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U-Tubes page launched

Submitted by Jason Hausback on Tue, 03/02/2010 - 2:41am


UNT's very own jazz trombone ensemble now has its own section on the UNT trombone website! Click here for the latest information on the U-Tubes, including the Spring 2010 performance schedule.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet to Perform at UNT

Submitted by Jason Hausback on Fri, 02/26/2010 - 11:06am


The Dallas Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet will preform a concert at UNT on the evening of Monday, March 29th. The concert will take place at 8pm in the Recital Hall.

The DSOBQ is a recently-formed chamber group comprised of members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra brass section. In addition, the group is in residence at the SMU Meadows School of Music, where all of the members are on the faculty.

Marine Band Brass Quintet performs for Trombone Studio Departmental

Submitted by Jason Hausback on Fri, 02/26/2010 - 10:41am


The United States Marine Band Brass Quintet performed a concert/lecture for the trombone studio on Wednesday, February 17th. They masterfully performed some of the classic works from the brass quintet literature, and took questions from the audience. In addition, each member of the quintet discussed aspects of their job, and what it is like to be in a service band.

The Marine Band Brass Quintet is a chamber ensemble within "The President's Own" Marine Band, America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization.

UNT Students Fare Well in First Round of ITA Competitions

Submitted by Jason Hausback on Fri, 02/19/2010 - 10:48pm


Students from the UNT trombone studio made finalist, alternate, or honorable mention in 8 of the 14 ITA Competition categories:

Donald Yaxley Bass Trombone Competition
-Sean Casey - Finalist
-Jeremiah Stones - Finalist
-Craig Flengte - First Alternate

Larry Wiehe Trombone Competition
-Richard Blake - Finalist
-Evan Sankey - Finalist

Edward Kleinhammer Orchestal Bass Trombone Competition
-Jeremiah Stones - Finalist

J.J. Johnson Jazz Trombone Competition
-Kevin Hicks, First Alternate

ITA Alto Trombone Competition
-Julie Gray - First Alternate

Robert Marsteller Trombone Competition
-Julie Gray - 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!

Recent ETW successes

Submitted by Jason Hausback on Sun, 01/17/2010 - 2:25pm


The U-Tubes, UNT's very own jazz trombone ensemble has been declared the Winner of the 2010 Eastern Trombone Workshop's National Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition, and will be performing a concert at Ft. Meyer on March 17th, 2010 at 5pm. This performance will be broadcast live on the internet.

This 12-piece ensemble (8 trombones and 4 rhythm) was started by Professor Steve Wiest in the Fall of 2007, and is now directed by Jason Hausback. The U-Tubes also won the 2008 International Trombone Association's Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition, which took the group to Salt Lake City, UT to perform at the festival.

Julie Gray and Jeremiah Stones have advanced to the final round of their respective categories (Tenor and Bass) in the 2010 National Solo Competition. There they will compete against other finalists in a recital open to the public that will also be broadcast live on the internet. Congrats and best of luck Julie and Jeremiah!

It is also notable to mention that alumnus Mark Scott (BM 07') has won the 2010 National Trombone Composition Competition with his Trombone Quartet entitled "Quartet Stories." This piece will be premiered by the Rittenhouse Quartet, winners of the ETW 2010 National Trombone Quartet Competition.

Molacek Wins Job with Band of the Golden West

Submitted by Jason Hausback on Fri, 01/15/2010 - 1:02am


Recent UNT alumnus Derek Molacek (MM 09') has just won a trombone spot in the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West. This band, located at Travis AFB in California, is the Air Force's regional band for the U.S. west of the Rockies.

Derek's duties will primarily consist of playing with the Concert Band and the Ceremonial Band, but may also include the Commanders Jazz Ensemble. For this reason, Derek is glad that his training at UNT emphasized spending as much time on both classical and jazz styles as possible, which helped make him well-rounded enough to win the audition. Congrats to Derek on his accomplishments!

For more information on the USAF Band of the Golden West, click here.

UNT 1 O'Clock Lab Band Nominated for Two Grammys

Submitted by Jason Hausback on Sat, 12/26/2009 - 1:33pm


The Spring 2009 1 O'Clock Bones in Thailand (L to R: Matt Jefferson, Luke Brimhall, Dave Richards, Carl Lundgren, Jason Hausback, and director Steve Wiest)



"Lab 2009" by the UNT One O'Clock Lab Band, directed by Steve Wiest, has received Grammy nominations in these two categories:

  • Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
  • Best Instrumental Composition (for "Ice-Nine" by Steve Wiest)

The current 1 O'Clock Lab Band, as well as those from last year's band that were nominated will be attending the 52nd Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles on January 31st.

Julie Gray Wins Spot on UNT Concerto/Aria Concert

Submitted by Jason Hausback on Thu, 11/05/2009 - 12:45am


Masters degree trombonist Julie Gray has won a place on the annual UNT Concerto/Aria concert with the UNT Symphony Orchestra concert, performing the Frank Martin Ballade. She studies with Jan Kagarice, and was the only brass student to be selected in this year's competition. Congrats to Julie!

Fedchock to play at UT Dallas on November 20

Submitted by Jason Hausback on Thu, 11/05/2009 - 12:28am


Renowned jazz trombonist, composer and arranger John Fedchock will be performing with the UT Dallas Jazz Ensemble at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the University Theatre on the campus of UT Dallas.

As a trombonist, bandleader and arranger, Fedchock is considered one of New York City’s premier jazz artists. The John Fedchock New York Big Band showcases Fedchock’s trombone playing and arranging, as well as the band’s all-star soloists. Fedchock has toured with T.S. Monk, Gerry Mulligan’s Concert Jazz Band, Louie Bellson’s Big Band, the Bob Belden Ensemble, the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. As a solo artist, he appears throughout the United States and has toured abroad as a guest trombonist/composer/conductor.

For more information, visit here.

Ralph Sauer to appear with Eastman/Shires instrument company

Submitted by Jason Hausback on Thu, 10/08/2009 - 7:07pm


The Eastman/Shires instrument company is hosting a clinic with Ralph Sauer at the UNT College of Music on Saturday, October 10th. The clinic will be 10am in Rm 258. Following the clinic will be a juried instrument testing from 11-4pm. This will give students the opportunity to try out different instruments and equipment in a forum that promotes dialogue between the instrument specialists, faculty, students, and observers, and will serve as a great learning experience for all involved. The event is free and open to the public.