Student and community performers have a longstanding legacy as a core feature of the International Trombone Festival. We are inspired by the dedication and commitment to excellence we see and hear from educators and directors around the world, and the ITF is honored to give these outstanding musicians the opportunity to share their hard work on a world stage.
Bringing a student group to an ITF requires a huge amount of time, hard work, funding, and vision from a community of musicians and music-supporters, and we are thrilled to feature these dedicated performers – young and old – on the ITF program.
The following ensembles and their directors have been chosen by a selective, adjudicated audition process to perform at this year’s ITF in Muncie, Indiana. Be sure to catch these great concerts!
Texas A&M University-Kingsville Trombone Choir Dr. Oscar Diaz, Director
The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Trombone Choir actively performs at various university functions on campus as well as several outreach and recruitment concerts a year. The Trombone Choir performed at the 2010 and 2014 Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, DC, and was invited to perform at the 2015 International Trombone Festival in Valencia, Spain.
Brownsville Bone Society
Dr. William Haugeberg, Director
The Brownsville Bone Society is a community trombone ensemble formed in 2018, in Brownsville, Texas. The group has performed several community concerts since its formation, and plans to continue this outreach in the future. This concert will feature music from local composers as well as standard repertoire for the trombone choir. The ensemble is comprised of local music educators, college students and area trombonists.
University of Mississippi Trombone Ensemble
Micah Everett, Director
The University of Mississippi Trombone Ensemble was reestablished in 2012 by current UM low brass professor, Micah Everett, after a hiatus of nearly twenty years. The ensemble serves as a vital extension of studio lessons and an enjoyable performance outlet for students, including twice-yearly concerts on campus and regular invitations to perform the national anthem at Ole Miss athletic events. The ensemble’s membership consists almost entirely of undergraduate music education students, most of whom are primarily trombonists but a few are tuba and euphonium players—and even one flautist!—practicing their doubling skills. While the group’s repertoire consists largely of standard compositions and arrangements for trombone ensemble, new arrangements by Dr. Everett and by current and former students are often performed, as well.
Hebron High School Trombone Octet
Noel Wallace, Director
The Hebron High School Trombone Octet is made up of current trombone students from Hebron High School, in Carrollton Texas. Recent performances include featured concerts at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, and the University of North Texas. Additionally, the group co-hosts an annual Trombone Day event in the spring. As individuals, trombone students from Hebron consistently distinguish themselves at the TMEA Region, Area, and State competition. As soloists the students consistently distinguish themselves at both local (LISD) and state level (UIL) solo competitions. Members of the trombone ensembles have gone on to study both musical and non-musical degrees at Vanderbilt University, Baylor University, the University of North Texas, Duke University, University of Texas at Dallas, University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M Commerce, Tarleton State University, Oklahoma University, Oklahoma State University, the University of Michigan, Brigham Young University Idaho, and proudly serving their county in the United States Marine Corps.
Murray State Univesity Trombone Choir
Dr. Li Kuang, Director
Western Carolina University Trombone Ensemble
Zsolt Szabo, Director
WCU Trombone Ensemble is a group of undergraduate trombone performance, education, and commercial electronic majors. Rehearsing on a weekly basis, the goal of the ensemble is to immerse itself in the art of large ensemble performances, to continuously grow in quality and to present new and challenging works.
Ohio University Trombone Choir
Lucas Borges, Director
The trombone choir at Ohio University was founded in 1962 by low brass professor Robert Smith. The choir gained prominence in the 1980’s when Reginald Fink began his tenure as the director. It was also during his time at Ohio University that many of Fink’s important publications were created. Following Reginald’s death in 1996, Ohio University hired Tony Baker to guide the studio and trombone choir. Following Tony’s appointment to the trombone faculty at the University of North Texas in the fall of 2000, Chris Hayes led the studio for 12 years until he became director of the School of Music. Sarah Paradis took over the studio in 2012 until moving to Boise State University in 2014. Lucas Borges has been leading the program since then.
Texas Tech University Trombone Choir
James T. Decker, Director
The TTU Trombone Choir was founded by TTU Professor of Trombone Emeritus Robert Deahl and has been an active performing ensemble for over 30 years. The Choir was one of the very first university trombone choirs established in the U.S. It is one of three choirs established in the southwest after Duquesne University and the Eastman Trombone Choir. The Tech Trombone Choir includes music majors, non-majors, faculty, alumni and members of the Lubbock community. Performances have included 41 years performing at the annual Carol of Lights ceremony, and an average of three on-campus concerts per academic year. Regionally the choir has performed at the Texas Music Educators Music Association Convention, the University of North Texas Trombone Symposiums, the Texas Trombone Symposium, the Big 12 Area Universities Trombone Conference and at many universities, schools and churches.
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Trombone Choir
Dr. Pedro Martinez, Director
The UTRGV Trombone Choir is one of the more active ensembles at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, in south Texas. The ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Pedro Martinez, Professor of Trombone. The trombone choir enjoys performing at events and conferences at the local, state, and national levels. Some of the ensemble’s most recent performances include the Big 12 Trombone Conference in Lubbock, TX (January 2018), the Texas Music Educators Association Conference in San Antonio, TX (February 2018), and the American Trombone Workshop in Fort Meyer, Virginia (March 2018). International performance opportunities include an accepted invitation to perform at Trombonanza this coming summer in Santa Fe, Argentina (August of 2019). The ensemble usually consists of 14-18 players and proudly represents the university in various venues, performing traditional and new music. Composer and professor of theory at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Dr. Justin Writer, composed Torque, the submitted audio file, specifically for this ensemble in 2015.
Merit School of Music Trombone Choir
Timothy Riordan, Director
The Merit Trombone Choir, from the Merit School of Music in Chicago, Illinois, is comprised of 16-24 (depending on the year) young trombonists between the ages of 6th and 12th grade. Merit’s mission as a school is to remove financial barriers to participation in music and these trombonists attend the Tuition-free Conservatory at Merit. Most of our students are low-income, Chicago Public School students, who receive free instruments, lessons, and weekly classes. The Merit trombone studio has been featured on national and local television and radio and performed with the Chicago Symphony several times.
See you in Muncie!