Little Rock native Carrie Spradlin has played trumpet with the LR Winds since 2010. She also plays in the Bible Church of Little Rock Orchestra most Sundays of the year, sings in the church choir when she is not playing, and enjoys singing in a ladies’ ensemble.
Spradlin enjoys playing the trumpet in a variety of settings and has performed in brass quintets, jazz bands, marching bands, musical theatre, and chamber groups and as a soloist at weddings and other special occasions. She has also enjoyed conducting a youth handbell choir and teaching private trumpet lessons.
Her earliest trumpet instruction was under Bob Martin through junior high and high school and she then studied under Craig Hamilton at Ouachita Baptist University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree and was a charter member of the Ouachita Wind Ensemble. There she also studied piano under Rebecca Moore.
In addition to her music activities, Spradlin leads a double life as a social worker for Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield. She earned a master’s degree in Social Work from UA-Little Rock and studied at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.