Under the leadership of Rick Evans, the ensemble consists of 12 trumpets, a tuba, electric bass, electric guitar, keyboard and drums. performing selections arranged for trumpet choir. TRU uses Bb trumpets, cornets, flugel horns, and piccolo trumpets to create unique renditions of traditional, swing, jazz, latin, classical, and pop arrangements
TRU was founded by Bill Sumner and gave its first performance at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California on October 27, 2007 to a capacity audience. As a result of the performance, TRU was subsequently invited to perform at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) at their National Convention in Anaheim, California for a breakfast meeting of 1200 members. We continue to perform at a variety of venues throughout San Diego and Orange Counties.
Past performances have included a variety of pieces, including the “Fanfare from La Peri” by Ducas, “Tico, Tico”, “Bugler’s Holiday”, “Trumpeter’s Lullaby” and The Rakes of Mallow” by Leroy Anderson, La Virgen de la Macarena” by Mendez, “Concerto for Two Trumpets” by Vivaldi, Ye Banks and Braes O’Bonnie Doon” by Percy Grainger, the Stan Kenton standard “Here’s That Rainy Day”, “A Coconut Named Alex” based on Maynard Ferguson’s Coconut Champagne, “Crisis” by Freddie Hubbard, “Zoot Suit Riot” by the Cherry Poppin Daddies, and “Rondeau” by Mouret. Frank Nelson, a long time resident of San Diego and former musical arranger for jazz great Benny Carter and the Alvino Rey Big Band, contributed to the ensemble’s musical library with special arrangements of “Cherokee”, “Bye, Bye, Blues”, “How High the Moon”, and several medleys of jazz and pop songs.