Royce Lumpkin, a native of Kilgore, Texas, served as Chair of the Music Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from 1998- 2013. Dr. Lumpkin holds degrees in music education from the University of North Texas and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trombone performance from the University of Oklahoma. Teaching experience prior to joining the faculty at UNC Charlotte includes 27 years at the University of North Texas, one year as an instructor of low brass at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and five years with the Brazosport Public Schools, Freeport, Texas, as a junior and senior high school band director.
Dr. Lumpkin is known nationally as a performer, clinician, and adjudicator. He was the principal tenor tuba and bass trumpet player with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for over 20 years, and performed on three recordings with the DSO. Other performance credits include the Dallas Opera Orchestra, the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Dallas Bach Society, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the San Angelo (TX) Symphony Orchestra, the Chautauqua (NY) Symphony Orchestra, the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and the Fort Worth-Dallas Ballet Orchestra. Dr. Lumpkin also serves as a clinician and educational consultant for Conn-Selmer, Elkhart, Indiana, and in this capacity has appeared as soloist or clinician in Oklahoma, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., Kansas, Idaho, New York, Oregon, Texas, Colorado, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and provinces of Canada. In the summer of 1987, he was a guest professor at the Summer Music Institute hosted by Fu Jen University, Taipei, Taiwan. In 1997, 1998, and 1999 he presented masterclasses and performed as the featured artist at the Regensburg (Germany) Trombone Workshop, the first workshops of their kind to be held in northern Bavaria. He is a charter member of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and he continues his role as an active adjudicator and guest conductor with school music programs.
An active member of the International Trombone Association, Dr. Lumpkin served as President of this worldwide organization of over 3000 members (1990-92). He was invited to be a member of the faculty of the International Trombone Workshops in 1983, 1985, 1990 and 2002.