Eric Knorr

Artist-in-Residence, Trumpet

Full-Time Faculty


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Eric Knorr is Artist in Residence in Trumpet in the Department of Music at the University of Dayton. Professor Knorr teaches studio trumpet, directs the Trumpet Ensemble, performs with the Faculty Brass Quintet, is a small ensemble coach and teaches several courses within the department. Mr. Knorr is the retired Principal Trumpet of the United States Air Force Band of Flight at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and served in the same role with the USAF Heartland of America Band at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. While stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB, he founded and led Prism Brass, a seventeen-member brass group from within the band. Additionally, he led the Wright Brass Quintet for over ten years, to include the first ever USAF brass group deployment to support Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

As an orchestral musician, Mr. Knorr has filled every position within the trumpet section of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, is the Principal Trumpet with the Bach Society of Dayton and is a regular substitute with the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops Orchestras. His other professional orchestral credits include the Cleveland Pops, Omaha Symphony, Akron Symphony, Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony, Lima Symphony, Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony, Ohio Light Opera Orchestra, Blue Ash Symphony, Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas and Musica Sacra.

Equally at home in commercial, jazz and rock settings, he is the former second trumpet in the Jazz Central Big Band and lead trumpet in the band Trey Stone and the Ringers. Mr. Knorr has shared the stage with many of the world’s finest performers such as: Sheena Easton, John Pizzarelli, Melissa Manchester, Vince DiMartino, Bobby Shew, Tom "Bones" Malone, Joe Williams, Jimmy Heath, J.J. Johnson, John Von Ohlen, The Miracles, Natalie Cole, Pink Martini, Marvin Hamlisch, Mnozil Brass, Phyllis Diller, Rhythm in Shoes, Eddie Daniels, Crystal Gayle and Chip Davis of Mannheim Steamroller. Mr. Knorr has also performed on lead trumpet in the national touring production of Cinderella and will perform in an upcoming production of Motown.

As a chamber artist, Mr. Knorr is a founding member of Oakwood Brass; in residence at Westminster Presbyterian Church and twice featured soloists on the Bach Society of Dayton subscription series. Mr. Knorr performed with the Wright State Faculty Brass Quintet for 10 years and is a substitute in the Carillon Brass and DPO Chamber Trio; two ensembles that perform educational outreach for the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance. As a soloist, Mr. Knorr will soon be releasing two compact discs of new and lesser-known works for trumpet and organ with Kathryn Maresca, organist/choir director at historic St. Mary Church in Dayton, OH.

Mr. Knorr has recently presented master classes at Wright State University, Bowling Green University and the University of Miami (OH). In addition to his performance duties, he is the Orchestra Librarian for the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, a part of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance comprising Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. He has previously held positions at Wright State University, Central State University, Wilberforce University, and Sinclair Community College. He continues to maintain an active studio of private students ranging from elementary to high school age students.


  • M.M., The University of Akron
  • B.M., The College of Wooster

Research Interests

  • Studying trumpet abroad, performing at churches in historic locations in Europe
  • Actively supporting military funeral details in SW Ohio; keeping the digital bugle from being utilized in lieu of a live trumpeter


Christmas at St. Mary’s, Eric Knorr, trumpet and Kathryn Maresca, organ (2017)

(Title TBD), Eric Knorr, trumpet and Kathryn Maresca, organ (2017)

Journeyman’s Songs, Daniel Zehringer, trumpet - WSU BQ (2016) 

Wright Brass, USAF Band of Flight Wright Brass Quintet (2015) 

Scenes & Variations, USAF Heartland of America Band (2001) 

Windswept, USAF Heartland of America Band Brass Quintet (1998)

Heartland Concert, USAF Heartland of America Band (1999)

Heartland Journeys, USAF Heartland of America Band (1997)

Beyond the Horizon, USAF Heartland of America Band (1997) 

Tis’ the Season, USAF Heartland of America Band (1996) 

Postcards from Japan, CCM Wind Symphony (1994), Klavier #11058

Suite Francaise, CCM Wind Symphony (1994), Klavier #TOCZ-9214

Paradigm, CCM Wind Symphony (1994), Klavier #11059

Soundings, CCM Wind Symphony (1993), Klavier #11047

Memorials, CCM Wind Symphony (1992), Klavier #11042 

Festival Encores, Ohio Light Opera Orchestra (1991)