Travis Alford (b. 1983) is a composer, trumpet player, and improviser in the Boston area. Growing up in Spring Hope, NC, he began playing the trumpet at the age of 11 in school concert and jazz bands, community groups, and in church. In college he discovered he was much better at composing than playing the trumpet (though he still tries). Travis’s music has been performed at venues across the United States and beyond including Symphony Space in NY, the June in Buffalo Festival, the Composers Conference at Wellesley College, the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice, the Exploring Trumpet International Seminar in Kalavrita, Greece, the NewMusic@ECU Festival, and New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, by groups such as the Meridian Arts Ensemble, the Lydian String Quartet, Second Instrumental Unit, and members of the New York New Music Ensemble. He was recently awarded a 2010 ASCAP Young Composers Award for his composition, Breathing Room.
As a performer, Travis remains active as a freelance musician and is committed to the promotion of new music, playing regularly for concerts and premieres of his colleagues. He is also co-founder and Artistic Director of the experimental & collaborative COMPROVISED Music Series (Boston & NY), and is director of the Park Street Brass, based at Park Street Church in Boston.
Travis holds degrees from the New England Conservatory (MM ‘08) and East Carolina University (BM ‘05), and is currently working toward a PhD in composition at Brandeis University. His principle composition teachers have included Eric Chasalow, Lee Hyla, Edward Jacobs, David Rakowski, Mark Richardson, and Mark Taggart. He has studied trumpet formally with Britton Theurer, and informally with Brian McWhorter and Jon Nelson. He has also studied Contemporary Improvisation with Tanya Kalmanovitch.
Travis resides in Watertown, MA with his lovely wife, Lauren, and their dog, Toby.