Dr. Timothy Meyer Altman is Chair of the Music Department at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP). He is the Director of Bands, teaches trumpet, and conducting. He taught instrumental and general music at the elementary, middle school, high school, and university level in Virginia, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and North Carolina. The Varina High School band in Richmond, Virginia, under his direction, was a “Virginia Honor Band” with superior ratings in Marching, Concert, (and Jazz).
In 2005, the UNCP Wind Ensemble performed at a General Session of the North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA) conference under his direction with guest conductors Robert W. Smith and Jay Bocook. Dr. Altman commissioned premieres by Eric Ewazen (Juilliard) and James Sochinski (Virginia Tech) for that performance. In November 2008, the UNCP Wind Ensemble again performed at NCMEA conference with guest conductor Samuel Hazo.
Altman completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trumpet performance at the University of Kentucky. Terry Everson, Frank Hanson, and Allen Bachelder were principal trumpet teachers. He also holds degrees from Virginia Tech (BA, Music Education), and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (MME, Music Education). Tim Altman’s father, Edward Altman, was a trumpet player in the Richmond (VA) symphony, a high school and middle school band director, and continues to be a huge influence on his life.
He has published articles in “Teaching Music” (NAfME), the International Trumpet Guild journal, Keynotes, The North Carolina Music Educator, among other periodicals. His dissertation focused on works for trumpet by composer and Julliard faculty member, Eric Ewazen. In addition to commissioning new band works, he has also commissioned new works for trumpet ensemble.
Altman’s trumpet students have been state/regional winners and national finalists for the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Senior and Junior Brass Competitions. For several years, he has also had students in the semi-finals of the National Trumpet Competition (NTC).
Dr. Altman is an active conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and trumpet performer. He has performed with numerous orchestras, concert bands, brass bands, and jazz ensembles across the country and at international conferences (Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, International Trumpet Guild, etc.). He performed at the Royal College of Music in London in 2005, in Amman, Jordan in 2008 and 2012 and throughout Italy in 2013. He is presently the principal trumpet for the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and the Carolina Philharmonic. He has performed with the North Carolina Symphony, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra (VA), West Virginia Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic (KY), Richmond Philharmonic (VA), Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Brass Band, etc. He has also performed with The Four Tops, The Temptations, Doc Severinsen, Allen Vizzutti, Vince DiMartino, Bruce Hornsby, Al Jarreau, David Sanborn, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Lorna Luft, and many more international artists. Dr. Altman is a Bach performing artist (Conn-Selmer).