Posts Tagged ‘Big 12 Trombone Conference’

Ketcham Wins Big 12/Edwards Competition

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Caleb KetchamWe’d like to congratulate Caleb Ketcham, a sophomore from Oklahoma State University, for winning this year’s Big 12/Edwards Bass Trombone Solo Competition. The finals took place at the Eighth Annual Big 12 Trombone Conference, hosted by James Decker and Texas Tech University. Jeriad Wood (University of Texas) and Jeremiah Stones (University of North Texas) were the other finalists. Judges were JoDee Davis (University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory), David Jackson (University of Michigan) and Martin McCain (Texas State University).

For performing the Halsey Stevens Sonatina so well, Caleb received a $1000 Edwards gift certificate.

Big XII Conference Review

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

The following post includes a conference review written by James Decker.

The Sixth Annual Big 12 Area Trombone Conference was held January 16 – 18 at Texas Tech University. The Conference’s guest artists were Jim Pugh, internationally acclaimed jazz artist; Debbie Taylor, Principal Trombonist of the New Mexico Symphony; and Brian Allen, jazz artist/composer/arranger. All three artists performed fabulously and conducted clinics that inspired all attendees.

Additional highlights included tenor and bass solo competitions (the latter was sponsored by Edwards), a burnin’ jazz jam, an exciting faculty showcase recital, and many inspiring clinics and presentations.

The Solo Competitions featured student musicians from all over the country, including Ohio University, Northwestern University, The University of Texas, and Oklahoma State University.

Brian HechtBass competition results:
First Prize: Brian Hecht, Northwestern ($1000 Edwards gift certificate)
Second Prize: Noel Seals, Oklahoma State University

Tenor competition results:
First Prize: Isaac Washam, Oklahoma State University
Second Prize: Steve Jessup, Oklahoma State University

Congratulations to Brian and his teachers, Charles Vernon, Michael Mulcahy and Peter Ellefson. Edwards artist Paul Compton is doing something special at Oklahoma State. His students continue to do well in solo and ensemble competitions.

Featured performers and clinicians included Jon Bohls, bass trombonist and music director of the “Slideshow” trombone ensemble of Dallas, Dr. Jeffrey S. Cottrell of Hardin-Simmons University, Dr. Bill Mann of the University of Missouri, Dr. Raimundo Morales of West Texas A and M, Dr. Donny Pinson, graduate of the University of North Texas, Gerald Sloan and the University of Arkansas, Ron Wilkins of the University of Texas-San Antonio, Dr. Steve Wilson of the University of Texas-El Paso and Dr. Thomas Zugger of Capital University. A listing of the wonderful presentations and performances appears below.

The feature program showcased Jim Pugh with the Texas Tech University Jazz Ensemble I. Jim’s playing was very fluid, relaxed and creative, and the Big Band played with great energy and precision. The interaction between Jim and the big band was exhilarating to experience. In addition, Jazz Ensemble Director Paul English and Jim played a piano/trombone duet together which was musically and theatrically innovative.

Overall, the conference was an inspirational gathering of fine students, performers and educators.

Brian Allen Touring All Over, USA

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Brian Allen is preparing for an extended tour that starts in Maryland and ends in Texas. If you happen to be near any of these venues, check him out. You won’t be disappointed.

Brian Allen Solo Trombone Recital and Masterclass Tour

  • Towson University
    Baltimore, MD – 9/30
  • Harvard University
    Cambridge, MA – 10/6
  • Boston University
    Boston, MA – 10/7
  • Brazosport College
    Lake Jackson, TX – 10/12
  • Stephen F. Austin University
    Nacogdoches, TX – 10/13
  • Salvage Vanguard Theater
    Austin, TX – 10/14
  • Oklahoma State University
    Stillwater, OK – 10/19
  • University of Arkansas
    Fayetteville, AR – 10/20
  • Anderson College
    Anderson, SC – 10/22
  • University of Alabama
    Birmingham, AL -10/24
  • Florida State University
    Tallahassee, FL – 10/27
  • University of the Incarnate Word
    San Antonio, TX – 11/13
  • University of New Mexico
    Albuquerque, NM – 11/16
  • Arizona State University
    Tempe, AZ — 11/18
  • Big XII Trombone Conference
    Lubbock, TX – 1/16 – 1/18

For details, updates, videos, music and more, visit the following:

Big 12 Trombone Conference with Edwards Prize

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

The Big 12 Trombone Soloists Competition will be held at the 5th Annual Big 12 Area Trombone Conference at Texas Tech University, January 18 – 20, 2008.

The competition is open to All University Students who play Tenor Trombone.

First Place Prize: $1,000.00 Gift Certificate towards any Edwards Product.
Second Place Prize: Gift Certificate for one gold plated Griego Mouthpiece.
Third Place Prize: Tuneup Basic Training by Stephen C. Colley

Finalists will be invited to perform in an Honors Solo Recital, to be held and adjudicated at the conference in Lubbock Texas. The finalists will be able to choose a 6-8 minute work to perform on this recital.

Preliminary Audition CDs will be accepted through November 15, 2007. The Repertoire for Tenor Trombone Entries appears below.

Preliminary Round:

Each candidate is asked to submit an unedited CD recording of one of the following

Sachse – Concertino ( International Music Company)
Jongen – Aria and Polonaise (Kalmus Pub.)

Please send the CD, along with a check for $15.00 (checks made payable to “Iota Tau
Alpha”) to:

Professor James T. Decker
c/o Texas Tech University School of Music
Box 42033
Lubbock, TX 79409-2033
Big 12 Trombone Conference
January 18-20, 2008

This page was created by Jeff Kurka
The 2008 Big 12
Trombone Solo Competition
$15 entry fee