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james lambrecht

James M. Lambrecht

Professor, Co-Chair, Director of Bands, Augustana Symphonic Band, Trumpet, Conducting

James M. Lambrecht is the director of bands and professor of trumpet at Augustana College, where he conducts the Symphonic Band and teaches studio trumpet, wind conducting, and brass methods.

He is  co-chair of the Department of Music at Augustana College, a term he began in the fall of 2016. Dr. Lambrecht also has conducted the Opera@Augustana Orchestra and served as the conductor and music director of the Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra from 1994-1998.

Before coming to Augustana in 1988, he was director of bands and assistant professor of music at Olivet College in Olivet, Mich.

 In the fall of 2009 and 2011, he served as guest conductor of the Musashino Academia Musicae Wind Ensemble in Tokyo, Japan, one of the top collegiate wind ensembles in Japan. In the summer of 2014 and 2019, Dr. Lambrecht returned to Musashino for his third and fourth appointments as a guest conductor and is scheduled to conduct them in the summer of 2021.

He was granted the singular honor of conducting both the 2011 and 2012 Illinois All-State Honors Band in Peoria.

He has directed the Augustana Symphonic Band on yearly tours throughout the United States, and on frequent concert tours of England, Scotland, Italy, Spain and Japan. 
In addition to frequently serving as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and soloist throughout the country, Dr. Lambrecht has performed with the Augustana Brass Quintet, the Quad City Brass Quintet, the Fort Wayne (Indiana) Philharmonic, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

He has been a member of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, the Madison (Wisconsin) Symphony, the Beloit-Janesville (Wisconsin) Symphony, and the Battle Creek (Michigan) Symphony.

Dr. Lambrecht is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, the International Trumpet Guild, the National Band Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and Pi Kappa Lambda.

Lambrecht holds a B.M. degree from the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater, as well as an M.M. and D.M. from Indiana University. His teachers have included Frederick Ebbs, Ray E. Cramer, Stephen Pratt, Dennis Rohrs, Stan Finck, Charles Gorham, Barry Hopper and Vincent Cichowicz.


  • B.M., University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • M.M., D.M., Indiana University