Ted Samodel was born and raised in Norwalk, CT. He was the fifth child of Nick and Marie Samodel, having the dubious honor of having FOUR older sisters. His first instrument was the accordion, which was a short-lived endeavor, as once he heard a trumpet being played at a Boy Scout meeting at age 12, he was hooked for life!

From that point, Ted was involved in everything to do with playing trumpet throughout his school years. After graduating from Brien McMahon High School in 1981, Ted continued his musical training at Western Connecticut State University. He graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance degree before going on to University of Bridgeport where he obtained his Master's degree in Music Education and CT Teacher Certification in 1987.

Some of his past trumpet teachers have been Ron Stinson, Jimmy Maxwell, Frank Fighera, and Jon Faddis.

Ted has been teaching in Branford since 2001, first at Branford High School as Director of Bands, and currently at John B. Sliney Elementary School since 2013. Prior to that, he taught General Music, Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Chorus to grade pre-Kindergarten through grade 6 for Haddam-Killingworth Public Schools from 1987-2001.


Also during that time, he worked as Brass Instructor and Assistant Band Director for the nationally-acclaimed Norwalk High School Marching Band from 1985-1995, having been appointed to this position by his former high school Band Director, Jeff Smith. During those 10 years, the NHS Band and brass sections were well-known and well-awarded in competitive marching band circuits throughout the entire east coast and in other parts of the country, a legacy that continues today.

Ted continues to also be an active member of Connecticut Music Educator's Association as a Head Judge for Regional and All State audition festivals each year. As well, he has been sought-after as a guest conductor and clinician for both student and adult groups.

As an active professional trumpet player, Ted is called for a variety playing engagements throughout the year, including theater orchestras, wedding ceremonies, special events (even playing the National Anthem at minor league baseball games!), and freelances in a variety of bands and orchestras, either by contract or as a sub.

From 2003-2007, Ted founded and played lead trumpet in a Contemporary Christian group, Tower of Praise, an 11-piece horn band. He formerly played keyboard and solo trumpet on the Worship Team at Grace Community Church in Madison, CT.


"Pursuing music as an active form of worship has become a profound desire, both personally and professionally. My ability to do anything at all musically is a profound gift from God, so seeking to use that gift for His glory in return makes perfect sense".

When not teaching or playing, Ted loves to spend time with his family. His wife is also a teacher, having taught in private and public schools as well as tutoring academic subjects.

In his spare time Ted enjoys listening to music, studying the Bible, producing music projects/events, computers, hiking, biking, working out, sport shooting, and building projects.


Ted is the CT sales rep for Warburton Custom Trumpet Mouthpieces. Visit them at www.warburton-usa.com


THEATER SHOWS I've played lead trumpet for, some shows multiple times:

  • Phantom of the Opera

  • Guys 'n Dolls

  • Finian's Rainbow

  • Oklahoma

  • Shiny Stockings

  • South Pacific

  • Fiddler On the Roof

  • The Pirates of Penzance

  • Damn Yankees

  • Les Miserables

  • Anything Goes

  • 42nd Street

  • Jane Ayre

  • Meet Me In St. Louis

  • Thoroughly Modern Millie

  • Beauty and the Beast

  • West Side Story

  • The Boyfriend

  • Seussical: The Musical

  • The Sound of Music

  • Annie

  • Li'l Abner

  • Sweeney Todd

  • Annie Get Your Gun

  • Once Upon A Mattress

  • Elton John and Tim Rice's "Aida"

  • In The Heights

  • Young Frankenstein

  • Damn Yankees

  • Shrek: The Musical

  • Crazy For You

  • A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum

  • Hairspray

  • Titanic: A New Musical

  • Peter Pan

  • Mary Poppins

  • Addams Family

  • Cinderella: The Musical

  • The Producers

Some major orchestral works I've performed include:

  • Bach's "Magnificat"

  • Beethoven's "Mass in C Major" and            "Symphony No. 9"

  • Orff's "Carmina Burana"

  • Karl Jenkins' "The Peacemakers",                    ...among others.

As a Music Educator:

With over 30 years as a public school music teacher, I have taught students from preKindergarten through college age. Because of this, I have a unique perspective on how students learn music.

I am also adept in using very powerful, tried-and-true teaching methods, as well as cutting-edge music technology to help students (and teachers) achieve at their highest level of achievement.

If you are looking for a master teacher for lessons or the classroom, I can help.


As a Clinician:

I have been given numerous opportunities to present workshops and teaching sessions to both student and adult groups on a variety of topics ranging from instrumental music performance skills, trumpet and brass techniques, music technology (SmartMusic), music literacy, and more.

I have experience with, and am very comfortable presenting/speaking to groups of any size.

Contact me with your presentation ideas and we will work together to meet the needs of your group.

As a Conductor:

I have conducted Bands and Orchestra's of all sizes in both school and professional settings, and have guest conducted around CT for a variety of groups.