Dr. Hengst teaches trumpet, serves as brass area director, and directs the Roadrunner Pride Pep Band at MSU Denver. Prior to his appointment at MSU Denver, he served on the faculties at The University of Texas at Austin and Southwestern University. Dr. Hengst holds a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Dr. Hengst has also been nationally recognized as a 1st prize winner UGA Brass Quintet Competition of the Americas, Finalist and Honorable Mention at the Crawford Trumpet Competition, 3rd Prize winner at the 2005 National Trumpet Competition in the Master’s and Ensemble Divisions, and 4th Prize winner at the 2007 National Trumpet Competition. He is a member of the Boulder Brass, former principal solo cornet with the Colorado Brass, and has played with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Ballet, the Boulder Philharmonic, the Fort Collins Symphony, the Breckenridge Music Festival, the Fred Hess Big Band, the H2 Big Band, the Denver Municipal Band, and the Austin City Brass Quintet and Brass Ensemble, as well as the house trumpeter for musicals at the Arvada Center for the Arts. Dr. Hengst has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and South America and taught at the InterHarmony International Music Festival held in Italy.
Hengst is a Bach trumpet performing artist.