Hi all, I'm pretty new and I've been reading for a while, but just joined recently. Now, before I start my spiel, let me say that this is not another one of those "I'm looking for a school" threads. I already have a school. I'm trying to get in-depth perspectives on the best places to study. I can get online and in 5 seconds find out that Vizzutti teaches at Washington. I'm interested in more than just the teacher's name. Anyways... I know a kid who has his heart set on going to Northwestern for undergrad... he doesn't have a prayer. I've been trying to suggest schools with great music/trumpet programs, but aren't necessarily juggernauts like a Northwestern, Juilliard, Eastman, Michigan, etc. Schools I've suggested include (but aren't limited to) UCLA, Columbus State (GA), and BYU. Most of you have probably never even heard of the CSU or BYU music programs, so I'll give you some examples to avoid having my throat ripped out. The wind ensemble director at CSU went there from Eastman, where he was an assistant director. Their wind ensemble is absolutely incredible and they've been nominated for several Grammys (whether they won any, I don't know). BYU, on the other hand, has an incredible orchestra program. Anyone remember Nate Botts? He was the one who won both the classical and jazz solo competitions at ITG a few years ago. He was a student of David Brown at BYU. Just wanted to get perspectives on other schools like this from ya'll. I'd also like to hear your perspective on undergrad vs grad for specific schools i.e. I know Rice has a great music program, but it's more geared towards grad students.