Mr. Zachary Finnegan has been named Faculty Instructor in Trumpet at the Conservatory. He currently will graduate in May with a Music Education and Trumpet performance degree, and is currently student teaching at Wausau West.
Zachary has become a leader on the bandstand and an in-demand musician in the central Wisconsin area. Music and spirituality have always been intertwined in his playing due to his upbringing in the church as well as family influence, and he is consistently molding himself into a fine jazz artist due to his various life experiences and exceptional education. His love for music came at a very young age. His father, Joseph Finnegan, instilled a passion for the arts and is a role model for Zach in all facets of life to this day. Zach was an active performer throughout Junior High and High School as he participated in Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble at D.C. Everest, numerous pit orchestras, as well as four years in different Wisconsin State Honors groups (band, orchestra and jazz ensemble). A highlight from Zach’s high school experience was getting the honor to play a solo alongside professional musicians Wayne Bergeron and Eric Marienthal at the Shawano Jazz Festival where Zach was awarded the “Outstanding Soloist Award.” In addition, Zach traveled to seven European countries while performing with the Wisconsin Ambassadors of Music program at 17 years of age.