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. _________________________________________________________________________________________

 

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

VICE-PRESIDENT--Phil Smith

SECRETARY--B.J. Hernandez

TNT Officers

TREASURER--Dillon Downey

OMBUDSMAN--Carmen Boerboom

SOCIAL MEDIA--Adam Dillon

 

Look Who's Coming to UNT!!!

 

The following trombonists have indicated their intention to join the UNT studio. Welcome y'all!

Austin Attaway--Round Rock, TX

Connor Barnette--Charlotte, NC

Brian Becker--University of Arizona

Trevor Boiarsky--Katy, TX

Carlito Chavez--Ft. Worth, TX

Cameron Crowley--Allen, TX

Connor Eisenmenger--Prospect, KY

Hayden Escobar--Midlothian, TX

Jose Garcia--Ft. Worth, TX

Erin Gilmore--Lubbock, TX

Matthew Hettwer--Salem, OR

Landon Ivy--Burleson, TX

Joel Mancini--League City, TX

Austin Martinez--Abilene, TX

Francisco Martinez--Little Elm, TX

Steve Wolfinbarger Named Michigan Professor of the Year for 2013

Western Michigan University's Dr. Stephen M. Wolfinbarger, professor of music, has been named the 2013 Michigan Professor of the Year. The announcement was made Nov. 14 in Washington, D.C., by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education—CASE—as part of the annual U.S. Professor of the Year Program. The awards Program, created in 1981, is the only national initiative specifically designed to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring. " Wolfinbarger was selected from among some 350 faculty members nominated by colleges and universities throughout the country.

Wolfinbarger earned his bachelor's degree from Evangel University, his master's degree from North Texas State University (1982) and his doctoral degree from the University of North Texas (1989).

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).

 

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