It is with broken hearts that the Baylor School of Music, alongside countless others, mourns the loss of former student Sally Tepper, trumpeter with the United States Air Force Academy Band, who studied with Wiff Rudd and Mark Schubert. Sally passed away in September, and left behind countless lives touched by her musicianship, love, friendship, radiance, passion, sense of humor, and empathy.
Sally cultivated a remarkable reputation throughout her life, and especially during her time in the School of Music. She was a multi-time Semper Pro Musica Solo and Chamber Music Competition winner, a Second Prize winner in the National Trumpet Competition Solo Division and First Prize winner in the ensemble division, a National Orchestral Institute Fellow, and she won a position with the United States Air Force Academy Concert Band and Falconaires.
“We knew her kind heart, her tremendous talent, her drive for artistry, and the light in her eyes when she was playing trumpet and making music in the Wind Ensemble, Baylor Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Baylor Gold Trumpet Ensemble, or as a chamber musician. Sally was everywhere and Sally remains everywhere here at Baylor. Our world has lost a great human being and our collective voice is diminished with that loss. Sally dedicated almost every waking minute serving the music she loved. Sally’s life exemplified [our] understanding of the meaning of the Latin words Semper Pro Musica.” (Dr. Gary Mortenson, Dean, Baylor School of Music).