Reviews and Endorsements:
"There are few musician/educator/pedagog combinations out there that walk the walk and talk the talk. Steve Hawk, without a doubt, practices what he preaches. He is a consummate musician and pedagog as well as a caring and nurturing educator. It is a complete joy and inspiration working with a man that is great and continues to strive for the perfection of that greatness."
Sean Jones, Trumpet
Former Lead Trumpeter with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
Artistic Director, Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra
Chairperson of the Brass Department
Berkley School of Music
The trumpet playing of Steve Hawk is in a class of it’s own. I am aware of no other trumpeter with as wide a range of styles as Steve. Whether he is playing lead in a big band, soloing in front of a jazz group, playing in a symphony orchestra or playing the Hindemith Sonata for trumpet – Steve is able to master the style and sound necessary for a top level performance in any genre.
As an educator, Steve’s students leave him with a similar all around approach and love of music.
Truly unique and wonderful – Steve Hawk is in the small handful of great trumpet players in the world today.
Neal Berntsen, Trumpet
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Artist in Residence, Carnegie-Mellon University
Steve Hawk is one of the nation's leading virtuoso trumpet performers. He has the ability to thrill audiences and inspire students, soaring into the upper reaches of the instruments range while being versatile enough to create wonderfully melodic improvisation. From the Broadway stage to the super demanding world of the recording studio as a big band lead player and featured soloist, his career in music is marked with excellence! Add to that, Steve's lifetime of teaching trumpet and jazz studies and you have a musician rarely equaled and truly one of the nation's treasures! His giving and nurturing manner when in front of student musicians elevates their performance! Thanks for sharing your talents with Western Illinois University , Steve!
John Cooper, Ph. D.
Director of Jazz Studies
Western Illinois University
Steve Hawk's voice on the trumpet is much like his personality, extraordinary and endearing. Whether it's soaring over an ensemble or playing a tender passage, he has a magic touch to playing a phrase that instantly draws the listener in. It's been my distinct pleasure to be a friend and musical collaborator with Steve for more than 20 years, and there is no other trumpet sound I'd rather hear lead an ensemble.
Charlie Richard, February 2013
"In my 30 years of conducting and teaching, I have had the good fortune of working with many outstanding musicians and educators. Stephen Hawk is at the top of both lists!"
Stephen is a perfectionist. He is truly a world-class musician and performer. He has a gift for music reserved for very few people." His performance with the McKeesport Symphony was one of the most energetic, thoughtful, and educational concerts we performed in years. The charts were very well written, and Stephen's performance with the MSO was enthusiastically received by the audience and musicians alike!"
Maestro Bruce Lauffer, Musical Director/Conductor
McKeesport Symphony Orchestra
4-7 Jazz Education Network Conference, New Orleans, LA
11 Tonic Big Band @ The Elephant Room Jazz Club, Austin, TX
20 New Orleans Night @ JazzTX Nightclub
Pearl District, San Antonio, TX
31-February 5, Something Rotten, National Tour
The Benedum Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
8 Tonic Big Band, @ Elephant Room Jazz Club, Austin TX
9 Raymond Crisara Tribute Concert @ TMEA
9-12 TMEA Conference, San Antonio, TX
21-26 Book of Mormon, National Tour @ The
Benedum Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
6-8 Guest Soloist/Clinician @ Avella HS, Avella, PA
Concert Band and Steel Drum Ensemble
12-26 Sweet Charity, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA
4-9 The King and I, National Tour @ The Benedum Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
12 Tonic Big Band @ The Elephant Room Jazz Club, Austin, TX
10 Tonic Big Band @ The Elephant Room Jazz Club, Austin, TX
6-11 Matilda The Musical, National Tour, Majestic Theater, San Antonio, TX
14-25 Little Mermaid, Pittsburgh CLO @ The Benedum Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
5-16 In The Heights, Pittsburgh CLO @ The Benedum Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
18-23 Newsies, Pittsburgh CLO @ The Benedum Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA