Vance spent two summers at the Music Academy of the West where his teachers included the legendary Adolph Herseth. He was also successful in being selected twice to the Pacific Music Festival in Japan.


Prior to accepting his current position with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Vance was working towards a Doctoral Degree at the University of Miami where he was studying with one of his trumpet heroes, Mr. Gil Johnson, the former Principal Trumpet with the Philadelphia Orchestra.


In recent years he has been a regular substitute with the San Francisco Symphony, performing with them for their 2010 American tour and 2011 European tour. In 2013 he performed Mahler's Third Symphony with the San Antonio Symphony as their Guest Principal Trumpet. Vance has also played with the Houston Symphony and extensively with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.


When he's not playing the trumpet, Vance spends all his spare time sailing and racing his sailboat 'Fast Idle' on Lake Ponchartrain.

Vance joined the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra as the Principal Trumpeter in 2000, and has been a regular featured soloist  with the Philharmonic. He has performed works ranging from Bach's Brandenburg Concerto to Arutunians Concerto for Trumpet and Arbans Carnival of Venice.


In addition to his busy performance schedule, Vance is passionate about teaching. He joined the Loyola University faculty in 2008 as Instructor of Classical Trumpet, and has also held faculty positions at Louisiana State University, Tulane University, Southeastern Louisiana University and Xavier University.

Originally from Motueka, New Zealand, Vance received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Victoria University of Wellington. While attending University in New Zealand he served as a cornetist with the Central Band of the Royal New Zealand Air force. Upon graduation he travelled to the United States and earned a Master’s Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Mario Guarneri.

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