Dr. Timothy J. Tesh (T. J.) is Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Tesh relocated to Mississippi after an exciting and successful career as a freelance trumpeter and music educator in the Los Angeles area. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Pickett Brass Artist and has enjoyed an eclectic performance career, having performed with music legends like Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Patti Austin, Take 6, Quincy Jones, Dave Koz, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, and many others. Prior to leaving Los Angeles, Dr. Tesh recorded, toured, and performed around the globe for three years as a member of the internationally celebrated brass quintet, Presidio Brass. Additionally, he has toured and performed throughout the United States and Canada with Victory Brass, the Alias Brass Company, the Southern Arts Brass Quintet, and with Mel Brooks’ Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, The Producers, for which he served as principal trumpet. Dr. Tesh’s debut solo recording, Adaptations for Trumpet, was released in November of 2017.
Dr. Tesh earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance and Music Education from the University of Southern California in 2012, having previously completed his Master of Music in Trumpet Performance at the University of Kentucky in 2004 and his Bachelor of Arts in Music at Mars Hill College in 2002.