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!

Fedchock to play at UT Dallas on November 20

Renowned jazz trombonist, composer and arranger John Fedchock will be performing with the UT Dallas Jazz Ensemble at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the University Theatre on the campus of UT Dallas.

As a trombonist, bandleader and arranger, Fedchock is considered one of New York City’s premier jazz artists. The John Fedchock New York Big Band showcases Fedchock’s trombone playing and arranging, as well as the band’s all-star soloists. Fedchock has toured with T.S. Monk, Gerry Mulligan’s Concert Jazz Band, Louie Bellson’s Big Band, the Bob Belden Ensemble, the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. As a solo artist, he appears throughout the United States and has toured abroad as a guest trombonist/composer/conductor.

For more information, visit here.

Ralph Sauer to appear with Eastman/Shires instrument company

The Eastman/Shires instrument company is hosting a clinic with Ralph Sauer at the UNT College of Music on Saturday, October 10th. The clinic will be 10am in Rm 258. Following the clinic will be a juried instrument testing from 11-4pm. This will give students the opportunity to try out different instruments and equipment in a forum that promotes dialogue between the instrument specialists, faculty, students, and observers, and will serve as a great learning experience for all involved. The event is free and open to the public.

Alumna Sara Jacovino wins the 2009 Sammy Nestico Award

Former trombone soloist with the UNT One O'Clcok Lab Band and student composer Sara Jacovino has been chosen as the 2009 recepient of the prestigious Sammy Nestico Award. The Top U.S. Air Force Jazz Ensemble, The Airmen of Note, will produce a professional quality recording of Sara's piece and perform the composition during the Jazz Heritage Series in Washington D.C. Additionally, Sara will be flown to Washington, D.C., for the performance and will receive a $2,000 follow on commission for a second work. Congrats Sara!

From the blog of Steve Wiest

Viento Sur to perform in Denton

The Viento Sur Trombone Quartet from Argentina will be performing a concert on Tuesday, October 13 at 7:30pm. This concert will take place at the Margo Jones Performance Hall on the campus of Texas Woman’s University. This is a world-class trombone quartet that has been featured at events such as the Eastern Trombone Workshop and the International Trombone Festival.

In addition to having recorded two compact discs, this group has toured extensively throughout the United States and South America. If you’d like to learn more about this amazing ensemble, please visit This is a rare opportunity to hear one of the top performing trombone ensembles today.

Prices for admission are as follow:

$10 per person, $5 per person for group of 10 or more
$5/pre-college students
*Cash or check only at the door

*For those of you who would like to purchase tickets in advance of the concert instead of at the door, you may do so by check. Please make checks payable to 'UNT Trombone Projects' and mail them to the following address:

Tony Baker
University of North Texas
College of Music
1155 Union Circle #311367
Denton, TX 76203-5017

Please indicate in the memo section of the check how many tickets you would like to order. Also, please make sure we have your advance ticket order by October 9. Your tickets will be available at the Will Call table prior to the concert.

If you have any questions about this event, please don’t hesitate to contact Tony Baker ( or Noel Wallace (

We hope to see you on October 13!

Alumnus update: Phil Bleinberger

Phil Bleinberger (BM '04; MM '06) is currently a member of the US Army Europe Band based in Heidelberg, Germany. His main job is playing in the Rhine River Ramblers, which is a Dixie/Brass band, as well as the Soldiers of Swing, a big band. Most recently he performed as a soloist with the concert band which he said "was a nice change of pace."

Recently Phil took some time out of his schedule to talk about his job:
"The playing opportunities in this job have been extraordinary and the number of people that I have played for is something I never thought I would have the chance to do. I have gotten to play for some really high profile events but the most recent and I think exciting was playing for the 65th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy. That event included performing for an enormous audience which included the heads of state of France, Canada, Great Britain, and of course, the USA. This event was also broadcast live on CNN and other networks so it was pretty exciting."

"Living in Europe is a dream come true for my wife and I. Before I left Denton we were trying to figure out how I could just play trombone for a living and she could teach overseas and we wouldn't starve. Joining the military and having the opportunity to live over here for a total of five years is giving us the chance to travel and experience new things everyday. In the two years that my wife Anna and I have lived here we have been to Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, England, The Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Litchtenstein, Turkey, Macedonia, Albania, Croatia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. If that is what we have seen in just two years I can't wait for the next three."

Wallace Accepts New Collegiate Positions

UNT doctoral student Noel Wallace has recently accepted positions as Adjunct Professor of low brass and Director of the jazz ensemble at Texas Women’s University and Adjunct Professor of trombone at Brookhaven College. Noel has served as a teaching fellow for the UNT trombone department for four years and most recently has completed his course work for the DMA. He hopes that his performing and teaching experience will help build strong studios that will benefit the students of TWU and Brookhaven College. Noel holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Penn State University and a Certificate from the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands.

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