Ivan Hunter has been actively involved in music since 1956.
He started his musical career in Auckland, New Zealand, singing in the Friendly Road Choir which presented weekly radio broadcasts and regular concerts. He was cornet soloist in the NZ National Youth Brass Band, and later principal trumpet in the National Youth Orchestra. Appointed to the NZ National Brass Band in 1967, he was a solo cornet in the World Championship winning band in 1970. His early teachers included W L (Les) Francis and Lloyd Thorne.
He trained in electronics, toolmaking and metallurgy at the NZ Naval Research Laboratory then went to Auckland University where he studied composition and conducting, and was a member of the University of Auckland singers. After his studies he was appointed principal trumpet of the Symphonia of Auckland where he remained for 7 years. Leaving that orchestra he continued a busy free-lance playing career in New Zealand, Australia, Europe and USA.
Moving to New York in 2000, Ivan chose to return to avocational music and to use his extensive experience in both playing and teaching to assist community music ensembles. He has been writing about issues specific to recreational players for over 25 years.
During this time in NY, Ivan revived his skills in engineering and physics to collaborate with Dr John Diamond in designing the Jaeger Trumpet, which he has since expanded into a unique range of models. Also, drawing on his vast musical knowledge and his passion for preserving and playing great music, Ivan compiled “Music 4 Fun”, a collection of over 300 treble clef melodies dating from the year 1250 to the present day.
Ivan loves every opportunity to pass on his knowledge, whether by formal lessons or by osmosis, participating in musical ensembles. He regards his mission as “helping people turn notes into music”.