Born and raised in Jersey City, Valdemar Castillo is a dedicated and passionate trumpet player with a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Performance from New Jersey City University, which he pursued while completing the requirements for teaching credentials for the state of New Jersey. He continued his studies under trumpet pedagogue Joe Burgstaller, former Canadian Brass member and faculty at Arizona State University. Valdemar received a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University and was the runner-up in the Naval Academy Band audition (2020), one of two premiere United States Navy ensembles.
Valdemar Castillo now lives and teaches in New Jersey where he is trumpet faculty at The Wharton Institute Performing Arts School and the Anselmo Academy of Music and the Arts . He is an active clinician for local High Schools and active soloist with said bands. Valdemar is also a part of 2 brass chamber groups: Central Brass Quintet and Fire Pit Brass. These groups perform for parks, recreation centers, churches, weddings and retirement homes.