Terry TownsonGrammy Award winner* Terry Townson has become a driving force in today's music industry. A world-class horn player, Terry and his horn arrangements, tracks and live performances have been featured by some of the biggest names in the music business. Terry's career began at the age of 10, touring the country with his parents and grandparents appearing in churches and gospel revival tent meetings. Staying true to these roots, Terry has continued to put his heart and soul into every project he involves himself. *with Delbert McClinton
While attending St. Petersburg High School in Florida, Terry won the West Coast Jazz Festival 'Soloist of the Year' honor (awarded by Hank Levy and Stan Kenton) and in turn, a full scholarship to Towson State in Baltimore, Maryland.
Terry then went on the road with a myriad of acts in many genres getting a feel of the total musical experience. Touring with the likes of Delbert McClinton, Kenny Rogers, Shelby Lynne, South American super star Jose Louis Rodriguez (El Puma), Clarence Gatemouth Brown, and Felix Cavaliere and The Rascals… to name a few.
Terry has performed with artists such as Ray Charles, The Temptations, Delbert McClinton, Matthew Good, Bob Hope, The Rascals, Dan Penn, Joe Ely, Lena Horne, Greg Allman, Rufus and Carla Thomas, B.J Thomas, Garth Hudson, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Guy. He has played live shows in backup bands with Jim Horn, The Memphis Horns, The Uptown Horns, 'Blue Lou' Marini, Steve Cropper, Tom Malone, Bobby Keys, Paul Shaffer, Bernard Purdie, Bob Babbitt and Will Lee and numerous others.
Terry is featured on hundreds of records by artists including Michelle Shocked, Al Anderson(NRBQ), Delbert McClinton(Grammy Award winning record), Colin James(Gold record), Clarence Gatemouth Brown (multiple Grammy nominations), Matthew Good, Eric Burdon and Charlie Rich... to name just a few. Recording at some of the most famous studios of all time… Muscle Shoales Sound-Alabama, Sun Studios in Memphis, Ultrasonic Studios- New Orleans, Criteria Recording Studio- Miami and RCA Studio 'B' Nashville. Multiple TV appearances on The Conan O'Brien Show, The Late Show, Austin City Limits, American Music Shop, The Texas Connection, HBO's 40th Anniversary Atlantic Records show at Madison Square Garden, ESPY Award show at Radio City Music Hall, numerous CBC's TV specials as well as a season of the Hockeyville series in a live band and even worked a handful of shows for Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker on their TV show 'The PTL Club'.
Terry now resides in La Paz, Baja California Sur in Mexico. Still featured touring and recording with acts in the US and Canada Terry has engrossed himself with the local scene and enjoying the Mexican culture, sunshine and the beautiful Sea of Cortez! Terry relocated his studio to a historic neighborhood in El Centro and finds himself busier than ever!
In the studio, on tour, Broadway musical pits or just clubbing around town, Terry Townson continues to raise the bar in the trumpet world. His musical creativity has spawned a successful arranging career as well. The diversity of acts Terry has been associated with over the years equips him well in the arranging field. He has arranged horns on literally hundreds of records and shows around the world. With this arsenal of experience, Terry Townson can create the right lines/ harmonies and tasteful embellishments to any track.|