Dr. Jesse Cook is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of Central Florida. Before beginning at UCF, Dr. Cook held the Assistant Professor of Trumpet position at Valdosta State University and Principal Trumpet position in the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Cook received his DMA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has held appointments at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, San Jacinto College in Houston, Texas, and The University of Texas at Austin. Among others, he has enjoyed performances with the Kansas City Symphony, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, and the Jacksonville Symphony. Dr. Cook has also appeared as a soloist in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #2 with the Austin Bach Cantata Project, Bernstein's Mass for Wind Ensemble and Brass Quintet with the Austin Symphonic Band, and L'Histoire du Soldat with the Round Top Festival Orchestra Faculty.
A frequent recitalist and clinician, Dr. Cook has performed for and instructed students at universities in Georgia, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Texas, Alabama, Kansas, Mississippi, South Carolina, Florida and Oklahoma. He has also written several articles published in the International Trumpet Guild Journal and was an invited speaker at the 2014 Texas Music Educator Association annual conference and the 2014 International Trumpet Guild conference. In addition, Dr. Cook has been an invited guest lecturer on his dissertation topic of music performance anxiety at over a dozen universities around the country.
Dr. Cook's principal instructors were Ray Sasaki, Mark Hughes, Mark Ridenour and Channing Philbrick. He is an Edwards and Getzen Performing Artist.