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email: allen [at] 5fthightrumpetguy.com

Who Is This Masked Man?

The Trumpet GuyAllen J. Venezio, the 5 Foot High Trumpet Guy, is the Director of Bands and Choral Activities at Clermont Middle School in Clermont, Florida. His teaching responsibilities include directing the beginning band, symphonic band, wind ensemble, athletic band and the nationally-acclaimed “Flight of Sound” Jazz Ensemble. He also sponsors the Tri-M Music Honor Society chapter. Prior to his appointment at Clermont Middle, he spent two years as Director of Bands at Mount Dora Middle School and he served as the Director of Bands and Musical Theater at Tavares High School for 10 years where he was the longest serving band director in the history of the school. In his tenure at Tavares High, he also taught chorus, musical theater, AP Music Theory, color guard and music appreciation. He also served as department chair and sponsor of the Tri-M Music Honor Society chapter. For his teaching work, he was nominated three times for Teacher of the Year, was nominated for the Oliver Hobbs Award by the F.B.A. and was awarded the Linda Mann Award for 5 consecutive Superior ratings by a middle school band director.

Outside of his school obligations, Allen is an active professional trumpet player and private instructor and the author of Trumpet 101: the ULTIMATE Resource Manual for Trumpet Players. He also spent two years as the lead trumpet player of the Maitland Stage Band in Maitland, FL. In January, 2016, he founded the Same Is Lame Jazz Ambassadors . He directs the band and plays lead trumpet.

Allen graduated from the University of Central Florida in December of 1997 with the Bachelor of Music Education Degree and in May of 2012 with a Masters Degree in Music Education. He studied trumpet with John Almeida, Lyman Brodie, Ramona Peronto and Al Venezio and has performed with jazz greats Zoot Sims, Scott Whitfield, Mark Zauss and Carl Fontana.

Allen is a certified Florida Bandmasters Association marching, concert and brass S&E adjudicator. He has served the F.B.A. as an officer in numerous capacities at the District and State level. He is a member of many other professional organizations including the Florida Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Bugles Across America, the International Trumpet Guild and the Knights of Columbus.

Allen is the proud father of one son, Allen, Jr., who is a middle school lead trumpet player and is well on his way towards being the “6 foot high trumpet guy”.

Today, as the 5 Foot High Trumpet Guy, Allen is America’s leading trumpet consultant who is endorsed by Warburton Music Products.