Linda Ness

Linda playing trumpet with sunglasses

Linda played on a sunny day in the Central Park band shell.

Linda played a trumpet solo with a plunger mute at Concordia Academy.

Hear Linda play a flugelhorn solo on Star Dust.

Linda with trumpet and plunger

Former Role in Roseville Big Band: 

Lead and third trumpet; Linda also doubles on flugelhorn

Member during: 

1996 through 1999

Occupation: 

Energy trader

In the Roseville Big Band, Linda often played lead trumpet and solos within the section. She doubles on flugelhorn in the band and has even played timpani on one of the group's concerts at Concordia Academy in Roseville. Linda can be heard on the band's Concert in the Park CD.

Linda also plays lead trumpet in the Moonlight Serenaders and in numerous theatrical pit bands. You might have heard her playing for productions by the Morris Park players, Metropolitan Players, and Lakeshore Players, such as West Side Story, 42nd Street, South Pacific, Pajama Game, and Promises, Promises.

In the past, Linda has been a member of the St. Paul Police Band, the Inver Hills Community College jazz band, and the Inver Hills Community College concert band, which featured her on numerous concerts. As an example, Twin Cities concertgoers heard Linda featured on Sammy Nestico's "Portrait of a Trumpet" on the August 26, 1990, Inver Hills Symphonic Band concert at the Como Park Pavilion in St. Paul. She has also been a featured trumpet soloist with the Minnesota State Band, including soloing in Germany, Spain, France, and Switzerland.

Linda earned an undergraduate music degree from Bimidji State College, then taught two years and the college and another two years in schools in the Bemidji area. Linda also earned a masters degree in trumpet performance from Berkelee School of Music in Boston.

Linda has played and sung in touring groups, including High Life, a night club show band. She has also assisted with high school and adult music camps at Indian Head, Michigan; Au Claire, Wisconsin; and Bemidji, Minnesota. From 1976 through 1981, she was part of the faculty for the music clinics for outstanding high schoolers at EPCOT Center in Orlando, Florida.