Welcome to the UNT Trombone Studio

The UNT Trombone Studio is one of the largest trombone programs in the world, with as many as 75 trombonists pursuing bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in trombone performance, music education, jazz studies, conducting and composition.


UNT Trombo-team: Steve Weist, Tony Baker, Jan Kagarice, and Vern Kagarice

An outstanding teaching staff of four professors and three graduate teaching assistants (called teaching fellows or TFs) provide personalized instruction to all trombone students. In addition... for more information click here. To contact us, click here. _________________________________________________________________________________________


Daniel Marion Wins TCU Trombone Summit Bass Trombone Competition

Daniel Marion and David Begnoche, trombone professor at TCU

Daniel Marion was named the winner of the TCU Trombone Summit bass trombone competition on April 4, 2014. His colleague, and fellow UNT student, Freddy Ouellette was a close runner-up.

Marshall Tullous Wins ETW Solo Competition

We are pleased to announce that Marshall Tullous recently won the ETW Division III (no age limit) Bass Trombone competition!!!  The entire UNT trombone community would like to congratulate Marshall both on his musicianship and the poise that he has exhibited particularly considering he is just a freshman. Keep up the good work, Marshall, and congratulations again!

Marshall with the judges and all three winners of the various ETW competitions.

Marshall is a freshman bass trombone student of Jan Kagarice, majoring in trombone performance and a member of the Dark Fire Trombone Quartet

He is a recent graduate of Brazoswood High School in Lake Jackson, the same school as Sean Casey (see article).


Paul Compton Wins Prestigious Teaching Award

Paul Compton, UNT alumnus of 10 years ago, has been selected as the winner of the Regent's Distinguished Teaching Award at Oklahoma State University, where he is currently Professor of Trombone.


In just 10 short years, Paul has developed the trombone studio into a nationally recognized program. In addition to his obvious talents, Paul is well-known as one of the hardest workers in the business.


While at UNT, Paul served as a teaching fellow and performed in the top ensembles, including a distinguished tenure as lead trombonist in the One O'Clock Lab Band. His trombone teachers were Vern Kagarice and Tony Baker.


Congratulations to Paul on this accomplishment and to Oklahoma State University for recognizing his work.

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.

Sean Casey Wins US Army Jazz Ambassadors Audition

Congratulations Sean!


Sean Casey hails from Lake Jackson, Texas just south of Houston. He began playing trombone at 10 years old and was immediately interested in all things music. Sean studied privately with trombonist Brian Allen for 8 years during which he studied all styles of music. During high school, Sean performed with the Brazoswood PM Jazz Band under the direction of UNT alum Jim Koch for two years. Sean enjoyed being a member of the Texas All-State Band and Jazz Ensemble for three years.Sean has had a wide variety of musical experiences including performances with the ACDA honor choir, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute's Wind Ensemble, and the 2008 Gibson-Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensemble.  He was named as a finalist in the 2009 International Trombone Association's Yaxley competition, and he performed more recently with the 2011 Disneyland All American Collegiate Band. Sean was a member of the 2 O'clock lab band for 2 years under the direction of Jay Saunders during which the ensemble won two Downbeat Awards for best large jazz ensemble. Sean is privileged to be performing with the One O'clock lab band for the third year in a row, and looks forward to many more great musical endeavors at the University of North Texas.  He was recently named the winner of the US Army Jazz Ambassadors Bass Trombone audition.  We look forward to hearing about his continued success!

Justin Cook Wins Arkansas Position

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!

Look Who's Coming to UNT in 2013

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 Wins Utah Symphony Position

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 Wins Washington Professorship

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.

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