Here in the trumpet section, we embody extremely important characteristics such as volume, infallibility, perfection, faultlessness, supremacy, and (of course) modesty. Our mastery of these traits as well as our unique talents worked in ~harmony~ to win us the Gross Cup for the 2017-18 Section Wars Challenges. We proudly brave heat, cold, ants, mud, rain, snow, and whatever else NC weather throws at us without complaint.

Should you choose to pick up a trumpet along with even our own director, Jeff Au, you will be welcomed into a tight-knit group that is committed to firing up the Cameron Crazies with confident, high-quality sound. As we continue to grow in size, we also are growing in power. Are you prepared for the pure glory that is the trumpet section of the Duke Band? Fear not, for we can always be found leading the band to victory.

Our section enjoys partaking in the finer things in life, such as cheering on our basketball teams from the best row in Cameron, going to tournaments near and far (destinations have included Greenville, SC; Brooklyn, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; and Omaha, NE), and bonding outside of band functions. We enhance our section camaraderie with group dinners, sending memes in the group chat, and the glorious sounds of the stand tune High Hopes (arranged by section leader Nathaniel). The trumpets are obviously the most phenomenal group of people in the band, and we think we’re pretty cool in life and stuff too. If you have any questions about  the DUMB trumpet section, please don’t hesitate to contact our section leaders, Mike, Nathaniel, and Carly! We will be happy to talk with you and convince you that we are, in fact, a worthy group of musicians and friends to join!


Trumpets in our natural habitat at Wallace Wade Stadium:


Trumpets at the UNC game. Trumpets were present and played particularly loud and the team won. Correlation? There certainly seems to be one.


2018-2019 trumpets at the end-of-year bandquet:


Trumpets bringing their unique spirit and dedication to band camp Color Wars:

Duke Carolina Game

2020-2021 Section Leaders:

Carly VanDewark:

Mike Keohane:

Nathaniel Maxwell:


2019-2020 Section Leaders:

Max Issokson:

Alex Linares:

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