James Knabe, Trumpet Artist

James is a freelance trumpet player with a wide range of experience.  If you are interested in bringing him in for a project, performance, or series please contact him to determine availability and details.

summary of James' freelance experience:


Recitalist in Italy and the USA with special events and ministry events all across the U.S.

Boston, MA | Rome, Italy | Chicago, IL | Nashua, NH | Iowa City, IA | Dallas, TX |

Opera and Orchestral Experience:

Operafestival di Roma, Ash Lawn-Highland Opera, Dubuque Symphony, Boston Civic Symphony, North Shore Philharmonic, Woods Hole Cantata Consort, and the Opera Companies at Harvard, Dartmouth, and New England Conservatory of Music

Genres and Types of Playing Include:

Ceremonial Music (Weddings, Funerals), Church Services (Christian Service and Catholic Mass Traditions), Solo Artist with and without accompaniment (Worship, Music Ministry, Recitals)

Ensemble Player: Trumpet with Strings, Trumpet with Soprano Voice, Brass Ensemble, Orchestra, Bands, Worship Band/Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, Broadway Show Orchestra/Ensemble

Summary Listing of Major Performing Activities:

James has also performed in hundreds churches across the USA as a part of services and ceremonial occasions.

Solo/Chamber Music Recitals and Appearances:

Soloist-US Marine Corps Birthday Event-Odyssey Cruise Ship, Chicago, IL
Concert Series Performance at Bethel UCC in Elmhurst, IL (with Jeffrey Panko, Piano)
Solo Recital Bradford College in Bradford, MA (with Eric Mazonsen, Piano)
Trumpet Recital in Brown Hall in Boston, MA (New England Conservatory)
Thanksgiving Service and Memorial Services Soloist at Calvary Church-Naperville, IL
Bel Canto Chamber Ensemble Recital at the Church of Our Redeemer in Nashua, NH
Trumpet Recital at the First Church in Arlington, MA (with Eric Mazonsen, Piano)
Trumpet Recital and Chamber Music at Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA
Trumpet/Organ Recital at MIT Chapel in Cambridge, MA (Andrew Halberstadt, Organ)
Bel Canto Chamber Ensemble Recital at the Nashua Public Library in Nashua, NH
Trumpet Recital at Pickman Hall in Cambridge, MA
Oswego High School Wind Symphony, Soloist, Torelli Concerto in D
Bel Canto Chamber Ensemble Recital at Ruggles Baptist Church in Boston, MA
Opera Orchestra Soloist Recital at Saint Alessio in Rome, Italy
Bel Canto Chamber Ensemble Recital at Saint Mary's Church in Iowa City, IA

Chamber Music/Orchestra/Choir Highlights:
Handel's Messiah Christmas Concerts at First Baptist Church, Geneva (IL)
Trumpet Soloist with St. Peter and Paul String Orchestra in Naperville (IL)
Vivaldi Gloria Performances at First Baptist Church in Geneva, IL
Handel Messiah, Trumpet Soloist at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rockford (IL) (2007-10)
Victory Brass at Centenary United Methodist Church in Lexington (KY)
"The Seasonings" by P.D.Q. Bach with Salisbury-Rowan Choir (NC)

Opera Performances:
Barber of Seville (Ash-Lawn Highland)
Le Tragedie de Carmen (Ash-Lawn Highland)
Die Verchworenen (Longy)     Rigoletto + L'eslir d'amore (Harvard)
Suor Angelica + The Padrone (NEC)
Gianni Schichhi (Operafestival di Roma+NEC)
I Pagliacci (Operafestival di Roma)     Credo (World Premiere) (Dartmouth)

Broadway Shows Performed:

Fiddler on the Roof
A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum
Cabaret Revue with Danny Kaye
The King and I
Kurt Weil Tribute
Les Miserables
Pajama Game
Oh What a Lovely War
The Sound of Music
West Side Story
Jesus Christ Superstar
                          Wizard of Oz