Brian Shook

Interim Chair of the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music
Associate Professor of Trumpet
Office: Simmons Music Building, Room 103
Phone: 409-880-8144


  • D.M.A., Arizona State University, 2006
  • M.M., Arizona State University, 2003
  • B.M., Cedarville University, 2001
Brian Shook

Prior to his appointment at Lamar University, Brian Shook served as an adjunct brass instructor at Towson University and American University. From 2004 to 2009, Dr. Shook toured the United States with The King’s Brass, which gives over 120 concerts each year. Since 2009, he has been principal trumpet of the Symphony of Southeast Texas and has been featured with the orchestra on two occasions, performing Neruda’s Concerto in E-flat and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2.

In addition to performing, Dr. Shook is involved in numerous aspects of the International Trumpet Guild. He currently serves as the recording reviews editor of the quarterly ITG Journal and is a regular reviewer of recordings, sheet music and books. 

Dr. Shook received a Bachelor of Music from Cedarville University where he studied with Charles Pagnard. He continued his studies as a trumpet teaching assistant for David Hickman at Arizona State University, completing a Master of Music in 2003, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in 2006.

Dr. Shook’s doctoral research led him to write a biography of New York Philharmonic trumpet legend William Vacchiano. Furthering his research after graduation, Dr. Shook went on to publish his book Last Stop, Carnegie Hall: New York Philharmonic Trumpeter William Vacchiano in May of 2011. His lecture on Mr. Vacchiano’s life and career has been presented at The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, University of North Texas and the International Trumpet Guild Conference.

Dr. Shook is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician.