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: 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. _________________________________________________________________________________________


U-Tubes Wins ITA Kai Winding Competition


The U-Tubes have won the International Trombone Association 2015 Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition! They will be traveling to Valencia, Spain in July to perform a feature concert at the 2015 International Trombone Festival! 

This accomplishment is due in no small part to the outstanding leadership of Julie Gray, a teaching fellow in both the trombone and jazz studies areas. She has more than ably maintained and raised the high standard that has always been a feature of this ensemble. Of course, this achievement would not have been possible without a stellar lineup of players. They are: 

Matt Corrigan
Conner Eisenmenger
Jake Macary
Kennedy Powers
Derek Pyle
Zach Steele

Jon Gauer
Marshall Tullous

Alex Kishiyama, piano
Jack Roben, guitar
Toshi Clinch, bass
Eric Tapper, drums​

This is the second time the U-Tubes have won this prestigious international competition, having also won in 2008. This win took them to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where they made a huge splash and firmly established themselves as one of the finest jazz trombone ensembles in existence. They will undoubtedly prove that this is still true in Spain. Way to go, U-Tubes!!

Vern Kagarice's "Celebration of Life" Memorial Service Now Online

We at UNT wish to express our sincere thanks for the sympathy and support that has been show to Vern's family and studio during this difficult time.  Any who wish to watch Vern's "Celebration of Life" memorial service which took place September 28, 2014 in Chautauqua, New York may do so by clicking here.  The program for the service can be found here

If you would like to share a Vern-ism, pun, memory, or send well-wishes, you can do so by clicking this link which will take you to the studio condolence book


With Heavy Hearts UNT Bids a Sad Farewell to Vern Kagarice


On Monday September 15, 2014 Vern Kagarice, musician, mentor, and friend to so many people, lost his battle with cancer.  Vern's loss is deeply felt throughout the trombone community, but perhaps nowhere more keenly than here at UNT. Several memorial concerts have been planned, including a tribute by Tony Baker as a guest soloist with the UNT Symphonic Band.  Students have placed flowers and mementos in front of Vern's office, as well as joined together several times as a studio to remember Vern, his famous stories, and of course his infamous puns. 

The studio has set up a group on Facebook so that those wishing to share photos, stories, or well-wishes for his family and students can do so.  If you wish to view or contribute to our memorial please visit our memory book. You may also view and post pictures through our facebook group.


For those who are interested, we have included Vern's obituary and memorial arrangements below.

CHAUTAUQUA – Vern Leon Kagarice, 71 of Denton, TX passed on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at his summer home in Chautauqua, NY.

UNT Students Send Greetings and Well Wishes to Beloved Professor

The UNT trombone studio recently recorded a greeting to send to trombone professor Vern Kagarice who unfortunately is unable to join us this semester.  Vern is currently battling cancer and is supported in the fight by his wife Jan.  Their absence at UNT is sorely felt by all and so by way of encouragement Tony Baker arranged an impromptu recording session of "Inveni David" by Anton Bruckner arranged by Arno Herrmann.  Nearly 50 trombonists were able to attend ranging from DMA to freshman.  While not everyone was able to make the recording session, all of us here at UNT send our best wishes and support to Vern and Jan during this difficult time.  We love you Vern!!!


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Lucas Borges Accepts Position at Ohio University

It is with a great deal of excitement that the UNT studio announces that Lucas Borges has recently accepted the position of trombone professor at Ohio University in Athens, OH.  He has been an outstanding TF for us during the past four years, and we're confident he will do a fantastic job in his new position. Ohio is lucky to get him. During his tenure at  UNT, he studied with Vern  for three years, Tony for one year, and  received extensive teaching guidance from Jan over his entire four-year tenure at UNT,  making it a complete team effort.

We all wish Lucas the very best of luck in his new position.  Congratulations!!! Parabéns e muito boa sorte, meu amigo! Estou tão feliz por você e sua família. Você fará muita falta.

Ethan Wills Newest Music Instructor at Howard College

Ethan Wills, a recent Master's of Music graduate in trombone performance from the University of North Texas, was recently hired as the newest music instructor at Howard College in Big Spring, Texas. His teaching duties will include choir, theory, and aural skills.  Ethan is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and completed his undergraduate degree at Slippery Rock University.

UNT Welcomes Chris Seiter as an Adjunct Instructor

The University of North Texas trombone studio is pleased to welcome Chris Seiter as an adjunct instructor for the coming school year.

Chris Seiter began his jazz trombone career in the Dallas/Fort Worth area
while a student at the University of North Texas, where he was a four-year
member of the One O'Clock Lab Band. He immediately became an active freelance and studio trombonist in the area, performing with such notable artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, Ray Charles, and many others. 
Seiter received the Frank Rosolino Memorial Jazz Award from the International
Trombone Association for outstanding collegiate jazz trombonist, following the
year the honor was awarded to fellow UNT alum Conrad Herwig. After UNT, Seiter
relocated to New York City, where he performed, toured, and/or recorded with
the Toshiko Akiyoshi New York Big Band, the Bob Mintzer Big Band, the Woody
Herman Orchestra, and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Seiter was a two-time
recipient of jazz study grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Through these grants, Seiter studied jazz improvisation with Bob Brookmeyer,
Jim McNeely, and David Liebman.
Chris currently resides in the Dallas area where he is an active freelance
trombonist and performs regularly with the Official Texas Jazz Orchestra, Them
Bones, and the Project Band. Chris also serves as coordinator, arranger, and
trombonist with the White's Chapel United Methodist Church Orchestra in Southlake, Texas.

Steve Wiest Leaving UNT for New Opportunities

The UNT  trombone studio  must regretfully announce that Steve Wiest  has accepted a new position with unique opportunities in Denver, CO beginning Fall 2014. Steve has made an outstanding contribution to our trombone program in the six years he has been with us. In addition to his usual outstanding jazz trombone teaching, arranging and composing, he was responsible for founding  the now highly  successful U-Tubes Jazz Trombone Ensemble, while garnering  the Kai Winding Jazz  Trombone Ensemble Award in its first year of existence.  A year later he led the effort to create the first U-Tube's CD.  


Steve's new position in Denver is titled " Coordinator of the 21st century music initiative", meaning that he will be bringing people together to teach all  aspects of what it means to be diverse and well-rounded musicians in today's ever-changing musical landscape. In the meantime he will continue to teach composition and improvisation while putting together a new series of classes  and initiatives.
 In addition he will be creating a new group called The Symposium that will combine  jazz and classical  instrumentation. Along with these duties he will be the new  artistic director of the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra.
His infectious enthusiasm and colorful personality will be missed by all, making it UNT's  loss and Colorado's win. We  wish him our very best, and  collectively thank him for his outstanding contribution.

New TNT Officers Elected

The results of the ballot are in and here are the results.  Congratulations to our new officers.

2014-2015 TNT Officers

PRESIDENT--Freddy Ouellette


SECRETARY--B.J. Hernandez

TNT Officers

TREASURER--Dillon Downey

OMBUDSMAN--Carmen Boerboom



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