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. _________________________________________________________________________________________
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.
Marshall Tullous recently received word that he's been selected as a finalist in the ETW Bass Trombone Division III Competition. Marshall will compete in a live final round at the 2014 ETW at Ft. Myer, VA in March.
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).
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 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!
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.
The following trombonists have indicated their intention to join the UNT studio. Welcome y'all!
|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, 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.
Sophomore Eric Anderson and junior Scott Avant have both been named as finalists in the Larry Wiehe Trombone Competition. The final round of competition will occur in late June at the International Trombone Festival in Columbus, GA. Congratulations to Eric and Scott for their accomplishment.
In addition, Julie Gray was once again named as an alternate in the ITA Alto Trombone Competition, and sophomore Matt Corrigan received Honorable Mention in the Carl Fontana Jazz Trombone Competition.