Addison graduated from Albuquerque’s Volcano Vista High School a year early in order to pursue a bachelors degree in Music Performance at the University of New Mexico, where he has continued his studies with Dr. John Marchiando.

While in high school, he performed with the symphonic band, jazz band, and marching band. He was also a member of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony and the New Mexico All-State Workshop Honor Band, and performed as first chair in the New Mexico All-State, Jazz All-State, and Southwest Honor Bands. He was lead trumpet with the Volcano Vista H.S. Jazz Band and was the featured soloist in his high school marching band show under the direction of his band director, Paul Blakey. With the Albuquerque Youth Symphony, he was a featured soloist on two separate occasions, most recently performing the first movement of the Böhme Concerto, in addition to having performed the Arutunian concerto as an 8th grader.

Other important highlights include competing as a finalist in the International Trumpet Guild’s Youth Solo Competition in 2016, being selected to participate in both the All State Jazz band and All State concert band groups in 2017 and 2018 and performing in the Sidney Opera House while on tour with the Albuquerque Youth Symphony.

A fan of both classical and jazz, Addison won the International Trumpet Guild’s annual concerto competition and was subsequently featured in the ITG’s March 2020 journal. Around the same time, he was also designated a rising artist by the S.E. Shires Co., a leading manufacturer of custom brass instruments. While the company generally recognizes established talent, fewer than 50 brass players across the globe hold this special designation at any given time. His former teachers include Kent Erickson and Santa Fe Symphony principal trumpet, Brynn Marchiando.