Steven Trinkle has a very eclectic and cosmopolitan career. After graduating from Washburn University and Ithaca College he began working as a trumpeter in orchestras in the United States, Italy and Venezuela including the Houston Symphony, the Augusta Symphony, the Kansas City Philharmonic, the Shreveport Symphony, the Orchestra Sinfonica dalla Radiotelevisione Italiana and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Maracaibo.
As a soloist he has often performed the standard and not-so-standard works for trumpet and orchestra. Trinkle has given the world premiere performances of many new works for the trumpet and is often called upon to perform the difficult high works of the Baroque masters.
He has been a professor at several universities and colleges including the State University of New York at Cortland, the University of South Carolina, Pembroke State University, Shenandoah University, Casper College and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a very diverse charge of classes: music appreciation, class strings, class brass, orchestration, choral arranging, theory, sight singing, orchestra, band, pep band, brass ensembles and studio trumpet. Many of Trinkle’s former students are playing professionally and teaching in colleges and public schools throughout the United States and South America.
As a conductor he has worked with a wide variety of ensembles including choirs, orchestras, music theatre, and university ensembles. His conducting teachers include Sam Jones, Don Portnoy, Kurt Muspratt, Paul Vermel and the many conductors with whom he has worked and observed for the past 40 years. Trinkle was a conducting fellow at the famed Conductor's Institute of South Carolina for 2 years. Ensembles under his direction have toured the US, Switzerland, Italy and Brazil.
His own ensemble, Trinkle Brass Works, Inc., has received wide recognition through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts via Arts Midwest and Western States Arts Federation. Additionally grants from the Virginia Arts Council, North Carolina Arts Council, the Wisconsin Arts Board, the Wyoming Arts Council, Nevada Arts Council and many individuals and companies have funded hundreds of performances and Arts in Education residencies. TBW researches, commissions and performs music for brass and percussion.