Lee Hogans

Trumpet, Audio Recording and Music Production, Improvisation
29 Reviews
100+ lessons booked on Lessonface
Featured Teacher on Lessonface Since September 2018

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Lee’s performance career gained notoriety by working with giants in the entertainment industry. He is currently the trumpeter for comedian Dave Chappelle as a member of the group Fred Yonnet and The Band With No Name. Their performances include Radio City Music Hall and the SNL After Party. Lee recently toured with Grammy-winning bassist Marcus Miller on his Renaissance Tour in the US, Europe and Africa. He’s also toured with Funk legend Maceo Parker – where school is always in session! In 2009 he was the trumpeter for Jay-Z’s Blueprint III tour, which included playing at President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Ball. He was a member of legendary pop icon Prince and The NPG from 2007-2009. Other tours include Jill Scott, Sean “Diddy” Combs and The Jonas Brothers. TV performances include Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman, The Today Show, Ellen DeGeneres, Kelly and Michael, and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.

Lee's teaching career spans almost 2 decades.  Lee currently teaches for Jazz House Kids, a non-profit organization based in Montclair, NJ.  Through Jazz House Kids, Lee teaches clinics, gives private lessons and teaches special needs students how to perform music.  Lee has been a freelance private lessons teacher since 2001, working with individuals and programs including Rutgers Community Program, Island Music in Old Bridge, NJ and teaching ensembles at Rutgers University.


KidzBop, Producer 2018

  • Recreate pop, hiphop, and r&b hit songs for Kidzbop, the #1 music brand for kids
  • Use Avid Pro tools, Spectransonics Omnisphere and other software synths to create tracks.
  • Re created songs include “In My Feelings” by Drake and “2001” by Anne-Marie

ColorWheel Music, Artist/Producer 2018

  • Cultivate music for ColorWheel Music, a music licensing company based in Denver and Nashville. clients across a wide arrange of industries
  • Wrote, produced, mixed, and edited a commercial licensed for use by Levi’s Kids
  • Generate music samples to share with potential clients
  • Work with various artists across genres to customize music for media use

Freelance Music Producer and Engineer 2005 - Present

  • Now That You’re Gone by SuNoVo (Mixing Engineer)
  • Royal Flush  by Felix Peikli (Producer)
  • What We Play Is Life  by Lee Hogans (Producer, Performer and Mixing Engineer)
  • Peach by Danielle Illario (Producer and Performer)
  • The Beast by Jerome Jennings (Music Editor)
  • Tears Of the World by Knut Reisersrud and Mighty Sam McClain (Arranger-Spellemannprisen Winner)
  • The Vibe Orientation by Lee Hogans (Producer and Performer)

Sonic Branding Solutions                                                                          2005 - 2007

  • Midi and audio production for ringtones and web based applications
  • Composer of audio loops for digital audio applications
  • Remakes of song hits in midi format by artists like Bryan Adams

My teaching style is based on fundamentals of the trumpet and fundamentals of music in general.  In order to become a great musician, I believe a student must enjoy what they are doing and picture in their head what they want to accomplish.  I work with singing often to get the student to hear the music first and then produce it on the trumpet.  My methods are also based on consistency which I believe is the only way to make music become second nature.  I develop a routine with my students that they can practice daily which doesn't require a vast amount of time.  When this routine is done, the student develops muscle memory and musicality in a quick manner. I encourage students to develop ear training by listening and playing to their favorite music and give them exercises to thoroughly learn new music.  

Rutgers, The State University Of New Jersey May 2003 Masters of Music (MM), Jazz Performance New Brunswick, NJ Specialized in all around Trumpet Performance, Jazz Improv and Jazz History Georgia State University June 2000 Bachelor of Music (BM), Jazz Performance Atlanta, GA Specialized in Solo Jazz and Classical Performance Pee Wee Russell Scholarship Rutgers, The State University Of NJ Outstanding African-American Student Georgia State University Nominee for the Golden Key National Honors Society Georgia State University Dean’s List Georgia State University Faculty Scholar Georgia State University

Reviews of lessons with Lee Hogans

Very good teacher
Jerrund Wilkerson, Verified Student
May 25th, 2020
Lee is an encouraging teacher and has brought an exciting weekly lesson to our daughter's homeschooling schedule in Alaska. We are excited for her to learn more.
Nia, Verified Student
May 18th, 2020
Lee is an encouraging and engaging teacher. Our family is thankful to have him educate our daughter in music and instill a passion for the trumpet.
Nia, Verified Student
May 18th, 2020
Jerrund Wilkerson, Verified Student
May 15th, 2020
Patient and took the time to understand what level I may be at musically.
Rasul Chew, Verified Student
May 11th, 2020
Very happy with Mr. Hogans,my son enjoyed his lesson and we booked several more out.
Matt Meierkort, Verified Student
April 20th, 2020
Lee was a very focused and knowledgeable teacher, his views were insightful, helpful and honest. I am looking forward to more lessons with him. One lesson is hard to learn anything
Verified Student
April 20th, 2020
Very knowledgeable instructor. Get to know you and your goals upfront.
Mike Pollock, Verified Student
July 24th, 2019
Nia, Verified Student
June 2nd, 2020
Melissa Katrincic, Verified Student
June 2nd, 2020
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