Jay Cook has recently been appointed Visiting Trombone Professor at the University of Central Arkansas for upcoming school year. Jay is near completion of his doctoral studies at UNT after receiving a BM and MM degree from the Northern Arizona University.  He has also maintained a teaching studio in the Flower Mound, TX schools as well as serving as adjunct trombone professor at Tarleton State University. He studies with David Vining at NAU and with Tony Baker and Vern Kagarice at UNT.

Congratulations, Jay!

The following trombonists have indicated their intention to join the UNT studio. Welcome y'all!

Preston Beck--Lewisville, TX
Eston Bell--Washburn University
Devin Bennett--Interlochen Arts Academy
Rick Blake--Roosevelt University
Max Brecheisen--San Antonio, TX
Michael Denning--Waxahachie, TX
Dillon Downey--Norman, OK
Kinsie Dunham--Carrollton, TX
Christian Garcia--Cypress, CA
Webb Gardner--Stephen F. Austin State University
William Goode--Montgomery, TX
Adam Hauge--Minnetonka, MN
Robert Hernandez--Flower Mound, TX
Enrique Huerta--Carrollton, TX
Zachary Hull--Burleson, TX
Karl Krause--University of Houston
Michael Lopez--Medina Valley College
William Lyman--Killeen, TX
Thomas Nokes--University of Maine-Orono
Seth Polizzi--Round Rock, TX
Devin Prokop Scalf--Rowlett, TX
Zachary Tamayo--Houston, TX
Marshall Tullous--Brazoswood, TX


Mark Davidson, 2006 UNT graduate, recently won the 2nd trombone audition with the Utah Symphony. He is currently a member of the San Antionio Symphony, and has held interim positions with both the Cincinnati Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony. During his UNT tenure, he studied trombone with Jan Kagarice and Tony Baker. He then moved to the Juilliard School of Music where he studied with Joe Alessi.

Congratulations to Mark on his latest accomplishment.  There will no doubt be more in the future.

Jenny Kellogg, MM Jazz Studies trombonist, has just been appointed to the faculty of Eastern Washington University as trombone professor and director of the EWU jazz program.  She is currently completing her MM jazz degree as a student of Steve Wiest, Jan Kagarice, and arranger Richard DeRosa. For the past two years she has held the solo jazz chair of the One O'Clock Lab Band.

She will be missed here at UNT, but we are happy for her accomplishment.

Sophomore Eric Anderson and junior Scott Avant have both been named as finalists in the Larry Wiehe Trombone Competition.  The final round of competition will occur in late June at the International Trombone Festival in Columbus, GA.  Congratulations to Eric and Scott for their accomplishment.


In addition, Julie Gray was once again named as an alternate in the ITA Alto Trombone Competition, and sophomore Matt Corrigan received Honorable Mention in the Carl Fontana Jazz Trombone Competition.

Ben Polk, MM and Artist Diploma student at UNT, was recently named the winner of the bass trombone position with the USAF Airmen of Note.

Ben is an outstanding player and most deserving of this unique opportunity. While at UNT he performed with all the premiere ensembles, and served as a graduate teaching fellow with distinction.  He was a member of the UNT Trombone Quartet that won the 2007 International Trombone Quartet Competition.

Most recently, Ben has been serving as an adjunct professor at Western Kentucky University.



Chris Reaves has emerged as the winner of the latest U.S. Marine Band (The President's Own) in Washington, DC and will begin his service in November. Ninety-one players auditioned for this prestigious position.


Chris, a Colorado Springs native, is currently an graduate Artist Certificate student and teaching fellow at UNT.  He also holds a bachelor's degree from the Juilliard School of Music. His primary teacher is Jan Kagarice, with support from Tony Baker and Vern Kagarice.   


                        Chris Reaves: Newest Member of the Marine Band


Matt Jefferson, recent MM graduate from the UNT trombone studio, has just accepted a professor of low brass position at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA.  His duties will include low brass instruction, brass methods, music appreciation, brass choir an d music techology courses.  He has been a trombone student of Jan Kagarice for the past few years. His bio can be seen on the Maniacal 4 web site at
Congratulations and good luck to Matt!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

The music for the August 27-28th 2012 audition is now available at and will soon be posted on this site as well.  Remember, there is a mandatory meeting August 26th at 7 pm in Voertman Hall for all trombone students.  If you are having trouble accessing the music please contact Michelle at  Thank you!

UNT trombonists Freddy Ouellette, Evan Sankey and the Maniacal 4 Quartet (Carl Lundgren, Nick Laufer, Alex Dubrov and Matt Jefferson) definitely made their presence known at the International Trombone Festival held July 4–7, 2012 at the Paris Conservatoire.
Freddy Ouellette was named the winner of the 2012 George Roberts Bass Trombone Competition by a distinguished international panel of judges.  Both of his performances were outstanding and garnered many compliments.
Evan Sankey turned in an outstanding performance in the Larry Wiehe Trombone Competition, but the judges awarded the top spot to a different player, so he'll have to wait until next year to try again.
The Maniacal 4 received one of the best audience responses of the entire Festival with their packed house performance on July 7.  Their program was varied, interesting and extremely well done.  For many in attendance, their performance was the highlight of the week.
Congratulations to all for their outstanding representation of the UNT Trombone Studio.
Freddy Ouellette, Jan Kagarice, Evan Sankey, and Jessica Flores celebrate a successful competition.
Paris Shot