Todd Beals is a professional trumpet player actively performing and recording music for the last 30 years. Growing up in Florida, his favorite soloists were Wynton Marsalis, Miles Davis and Chet Baker. As a result of their influence, his sound is delicate, deliberate and powerful. He moved to South Carolina in 2013 and now calls Mount Pleasant his ‘forever’ home. Well versed in a multitude of styles including jazz, classical, reggae, floribbean and others, he’s performed at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute, the International Trumpet Guild Festival, appeared on Good Morning America and recorded a CD with the prestigious University of North Florida 1:30 Lab Jazz Ensemble.
Todd has also appeared on stage at Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and jazz festivals in Jacksonville, Gainesville, Folly Beach, Charleston and most recently at the Piccolo Spoleto with Mayor John Tecklenburg. In addition, he’s had the opportunity to perform in France, Jamaica, Japan and Canada as well as many great cities throughout the United States, including NYC. Some of his live performance highlights include opening for Chick Corea, Stanley Jordan, Black Uhuru and sharing the stage with Nat Adderly, Freddy Cole, Ira Sullivan and Marcus Printup. As a live sound engineer, he’s recorded legendary artists like Phil Woods, Bobby Shew and Peter Erskine.
Some of his own solos have been heard worldwide on Goin’ Native Records and he was a long time member of the critically acclaimed Sam Rivers and The RivBea Orchestra in Orlando, contributing to the “Aurora” CD in 2006. He currently leads his own group(s) for private and corporate events, but also appears with other local bands including: The Charleston Jazz Orchestra, Lonnie Hamilton, Joe Clarke’s Big Band, Steve Simon’s Kings of Jazz, J.A.N.E., Lyndsey Moynihan Quartet and Jazz on the Edge. His genuine love of all things music brings him great joy and he enjoys sharing his passion and knowledge through private lessons with aspiring students of all ages.