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"Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed working with you on "Seussical". I envy the wide open sound you have in your high range!"

-Lew Buckley

Trumpeter & Retired Conductor,

US Coast Guard Band


"Ted has played lead trumpet for years on my shows...he's dependable...a good solid player!"

-John Lampe

Musical Director, Clinton Family Theater


"I have had the pleasure to work with Ted over the years in a variety of musical situations ranging from Jazz to Classical to Broadway shows. He is a great trumpet player, well-rounded musician, respected educator and a lot of fun on gigs!"

-Drake Smith

Composer, Arranger, Trombonist, Educator


"It is always a pleasure to work with Ted. Whether it is in the pit for "The Sound Of Music" or in the classroom, he is always well prepared and attentive to the task at hand. I have found his trumpet skills and musicianship to be excellent and his work ethic strong."

              -Joel Spineti

Music Director-Artful Living,

and Music Educator


"Ted Samodel was my trumpet player of choice for over a decade during my 15 years as Music Director at Holy Name of Jesus Church (Stamford, CT). He played almost every Christmas, Easter and at many wedding Masses and always got raves from the Pastor, staff and congregation. Always professional, courteous, punctual and well-tuned, Ted also has the ability to adapt and improvise at a moment's notice. A welcome, joyful sound in any setting! I was especially impressed that he would bring different horns to suit the specific musical arrangements."

-Michael Gabinelli,

Director of Music, Saints Felicitas and Perpetua Church

(San Marino, CA)


"Hey Boss...Great job with pulling the band together for a great time this past Saturday...also, I almost never tell you but always think it, you played great on Saturday as usual. It is always an honor to share the stage with you..."

-Tom Conti,

Trumpeter (formerly Goodspeed Opera House)

and Music Educator


"We can't thank you enough for playing at our wedding. It was so beautiful and memorable. Your addition to that will not be forgotten!"

-Jessica James

Happy Bride


"The first time I worked with Ted was for Easter, 2009 and it was an absolute pleasure from beginning to end. His excellent musicianship was evident by all as he enhanced our services with his fine playing incorporating not only fine musicianship, but also a sense of spiritual interpretation. The tone of his playing on the horns was also exquisite and never harsh. I would recommend him to anyone looking to hire a great trumpeter for their performances and/or church services."

-Michael Lantowski,

Director of Music and Organist, Saint Pius X

Catholic Church,

Fairfield, CT


"Thank you so much for playing trumpet on the Monteverdi...it added a great deal! I hope our paths cross again very soon!"

-Dr. Richard Bjella,

Director of Choral Activities,

Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


"Thank you again for accompanying the All-State choir on trumpet. The Monteverdi ended up turning out quite stunning."

-Lauren Harmata

2012 CT All-State Choir Chair


"Thank you SO much for playing for our wedding! It sounded so perfect and majestic!

-M. Posada

Happy Bride


"He is one of the finest teachers I know. Ted sets high standards for all his students, and helps them to achieve these goals by laying out a very organized sequence of learning that enables each student to be successful"

-Cathyann Roding

Choral Director


"It amazes me to see the progress that all of your students have made. I'm sure that your enthusiasm, encouragement and persistence are responsible in a large way for where they are today. You should be recognized for your large contribution to making all this happen!"

-Eleanor Nelson

Former Parent


"Ted is an exceptionally energetic and enthusiastic teacher...he projects a charisma that captures the imagination of students, and demonstrates excellent classroom-management skill..."

-Dave Maloney

Former Administrator


"Thank you for being a great leader, and friend. Many of us probably would not still be involved in music if it wasn't for you; I know I wouldn't be. You're always there for us no matter what...I am grateful for all that you do for me and everyone else."

-Chelsea Lange

Former Student

and Music Educator


"I cannot tell you how much we appreciate what you have done for Kyle and how thankful we are for your willingness to help. When I look at Kyle and think about the person he has become I immediately think of you. Thank you for the work you do."

-Penny MacCormack

Former Parent


"WOW! What a performance! The pieces were played so powerfully! Thank you for you work over the years to prepare Will for such an experience. Without you it would not have happened."

-Genevieve Thompson

Former Parent


"Jazz band was great last night! Everyone was raving during intermission."

-Mary Laske

Former Parent


"I really enjoyed your presentation at the CMEA Conference. I am a first year teacher and am constantly trying to figure out how to prioritize during my limited amount of time with the students. Your workshop gave me a lot to think about. Thank you for your words of wisdom. I am always seeking to learn more, especially if it can make me better at what I do. "

-Mallory Legman

Music Educator


"I'm sure I speak for all of us when I express my gratitude for all of your time and energy. Kate's experiences at BHS have been enhanced as a direct result of your efforts. Your hard work and diligence has paid off. Our hats are off to you!"

-Bud and Lisa Dannheim

Former Parents


"You do an outstanding job...the result is absolutely beautiful! I feel we are so blessed for Nicole to have someone like you as a music instructor!"

-Carolla Zalles

Former Parent


"I would like to thank you for another wonderful year of music. The Spring Concert was just unbelievable! My son has really grown in your class..."

-Denise O'Brien

Former Parent

"Mr. Samodel presented an outstanding winter concert.The quality of the singing was exceptional and the singers were empowered and confident. The energy and excitement in the school before the concert is palpable. Mr. Samodel delivers "perfection" each time! He is patient, yet firm to get very good results. He provides many special memories for our students and their families."

-Margaret-Mary Gethings


Sliney Elementary School