Named in the recent publication "Trumpet Greats" and Principal Trumpet of the San Diego Symphony for 25 years, Calvin is currently performing as soloist for the motion pictures Miracle, Invincible, Eight Below, Men of Honor, Impostor, Blade, Save the Last Dance, Kiss the Girls etc. and on soundtracks of such movies as King Kong, Charlies' Angels, Spiderman 3, The Kid, Diehard 4, Star Trek: First Contact, Ransom, Speed II and many more; as solo trumpet for TV (Commander in Chief, Chicago Hope, Dr. Quinn, The Defenders, From Earth to the Moon, King of the Hill etc.) and the "Army Strong" commercials. He is a frequent recitalist in the U.S. and has performed with such diverse artists as Luciano Pavarotti, Barbra Streisand, Doc Severinsen, Celine Dion, Linda Ronstadt, The Backstreet Boys and Andrea Bocelli. He has also performed as first trumpet for John Williams, Bill Conti and Marvin Hamlisch.
From 1996 to 2001 he was Visiting Associate Professor of Trumpet at UCLA and from 1990-2005 he was Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at San Diego State University. He is Founder and Conductor of the highly successful educational program Trumpetissimo-Brassissimo, dedicated to providing the highest level of brass instruction to participants of all ages and level of expertise.
Calvin is the former Assistant Principal/2nd Trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra and former Principal Trumpet of the RAI Symphony Orchestra of Turin, Italy.
He has appeared as soloist with the RAI Symphony Orchestra of Turin (Italy), La Jolla Chamber Music Society "SummerFest", Seattle Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Orchestra da Camera di Padova (Italy) to name a few, and was runner-up in the Concert Artists Guild Recital Competition in New York City.
Calvin has performed for such conductors as Bernstein, Ormandy, Muti, Fruehbeck de Burgos, Leitner, Sinopoli, Schuller, Bertini and Temirkanov. He is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music (M.Mus.), Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music (B.Mus.) and recipient of the Stanley Chapple Fellowship at Tanglewood.