Truman State University, and West High School in Waterloo, Iowa.  In 2001 he received the Ellis College Fine Arts Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching.

He is principal trumpeter with the Arkansas Brass and the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and also performs with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.  He has been a member of Mass Brass and Percussion, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, and the Quincy Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Buckner has been featured with several orchestras, including the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (Neruda Concerto, Purcell Sonata), the Illinois Wesleyan University Chamber Orchestra (Shostakovitch Concerto for Piano, Trumpet, and Orchestra), the Quincy Symphony Orchestra (Arutunian Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra), and three times on the Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 (Quincy Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Chamber Orchestra, and Northeast Missouri State University Festival Orchestra). He has been a featured soloist with school, college, and community bands throughout the South and Midwest..

In September, 1995 he performed a recital at the Moscow International Trumpet Festival.  Dr. Buckner was a member of the Mississippi River Brass Band and was named Outstanding Soloist, Championship Division, at the Fifth Annual North American Brass Band Championships in Columbus, Ohio.  While a member of the Smoky Mountain Brass Band, Dr. Buckner performed at the 1982 World’s Fair (Knoxville, TN), and he was a guest artist at the 1980 Trumpet Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

In April, 2012, Buckner played split lead trumpet with the Harry James Orchestra on a 10-day cruise.  As needed, he plays lead trumpet with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Big Band, the Real Band, and the Tom Tiratto Big Band.  He has also played several musicals, including Anything Goes (Arkansas Repertory Theater), Peter Pan (with Cathy Rigby), Titanic (national touring production), West Side Story, and Mame.  He directed the first jazz ensemble at Truman State University for two years in the late 1970’s.

Buckner received the Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education from Iowa State University, the Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Michigan, and the Doctor of Music in Trumpet Performance from Northwestern University.

His teachers have included:
Arnold Jacobs, solo tuba, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Vincent Cichowicz, Northwestern University; second trumpet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Luther Didrickson, Northwestern University; first call trumpet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Susan Slaughter, principal trumpet, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Clifford Lillya, University of Michigan
Joseph Christensen, Iowa State University
Arthur Swift, Iowa State University

Bob Gower, High School Band Director, Charles City, Iowa
Eugene Martin, Orchestra director, Charles City, Iowa
Dennis Thornton, University of Iowa trumpet student from Charles City, Iowa
Roger Whitcomb, applied instructor, Charles City, Iowa
Leo Schula, elementary band director, Charles City, Iowa
Doris Schmarzo, trumpeter, Charles City, Iowa

Several trumpet players had a profound influence on his decision to pursue trumpet playing as a career:
Bobby Hackett, jazz cornetist
Bud Brisbois, former lead trumpet with Henry Mancini and Stan Kenton
Paul Smoker – Paul performed “The Painted Desert” by Earl Irons with with the high school band while I was in junior high — very impressive!
Clark Terry, jazz soloist
Doc Severinsen, trumpeter and band leader
Mike Vax, former lead trumpet with Stan Kenton and jazz soloist

Dr. Jim Buckner and Mike Vax

“One of the most influential people in my life was Bud Brisbois, a phenomenal high note trumpeter.  Brisbois was soloist with my high school band and jazz band during my junior year.  He was such an exciting musician and great person that I was inspired to pursue the trumpet for a career.”

In addition to his trumpet students at Henderson State University, he has had a number of other fine students.

Allen Vizzutti and Dr. Jim Buckner

Dr. Buckner and Doug Yeo, vice-president, and Rusty Morris, president, of NABBA

Arkansas Brass in the early 1990’s

Arkansas Brass in the 2010’s

Arkansas Brass plays for Natalie Kornegay

Arkansas Brass playing Tuba Tiger Rag at school concert


Jim Buckner, John Webb, Rick Rowell, and Michael Scarlato

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

Rite of Spring trumpet section

Mahler Symphony No. 2 trumpet section


Arkansas All-Star Big Band trumpet section at the Bergeron concert

Arkansas_All-Star_Big_Band_Trumpet_Section_-_2015Arkansas All-Star Big Band trumpet section at the Vizzutti concert

Dr. Jim Buckner and A’Drion Ve’An share the second trumpet book
at the Rex Richardson concert

Mass Brass and Percussion

Mass Brass Trumpet Section at All-State:  Dr. Jim Buckner, John Webb, Clay Harris, Chris Stevens, Amy Whitaker, Dan Breshears

Faculty Recitals on Campus

Spring 1992 Jean-Baptist Laurent Arban Variations on “The Carnival of Venice”
Spring 1992 Aaron Copland Quiet City with Earl Hesse, electronic wind instrument, and Kay McAfee, organ
Spring 1992 John Gardner Sonata da chiesa on a theme of Monteverdi with John Webb, trumpet
Spring 1992 Giambattista Martini Toccata in D major
Spring 1992 Vincent Persichetti The Hollow Men with Wayne Pope, narrator
Spring 1992 Robert Planel Concerto
Fall 1992 Morton Gould Pavanne
Spring 1994 Henri Tomasi Concerto
Spring 1994 Antonio Vivaldi Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major
Spring 1994 Giovanni Bonaventura Viviani Sonata Seconda for Arkansas State Music Teachers Association
Spring 1994 Igor Stravinsky L’histoire du soldat
Spring 1995 Georg Friderick Handel Let the Bright Seraphim from “Sampson” with Lydia Evanson, soprano
Spring 1995 Kent Kennan Sonata
Spring 1995 Alexander Cellier Chavauchee fantastique
Fall 1995 Ernest Bloch Proclamation
Spring 1996 André Jolivet Concertino
Spring 1996 William Lovelock Concerto
Spring 1998 Rafael Mendez Fandango (Jota No. 3)
Spring 1998 John Williams Concerto
Spring 1998 Joseph Turrin Intrada
Spring 1998 Alexander Scriabin Etude, Op. 8, No. 11
Spring 1998 Alexander Scriabin Etude, Op. 8, No. 12
Spring 1999 Igor Stravinsky Octet with John Wier, trumpet
Spring 2002 Georg Phillipp Telemann Concerto in D major
Spring 2006 Petronio Franceschini Sonata in D major with Jon Whitaker, trombone
Spring 2006 Eric Ewazen An Elizabethan Songbook with Jon Whitaker, trombone
Spring 2006 Boris Blacher Divertimento with Jon Whitaker, trombone
Spring 2006 Guillaume Balay Piece de concours
Spring 2006 Herbert L. Clarke Cousins with Jon Whitaker, trombone
Spring 2014 Alexander Scriabin Etude, Op. 8, No. 11 P Lab
Spring 2014 Alexander Scriabin Etude, Op. 8, No. 12 P Lab
Spring 2016 Aaron Copland Quiet City with Shannon Clardy, English horn and Kay McAfee, organ

Other Programs on Campus

Summer 1990 Solo with band Warren Barker Concerto for Cornet, Flugelhorn, and Trumpet II. Andante and III. Allegro vivace
Spring 1991 Duet with band Frank Bencriscutto Symphonic Jazz Suite II. Ballad – Rock with Earl Hesse, alto sax
Fall 1991 Solo with brass quintet Alexander Goedicke Concert Etude with the Dallas Brass
Spring 1995 Senior Johann Bach Grosser Herr und Starker Konig from “Christmas Oratorio” with Andrew Rye, baritone
Spring 1995 Solo with band Rafael Mendez La Virgen de la Macarena
Spring 1996 Senior Francis Poulenc Le Bal masque with Andrew Rye, baritone
Spring 1997 Solo with band Alfred Reed Ode for Trumpet
Spring 1997 Solo with brass band Phillip Sparke Capriccio
Spring 2000 Solo with band James Curnow Concertpiece
Fall 2000 Duet with brass band Peter Graham Quicksilver with Woody English, cornet
Spring 2006 Solo with band Bruce Broughton Excursions
Fall 2006 Trio Francis Poulenc Sonata for Horn, Trumpet, and Trombone with David Renfro, horn; Jon Whitaker, trombone
Fall 2007 Faculty Chamber Music Francis Poulenc Le Bal masque
Fall 2007 Faculty Showcase John Cheetham Concert Dialoge with David Laubach, trumpet
Summer 2007 Senior Band Camp Allen Vizzutti Spiral Dance
Fall 2010 Faculty Showcase Silvestre Revueltas Duo para pata y canario
Fall 2010 Solo with band André Jolivet Concerto No. 2
Spring 2011 Phi Mu Alpha recital James Barnes Poem
Fall 2011 Faculty Showcase John Palmer A Little Spanish…A Little Latin IV. Samba brass octet; David Laubach, trumpet
Summer 2012 Senior Band Camp John Cheetham Concert Dialogue with David Laubach, trumpet
Spring 2014 Guest Arkansas All-Star Big Band with Wayne Bergeron
Summer 2014 Band Camp Leroy Anderson Bugler’s Holiday with Ben Albright and Abbie Brown, trumpets
Fall 2014 guest master class duets with Charles Lazarus, trumpet
ASpring 2015 P Lab Alexander Scriabin Etude, Op. 8 No. 11 and No. 12
ASpring 2015 Guest Society of Composers Conference Brass Choir
ASpring 2015 Guest Society of Composers Conference Faculty Brass Quintet
Spring 2015 Guest Arkansas All-Star Big Band with Allen Vizzutti
Spring 2015 Guest Arkansas All-Star Big Band with Allen Vizzutti
Spring 2016 Arkadelphia Chamber Players Aaron Copland Quiet City Shannon Clardy, English horn
Spring 2016 brass sextet with band
Spring 2017 Arkadelphia Chamber Players Leonard Bernstein Make Our Garden Grow Justin Isenhour, solo trombone
Spring 2018 Guest Leroy Anderson Bugler’s Holiday with Andrea Giuffredi and Lucas Sapaugh, trumpets with the HSU Brass Band
Fall 2022 Retirement Concert Leroy Anderson Bugler’s Holiday with John Webb and Elora Rawdah, cornets with the HSU Brass Band

Mr. David Rollins and Dr. Buckner after a performance of Excursions
by Bruce Broughton
Dr. Buckner and Sgt. Major Woodrow English after performance of Quicksilver
with the Henderson Brass Band

Dr. Earl Hesse and Dr. Buckner on tour with the Henderson Symphonic Band performing “Ballad” from Symphonic Suite by Bencriscutto

Dr. Jim Buckner and Arnold Jacobs

Dr. Jim Buckner solos with the Charles City Community Band on Frank Simon’s Willow Echoes.
He played his first solo on this stage in 1962, 40 years earlier.  (It was the Carnival of Venice — by Fred Weber, not Arban or Clarke!)