Dylan Koester is a music educator, conductor, and trumpet player. Most recently, Koester served as a graduate instructor with the bands program at the University of Colorado Boulder. There he guest conducted the concert wind ensembles and assisted with marching and athletic bands including music arranging and drill writing. Prior to beginning his studies at CU, he studied trumpet performance under Stephen Orejudos at Tulane University, where he graduated magna cum laude and with honors in music. At Tulane, Koester received the Sarah I. Nadler award in music, the music department’s highest honor. As a trumpet player, Koester has made nationally and internationally broadcasted appearances on the BBC Network, ITV News London, MTV, and CBS. He has performed with major pop acts, including twice with the New Kids on the Block and with New Orleans jazz icon Wendell Brunious at the Shakespeare 400 Jazz Funeral Celebration in Stratford-upon-Avon. Koester’s conducting credits include the University of Colorado Boulder Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and Concert Band, the Tulane University Orchestra, the Tulane Concert Band, as well as members of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in recital performance. He has worked in the public schools in the Denver/Boulder metropolitan area, New Orleans, and Los Angeles. Koester holds the Master of Music Education with an emphasis in Conducting from the University of Colorado Boulder, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Performance from Tulane University.