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Clifton wins job with Conn-Selmer

Bo Clifton (MM’ 06; DMA student) is the new Director of Marketing for Background Brass with Conn-Selmer, Inc. Bo was offered this position after a thorough search and interview process. Bo has this to say to the UNT trombone faculty: “A heartfelt 'Thank you' to all three of you; you helped me to get where I am today.”

From 2006 to 2008 Bo was the trombonist of the Synergy Brass Quintet and has been an active teacher and performer in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex since his return to the region. Bo was also the recipient of the 2008 Priddy Charitable Trust Fellowships in Arts Leadership and is a Conn-Selmer performing artist. While we’re unhappy to see Bo leave UNT, we wish him the best and know that he’ll do a great job at Conn-Selmer. Way to go, Bo!

Hawkes Wins Daytime Emmy Award

Alumnus J. Walter Hawkes (BM) received a Daytime Emmy Award in the category "Outstanding Achievement in Composition and Music Direction" for his work on the animated series "Wonder Pets" on Nickelodeon. Coincidentally, this is the second Emmy Hawkes has won (the other was in 2008 in the same category and for the same show).

Walter's trombone playing was featured on the Norah Jones release "Not Too Late" (Blue Note) and he was featured with Ms. Jones on the TV show "Austin City Limits." Hawkes also was awarded a 2009 fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Congratulations to Walter Hawkes!

Check out his personal website here, or his Myspace page here.

Information courtesy of UNT's "Counterpoint" Music magazine

U-Tubes page launched

UNT's very own jazz trombone ensemble now has its own section on the UNT trombone website! Click here for the latest information on the U-Tubes, including the Spring 2010 performance schedule.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet to Perform at UNT

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet will preform a concert at UNT on the evening of Monday, March 29th. The concert will take place at 8pm in the Recital Hall.

The DSOBQ is a recently-formed chamber group comprised of members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra brass section. In addition, the group is in residence at the SMU Meadows School of Music, where all of the members are on the faculty.

Marine Band Brass Quintet performs for Trombone Studio Departmental

The United States Marine Band Brass Quintet performed a concert/lecture for the trombone studio on Wednesday, February 17th. They masterfully performed some of the classic works from the brass quintet literature, and took questions from the audience. In addition, each member of the quintet discussed aspects of their job, and what it is like to be in a service band.

The Marine Band Brass Quintet is a chamber ensemble within "The President's Own" Marine Band, America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. For more information about the Marine Band and it's various ensembles, click here.

UNT Students Fare Well in First Round of ITA Competitions

Students from the UNT trombone studio made finalist, alternate, or honorable mention in 8 of the 14 ITA Competition categories:

Donald Yaxley Bass Trombone Competition
-Sean Casey - Finalist
-Jeremiah Stones - Finalist
-Craig Flengte - First Alternate

Larry Wiehe Trombone Competition
-Richard Blake - Finalist
-Evan Sankey - Finalist

Edward Kleinhammer Orchestal Bass Trombone Competition
-Jeremiah Stones - Finalist

J.J. Johnson Jazz Trombone Competition
-Kevin Hicks, First Alternate

ITA Alto Trombone Competition
-Julie Gray - First Alternate

Robert Marsteller Trombone Competition
-Julie Gray - Honorable Mention

ITA Trombone Quartet Competition
-The Bone Identity - Honorable Mention
-UNT Graduate Trombone Quartet - Honorable Mention

Emory Remington Trombone Choir Competition
-University of North Texas Trombone Choir - Honorable Mention

Congratulation on all these fine achievements!

Recent ETW successes

The U-Tubes, UNT's very own jazz trombone ensemble has been declared the Winner of the 2010 Eastern Trombone Workshop's National Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition, and will be performing a concert at Ft. Meyer on March 17th, 2010 at 5pm. This performance will be broadcast live on the internet.

This 12-piece ensemble (8 trombones and 4 rhythm) was started by Professor Steve Wiest in the Fall of 2007, and is now directed by Jason Hausback. The U-Tubes also won the 2008 International Trombone Association's Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition, which took the group to Salt Lake City, UT to perform at the festival.

Julie Gray and Jeremiah Stones have advanced to the final round of their respective categories (Tenor and Bass) in the 2010 National Solo Competition. There they will compete against other finalists in a recital open to the public that will also be broadcast live on the internet. Congrats and best of luck Julie and Jeremiah!

It is also notable to mention that alumnus Mark Scott (BM 07') has won the 2010 National Trombone Composition Competition with his Trombone Quartet entitled "Quartet Stories." This piece will be premiered by the Rittenhouse Quartet, winners of the ETW 2010 National Trombone Quartet Competition.

Molacek Wins Job with Band of the Golden West

Recent UNT alumnus Derek Molacek (MM 09') has just won a trombone spot in the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West. This band, located at Travis AFB in California, is the Air Force's regional band for the U.S. west of the Rockies.

Derek's duties will primarily consist of playing with the Concert Band and the Ceremonial Band, but may also include the Commanders Jazz Ensemble. For this reason, Derek is glad that his training at UNT emphasized spending as much time on both classical and jazz styles as possible, which helped make him well-rounded enough to win the audition. Congrats to Derek on his accomplishments!

For more information on the USAF Band of the Golden West, click here.

UNT 1 O'Clock Lab Band Nominated for Two Grammys


The Spring 2009 1 O'Clock Bones in Thailand (L to R: Matt Jefferson, Luke Brimhall, Dave Richards, Carl Lundgren, Jason Hausback, and director Steve Wiest)


"Lab 2009" by the UNT One O'Clock Lab Band, directed by Steve Wiest, has received Grammy nominations in these two categories:

  • Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
  • Best Instrumental Composition (for "Ice-Nine" by Steve Wiest)

The current 1 O'Clock Lab Band, as well as those from last year's band that were nominated will be attending the 52nd Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles on January 31st.

For more information, visit these articles from the UNT Jazz Studies website:

Julie Gray Wins Spot on UNT Concerto/Aria Concert

Masters degree trombonist Julie Gray has won a place on the annual UNT Concerto/Aria concert with the UNT Symphony Orchestra concert, performing the Frank Martin Ballade. She studies with Jan Kagarice, and was the only brass student to be selected in this year's competition. Congrats to Julie!

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