Cleveland native Lyle Steelman joined The Cleveland Orchestra as assistant principal trumpet during the 2009 Blossom Festival. He came to the Orchestra from the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, where he had been principal trumpet since 2006. He had also served as a substitute trumpet for The Cleveland Orchestra since 2005. Mr. Steelman served as second trumpet of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra from 2004 to 2006. A 2001 graduate of the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music, he earned a master of music degree from Southern Methodist University and was principal trumpet of the National Repertory Orchestra. He studied with James Darling, a former member of The Cleveland Orchestra, as well as with Tom Booth of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Lyle Steelman is a former member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra.