John Hagstrom

trumpet soloist from the chicago symphony orchestra
Who says rome wasn't built in a day? | June 3, 2017

John Hagstrom has been a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's trumpet section since 1996, when he won the audition for fourth trumpet.  A year later, he won the second trumpet position, carrying on the tradition of brass section teamwork for which the CSO is famous.  Previously, he was principal trumpet of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra in Kansas, and served as assistant professor of trumpet at Wichita State University.

A native Chicagoan, Hagstrom grew up listening to the CSO. Five years of study at the Eastman School of Music were followed by six years in "The President's Own" United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C., where he spent three of those years as principal trumpet. His many solo appearances with the band included four national concert tours and the Camp David wedding of (Sr.) President Bush's daughter, Dorothy.

Hagstrom is passionate in his support of music education, and helped to initiate Dream Out Loud, the CSO’s music education advocacy program that offers a variety of resources designed to support every student’s interest in playing an instrument, providing encouragement through times of challenge. To learn more about Dream Out Loud, visit