Wiff Rudd, trumpet professor at the School of Music at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, is a familiar figure in the brass world. Rudd has performed in concert and presented clinics/master classes at more than 300 colleges, universities, and conservatories across the country and abroad. He has also appeared with Rhythm & Brass at the New York Brass Conference, the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute, Bands of America/Music for All, the Brevard Music Center, the Great American Brass Band Festival, MENC national and regional conventions, and the Music Educators Associations of Georgia, Oklahoma, Montana, Minnesota, Florida, Iowa, and New York. He has adjudicated for the International Trumpet Guild and National Trumpet Competition Solo Competition Finals, the Louisiana Trumpet Solo Competition, and the State Solo Contests of Oklahoma and Texas. In 2009 and 2012 he served as the judges’ chair and performed recitals for the Concurso y Festival Nacional Inter-Universitario de Trompeta in Bogotá, Colombia. His students have been enthusiastically involved with the National Trumpet Competition since 2008 with multiple solo semi-finalists each year and a finalist (2008). Baylor’s trumpet ensembles have placed 5th (2011), 4th (2009), 3rd (2012 and 2014) and 1st (2011, 2013 and 2015) in the ensemble division of NTC. In 2015 eight undergraduates and both graduate students advanced to the semi-finals of the solo division.
Rudd’s current projects include presenting a favorite topic, The Cycle of All Things—Developing a Project Driven Career and exploring Trumpet Genealogy with his students. In 2010 Wiff received Baylor’s Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching and was named the Centennial Professor, which provided a grant for his Collaborative Practice Concepts project. His publishing company, WR Enterprises, has released Aaron Witek's book, Gordon Mathie: The Treasured Legacy of a Master Teacher and Performer (2014), Jordan Tucker's Sonata for Trumpet and Piano (2015), and serves as an outlet for trumpet ensemble arrangements written for NTC competitions. He is affiliated with the International Trumpet Guild, the Texas Music Educators Association and has been a Yamaha Performing Artist since 1988.