Tyler Graves is an active trumpet player and educator in the greater Cincinnati area. He recently taught at Ohio Northern University and in June of 2015, he had the opportunity to travel to Tanzania, where he spread music through performance and education. He prides himself on being a well-rounded player and has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center/Juilliard, and at the 2012 Ravinia Festival.
Tyler currently holds a trumpet studio in the Cincinnati area, and works with local schools including Roger Bacon High School and the Indian Hill Performing Arts Academy. He performs with various ensembles around the area including the Fillmore Philharmonic Brass, Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra, Middletown Symphony Orchestra, and Swingtime Big Band. Tyler performs frequently at weddings and churches, and is currently a member of Cincinnati's Polished Brass Quintet.
Tyler is a native of Wickliffe, Ohio, and graduated from Miami University with his master’s degree in 2013. While at Miami, he studied with Professor James Olcott and held a graduate assistantship. He performed with the faculty brass quintet, as well as the Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Band, all which performed in Carnegie Hall in the fall of 2012. He was also a member of the trumpet ensemble, which performed at the 2013 ITG Conference.
Tyler obtained his bachelor of music in performance at Ohio Northern University. There, he studied trumpet with Dr. David Kosmyna and had the opportunity to perform two concertos with both the Wind Orchestra and Symphony Band (Essays by Gary Ziek and A Trumpeter’s Lullaby by Leroy Anderson). While at Ohio Northern, he also studied jazz with Gene Parker, and became a brother of Phi Mu Alpha and Kappa Kappa Psi.
Tyler enjoys the outdoors and appreciates all forms of art, including photography. He has shot for the Miami Student and enjoys taking photos of landscapes and nature. (Click here to see some of his work.)