Fifth Bridge is an electro-acoustic trumpet quintet committed to the creation and performance of new music through digital processing and amplification.
Jason Crafton is an assistant professor of trumpet at Virginia Tech. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in China, Greece, and across the United States including two performances at Carnegie Hall. Crafton is a member of the Charlottesville Opera Orchestra and has performed professionally with the Dallas Opera, the Des Moines Metropolitan Opera, and the Dallas Wind Symphony. He can be heard on numerous recordings on the Mark and GIA labels, including over a dozen releases by the North Texas Wind Symphony and four volumes of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band.
Also in demand as a teacher and pedagogue, Crafton has presented clinics at the International Trumpet Guild Convention, the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast, and at over a dozen major universities. His students have been accepted into competitive summer festivals and to top graduate programs including the University of North Texas and the Eastman School of Music. Crafton holds degrees from Drake University and the University of Northern Colorado in addition to a doctorate from the University of North Texas, where he studied with Keith Johnson. He has undertaken further study with Vincent DiMartino, Adam Gordon, and John D’earth.
Dr. Crafton is a Conn-Selmer Artist/Clinician.
Gabriel DiMartino has performed as a member of The Wichita Symphony, The New Columbian Brass Band and the Doc Severinsen Big Band. He has been a featured recitalist, performing both jazz and classical music, at The International Trumpet Guild in Australia; Denver, Colorado; and Grand Rapids, Michigan. DiMartino has been an assisting artist in groups performing with Patti Austin, Allen Vizzutti, rock groups Chicago and Mannheim Steamroller, and other touring artists. He has recorded CDs as a soloist with The Syracuse University Wind Ensemble and with his father, well-known trumpet soloist Vince DiMartino.
DiMartino has also been a member of the summer faculty at Interlochen Center for the Arts and has presented master classes both there and at other institutions. He returns to his hometown of Danville, Kentucky, every summer to perform with The Advocate Brass Band at The Great American Brass Band Festival.
DiMartino was a frequent recitalist and member of orchestras, big bands and chamber ensembles in the central New York area where he lived. He also served as adjunct professor of trumpet at Syracuse University. He is a graduate of The Interlochen Arts Academy, DePaul University, and Wichita State University where he was a graduate teaching assistant and received a master’s degree in trumpet performance.
Ashley Hall has been applauded by critics for her “soaring and spine-tingling” performances and her “excellent stage presence.” Her extensive performance credentials as a soloist and orchestral musician have taken her around the world. From the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to the Opera House in Sydney, Australia, she has dazzled audiences with her virtuosic technique and expressive tone, being described as “pure magic to hear.”
Mrs. Hall holds the position of principal trumpet with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, with which she recently performed the US premier of Markus Stockhausen's "Miniature of a Soul’s Journey." She also held the position of third trumpet with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra from 2003-2012, and has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony, Asheville Symphony, New World Symphony Orchestra, and Sinfonia Gulf Coast.
Mrs. Hall holds a bachelor's degree in trumpet performance from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and an artist diploma from the Longy School of Music.
When not traveling and performing, she enjoys her second career as a mother to two incredible children, Morgan and Kevin, and as a wife/best friend to Nathan Tighe.
She proudly endorses GR Mouthpieces.
Kelly Rossum is an international trumpet artist, improviser and composer. He has performed everything from lead trumpet at New York’s famed Birdland jazz club to baroque trumpet in Bad Säckingen, Germany; and from soprano cornet with the North Carolina Brass Band to improvised free jazz in Bangkok, Thailand. As a twenty-first century musician with no stylistic boundaries, he has played at the Vision Festival, SXSW, New York Electro Acoustic Music Festival, Spark Festival of Electronics and Musical Art, 10,000 Lakes Music Festival, Minnesota Sur Seine, numerous blues, jazz, classical and latin music festivals, plus multiple International Trumpet Guild Conferences, including as a featured soloist in Sydney, Australia, as well as repeat appearances at the New York Festival of New Trumpet Music and the Atlanta Trumpet Festival.
Kelly Rossum is currently Associate Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. Previous to this appointment, he taught at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama and at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, Minnesota, one of the nation’s largest community music schools.
Kelly Rossum holds the degrees: Doctor of Musical Arts, from the University of Minnesota, studying under David Baldwin and Gary Bordner; Masters of Music, from the University of North Texas, studying with Keith Johnson, Leonard Candelaria and John Holt; Bachelor of Music, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studied with legendary trumpet teacher Dennis Schneider.
Dr. J. Peyden Shelton has emerged as an accomplished performer, teacher, and clinician throughout the United States. In 2014, he was the winner of the National Trumpet Competition's Graduate Soloist Division performing Joseph Turrin's Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra. Since that time, he has performed recitals and solo performances at universities and new music venues across the country. As an ensemble and chamber musician, Dr. Shelton has performed with numerous ensembles including the Rochester Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, the U.S. Army Field Band, and the Eastman Wind Ensemble. He currently serves as the principal trumpet of Baltimore's premier new music ensemble, Symphony Number One.
As an educator, Dr. Shelton currently serves as the Assistant Professor of Trumpet and the University of Utah’s School of Music. Dr. Shelton has also served on the faculties at the University of Rochester and Cornell University. He is a frequent guest at festivals and clinics throughout the United States providing a unique and effective approach to fundamental brass development. In addition, Dr. Shelton is a strong supporter of new music, especially that which reflects a contemporary compositional voice for trumpet and piano.