Growing up in the NYC area to musical roots,
Trumpeter/arranger/composer/multi-instrumentalist, Sam Oatts, found
his love for music early on as a punk rock bassist performing in some
of the legendary gritty venues such as CBGBs, the Continental, and
Arlene’s Grocery, among others. As time and adulthood loomed, he
gravitated toward his love for trumpet and since has toured to 35+
countries and 49 of the 50 states as a multi faceted musician.
As a Broadway trumpeter, Sam has performed with many touring
productions as well as on Broadway. Some highlights include performing
with Billy Elliot, Chita Rivera, Chicago the Musical, Come Fly Away
(Frank Sinatra musical), Fiddler on the Roof, and Annie. Most recent
tours include lead trumpet with An American in Paris, featuring an all
Gershwin score, and the international touring company of West Side
Story with full orchestra. As a Denver local, Sam has performed lead
trumpet with touring companies of Wicked, Charlie and the Chocolate
Factory, and section trumpet with Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.
Sam has appeared with many orchestras including Colorado Symphony,
Boulder Philharmonic, Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn
Philharmonic, National Chorale, Stamford Symphony, as well as holding
principal trumpet position with the Connecticut Grand Opera from
2003-06 and section trumpet with the Verbier Festival Orchestra under
James Levine and Valerie Gergiev in 2004.
As a songwriter/arranger/musical services coordinator, Sam has worked
with a few major artists including members of Coldplay, the Strokes,
Kanye West, along with countless indie acts. The BBC praised his
arrangements on a recent project as “wrapped in velvet strings, suave
horns, and all around lush deportation…” In addition, Sam’s 2013 solo
songwriting/recording project, Hudson Hank, was produced by Coldplay’s
Guy Berryman to rave reviews and sold out NYC performances.
Education: Manhattan School of Music, BM 2004. University of Denver,
MM (TA) 2020. Arizona State University, DMA (TA) ~2022. Main teachers
include Mark Gould, Bob Sullivan, James Pandolfi, Alan Hood, Warren
Deck, and Josef Burgstaller.
Sam is a Conn-Selmer/Bach and Fender Performing Artist.