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Why James Madison University...

I believe that music is an art form that provides us an opportunity to connect with the infinite. This idea of timelessness is something we readily see in nature when we allow ourselves to connect to it.

For me, I am at my most creative, my most inspired, and my most disciplined when I connect with nature. Living, working, and practicing in such an environment is not merely a luxury, it is a necessity. If you feel the same way, then take a look at the School of Music at James Madison University. Living and learning music at the base of the Shenandoah National Park is but one of the many advantages our School of Music affords. Please visit for more information about our trumpet studio and School of Music.  You can also find us on Facebook at

-Dr. Chris Carrillo, Trumpet Professor

Please visit this beautiful time-lapse video of the Shenandoah National Park created by Garrett Martin.  For more information about Garrett, visit: