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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 12/Edwards Bass Trombone Solo Competition

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Are you a university bass trombone student that wants a $1000 Edwards gift certificate? Do you play musically, in tune, in time and with a great sound? Then you should probably keep reading.

The Edwards/Big 12 Bass Trombone Solo Competition will be held at the 8th Annual Big 12 Area Trombone Conference at Texas Tech University, January 14 – 16, 2011. The competition is open to all university students who play bass trombone. The only caveat — you must be 26 or younger (as of January 16, 2011). The grand prize will be a $1000 Edwards gift certificate. Up to five finalists will be invited to perform in a recital, held and adjudicated at the conference.

Preliminary audition CDs will be accepted through November 30th, 2010. These CDs must be an unedited recording of Tcherepnin’s Andante, opus 64 (M.P. Belaieff). The piano accompaniment must be included on the recording.

The final round work will be the Stevens’ Sonatina for Tuba or Trombone and Piano, movement 1 (Peermusic). Finalists can use their own accompanist or one of the Big 12 staff accompanists for a $50 fee. Finalists will also be complimentary guests of the Big 12 Trombone Conference.

Competition requirements:

Recording must be unedited and include accompaniment
Identify yourself on the CD jacket but not on the recording itself
You may email an mp3 instead of mailing a CD

Please send the CD/mp3, along with your name, mailing address, phone, email address, photocopy of your student ID and a check for $25.00 (checks payable to “Iota Tau Alpha”) to:

Professor James T. Decker
c/o Texas Tech University School of Music
Box 42033
Lubbock, TX 79409-2033
email: james.decker@ttu.edu

The entry will be considered upon receipt of the recording and the entry fee.

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.

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