Carrie Banfield-Taplin is the instructor of French horn at Heidelberg University. She is also a member of the Faculty Woodwind quintet and teaches music appreciation at the Arrowhead Park campus. Carrie grew up in Flint, Mich. and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in horn performance from the University of Michigan and Northwestern University, respectively.
Before teaching at Heidelberg, Ms. Banfield-Taplin was on the music faculty of the University of Michigan-Flint, Olivet College and the Flint Institute of Music. Active as a performer, Carrie is a 25-year member of the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra in Detroit, playing everything from grand opera and ballet, to Broadway shows and orchestral back-up to the many acts that come through town.
In addition, she plays principal French horn in the Flint and Warren Symphony orchestras. Ms. Banfield-Taplin is a highly sought after free-lance hornist in both Michigan and northwest Ohio, and can be heard in numerous recordings with the award-winning Galliard Brass Ensemble. Carrie is married to Alan Taplin, who is also a professional hornist. They live in Maumee, Ohio, with their two musical daughters, Emily and Lily.