Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Mary Thornton

An Outstanding Islander

Outline photo of Dr. Mary Thornton

Tooting Her Own Horn
The never subtle trumpet was a perfect match for Dr. Mary Thornton from the start. The assistant professor of music was introduced to the instrument just prior to sixth grade by her grandmother, who played the trumpet for her high school marching band in the 1930s. After earning degrees at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Thornton has performed as an orchestral musician and an educator. The Wisconsin native has shown her talent at the Aspen Music Festival; the AIMS Festival in Graz, Austria; and in Toluca, Mexico, with the Orchestra of the State of Mexico. Thornton will world premiere "The Trumpeter Dreams of Music" written by Neil Flory at the 2010 International Trumpet Guild Convention in Sydney, Australia. In addition, she'll serve on an "Industry Perspectives Panel" about women in the trumpet world. Before Thornton arrived at the Island University last fall, she taught at Del Mar College and St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis. Thornton, who directs Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's Trumpet Ensemble and co-founded the Corpus Christi Brass Quintet, is a member of the International Trumpet Guild, the Texas Music Educator's Association and the American Federation of Musicians. She has worked with musical artists including The Four Tops, the Moody Blues and The Temptations; has performed for local productions of Broadway shows; and presented many lectures and recital performances across the nation. Thornton will appear on upcoming music CDs by Robert Bradshaw and the Corpus Christi Cathedral's "A Cathedral Christmas."

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