Co-recipient of the 2014 Howard County Music Educator of the Year award, Mr. Flinchbaugh is the Director of Bands at Clarksville Middle School in Howard County, Maryland. He has completed the Maryland Artist Teacher Institute certification program. In addition to public school teaching, Mr. Flinchbaugh maintains a large and successful private trumpet studio. Many of his past students are now music majors in college and have earned places in numerous honors and All-State ensembles in both Maryland and Pennsylvania as well as numerous scholarships. Prior to teaching at HCPSS, he was on faculty of St. Paul’s School, Boys’ Latin School, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Music.
As a trumpeter, Mr. Flinchbaugh was previously Principal Trumpet of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Yuri Temirkanov and the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas. He regularly performs with Bach in Baltimore, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony, and the Young Victorian Theater Company. Winner of the International Trumpet Guild’s Young Artist Award, he continues to perform regularly with numerous ensembles throughout the mid-Atlantic region. He has recorded and performed with numerous ensembles including the Clipper City Brass Quintet at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Public Radio International's "Sing in Exultation: Carols from the Washington National Cathedral."
Mr. Flinchbaugh is currently pursing his Master of Music degree in trumpet performance at the University of Maryland where he is studying with Chris Gekker. He also attended the Peabody Conservatory and Temple University, earning degrees in trumpet performance and music education. On trumpet, his major teachers include David Bilger, Joe Burgstaller, Ed Hoffman, Langston Fitzgerald and Elisa Koehler . In his spare time, Brent writes articles for the International Trumpet Guild Journal and is also an avid golfer.
“I first met Brent Flinchbaugh in New York City during March of 2009 when he was called on short notice to substitute for another trumpet player. After traveling from Baltimore, Brent nailed the fiendishly difficult trumpet part in the second (F major) Brandenburg Concerto. Brent has a magnificent, pure tone, coupled with a superb sense of rhythm, and he is an astute, intelligent, and extremely capable musician. Brent tends to grasp and understand the whole piece at hand in its proper context, rather than just his own part. He pays close attention to what other musicians in the orchestra are doing and senses the conductor’s intentions with great nuance. He has a fine ear for pitch, rhythm and orchestral detail, including articulation and historical authenticity to the degree that we can determine it. Brent is extremely well read and, like some of the greatest teachers, is always looking for insights and ways to convey his deep values and commitments. All in all, a superb musician and teacher.”
~Mark Cavanaugh, Ph.D, Conductor
Nova Southeastern University
“This young man can do anything he wishes to do on his instrument. Perhaps his strongest point is his ability to focus completely on the task at hand.... He has great enthusiasm for music in general and his interests include music theory and wind ensemble music as well as orchestral music.... From the perspective of a professional player, I find Brent to be a very capable and committed person. He remains interested in learning and is always pushing to reveal more of his musicality.”
Former Assistant Principal Trumpet, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Professor, Peabody Conservatory of Music
"I had the great pleasure recently of hearing the outstanding Clipper City Brass Quintet perform "Shadowcatcher", my concerto grosso for brass quintet and wind ensemble with the wonderful Peabody Conservatory Wind Ensemble under the inspired direction of Harlan Parker. The Clipper City BQ gave a great, powerful, dynamic and beautiful performance of my music. The individual members of this ensemble are extraordinary performers in their own right. Together they form a chamber ensemble with a golden, rich sonority, capable of both the most velvety lyricism, and the most riveting and thrilling virtuosity. If ever you have a chance to hear the Clipper City Brass Quintet, you will be rewarded with hearing some of the finest and most spectacular music-making anywhere!”
~Eric Ewazen, New York City, October, 2010
Composer, Professor, Juilliard School
"Brent is a fantastic teacher who makes it easy for his students to get excited about trumpet playing. He has all the traits needed in a good teacher - responsible, disciplined, knowledgeable, and encouraging. Brent has the ability to help trumpet players build a solid foundation but also push them out of their comfort zone in order to improve. It is hard to find another teacher like him."
~John McMordie, Stanford University
Pennsylvania All State Band Member
All-Eastern Band Member