Russell Whitehead is a professional trumpeter, conductor, recording artist, and music educator. He is a recipient of a Master of Music degree in Performance from the University of Michigan where he was a student of Armando Ghitalla (Boston Symphony) and Ramone Parcells (Detroit Symphony). In addition, Mr. Whitehead completed a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Saskatchewan.
He has attended masterclasses with Phil Smith (New York Philharmonic), Markus Stockhausen (European recording artist), and James Thomson (Montréal Symphony).
Mr. Whitehead was Principal Trumpet of the Saskatoon Symphony and often conducted the Saskatoon Symphony Core Musicians in chamber and children's shows. He has played with the Edmonton Symphony for over 25 years and was appointed Acting Principal Trumpet for the 2004-05 season. Along with a diverse solo, chamber, and freelance career, Russell has been a proponent of Edmonton's New Music scene, mentoring young composers and collaborating with vanguards of the art form. 2006 saw the release of his CD Prairie Scenes, on the Arktos label. He is now a member of the quintet, Bok Brass. As a music educator, Mr. Whitehead has worked with the University of Saskatchewan and Kings' College and is currently a sessional instructor at the University of Alberta and instructor at the MacEwan University Conservatory of Music. A clinician with Windworks, the Cantando Band Festival, and MusiCamp Alberta (Summer Music Workshop), Mr. Whitehead has also adjudicated at music festivals throughout Western Canada. He continues to work with community bands and brass players in Alberta.