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Ryan Nielsen joined the faculty in 2006, and teaches trumpet, jazz studies, and music theory. He holds a B.M. in Music Education from BYU-Idaho and an M.M. in classical trumpet performance from Arizona State University. His primary trumpet teachers include David Hickman and Marcellus Brown. He studied jazz with Mike Crotty and Michael Kocour. He performed as a guest artist at the Gene Harris Jazz Festival on multiple occasions, and recently performed with the internationally acclaimed Summit Brass. He has received multiple awards for his playing, including first place at the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival and the Doc Severinson Fellowship for outstanding classical and jazz trumpet performance. In addition to his performing interests, Mr. Nielsen recently presented research on the convergence of Jazz and Mormonism at the International Conference on the Arts in Society.