Freeway Music — Columbia, SC’s Premier Music School

Darrick Blood

Darrick Blood is a Trumpet and Voice instructor who grew up in Northern Idaho, teaching lessons and masterclasses in choral and instrumental settings. Having moved to Columbia in the middle of 2020, Darrick is excited to build a new teaching and performing career in the Columbia area. 

Darrick has performed with a wide variety of ensembles, from singing in Carnegie Hall with the Vandaleers Concert Choir, to the Featured Artist Concerts at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival with the University of Idaho Jazz Band One, to performing the Nutcracker Suite with Palouse Brass. Darrick was also invited to participate in the Rafael Méndez Brass Institute under full scholarship with their brass quintet, Blake House Brass. Other noteworthy performances include being the principal trumpet for the U of I Orchestra, lead trumpet for the Hog Heaven Big Band, finalist for the U of I Concerto Competition, and featured soloist for the U of I Chamber Jazz Choir. 

Darrick holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Trumpet Performance, a Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumental Music Education, and a Minor in Vocal Education, all from the University of Idaho. While at university, they studied trumpet with Sean Butterfield and Vern Sielert and studied voice with Pamela Bathurst and Christopher Pfund. Darrick has also participated in clinics and masterclasses run by Kevin Cobb and Louis Hanzlik (from the American Brass Quintet), Dee Daniels (vocal jazz soloist), David Hickman (trumpet soloist), Ronald Romm (founding trumpet player of Canadian Brass), and Joe Burgstaller (trumpet soloist, member of Canadian Brass). 

Darrick uses music as a medium to encourage students to strive to improve, both in the practice room and out, while promoting a lifelong love of music and the joy it can bring to themselves and others.

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