Dr. Butcher is proud and thankful to be a part of the Roswell Band family as Director of Brass and Jazz Studies. In addition to his teaching duties at RHS, Hardin is the Artist Affiliate in Brass at Oglethorpe University. He has also served as the jazz band director at North Cobb High School and the trumpet coach at North Atlanta and Martin Luther King, Jr. High Schools. Previously, Dr. Butcher was undergraduate trumpet professor at Stony Brook University in New York, and for six years a trumpet teacher in the Ohio school districts of Champion and Brookfield.
Since moving to Atlanta in fall of 2016, Hardin has become lead trumpet in the Joe Gransden Big Band, the Rebel Big Band, and the Atlanta Latin Jazz Orchestra. He plays extensively with the Atlanta Pops and Macon Pops Orchestras, and has performed with the symphony orchestras of Greenville (SC) and Columbus (GA). Hardin was also in the Fox Theatre Broadway productions of Aladdin and White Christmas, and the pre-Broadway production of the new musical Ever After at the Alliance Theatre. As lead trumpet with the Tuscaloosa Horns, Hardin has performed with The Four Tops, the Temptations, and the O’Jays. Fall of 2019 has Hardin slated to share the stage with John Driskell Hopkins, Chloë Agnew, Francine Reed, Mannheim Steamroller, and The Who (not ALL on the same show), and he’ll be back at the Fox in February 2020 for Hello Dolly!
Prior to Atlanta, Hardin enjoyed a twelve-year stint in New York, winning a chair on the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in 2013 and subbing in the Broadway orchestras for West Side Story, Annie, Newsies, Gigi, Catch Me If You Can, and others. In Ohio, Hardin performed in the symphony orchestras of Youngstown, Mansfield, and Wheeling (WV), and as principal trumpet in the Opera Circle of Cleveland. In addition, Hardin was lead trumpet for the Artie Shaw and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras, and has played with the Glenn Miller and Nelson Riddle Orchestras. Hardin’s conducting highlights include a season with the Brooklyn Repertory Opera Company and the African premiere of the Concerto for Darbuka and String Orchestra by Halim El-Dabh.
Hardin enjoys living in Atlanta with his wife Eva; their three cats Peanut, Butter, & Elly; and the two cutest dogs on the planet, Bootsy and Flash.
BM Trumpet Performance Youngstown State University
MM Orchestral Conducting Kent State University
DMA Trumpet Performance Stony Brook University