Luis Cardenas Casillas
Brass Co-Caption Head
LUIS CARDENAS CASILLAS earned his Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he studied with Jens Lindemann, was a teaching assistant for the marching band under the direction of Gordon Henderson, and was a graduate assistant teaching undergraduate lessons. He received a Bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance with a Minor in music theory from the University of North Texas, and did a year of graduate study at the Chicago Conservatory of the Performing Arts.
As a performer, Luis has played in styles ranging from British style brass bands to mariachi and almost everything in between. He has performed around Los Angeles in venues such as the Broad Stage and Royce Hall. Recent highlights include the world premiere of Dobrow’s Trumpet by John Steinmetz, and the North American premiere of selections from In Search of Bruno Walter by Gideon Lewensohn.
As a teacher, Luis has worked with bands across the country as an instructor, clinician, guest artist, consultant, and caption head. Currently, Luis is brass caption head for Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, winds caption head for Chino Hills High School, and works extensively with Arcadia High School, along with work at UCLA and the University of Nevada Reno.