Ross Eustis, Trumpeter, Traveler
Ross began studying the trumpet at age 10 in Seattle, WA. After four years of classical training, Ross shifted his focus to jazz.
Ross performed for two years in Seattle’s Roosevelt High School Jazz Band. With Roosevelt, Ross toured Scandinavia in 2006, performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival and opening for Sting at the Pori Jazz Festival. The band would later take top honors at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington Competition, and featured Wynton Marsalis in its finale.
Ross continued his studies at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. At Whitman, Ross lead his own jazz group while studying improvisation with trombonist David Glenn and composition with composer John David Earnest, all while earning a B.A. in Chemistry. Amidst his studies, Ross lived in Costa Rica and worked at University of Hawaii while gigging in Honolulu’s jazz scene.
After graduating Whitman College in May, 2011 Ross traveled outside the US for a full year, exploring dialects of jazz as a T.J. Watson Fellow. His travels took him to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, India, Bhutan, Thailand, South Africa, Brazil, Japan and Cuba.
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Charlie Parker said, “If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn!”