Arkansas 2022: Sponsor, S.E. Shires

The ITF host and staff would like to recognize our Platinum Sponsor:

S.E. Shires Co. was founded in 1995 for the sole purpose of building custom brass instruments of unparalleled professional quality.  Now recognized as a leader in brass instrument design, innovation and manufacture, we maintain our commitment to every player who chooses Shires-to build an instrument that not only looks and sounds exactly the way you want it to, but is mechanically perfect, built to last for many years and beautiful to look at as well.

More than just an instrument.

“I am very pleased to announce that I will be joining the Eastman Shires team. Why? Because I have fallen in love with a great trombone. After rigorous testing I have found an instrument that is easier to play and also fits the sound concept in my mind. That sound has been embodied in the Shires-Alessi signature horn. Thanks very much to everyone at Eastman Shires and I look forward to many years of collaboration!”

-Joseph Alessi
World-class soloist, pedagogue, and principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic

The S.E. Shires company slogan, Quality without compromise,™ is more than simply a marketing tool. It is our heartfelt conviction and fundamental principle for both manufacture and design. S.E. Shires Co. builds our Custom Series Instruments in our Holliston, Massachusetts workshop. Our dedicated craftsmen and craftswomen play-test every instrument thoroughly before it ships. Our attention to design—and keen understanding how it affects sound and playability—is unsurpassed by any other brass instrument maker. We possess parallel commitments to the highest standards of modern manufacturing, which make our instruments consistent and mechanically superior, and to the old-world craftsmanship that gives them the distinctively resonant voice appreciated by players the world over.

“I love the rich and vibrant sound I get from my Shires. The trombones are extremely versatile and beautifully crafted. Whether playing a recital, sitting in an orchestra and big band section or performing musical theatre productions, I know my Shires will help get the job done.”

-ITF Artist, Dr. Martin McCain, Texas State University

In May, 2014, Eastman Music Company purchased the S.E. Shires Company. Based in Pomona, California, Eastman is well known for the quality and value of its broad offering of band and orchestral instruments. With the backing of Eastman, S.E. Shires has been able to increase its instrument line, production capacity, and worldwide presence, while maintaining its core commitment to quality, in-house manufacturing.

“I have never loved a trombone in quite the same way that I love this instrument. I have found astounding ease in both production of sound and response of articulation, which has allowed me the artistic freedom to get to the business of making music. From heavy orchestra programs and concerti performances, to solo recital programs . . . from chamber orchestra concerts to brass quintet tours, this instrument simply responds effortlessly to the demands of the jobs I am regularly asked to do.”

-ITF Presenter, Dr. John Neurohr, Central Washington University

Eager to try out a Shires for yourself? Be sure to make time in your Festival schedule to visit them in the Exhibit Hall!

See you in Conway!