Of note is the trumpet solo that opens "The Willow Song." Principal trumpeter Gordon Hann played this passage mellifluously and without a hint of "brass" in the conventional sense – it was perhaps the most beautiful section of the work, if not the entire concert. - W. Gerald Cochran, Classical Voice of North Carolina
One of the few to live out his childhood dream, Gordon is a dedicated full-time musician. The trumpet is his chosen medium for expression, and he has spent much of the past 30 years getting to know it. The trumpet and its drivers have a reputation for being brash, pounding, and arrogant, but Gordon rather strives for a fluid lifting sound letting the power of the instrument speak for itself.