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George L. Tuckwiller

Tuckwiller, George L., III

Music Unit

Interim Department Chair and Associate Professor of Music

Phone: 804-524-5302
Mailbox: 9007
Fax: 804-524-6862
Location: Davis Hall, Room 207, Petersburg, VA


Date of Birth: May 6, 1947
Place of birth: Portsmouth, Virginia
Marital Status: Married, Sharon E. Tuckwiller
Children: Matthew Lee, Anna Christine


Department Chair and Associate Professor of Music
Virginia State University
Petersburg, Virginia

I currently teach:

  • 19th Century music
  • Advanced Conducting
  • Applied Brass Students
  • Brass winds
  • Elementary Conducting
  • Music and Art Appreciation
  • Music Appreciation
  • Trumpet Ensemble

I have previously taught:

  • Brass Ensemble
  • 17th Century Music
  • Sight-Singing and Ear training
  • Symphonic Band University Orchestra

Committee Assignments:

  • IPA Committee – Institutional Performance Agreements
  • New Building Committee - Chairman
  • Scholarship - Music Department
  • Recruitment and Retention Committee- School of Liberal Arts and Education
  • Recruitment and Retention - Music Department
  • Registration - School of Liberal Arts and Education
  • Adjudicator for various Band Festivals and Solo Competitions
  • Various Search Committees

Second Trumpet
1967-2002 Richmond Symphony Orchestra
Richmond, Virginia

I performed with the Richmond Symphony as Second Trumpet and as the Leader of the Richmond Symphony Brass Quintet from 1970 –2002. I retired from the RSO in June 2002.

In addition to my duties as Second Trumpet, I also served in the following capacities:

  • Board of Directors - Two Three Year Terms
  • Long Range Planning Committee
  • The Orchestra Committee, member and Chairperson
  • The Artistic Advisory Committee
  • Managerial Search Committee
  • Union Steward
  • Contract Negotiating Committee - Four Negotiations
  • Buyout Committee
  • Delegate to the National Convention of the Regional Orchestra Players Association
  • (ROPA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Austin, Texas; Knoxville, Tennessee

Adjunct Trumpet Teacher
Collegiate School
Richmond, Virginia
I teach trumpet lessons to elementary, middle school, and high school students.

The College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, Virginia
I taught private lessons to trumpet, trombone and French horn applied brass students.

Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia
I taught private trumpet lessons to applied brass students.

U.S. Army
Honorable Discharge

Boykin's Music Inc.
Richmond, Virginia
I worked part-time and full-time as a clerk in music instrument sales

Walter D. Moses Music Co.
Richmond, Virginia
I worked as a mail clerk and in both instrument sales and sheet music sales


Bachelor of Music
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia

Major: Applied Music - Trumpet

Minor: Piano


  • Section leader of VCU Concert Band, Brass Ensemble
  • Guest soloist with the VCU Orchestra
  • Student conductor of the Band
  • Charter Member of Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity
  • President of Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity
  • Principal Trumpet in the Intercollegiate Band for 1967,1968 and 1969

Master of Music Education
Virginia State University
Petersburg, Virginia

Major: Music Education

Minor: Trumpet Performance


  • Taught all upper brass students
  • Directed the University Brass Ensemble
  • Reestablished the VSU Orchestra and gave numerous performances
  • General music courses (Music and Art)
  • Directed the Symphonic Band

A component of my graduate study was a summer residency in Graz, Austria with the American Institute for Musical Studies. I received a scholarship through AIMS, which funded my participation in this program and I performed throughout Austria with the AIMS Orchestra and Brass Quintet as Co-principal Trumpet.

The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Additional study (12 hrs) toward a Doctorate in Musical Performance -Doctorate level applied instruction and Analytical Theoretical Techniques.

Master Classes:

  • Arnold Jacobs: Chicago Symphony, Northwestern Faculty
  • Vincent Czichowicz: Chicago Symphony, Northwestern Faculty
  • Charles Geyer/ Barbara Butler: Chicago Symphony, Northwestern Faculty


  • Edward Mirr: Principal Trumpet, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Edwin Thayer: Principal Horn, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Commonwealth
  • University: Currently, Principal Horn, National Symphony Orchestra
  • Charles Brady: Second Trumpet, National Symphony
  • Adel Sanchez: Principal Trumpet, National Symphony
  • Steven Hendrickson: Principal Trumpet, National Symphony


  • AFM Local 123 – Executive Board, Member
  • American Federation of Musicians Local 123, Richmond, Virginia, Member
  • Consultant, Richmond Symphony Orchestra
  • James River Brass Quintet, First Trumpet
  • Intercollegiate Music Association
  • International Trumpet Guild, Member
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Rho Omega Chapter
  • Richmond Brass Consort, Music Director, Conductor
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