This Day in History: 1954-01-18

Chris Gekker, American trumpeter and teacher, associate principal trumpet with the Kansas City Philharmonic, member of the American Brass Quintet, principal of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, coprincipal of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, professor of trumpet at the University of Maryland School of Music, principal of the National Philharmonic, featured soloist on dozens of recordings, collaborator with Elton John, Billy Joel and Sting, author of many trumpet studies, commissioner with many composers (particularly with Eric Ewazen), born in Washington, DC.