- D.A., University of Northern Colorado
- M.M., University of Northern Colorado
- B.S., North Dakota State University
Dr. Jeremy Brekke was appointed Associate Professor of Trumpet at North Dakota State University in 2008. He teaches trumpet, high brass methods, various brass chamber groups, jazz lab band, and jazz combo. Previously, he was the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Loyola University in New Orleans from 2002-2008. A native of the area, Brekke received a B.S. in Music Education from NDSU and taught middle and high school band in Langdon, ND. He received a Doctorate of Arts in Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy and a M.M. in trumpet performance from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO, where he studied with William Pfund and performed with the award winning Jazz Lab Band I.
Dr. Brekke has a very diverse performance background and has experience playing in a wide range of styles. His orchestral experience includes the Centennial Philharmonic in Denver, Grand Forks Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, Central City Opera, and the Louisiana Philharmonic. He has performed on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Boulder Dinner Theatre, Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre, and various big bands including the John Mahoney Big Band and the Jazz Arts Group of Fargo/Moorhead. He was the winner of the Rocky Mountain Concerto Competition in 2001, and has been the featured soloist with the Centennial Philharmonic, International Music Camp Orchestra, University of Northern Colorado Orchestra, Loyola Orchestra and Band, The John Philip Sousa Honor Band, New Orleans Civic Symphony, Northern Ambassadors Concert Band, and the NDSU Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble.
Dr. Brekke is an active clinician and adjudicator and contributes to the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) in various capacities. His students have been invited to perform at the annual ITG conference and selected into the final round of the orchestral competition. Most recently the NDSU Trumpet Ensemble was invited to premiere a newly commissioned piece for trumpet ensemble at the 2011 conference in Minneapolis. He currently performs throughout the region including with the Fargo Moorhead Symphony and Opera, Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome, and the NDSU Faculty Brass Quintet and Jazz Combo.