Anthony B. Kirkland is Associate Professor of Trumpet as Mississippi State University where he teaches studio trumpet, trumpet consort, and brass ensembles. He received a Bachelor of Music Education from Troy University (magna cum laude), a Master of Music History and Literature from Florida State University and completed a Doctorate in Trumpet Performance at the University of Maryland. His trumpet teachers include James Wadowick, Emerson Head, Brian Goff, Steven Dimmick, Philip Collins, and Chris Gekker. Dr. Kirkland’s areas of expertise include the preparation and literature for wind band auditions and chamber music for trumpet and percussion. He recently presented a lecture at the International Trumpet Guild Conference (2019) titled “Win that Trumpet Audition – Know your Band Excerpts!”
He was a member of The United States Air Force Band’s Ceremonial Brass in Washington, D.C., for 20 years and has performed ceremonies and concerts at The White House, The U.S. Capitol, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Arlington National Cemetery, The National Cathedral, Constitution Hall and other national venues. During his tenure in the Air Force Band, he performed regularly in the Chamber Players and Concert Band, performed on numerous recordings, and was leader of the Ceremonial Brass Quintet for seven years. He has performed internationally with the Air Force Band in The Netherlands, Russia, Norway, and Sweden. In 1997 he performed Taps at the funeral and memorial service for actor and U.S. Air Force Brigadier General (retired) James Stewart in Los Angeles, California. He is currently principal trumpet of the MSU-Starkville Symphony and, since coming to Mississippi, has performed with the Mississippi Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Meridian (MS) Symphony, and the Memphis chamber ensemble “Prizm.” In May of 2014 he was featured soloist with the MSU Wind Ensemble on its Italian tour and led a performance by the Wind Ensemble’s brass section in the Papal Chapel of St. Francis of Assisi. He also performed trumpet solos with the MSU Choir during its tour of Spain in Summer of 2019.
He and percussionist Mark Carson performed Rondo: A Duet for Trumpet and Percussion by Clarence Barber on the New Works concert at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in 2013. Dr. Kirkland and MSU Percussion professor Dr. Jason Baker performed Gregory McLean’s Suite for Trumpet and Percussion at the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast in 2014.
Dr. Kirkland has published articles and reviews in the International Trumpet Guild Journal, The Instrumentalist, The Brass Herald, BD Guide and Bandworld. His book, Wind Band Excerpts for Trumpet and Cornet, was published by Balquhidder Music in 2016.