Getzen Eterna B-flat Cornet
Pickett 1.5B

Music Heroes:
Peggy Payton-Thomas, Phillip McCann, Roger Webster, Russel Gray, German Brass, Adolph Herseth, Rene Fleming, Izthak Perlman
Laura grew up with a cornet in her hands, learning her skills through Salvation Army Bands, Music Camps, and Festivals. Her teachers include Peggy Payton-Thomas, Stephen Squires, and Mark Ponzo. Born in Chicago, she played with the Chicago Youth Orchestra, Northbrook Symphony, Elmhurst Symphony, West Suburban Symphony and several other orchestras and concert bands.

Laura played nine seasons with the six-time National Champion Illinois Brass Band, serving as principal solo cornet for three years. Later she was a founding member of the 2004 National Champion Chicago Brass Band, as well as with the CBB Players. In 2005 she participated in the World Brass Band Competition in The Netherlands with CBB. In July 2020 Laura traveled with CBB to New Zealand, performing in concerts and competitions.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Trumpet Performance from Northern Illinois University and currently performs with Santa Cruz Symphony, Santa Cruz Nutcracker Ballet Orchestra, Cambrian Symphony, San Jose Lyric Theatre, Palo Alto Philharmonic, San Francisco Wind Ensemble, musical theater groups, and various freelancing groups. In addition, she is also a founding member of the Athena