We would like to welcome the following trombonists, all who have indicated that they'll be joining the UNT trombone studio in the fall of 2011.
Ryan Christianson--Grand Forks, ND
Kenneth Davis--University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Kyle Mullins competed in the Eastern Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition and won the Tenor Divison III round. Kyle had to perform Richard Peaslee's Arrows of Time against two other finalists in an open recital at Ft. Myer, VA last Thursday 3/17, and he emerged the winner. Congrats Kyle!
Other recent UNT winners of the ETW National Solo Competitions include Mark Scott, Adrian Nunez, Jason Hausback, Jeremy Stones, Brian Honsberger and Jeremy Wilson.
To learn more about the Eastern Trombone Workshop, click here.
Students from the UNT trombone studio made finalist, alternate, or honorable mention in 8 of the 14 ITA Competition categories:
Larry Wiehe Trombone Competition
-Evan Sankey - Finalist
ITA Alto Trombone Competition
-Carl Lundgren - Finalist
-Julie Gray - Honorable Mention
J.J. Johnson Jazz Trombone Competition
-Kevin Hicks, Finalist
Frank Smith Trombone Competition
-Chris Reaves - Honorable Mention
Robert Marsteller Trombone Competition
-Rick Blake - Honorable Mention
Donald Yaxley Bass Trombone Competition
-Sean Casey - Honorable Mention
ITA Trombone Quartet Competition
-The Bone Identity - Honorable Mention
-UNT Graduate Trombone Quartet - Honorable Mention
Emory Remington Trombone Choir Competition
-University of North Texas Trombone Choir - Honorable Mention
Congratulation on all these fine achievements!
Jorgen van Rijen, principal trombonist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, visited UNT on Wednesday, Feb 23rd. He gave a masterclass, and then sat in the trombone departmental at noon that day, finishing up the hour's performances with an impromptu and astounding performance of the Ropartz Piece in Eb Minor.
In addition to his orchestral job, Jorgen has performed as a soloist in most European countries, as well as the United States, Canada, Japan, China, Korea, Russia, Singapore and Australia. He has made a name for himself as one of the preeminent trombonists in the world today. To learn more about Jorgen van Rijen, click here.
The Maniacal 4 (Matt Jefferson, Nick Laufer, Carl Lundgren, Alex Dubrov) toured southeastern Louisiana this past week, playing in almost every single middle and high school in Lafourche Parish. Playing 18 concerts in 4 days, they also spent 30+ hours recording in Jim Trant's studio in Raceland.
To learn more about M4's activities, go to www.maniacal4.com
DMA student Jeremy Stones has been selected as a finalist in the Big 12 Bass Trombone Competition. Finals will be held at the Big 12 Trombone Conference at Texas Tech University in Lubbock on January 14th-16th. Jeremy and the other finals will participate in an Honors Solo Recital at the conference. Best of luck to Jeremy in the competition!
The Big 12 Trombone Conference is held every January at Texas Tech University. This year's guest artists include John Fedchock and Mark Kellog. For more information about the Big 12 Trombone Conference, click here.
United States Navy Band Bass Trombonist Brian Hecht gave a recital at the University of North Texas on Wednesday, October 27th at noon in Voertman Hall. In addition to playing a couple of pieces from the standard repertoire, he discussed aspects of his job, as well the audition process to make it in the group.
Hecht joined the Navy Band in January of 2010 and is a native of Coppell, TX. For more information about Brian Hecht and the United States Navy Band, click here
(Sean Nelson [on the left] pictured with his new colleagues Vince Yanovich and Karna Millen)
Sean Nelson (MM ’10; DMA student) has won an audition with the United States Coast Guard Band based in New London, Connecticut. After auditioning in a competitive field of sixteen players, Sean was chosen as the winner. And he did this with an instrument that had been badly damaged by the airline! Sean will be playing section trombone and will also be the trombonist for the Dixieland and Swing Bands. Currently a teaching fellow in both the UNT trombone studio and the UNT jazz studies area, Sean is also a member of the One O’Clock Lab Band. Sean has been a student of Tony Baker since Fall 2007 and has received additional trombone instruction from Vern and Jan Kagarice. Congratulations, Sean! We know you’ll do a great job
(a picture of the orchestra with Jeremy's head in the back, and conductor Pierre Boulez up front)
Former UNT student Jeremy Wilson, who is now a member of the Vienna Philharmonic, has a new blog discussing his experiences with the orchestra over the last few years. In it, he has included a lot of interesting stories and thoughts. Check out Jeremy's blog here: Back Row Perspectives
In addition, here is an article about Jeremy's recent trip to Kentucky with the orchestra: Knoxville Sentinel