John Dowland (1563-1626) was an English Renaissance composer, singer and lutenist. He is well known for his melancholy songs and instrumental music, especially for lute and guitar.
Mr. Beghtol’s lovely transcription for intermediate Trumpet is a wonderful short work that combines lyrical and Renaissance dance styles.
He holds a B.M. and M.M. degree in music education from the University of Mississippi where he studied trombone
with Milton Aldana and Donn Schaefer. He also holds a M.M. degree in trombone performance from Florida State
University, studying trombone with John Drew. Mr. Beghtol is currently working on his Ph.D. in music education
from the University of Mississippi.
Beghtol is the bass trombonist in the Tupelo Symphony Orchestra of which he has been a member since 2005. In
the 2010-2011 school year, Beghtol will premiere Titan’s Gaze, a piece for solo bass trombone with wind band and
choir accompaniment. He is also the bass trombonist for the Mississippi Trombone Authority, a trombone quartet
comprised of college professors. Beghtol has also performed with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the
Tallahassee Ballet Orchestra, and the Corinth Symphony. He performs across the southeast as a soloist and as a
chamber and orchestral musician.
Prior to coming to NEMCC, Mr. Beghtol taught 4 years in the Tupelo Public School District where he was the
assistant band director under Floyd Stevens and Vance Wigginton. In 2006, the Tupelo High School band was the
5A state champion. During this time, Beghtol was also employed as an adjunct professor at Itawamba Community
In addition to his teaching and performing duties, Beghtol does some composing, arranging, and clinician work for
both band and studio events. Beghtol is the creator of the Fire & Ice saga. Fire & Ice is a series of compositions for
trombone trio and percussion with a continuing story line and graphics based around a unique superhero made of ice
affixed with bionic legs.
Beghtol is an artist/clinician for the Edwards Instrument Company.
He is married to Ginger Beghtol and they have two sons, Jackson and Johnson.