Buddy Deshler

Buddy Deshler

Assistant Professor of Music, Trumpet

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Trumpet Artist Buddy Deshler is an ambassador for the transformative powers of the arts, champion of living composers, and agent for change in the instrumental music field. His burgeoning career has taken him around the country, as well as internationally, and has allowed him to share the stage with ensembles such as the King’s Brass, The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, Foden's Band, his own Vice City Brass, The Phoenix Brass Collective, and as of 2017, the illustrious Dallas Brass.

As an educator, Dr. Deshler serves as President, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the nonprofit organization, "Brass Institutes of America" which encompasses The Fredericksburg Brass Institute and Tidewater Brass Institute, two week-long summer music festivals offering a rich immersion in master classes and seminars, large and small ensembles, instrument exhibits, participant recitals, and free concerts featuring renowned guest artists. Deshler also serves as President of the Nova Trumpet Collective which is a nonprofit that aims to elevate the trumpet chamber music standard through accessible performance and outreach with an emphasis on diverse representation of musicians and repertoire. Deshler is also an active member of the International Trumpet Guild by occupying the role of Youth Day Coordinator as well as being a frequent clinician and session host of Trumpet Ensemble Reading Sessions and Chamber Music seminars.

Buddy holds a B.M. in Instrumental Performance and an Artist Diploma from the Frost School of Music, University of Miami, a M.M. from the Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University, a D.M.A from Arizona State University. His primary teachers have included Phil Snedecor, Craig Morris, and Josef Burgstaller. He has held teaching appointments at the University of Richmond, Arizona Western College, and SUNY Potsdam Crane School of Music. Dr. Deshler joined the music faculty at Furman University in 2022.


  • D.M.A., Arizona State University
  • M.M., Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University; Artist Diploma, University of Miami
  • B.M., University of Miam

Additional Professional Activity

  • CEO & Artistic Director, Brass Institutes of America
  • CEO, Nova Trumpet Collective
  • Trumpet, Dallas Brass
  • Trumpet, Vice City Brass