Kevin Tague - Trumpet
In 1997, while a student at DePaul University, Kevin Tague was selected to play principal trumpet of the Disney-Grammy All-American College Orchestra at EPCOT Center in Florida. This honor gave him the chance to perform daily with some of the most talented young musicians in America as well as work with great jazz and pop performers including Chuck Mangione, Marvin Hamlisch, Toni Tennille, and John Pizzarelli, among others.
After finishing DePaul, Kevin threw himself into the Chicago freelance music scene. The vibrant and varied music scene of Chicago was a perfect place for him to learn the idiosyncrasies of styles ranging from salsa to classical chamber music. Kevin's love for variety led him to join a merengue band, a 60's soul band, a new orleans style brass band, a number of funk bands, a couple of brass quintets, jazz big bands, several different society dance bands, and lots of musical theater companies, including a six month run of a Jeff Award (Chicago's version of the Tonys) winning production of Ragtime for Porchlight Musical Theatre. He also co-founded a music contracting company during this time. Athena Ensembles, Inc was extremely successful, booking over 150 events a year in the mid 2000's.
While in Chicago, Kevin maintained a large studio of private students. Teaching as many as 50 high school and middle school students per week kept him busy, but turned out to be very rewarding and helped him realize his love for teaching, as well as the positive effects music can have on a young person. His students were consistently selected for All-State honor bands and many went on to major in music at top universities throughout the midwest and he's proud to have known each of them.
In 2009, Kevin left his beloved Chicago to persue a Masters Degree at the University of Denver in Colorado. It didn't take long for him to work his way into the local music scene and within a few months he was regularly performing throughout the front range with salsa bands, rock bands, a jazz trio, and several different big bands. He also He also started working with students at the award-winning Denver School of the Arts, where he lead trumpet master classes, coached jazz ensembles, worked with a small studio of private students and taught a theory class for students heading to college music programs.
Kevin joined the national tour of Disney's Beauty and the Beast in 2012. Aside from being the most fun he has had in years, he was honored to work with such a talented and dedicated group of musicians, actors, and stagehands. Playing venues ranging from the most beautiful theaters in America's cultural centers, to arenas still dusty from the previous night's Monster Truck Rally, he performed the show more than 300 times across the United States and Canada for audiences averaging 2000 people each night. Half of them under ten and wearing a yellow dress.
In 2013, Kevin left the show to take the next step in his career. He is currently persuing a doctarate in classical trumpet at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he also teaches music theory.