TJ Perry is the adjunct Trumpet Instructor at Albion College and a member of the trumpet faculty at the Flint Institute of Music in Flint, Michigan. Also an active freelance musician, he frequently performs with leading orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout Southeast and Central Michigan. TJ recently held the positions of principal trumpet with the Johnson City (TN) Symphony Orchestra, second trumpet with the Brasswind Quintet, and is the current principal trumpet with the progressive chamber ensemble The Detroit Brass Company.
In February of 2014, TJ performed with the Michigan State University Wind Symphony as principal trumpet in the 10-year anneversary celebration of Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Corigliano's Symphony 3: Circus Maximus at Carnegie Hall. As a member of the Michigan State University Trumpet Ensemble, TJ has participated in the Orvieto Musica Trumpet Festival in Italy, Exploring Trumpet in Greece with Vince Dimartino and Gerassimos Ioannidis, and the 2013 International Trumpet Guild Conference. As a member of the Cross Street Jazz Ensemble, TJ performed at the 2009 Detroit International Jazz Festival. Additionally, TJ has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, former Tonight Show bandleader and international soloist Doc Severinsen, international trumpet soloist Vince DiMartino, and Detroit based jazz legend Marcus Belgrave. In 2010 was a semi-finalist for the graduate division of the National Trumpet Competition.
Currently in the final stages of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University, TJ serves as the Doctoral Teaching Assistant for the trumpet studio. His research is centered in educational awareness of sustainable healthy performance habits for musicians of all ages. He previously attended the University of Tennessee- Knoxville for the Master of Music degree as the Graduate Teaching Assistant and Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI (BM).
Principal teachers have included Rich Illman (Michigan State University), Dr. Cathy Leach (University of Tennessee), Carter Eggers (Eastern Michigan University), and Dr. Judy Palac (Michigan State University- Healthy Musicianship and Body Mapping). Additional instruction has come from Mark Byerly (University of Toledo), Vince DiMartino (international soloist) Doc Severinsen (international soloist), William Campbell (University of Michigan), and John Hagstrom (second trumpet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra).
TJ resides in southeast Michigan with his wife Jessica, and newborn son Jackson.