Washington Trumpet Guild is the Washington State affiliate chapter of the International Trumpet Guild. We are an organization of trumpeters, formed to promote communication among trumpet players across the state and to improve the artistic level of performance, teaching, and literature associated with the trumpet. The organization’s membership includes professional and amateur performers, teachers, students, manufacturers, publishers, and others interested in belonging to an organization dedicated to the art of trumpet playing.

Board of Directors

Shelly Devlin

Shelly Devlin received her Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance and Education from the University of Iowa and her Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Washington. She currently serves as adjunct trumpet instructor at Pierce College in Puyallup, Washington.  Since 2000, her private studio, Shelly Devlin Brass Studios, has taught 70 trumpet, French horn, trombone, and baritone students per week.  Shelly’s students have seen successful performances at recitals and statewide music festivals, and many of her students have had the honor of being accepted into All State, All Northwest, local youth symphonies, and college music programs.  Shelly has served as brass coach and clinician to Northwest Washington area schools, adjudicated Solo and Ensemble Festival for the Washington Music Educators Association, taught High Brass Techniques to undergraduate music majors at the University of Washington, served as brass coach for the Kitsap Youth Philharmonic, and conducted Brass Camps throughout the Puget Sound region. 

An active performer, Shelly currently plays trumpet with the Bremerton West Sound Symphony, the Evergreen Brass, the Choppers Brass Quintet, and the Choppers Brass Trio.  Shelly’s solo appearances include Telemann’s Sonata for piccolo trumpet andHandel’s Messiah with the Bremerton West Sound Symphony; Vincent Persichetti’s The Hollow Men with the Pierce College Orchestra; Adagio from Concierto de Aranjuez for flugelhorn with the Evergreen Brass; and Piazzolla’s Libertango, Allen Vizzutti’s Cascades, Morricone’s Gabriel’s Oboe, Clarke’s Maid of the Mist, and Gillie’s Song for the Lost on the Marysville Chamber Music Series.  Shelly formerly served as a trumpeter with Navy Band Northwest and has been sponsored on several solo tours to the Midwest. Current projects include a commission for a new trumpet and piano work by composer Gina Gillie.

Ansgar Duemchen

Ansgar is a band director and freelance musician in the Seattle area. He was born and grew up in Germany, close to Basel Switzerland, where he started studying trumpet and baroque trumpet performance. Upon completion of his freshman year at the Musikakademie in Basel, Switzerland, he met Gerald Webster, who was the Professor for Trumpet at Washington State University.  Ansgar decided to finish his trumpet performance degree at WSU. Upon completion of his studies there, he returned to Germany and taught at several music schools and conservatories in Southwest Germany, and played with several Orchestras in the region, including subbing with the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra.  During that time, he also picked up the baton and conducted several community bands, which led to his decision to get a Masters in Music Education from Western Washington University in 2002.

Since then Ansgar has been teaching middle school bands in Monroe and as assistant Director of the Woodinville Community Band and is active as a freelance trumpet player throughout the Seattle area.  He has continued to perform in Europe throughout the summers, keeping some old contacts overseas active.

Zachary Lyman

Music faculty trumpet, Zach Lyman, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, at PLU. (Photo/John Froschauer)

Zachary Lyman is Professor of Music at the Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) School of Music, Theater, & Dance where he teaches classroom music, directs the trumpet ensemble, coaches chamber music, and performs with the Lyric Brass Quintet.  He received the 2017 Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching.  Dr. Lyman holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa where he was the recipient of the prestigious Iowa Performance Fellowship, the highest award for graduate study.  He received the Bachelor of Music Degree with honors from the College of Wooster and the Master of Music degree with honors and distinction in performance from the New England Conservatory of Music.

He is active as an orchestral, chamber, and solo performer and has performed with the New England Philharmonic, and the Boston Philharmonic, Cedar Rapids, and Quad Cities Symphony Orchestras.  Lyman has also performed as featured soloist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, PLU Wind Ensemble, PLU Symphony Orchestra, the University Chorale, Choir of the West, the Tacoma Community College Orchestra, the Seattle Bach Choir, Brass Unlimited, the Brass Band Tacoma, and many others.  He plays throughout the northwest as a member of the Seattle-based Mosaic Brass Quintet. He has appeared with the Vashon Opera Orchestra and at the Olympic Music Festival, and plays regularly with Symphony Tacoma, the Tacoma Opera Orchestra, and the Tacoma City Ballet Orchestra.  He also serves as Director of the Tacoma Young Chamber Players, the Puget Sound’s premier chamber music experience for high school musicians.

Dr. Lyman’s articles have been published by American Music and the International Trumpet Guild Journal. His trumpet warm-up book Practical Daily Warm-Ups for Trumpet is published by Keveli Music. The Lyric Brass Quintet’s CD, American Music for Brass Quintet, is available from Emeritus Recordings. A second album, featuring the world-premiere recording of Luther: Seven Scenes for Brass Quintet by PLU Emeritus faculty member Dr. Jerry Kracht, was released in October, 2018.  Dr. Lyman lives in Tacoma with his wife, son, and daughter. In his spare time, he enjoys trying to stay upright on his mountain bike, and being a disgruntled Red Sox fan. Dr. Lyman is an S.E. Shires performing artist.

Zachariah MacIntyre

The Band Director at Lincoln High School (formerly of Denny Middle School and Chief Sealth High School), Zachariah also teaches private trumpet lessons. He is conductor and brass coach at Brassapalooza Brass Camp and Northwest Brass Choir.

Rona Sass

Rona received her Bachelor of Music degree from Western Washington University and earned her Masters of Music degree from Northwestern University. She has played with many chamber groups and orchestras including Pacific Northwest Ballet, St. James Cathedral Brass, Bellevue Philharmonic, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Disney Pops Orchestra, Millar Brass Ensemble, Lake Effect Brass Quintet (Chicago, semi-finalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition), and Northwest Philharmonia Orchestra, as well as her 7 year tenure with the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Rona plays with Olympic Brass Ensemble, freelances around Seattle, and maintains a busy trumpet lesson studio. She is Founding Director and brass coach at Brassapalooza Brass Camp and Northwest Brass Choir.

Kevin Slota

Kevin is a freelance trumpeter and private teacher based in West Seattle. He also provides classroom support for band programs at Title 1 schools in the Seattle Public Schools system through the nonprofit Michael J Owen Music Education Fund. He is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 76-493. He performs with various brass ensembles, rock bands, big band jazz ensembles, and in musical theatre in the greater Seattle area.