Meet the musicians

David Ammer

Principal

David Ammer returns to Sunflower in 2024 for the fifteenth consecutive festival as principal trumpet, and similarly continues in positions as principal trumpet of the Detroit Opera and as member-artist of Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. He is a founding member of the Motor City Brass Quintet, whose 2009 CD Christmas Vespers received critical acclaim for its premiere recording of John Harbison’s complete title work, and has performed at venues throughout Michigan and beyond, including most of Detroit’s prominent concert halls, churches, chamber spaces, and sports arenas, including appearances on live TV and radio. David’s recent solo performances include Quiet City by Aaron Copland with Orchestra Sono, Concerto for Trumpet and Five Players (Taffe- Zwilich) and Prayer for St. Gregory (Hovhaness) with Detroit Chamber Winds, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 (J.S. Bach) and Trumpet Concerto in E-flat (J.N. Hummel) at Sunflower, Three Uncharacteristic Pieces (Schickele) and Cantata BWV 51 (J.S. Bach) at Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and The Debutante (H.L. Clarke) and
Trumpeter’s Lullaby (Anderson) with the Motor City Brass Band. Additionally, David is a frequent guest of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as both principal and section trumpet.

Originally from Lexington, Massachusetts, David previously performed with the Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra and served on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts (Boston). He has led many collegiate-level master classes in the Great Lakes region, as well as many education and patron appreciation forums under the auspices of both Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings and as a guest of the Detroit Symphony. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Yale University, his solo CD, La Trompette a Renouvelé!, features premiere recordings of 20th century recital works. His principal teachers include Raymond Mase, formerly of the American Brass Quintet, and Allan Dean, formerly of the New York Brass Quintet. David resides with his family in Ann Arbor, MI.