Guy Kelpin

Guy Kelpin

Instructor of Brass
Programs

Born in Wisconsin, Guy Kelpin began a diverse musical career studying trombone, piano, composition, and theory. He played in the Milwaukee Youth Symphony, All-State Bands, and Project Create Percussion Ensemble. Early experiences took him to Europe, Carnegie Hall, Interlochen Arts Camp, and the Rose Parade. Kelpin received his bachelor’s degree in Music Performance and Composition from Illinois Wesleyan University. During college, his summers were spent performing throughout the U.S. and Japan and at the Aspen Music Festival. Guy then earned two master’s degrees from UNC-School of the Arts: Film Music (2001) and Trombone Performance (2005). In the summer of 2004, he played in the Dublin Festival Orchestra (Ireland) and Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific (British Columbia). Kelpin began playing bass in Winston Salem, broadening his musical spectrum to include bluegrass, beach, jazz, and hard rock. He plays regularly with jazz ensembles and theater companies, as well as classical ensembles throughout the Piedmont Triad. Guy has been a member of the Piedmont Wind Symphony since 1999 serving as Principal Trombone, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Electric and String Bass, and is currently the ensemble’s Operations Manager. As an instructor, Mr. Kelpin has taught private lessons since 1995 and has coached wind, string, choral, and jazz groups. The summer of 2009, Guy stepped further into the field of music education than he ever thought he would, working with 3-5 year olds! (Camp We Wonder, Burkhead Preschool). Kelpin has given demonstrations and performances at each Forsyth County school, working with the Little Symphony and Giannini Brass “Under the Big Top.”  Many students know him as “Mr. Guy.” He is the music director at Burkhead United Methodist Church and teaches band at Forsyth Country Day School, where he also works closely with the choral, string, and lower school programs. Guy served as a Teaching Artist with UNCSA’s Open Dream Ensemble (an innovative educational/arts touring group).Outside of music, Guy’s interests include the outdoors, astronomy, home-improvement, history, and spending time with his children, Alice and Paul, and wife, Abby. 

Degrees
  • BM, Illinois Wesleyan University
  • MM, Film Music, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • MM, Low Brass, University of North Carolina School of the Arts