Mr. Cummins is a graduate of the Indiana State University where he completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Master’s Degree in School Administration. He is an active conductor and trumpet player originally from Hammond, Indiana and enjoys working with young musicians to develop their passion for the arts. As a performer, Mr. Cummins has performed with numerous orchestras including the Columbus Philharmonic Orchestra and South Shore Chamber Orchestra and with prominent artists including Tim Coffman, Mark Colby, Charlie Davis, Dave Stryker, Dave Pietro and Bobby Vinton. In addition to his US appearances, in 2013 Mr. Cummins toured China as a performer in the premier musical, “Rhapsody in Swing.” In 2007 and 2008 he performed in the National Trumpet Competition in Washington, DC as a semi-finalist in the ensemble division.

As an educator, Mr. Cummins has worked with numerous music programs across the Midwest and the Chicagoland area; instructing marching bands, jazz ensembles and teaching privately. As former HAPA Director of Bands, Mr. Cummins has invested greatly in the Academy and is excited to continue his passion for the arts as HAPA Director. While at the HAPA, Mr. Cummins has been music director for productions including; tick…tick…BOOM, Once On This Island, Working, The Wiz, Cats, Songs for a New World and most recently, Cinderella.

Mr. Cummins is a member of the Indiana Bandmasters Association (IBA) and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).