Music Lessons/Coaching/Tutoring

Trumpet Lessons

Ray took his first private trumpet students over 40 years ago, while he was still in high school. Since then, he has taught countless trumpet students of all ages and abilities. Even professional colleagues have sought his assistance; some credit their ongoing careers to this help.

As a new resident of Boise, Idaho, lessons with Ray can be scheduled at his home or at the Dunkley School of Music in Meridian (see Social distancing is practiced. 

Ray’s teachers include Uan Rasey (former first trumpet, MGM Studios), Malcolm McNab (legendary studio recording artist), Edward Tarr (baroque trumpet specialist), Rob Roy McGregor (formerly Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra), Bill Bing, Charley Davis, Roy Poper, and Claude Gordon.

Composition Lessons

Ray has also given lessons in composition and related subjects, and he is an authority on self-publishing.

Chamber Music Coaching

Ray has coached many chamber music ensembles, especially chamber brass ensembles. He began coaching at the Humboldt State University Brass Chamber Music Workshop was in 1985.


Having received his PhD in Musicology in 2010, Ray is able to provide academic tutoring in music and writing.

More Information

For more information on trumpet or composition lessons, ensemble coaching, and private tutoring, or if you want a coach, clinician, or speaker at your school or college, please email Ray at

See the “Shop Premiere Press” drop-down menu above for Ray’s extensive catalog of published sheet music, books, and recordings.