To many, the name John J. Haynie may not register as a well-known individual, but to knowing trumpet players, the mere mention brings remembrances of a great teacher and world class cornet player.
Mr. Haynie was the teacher and good friend to hundreds of outstanding trumpet players around the world. His list of former students reads like the “Who’s Who” of the trumpet world today. It was my good fortune to have moved to the Denton area soon enough to be at this year’s memorial concert and share tribute to this great player and wonderful person.
I have included a copy of the program so that those who knew him could also share in this tear filled tribute to the master of the cornet. Each former student on this program voiced their personal gratitude to Mr. Haynie for all that he had done for the advancement of musicianship through the trumpet and cornet.
It was Mr. Haynie who influenced my choice of graduate school many years ago and from the first time I entered his studio on the then North Texas State campus, my trumpet playing improved. His ability to convey his musical ability to his students was phenomenal.
In my following post, I will be featuring one of the participants who performed on this tribute concert; a young performer who I feel will continue to grow as an outstanding example of the current trumpet teaching at the University of North Texas.