“…dedication, wonderful trumpet playing, and resourceful musical soul.”

-Bill Purvis upon receiving the John Swallow Brass Prize

Melissa is a vibrant trumpeter, educator, and music equality activist based in New York City. She enjoys playing various genres of music and has performed extensively across the United States. Melissa is also a co-founder of Brass Out Loud, an organization that seeks to uplift voices of underrepresented brass musicians. For more info about Brass Out Loud please click here.


Melissa will be presenting at the 2021 Virtual International Trumpet Guild Conference. Kate Amrine, Chloe Swindler, and Melissa will discuss various topics related to diversifying the brass field, educating students, and expanding beyond the standard performance practice. They are joined by many incredible trumpeters from all over the world in two featured collaborative works.

Brass Out Loud was awarded a Social Innovation Grant provided by Colburn’s Center for Innovation and Community Impact. These awards are an extension of the institution’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives and awards seek to directly support members of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community.

  • Brass Out Loud Co-Founders Melissa Muñoz, Kate Amrine, and Rebecca Karu were featured in Melissa Brown’s, “Bold as Brass Podcast.” Various topics including forming a new organization, crowd-funding, and promoting diversity in the brass world were discussed. You can access the episode here.

Melissa was featured in the “Be Band Ready” campaign led by Ultimate Drill Book and Drum Corps International. She discusses techniques that will help your practice and safe you time and face! As a Crossmen Alumni, giving back to the music education community is a dream and honor.

Melissa was recently featured on Carol Jantsch’s “Rising Star Series,” where she discusses Brass Out Loud and other topics related to music advocacy and performance. Check it out here: https://fb.watch/4ngpm0Cg56/

Photo by Harold Shapiro