Jonathan Stites, 3rd trumpet with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra,
has solidly defined himself as an exceptional performer and musician.
His previous orchestral experience includes acting principal trumpet of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, principal trumpet of the Ash Lawn Opera, principal trumpet of the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra at the Aspen Music Festival and has held positions with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and American Wind Symphony Orchestra. A three-time finalist at the National Trumpet Competition and winner of the Tennessee Trumpet Competition, Jonathan's dynamic playing has garnered solo appearances with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra and the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra. Jonathan earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky, a Master’s degree from Florida State
University, completed the coursework for a DMA at Stony Brook
University, and attended the Aspen Music Festival three times.