Tyler Graves is a trumpet player and educator in the greater San Francisco Bay area. He can be found playing with ECHO Chamber Orchestra, the Golden Gate Park Band, and the Starduster Orchestra, a North Bay big band. Tyler Prides himself on being a well-rounded player, as well as an active music educator. He currently holds a trumpet studio in the North Bay and works in the Dixie School District and the Marin Academy chamber music program.
Before moving to San Francisco in August of 2016 , Tyler was performing and teaching in Cincinnati, Ohio. While there he 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 has also performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center/Juilliard, and at the 2012 Ravinia Festival.
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.)