James Madeja

Principal Trumpet (2020-21)

JAMES MADEJA is Professor Emeritus at The Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam where he taught courses in instrumental music education and studio trumpet and conducted the Crane Concert Band and Crane Brass Ensemble.  Dr. Madeja received his EdD in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He is a charter member of the Orchestra of Northern New York and Northern Symphonic Winds and has been a member of the Potsdam Brass Quintet since 1985.  He has toured as cornetist with Keith Brion's New Sousa Band and held the position of conductor of Skyline Brass, a professional large brass ensemble based in Harrisonburg, VA.  

Prior to joining the faculty of The Crane School of Music in 1985, he developed two successful high school wind band programs in the state of Illinois and directed the Judson College Wind Ensemble.  His ensembles have performed for both Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.  

From 1990 to 2002, Dr. Madeja was Associate Editor of The Journal of the International Trumpet Guild.  His research interests include the history of the American wind band and in particular the contribution of Herbert L. Clarke.  His written work has appeared in the Journal of Band ResearchCollege Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Journal, The Journal of the International Trumpet GuildThe Instrumentalist, The Brass PlayerNew York State School Music NewsAssociation for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Journal, and Music Educators Journal (MEJ). 

He is recipient of the SUNY Potsdam President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Advising, the MENC Excellence in Teaching Award, and most recently, the 2019 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.