Flora Newberry


Flora Newberry was born in 1966, and grew up in an eclectic counter-cultural household where she was exposed to African art, pottery, welded sculpture, various social protest movements, and a rich mixture of music that included Nat Adderly, Bob Dylan, Credence Clearwater Revival, Stockhausen, Sibelius, Holst, Handel, Barber, Beethoven, Howlin’ Wolf, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Miles Davis, Horace Silver and countless others. She eventually focused on classical trumpet, attending and graduating from the Juilliard School with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1987. After playing principal trumpet in the Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad de Guanajuato, in Guanajuato, Mexico, a lifelong interest in jazz led her to the Jazz Studies program at William Paterson College, where she worked with Dave Rogers, David Demsey, and Rufus Reid. Following a long career that has included teaching, songwriting, therapeutic music, early music , symphony playing, the 63rd Army Band,jazz, pop, and raising her beautiful daughter Elizabeth ( now 23),  she made the decision to return to school at UTEP as a student of Nancy Taylor to earn a Master’s degree in Music Education, where she is thoroughly enjoying the  myriad opportunities to broaden her academic experience.