Travis Peterson

Principal Trumpet 

The Robert L. and Joyce Rice Chair

Travis Peterson, 29, joined the Utah Symphony as principal trumpet in 2013. He grew up on a dairy farm outside of the central Minnesota town of Milaca. He started playing trumpet at the age of 10 and joined the school band and jazz band. While in high school and during his first years in college, he was also a member of the drum and bugle corps, The Madison Scouts. After high school, he went on to study music education at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he studied with Edmund Cord. After finishing his degree at IU, he went on to receive his Graduate Diploma in performance from The New England Conservatory in Boston, MA. He studied with Ben Wright and Tom Rolfs, both of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He played with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach for 3 years under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Travis has performed with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto USA Festival Orchestra, Artosphere Festival Orchestra, and Opera North. He has performed several times with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops. Mr. Peterson is happily married to the love of his life.

Jeff Luke

Associate Principal Trumpet 

A native of Oklahoma City, Jeff Luke holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oklahoma City University and a Master of Arts degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he studied trumpet with Timothy Morrison and was a member of the Honors Brass Quintet. Upon graduation, Mr. Luke joined the acclaimed Atlantic Brass Quintet, which allowed him to tour forty-nine states, as well fourteen countries in Europe, Asia, Central America, and the Middle East during his thirteen-year tenure. His teaching has included residencies at the Boston Conservatory, Boston University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the Tanglewood Institute. He has conducted master classes at Oklahoma City University, Louisiana State University, the University of Maryland, and Harvard University. Mr. Luke has also been a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and has performed with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestra.

Peter Margulies


Peter Margulies has been a member of the Utah Symphony since 1989. During the 1990-91 season, he was Principal Trumpet of the San Antonio Symphony. He has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra.

Mr. Margulies received his Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, in 1984 from the Eastman School of Music. After a brief period as a member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, he attended the Julliard School where he received his Master of Music degree in 1987. Mr. Margulies has been a faculty member of the University of Utah since 1992 for applied trumpet. He has appeared as soloist with various University ensembles. In October 2002, he was a soloist with the Utah Symphony performing the world premiere of Anthony Plog's "Concerto for Two Trumpets."

Nick Norton


Nick Norton has been a member of the Utah Symphony Orchestra since 1980. Hailing from Rusk, Texas, he received a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Texas at Austin in 1976, and a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance in 1977, studying with J. Frank Elsass and Ray Crisara. Other post-graduate work includes studies at the University of Southern California where he studied with Anthony Plog.

Mr. Norton has been a member of the Fellowship Brass Quintet at Yale, the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, and the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra and has also played principal trumpet with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra under Helmuth Rilling, and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival with Christopher Hogwood.

With the Utah Symphony, Mr. Norton has premiered three Anthony Plog compositions and has taught at the University of Texas, Amarillo College, Malmo Musikhogskola, Roma Accademia di Santa Cecilia, and the University of Utah.

Mr. Norton and Utah Symphony string bassist, Claudia Norton were married in 1995. They enjoy hiking, biking, gardening, and tango.