Alumna Dr. Debra Scott visits UNT trombone studio

Alumna Dr. Debra Scott performed "River Runner," a new piece for trombone and piano by composer Dr. Stephen Lias in trombone departmental on Wednesday, April 14th. "River Runner" was inspired by a kayaking trip that Dr. Scott and the composer took through Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park.

Dr. Scott holds the position of Associate Professor of Trombone and Jazz Studies at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. She completed her DMA at UNT in 2004.

For more information about Debra Scott, click here.

Ron Barron to visit UNT

Ron Barron, retired principal trombone of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, will present a masterclass at UNT on Wednesday, April 7th at noon in Room 232. Mr. Barron is a native of Texas, and regularly presents masterclasses and performances across the United States.

For more information about Mr. Barron's long and illustrious career, visit his website here.

Windham lands job with University of Arkansas at Monticello

Mark Windham (MM ’06) is the new instructor of low brass and marching band at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Since 2007 Mark has served as Director of Bands at Paul Pewitt Jr. High and High School in Omaha, TX.

Mark is currently in his fourth season as the principal trombonist of the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra. He is also the principal trombonist for Mass Brass, a professional brass ensemble in Arkansas. In addition, Mark also plays second trombone in the Texarkana Jazz Orchestra. Congratulations to Mark on his accomplishments!

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.

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