Professor of Trumpet
Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Professor in Fine Arts
University Distinguished Teaching Professor
Ray Sasaki teaches trumpet and holds the Frank C. Erwin Centennial Professorship in Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. In 2007 Professor Sasaki was inducted into The University of Texas Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Professor Sasaki received degrees from California State University at Fresno and the University of North Texas. He is currently a member of the St. Louis Brass Quintet and the Tone Road Ramblers and has toured widely in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He is also an active recitalist and clinician. Sasaki has commissioned many works for solo trumpet, most notably works for performances with the Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, International Trumpet Guild, and Jazz Members Orchestra of Chicago. His recorded work can be heard on the Arabesque, Crystal, DRI, Deutsche Gramophone, TR 001, and UBRES record companies. In 1996 he received an “Outstanding Faculty Award” from the College of Fine and Applied Arts at UIUC. Sasaki has served two terms as a member of the Board of Directors for the International Trumpet Guild. Professor Sasaki previously served on the faculty of the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign for 26 years.