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Marissa Benedict is Principal Trumpet of the Pasadena Symphony and Pops Orchestra (since 2003), and Associate Principal Trumpet of the Long Beach Symphony and Pops Orchestra (since 2001). She also performs with the Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Orchestra Santa Monica, Pacific Symphony, Long Beach Municipal Band, and is a founding member of the Modern Brass Quintet.

Marissa is a newly-appointed Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where she is continuing her teaching. She makes frequent trips to the L.A. area to to perform with the Pasadena Symphony, Long Beach Symphony and other orchestras. She also is an experienced studio player.

Marissa is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Marissa can be heard on nearly 180 motion picture soundtracks, most recently Spider-Man Homecoming, Incredibles 2, Coco, Moana, Star Trek and Beyond and Rogue One, plus popular films such as Indiana Jones IV, Avatar, The Polar Express, Spider-Man 2 and 3, Monsters, Inc., War of the Worlds, and Jurassic World. Among her television studio recording credits are Star Trek: Enterprise, Star Trek: Voyager, JAG, Commander in Chief, Galavant, Agent Carter, American Crime, and she is heard regularly on the NBC Sports theme, written by John Williams.

From an early age, Marissa has played all different styles of music, from Dixieland and big band to classical and Broadway shows. She has performed over 100 musicals and Broadway shows at the Ahmanson, Pantages and Orange County Performing Arts Center theaters, most recently An American in Paris, currently on a U.S. tour.

Marissa has studied with Joe Alessi, Sr., Boyde Hood, John Copolla and Uan Rasey. A graduate of the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance, she is also a dedicated music educator. Currently, she is on the faculty of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and is continuing to teach privately.

Marissa has judged auditions for the University of Southern California, American Youth Symphony, Coleman Chamber Music Competition and Claremont Youth Orchestra. The October 2014 issue of the International Trumpet Guild Journal includes an interview with Marissa and Jami Dauber, titled “From Hollywood to Broadway.”

While keeping busy with her music and teaching career, Marissa and her husband Mike have three grown children, and are enjoying their new home in Minnesota.

ARTICLE — The International Trumpet Guild Journal: “From Hollywood to Broadway, it’s Trumpet Talent Divine — An interview with Marissa Benedict and Jami Dauber”  DOWNLOAD ARTICLE HERE.

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Tom Hooten and David Cantero

Los Angeles Philharmonic special 100th anniversary event, joining principals Tom Hooten, left, and David Rejano Cantero

Rick Baptist and Rob Schaer

Recording session with trumpeters Rick Baptist and Rob Schaer

Pasadena Symphony

Pasadena Symphony

Marissa Marissa Indiana Jones

Recording session for Indiana Jones IV: Malcolm McNab, John Williams, Tim Morrison, Marissa Benedict


Moana session: Wayne Bergeron, Jon Lewis, Marissa Benedict

Modern Brass

Modern Brass Quintet recording session

Modern Brass Quintet

Modern Brass Quintet
Dylan Harte, horn; Marissa Benedict, trumpet; Steve Suminski, trombone; Doug Tornquist, tuba; Dan Rosenboom, trumpet