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Clinton McLendon hails from Atlanta. He started on the violin at age 9, then cello at age 10, before finally switching to the trumpet at age 11. He completed his master’s degree at The Juilliard School in 2020, where he studied trumpet with Chris Martin and Raymond Mase and baroque trumpet with John Thiessen. In 2016, he completed his bachelor of science degree in psychology at Georgia State University.

McLendon has performed as a substitute with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Sarasota Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, The Florida Orchestra, and the Miami City Ballet Orchestra.

In the summer of 2019, McLendon went on a Scandinavian tour with Juilliard415, where he performed baroque trumpet in Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Norway. That summer he was also invited to perform with Les Arts Florissants in William Christie’s gardens in Thiré, France, where he performed baroque fanfares and orchestra concerts for live broadcast on French television. Later that year, he was invited to play with Les Arts Florissants again at the Philharmonie in Paris, which was also live on French television.

McLendon performed at the National Repertory Orchestra and the Aspen Music Festival, where he was awarded the Aspen Conducting Academy Fellowship.

When not pursuing music, McLendon enjoys hiking, golfing, pickleball, and video games, and is commissioner of his all-brass fantasy football league.