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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.

Nice to Read

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Occasionally we come across something that is just plain nice to read. Paul Compton has been doing some incredible teaching at Oklahoma State University and his work is getting noticed.

Paul’s trombone octet performed as the Remington Choir at the International Trombone Festival in Utah this past month. The ITF was well-organized and well-attended, and Edwards is proud to support this organization by sponsoring ITF artists and the Carl Fontana Jazz Trombone Competition. This year’s artists included Marshall Gilkes, Darren Kramer, Jim Markey, and Trombones de Costa Rica. They all performed exceptionally well and we’re thrilled they’ve chosen to play Edwards.

If you are not a member of the International Trombone Association (ITA), please join today. It’s through membership that this organization succeeds. It is up to trombone players to support the trombone and live music.

Trombones de Costa Rica Music Festival

Friday, May 9th, 2008

I have been fortunate to attend most all of the Trombones de Costa Rica Music Festivals and have learned and enjoyed every one of them. The country is beautiful, the people are wonderful and the love of music is infectious. Travel to San Jose Costa Rica can be very cost effective to this region if you book far enough in advance. The primary language spoken is Spanish so some basics can help you get around.

Once at the Hotel you are essentially in a camp like environment where the musicians are the only ones in attendance. It is an enjoyable time and since the Artist in Residence will be Paul Compton his instruction will be in English with translation to Spanish. I talked with Ivan today and the event looks to be well organized and should be great. If you are interested please contact Ivan either by phone or email (listed below). Ivan sent me an invitation letter which I translated via an internet translation service. So please excuse any grammatical errors.

Christan Griego

The Trombones de Costa Rica would like to offer an official invitation to participate in our VII International Festival Trombones of Costa Rica. The event will be carried out from October 10 to October 14, 2008 and is for trombone players, baritone and tubists of all the levels.
The Faculty this year will be Alejandro Gutiérrez, Martin Bonilla, Leonel Rodriguez and Iván Chinchilla, all members of the Trombones de Costa Rica and Paul Compton, professor of jazz and classic of the State University of Oklahoma in the United States. This year the activity will be carry out in the Quality Mount Bell, a Hotel of Mountain in the province of Heredia in Costa Rica. The cost is of $280 per person (two hundred eighty dollars) and includes; – Transportation San José? Heredia? San José. – Lodging in rooms of multiple occupation. – Three main meals a day. – All the activities
that offers the Festival.* (except chamber music) + – Undershirt and certificate

* The Festival offers classes with teachers, collective master classes, recitals of the Faculty and a final recital with all of the participants. This year, due to the requests of the participants of several editions, we will offer again individual classes for the participants with the members of Trombones of Costa Rica.

For groups of chamber music established we offer special classes by an additional payment of $30 (thirty dollars) by member. They should bring repertoire prepared to work with the professor.
Reserve your space by sending an advancement of $100 per person (one hundred non refundable dollars) before the 1 of September, in check, to name of TROMBONES DE COSTA RICA INC. and to this direction;

TROMBONES OF COSTA RICA Apdo.
Postcard 2212 – 2100
Guadalupe, San José COSTA RICA

MM Iván Chinchilla Meza

Director
Festival Internacional Trombones de Costa Rica
ivan@trombonesdecostarica.com
Tel: (506) 8385-4870

Edwards Going to Eastern Trombone Workshop

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Trombones are shipped and on their way to Washington DC where our tax dollars are finally working for us. The Eastern Trombone Workshop is a FREE trombone show that allows you to hear professional and the “up & comers” who compete in competitions during the workshop.

Ron Knaflic and Jared Lantzey have teamed up to work this show and help trombonists find the right equipment. If you’re serious about getting a new trombone or just wanting to see what we’re about please drop by and try our instruments. We’ve built a few exceptional instruments that are just needing to find the right player.

Paul Compton, Chris Houlding, Paul Pollard, and Brent Phillips will be guest artists at this show, so enjoy the music and make it a point to try to attend as much as possible. There are very few places putting on events such as this and without your attendance they can not continue.

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