Award-Winning Trumpeter, Composer, Teacher, Arranger
Dontae Winslow is one of the rising stars in the music industry. He is known as an A-List arranger, music producer, touring trumpeter, film composer, and educator in Hollywood. Dontae was trained in music at the formidable Baltimore School for the Arts high school. In four years, he attained a Bachelors and Masters degree in Classical Music Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the John's Hopkins University. He also completed studies at USC under film composer Terence Blanchard, pianist Herbie Hancock, string arranger Jeremy Lubbock, and trumpeter Gary Grant at the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz on a fellowship. He has collaborated with music that spans every genre in the American musical landscape from Pop, Country, Blues, and Jazz, to Hip-hop, Soul, Gospel and Christian records. Read More >
Dontae Winslow - Trumpet Q&A
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Dontae Winslow with MSSU Marching Band
Dontae Winslow inspires people to look inside and withdraw the greatness that is already instilled in them. Overcoming life’s obstacles emotionally and psychologically is what he has been blessed to inspire in young people around the world.
One major key to success for Dontae is having passion for something outside of your being. The trumpet lead him to achieve something beyond his wildest imagination, yet the patience and tenacity to master it molded him as person. Dontae teaches that with tenacity, humility, and gratitude literally anything can be achieved.
Dontae grew up as an abused young person who’s parent was addicted to drugs in a single parent home. He is open about being strong during tough times while excelling at school and avoiding the common trappings that face our youth. Believing in oneself and loving oneself is a bulwark for upward mobility in society, without this nothing is attainable... with Self Love all things are possible.
Taking care of the home with love and kindness is a delicate balancing act much like running a business. Attention to detail, good intentions, and eye contact gets most of the results you need to win. At the end of the day to win in love is to never put business before relationships, major in the majors and minor in the minors.
Whatever you believe will be true for you. As we walk among other humans with a myriad of belief systems it is important to first come from a place of love, understanding and compassion. If we begin in love, we can indeed achieve harmony with others as a world civilization of brother and sisterhood.
The essence of excellence is NOT giving up on yourself to soon. Most people quit just before the breakthrough, right at the cusp, just before the miraculous transition. Persevere to the end of the set goal. This is excellence! It breeds success.
Be available to those who can change your life and offer a service they need, that they don’t have. If you are great, humble and personable you will matriculate in most organizations. Being authentically and bringing your full gift is your best asset.
"Dontae Winslow is one of the most profound and prolific artists of all time. His rigorous training, creative spirit, and unique interpretation of sound empowers him to give birth to music that speaks to your soul. He can reproduce the classics with uncanny precision, and he excels in preparing the next generation of music legends. His unshakable confidence is dressed in genuine humility that draws you deep into the sound of his horn and transports you to an ethereal dimension. You can’t help but love both the man and the music."
"I just wanted to thank you for such a beautiful and heartfelt program tonight and for the masterclass last week. I thought your messages of inclusion and love and also resiliency were very important for young musicians and really for all of us to hear and remember. I’m really honored that you took the time for this and would love to have you out to Philly when we can for a workshop with our kids."
"It was inspiring to hear one person's story on how we are shaped by teachers and other caring adults in our lives."
"Best session ever! We so needed to hear that message right now. This was a great way to recharge the batteries and renew our purpose."
Dontae's presentation was extremely inspiring and pertinent to how we are teaching in a virtual format.
This was fantastic! Thank you! The presentation has inspired me to do a great final project with my Band students, allowing them to express who they are with words and music. I can't wait!
Thanks for fueling us in this way. Dontae was incredible. What an absolutely wonderful and inspiring presenter!
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