Scott Avant Wins Spot in Coeur D'Alene Symphony Solo Competition Finals


Scott Avant has been selected as a finalist in the Coeur D'Alene Symphony Orchestra Solo Competition. He is the only trombonist on the list of college division instrumentalists. Coeur D'Alene is a scenic town in northern Idaho, located close to Spokane, WA. Scott will perform in the final competition round on January 4, 2014 in Spokane.

Scott is a senior trombone performance major from Austin, TX. His current teacher is Tony Baker.

UNT Trombonists Named as Wiehe Competition Finalists

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 Wins Airmen of Note Position

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.

Chris Reaves Wins Position in U.S. Marine Band

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.   

Matt Jefferson Lands New Position

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


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