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May 28, 2024

Music in My Life: Daniel Lewis, Trumpet

Daniel Lewis holds the position of second trumpet with the ISO. Prior to joining the ISO, he held positions with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (Ohio), Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Williamsburg Symphony, and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra (Virginia). Daniel has also performed with several other orchestras including the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (Ohio), West Virgin- ia Symphony, Charleston Symphony, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. His additional performing experience includes extensive touring with The King’s Brass on several national and international tours.

Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Daniel obtained a master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music after completing his undergraduate degree in music at Cedarville University. His teachers include Michael Sachs and Charles Pagnard.

Tell us about your family.

I grew up in a somewhat musically oriented family. All of my siblings learned an instrument while growing up, though I was the only one who went on to pursue music as a career. Both of my parents played instruments when they were in school.

When did you start playing the trumpet?

I began playing the trumpet in the fifth grade. My first instrument, however, was the piano. I started piano lessons when I was about 5 or 6 years old.

What do you enjoy about being part of the ISO?

I love getting to go to work every day with such an incredible group of talented and dedicated musicians, all pursuing their art at the highest levels possible. It’s very inspiring.

What piece or concert are you looking forward to playing next season?

I’m looking forward to playing Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben next season. It’s such an exciting piece with really great brass parts, and it’s not performed all that frequently.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not performing?

I really love running, playing disc golf, and spending time with my new puppy.

Any advice for a young person considering a career in the orchestra?

Find a good teacher that you work with well, practice a lot, and stay in touch with what inspires you about your instrument and orchestral music.

What do you want our audience members to know about the ISO?

The musicians of the ISO are really great people, in addition to being acclaimed musicians. One thing I’ve enjoyed about my time here in the Indianapolis Symphony is how genuine, kind, and supportive all of my colleagues are to each other.