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Introducing Our New Residency Instructor

Published: February 18, 2018

Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Stephen Tyler, Gavin DeGraw, Chick Corea. Our Ruth Eckerd Hall Family continues to grow with such awe inspiring performers, but we can’t forget a man who has shared the stage with each of those artists and more. Trumpet player, Carl Fischer, joins the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts as our newest residency instructor!

Carl Fischer On Stage With Billy Joel

“To have an artist of Carl’s caliber choose the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts as his “home” is an absolute honor. We are thrilled to welcome him into our teaching staff, and look forward to having him share his expertise and passion for music with our students. What a gift for all involved!” commented Vice President of Education & Outreach, The Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts.

Throughout the year, Fischer will be working with our talented jazz students’ onsite along with students and music programs with our partner schools in the community.

“I am humbled and looking forward to the partnership with this great venue and wonderful educational program. I am excited to be working with the students as well as bringing my two New York based bands to play in this beautiful venue throughout the year,” commented Fischer.  “Now that I am back in Florida, I feel like I have a home where we can all make music, laugh and learn from each other.  I am thankful to everyone at Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts for welcoming me into their community. It’s an honor to have a “southern” residency on my calendar right in my own backyard!”

For more than 12 years, Fischer has been a member of the Billy Joel Band and its record-breaking sold-out stadium and arena tour. The band is the first franchised music act in history to have a monthly residency at the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden, and will celebrate their 100th show at the Garden!

Carl is a gifted musician and someone I have had the pleasure of performing with over the past eight years. With the release of Adverse Times, Carl firms his place in a lineage of truly great trumpet players. From pop to hard-driving funk, from world flavors to inspired renditions of some of my own compositions, the album will appeal to a wide range of listeners and definitely should not be missed. –Billy Joel

Carl’s first of many workshops previously took place at the Murray Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall in February 2018. “The best part is that it was with the great educator Frank Williams, who was one of my jazz band directors 32 years ago. He told the truth then, still does now, and is responsible for molding thousands of musicians’ futures including my own. Also, it was great to meet and work with another of the school's conductors Mr. Michael Kernodle.”

Carl Fischer Class at the Hoffman

Interested in our jazz courses at the Hoffman? Get the details on the current classes offered and enroll today! Summer classes will be announced soon. Stay tuned!