E. RON HORTON – COL JAZZ PROGRAM COORDINATOR
E. Ron Horton began playing trumpet as a teenager in Wilmington, DE under the direction of Tony Smith and Jim Satcher. He earned his B.M. from the University of North Texas and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Horton was a member of the United States Air Force Band of the West in San Antonio, Texas from 1998 through 2002. While in the military he performed all aspects of trumpet, from lead with the jazz band to principle with brass quintets. He also spent six years on the faculty of Arkansas State University as the Director of Jazz Studies before returning to Pittsburgh. Horton has performed with the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, the Roger Humphries band, as a member of the New Orleans Jazz Ramblers and as a freelance artist throughout the country.