Jim Doepke, affectionately known by baseball fans as "Mr. Trumpet," set a personal goal of performing the US National Anthem at every major league baseball park in America. With his Bach Stradivarius trumpet in hand, along with a letter of introduction and support from former Commissioner of Baseball Bud Alan Selig, Doepke travels the country promoting his "Anthem Across America' project.
Retired in 2007 as Director of Bands from Waukesha North High School in Wisconsin, Doepke aspired to perform for all major league baseball clubs, including every spring training site in both Arizona and in Florida. "I am confident Mr. Doepke will do an excellent job" states Selig. " I encourage you to consider him for the playing of the National Anthem."
Between 2008 and 2019 Doepke completed his Anthem Across America goal of performing the National Anthem at every (30) major league baseball park in America. Jim continues to play locally as well as was committed to play May 23, 2020 in Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame Classic game at famed Doubleday Field. Unfortunately, this was cancelled due to the Corona virus pandemic. Hopefully, this invitation will be offered again in 2022.
Jim Doepke, has been an avid baseball fan since his youth, particularly following the home-team, Milwaukee Brewers! Doepke continues to return to Brewers Miller Park to play our National Anthem.
In 2015 Jim played the National Anthem at Miller Park celebrating his dad's (Howard) 100th birthday. Doepke's Waukesha North Band performed for the opening of Miller Park and for the 2002 Major League All Star Game.
Doepke was recognized by a prestigious Northwestern University Summer Music Fellowship as well as a Herb Kohl State of Wisconsin Teaching Fellowship. Moreover, in 2006 Jim Doepke was the recipient of the National John Philip Sousa Legion of Honor Award, recognizing his thirty-three year career as an influential music educator.
Jim Doepke graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Music Education and continues to return to his Alma Mater on a regular basis, performing the Kansas Alma Mater and National Anthem in famed Allen Field House for Kansas Basketball.
"Many compliments as I believe your trumpet National Anthem has a good deal more energy than most (Anthem performances)"
Glo Westerdahl, Coordinator, Community Relations
"Jim Doepke performed the National Anthem for us a (Pirates) PNC Park and he is tremendous. In fact, his performance was one of my all-time favorite renditions done at PNC Park in my years here."
Frank Coonelly, President
Chicago Cubs/Wrigley Field National Anthem July 20, 2019
Anthem, Allen Fieldhouse,
University of Kansas, 12/2018
Anthem @ Colorado Rockies Coors Field
Anthem @ Kansas Univ. Allen Fieldhouse
Toronto Blue Jays National Anthem(s), O'Canada and Star Spangled Banner
Military Honors Dec 7, 2017
Sarasota National Cemetery
Commissioner of Baseball
Bud Selig Letter of Introduction
Trumpet Triumph: Jim Doepke Completes His Quest
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Trumpet Anthem Tour in Atlanta
Waukesha Native on Patriotic Quest
University of Kansas
Kansas-Tennessee Big 12-ACC Challenge Jan 25, 2020
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