Dr. Jesse McGuire – TrumpetAlumni, Brass
Dr. Jesse Robert McGuire, was born August 29, 1958 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He began playing the trumpet at age nine, and continued high school. While attending Willow Run High School, in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Jesse won many local, regional, and national music awards and in June of 1976, he served as trumpeter and vocalist in the statewide tour of “The Sounds of 76” a production of the celebration of our nation’s bicentennial, at the Interlochen Arts Academy, in northern Michigan. From a week of statewide auditions, and 6,000 applicants, only 120 students were selected, and Jesse McGuire was the only African American male.
During his Junior year in high school, Jesse was selected “all-American” and was inducted into “Who’s Who, Among Music Students in American High Schools.” This, and other awards are still on display at Willow Run High School. After graduating with honors, Jesse was offered numerous scholarships to attend noted institutions, such as Grand Valley State College, University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, University of Detroit, Wayne State University, University of Oklahoma, Florida A&M, Xavier University, North Texas State, and Grambling State University, to continue his studies in music.
Choosing instead to attend Washtenaw College in Ann arbor, Michigan, Jesse studied under renowned Jazz master, Dr. Morris J. Lawrence, Jr., Professor of Music at washtenaw College, and the University of Michigan School of Music. While under the guidance of Dr. Lawrence, Jesse was featured at Two of the largest Jazz festivals in the country, the “Governors State Jazz Festival,” where he received top honors as “Best Trumpet” and later that evening Jesse performed with the Jazz greats Bunky Green, and Ernie Wilkins. One year later, Jesse performed at the “Notre Dame University Jazz Festival,” where he received top honors as “Most Outstanding Trumpeter.” Later that evening, Jesse performed with Jazz greats Philly Joe Jones, Buddy DeFranco, Nat Adderly, Ron Carter, and Joe Sample. Both awards are still on display at Washtenaw College.
Jesse was featured as an alumni soloist during a performance for the President of the United States, in May of 1987, and was later featured as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, in October of 1989 with the Washtenaw College Jazz Orchestra. While attending Washtenaw College, Jesse was one of the original founding members of the Afromusicology Society, an educational organization that conducted lecture, and performed live demonstrations of the history of Afro-American music “from the Afro-centric point of view,” both nationally, and internationally. After attending Washtenaw College, Jesse was accepted into Eastern Michigan University, as a pre-law major, but later declined the offer to attend, to pursue a career in music.
An extensive background in Gospel music and Jazz, afforded Jesse the privilege of performing with 14 Grammy winning, and world renowned bands, including, Dizzy Gillespie, Doc Severinsen, Pat Boone, James Brown, Andrae Crouch, The Winans, Jessy Dixon, Jeffery Osborne, Frieda Payne, The Clark Sisters, The Dells, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Maynard Ferguson, Tower of Power and Phil Driscoll.
As a solo performer, Jesse’s music was heard in the 5 largest Gospel musicals in the world, including, The National C.O.G.I.C. Convention in Memphis, Tennessee, Chicago Fest in Chicago, Illinois, The Riverfront Festival in Detroit, Michigan, Jesus Fest in Tacoma Washington, and the Greenbelt Festival in London, England.
Over 5 million people per year, are witness to his amazing rendition of the National Anthem, at professional sporting events, and various functions all across the country, most notably, the 1993 NBA Finals, NFL, MLB, NHL, MLS, NCAA – 1995 IBM/OS2 Fiesta Bowl, NCAA 1997 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, 1997 East/West Shriner’s Football Game, PROSLAM, NASCAR, INDY, some of which were National Championship, and World Championship events! Many of his performances of the anthem have thrilled as many as 180,000 people in one setting, receiving network coverage, which has afforded Jesse tremendous national exposure.
From his humble beginnings as a nine year old nervously playing his trumpet in church, Jesse McGuire overcame the reading disorder “Dyslexia” to attain the position of “Lead Trumpet” in the worlds most prestigious Jazz band, “The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra” in New York City. Multi Grammy winner, and Pulitzer Prize winner, Wynton Marsalis, is the conductor.
Jesse McGuire has toured extensively throughout the United States, and his international travels have taken him to world cities such as, Paris France, Toronto Canada, Vienna Austria, Torino Italy, Istanbul Turkey, Kongsberg Norway, Vittoria Spain, Vienne France, London England, Copenhagen Denmark, Den Hague Holland, Munich Germany, Antibbes France, Pori Finland, Oslo Norway, Prague Czech Republic, Moscow Russia, Tokyo Japan, Osaka Japan, Sidney, Melbourne, Canberra, Gold Coast, and Great Barrier Reef, in Australia.
Jesse McGuire has a list of accomplishments that is much too long to mention, but which is impressive to say the least. A resident of Phoenix, Arizona, Jesse McGuire is the President of PowerTrump, Inc., a company committed to “the undeviating proliferation of powerful music.”