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Musician 1st Class Ethan Bartley,


MU1 Ethan Bartley

Musician 1st Class Ethan Bartley, from Kansas City, Missouri, joined the Navy Band in 2018. He earned a Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance from the University of Kansas in 2014, and a Master of Music in trumpet performance from Indiana University in 2016. His primary teachers include Steve Leisring and John Rommel.

Prior to joining the Navy Band, Bartley was a freelance musician in the Indianapolis area, as well as principal trumpet of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and second trumpet in the Columbus (Indiana) Symphony Orchestra and Terra Haute Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the Richmond (Indiana) Symphony, Eutiner Festspiele Orchester in Eutin, Germany, the New World Symphony and the Kansas City Symphony. Bartley was also a soloist and section leader with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps for four summers. He has attended the Hot Springs Summer Music Festival and the Menlo Summer Brass Institute in San Francisco, where his teachers included Scott Moore and David Bilger.

In addition to performing, Bartley has maintained a private trumpet studio and has worked as a clinician and technician with high school bands in Kansas and Indiana. Outside of music he spends his time playing and watching sports, cooking, spending time with friends and family and taking his dog on walks.