International Trumpet Guild Photography: Blog en-us (C) International Trumpet Guild Photography (International Trumpet Guild Photography) Fri, 17 Jun 2022 01:43:00 GMT Fri, 17 Jun 2022 01:43:00 GMT International Trumpet Guild Photography: Blog 120 120 2022 ITG Conference Prelude Performances The 46th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - San Antonio, Texas (USA)
Compiled by Peter Wood

Conference Prelude Performances

* Indicates premiere performances.
Groups are listed alphabetically.


Angelo State University - ASU Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. John Irish, director
Nicholas Alvarado, Manuel Garcia, Adolfo Gaucin, Shaun Hawkins, CJ Lemke, Ben Martin, Nickolas Martinez, Gabriel Muñoz, Sergey West, and William Tipton, trumpets


Exultation by Richard Byrd
The Legend of Pandora by Jason Dovel


The Angelo State University trumpet ensemble, under the direction of Dr. John Irish, certainly did not disappoint. The works performed made excellent use of standard trumpet ensemble writing techniques while also remaining unique and entertaining. This was a captivating performance by the ASU trumpet ensemble. (Nathan Shadix)


Arkansas State University Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. Nairam Simoes, director
Audrey Alpha, Chase Bowman, Cody Daughertee, Jonathan Dunlap, Grady Fields, Brody King, Carlos Mejia, Jodie Seaborn, Becca Wertenberger, Blake White, and Ethan Williamson, trumpets


Giza Necropolis by Jason Dovel
Overture to Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, arr. Zachary Shearer


The Arkansas State University Trumpet Ensemble performed two works for their prelude. On Jason Dovel’s Giza Necropolis, the highly polished performance by the large ensemble featured exceptionally played technical passages and authoritatively played lyrical solos from many members of the ensemble. On the Overture to Die Fledermaus, a much smaller ensemble performed the piece from memory and with some light choreography. Their outstanding rendition of this popular orchestral work was rewarded with a hearty round of applause from an appreciative audience. (Benjamin Hay)


Boston University Trumpet Ensemble
Terry Everson, director
Dominic Amico, Dan Casso, Aysel DeBakey, Paige Dyer, Chloe Francis, Kyra Hulligan, Brendan Mathieson, Caleb Menkhus, and Di Yue, trumpets


Polovetsian Dances by Alexander Borodin, arr. Dan Casso


The Boston University Trumpet Ensemble, joined by their professor Terry Everson, performed Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances completely from memory. The ensemble played well both as individuals and as an ensemble. The two piccolo players had particularly impressive performances of incredibly challenging parts in this very well-received work. (Matthew Vangjel)


Brighton High School Trumpet Sextet
Sharon Long, director
Owen Blush, Nicolas Hardy, Benjamin Mulligan, Luke Newcomb, Jason Robinson, and Vance Straub, trumpets


Dürrenhorn Passage by Kevin McKee


The Brighton High School Trumpet Ensemble provided amazing power and precision throughout their jaw-dropping performance, which was done entirely from memory with the ease of ensembles twice their age. Their dynamic performance showcased tremendous diversity in their musical timbre and artistry. Their performance was truly beautiful and powerful. (James Peyden Shelton)


Brownsville Veterans Memorial Early College High School - Charger Trumpet Quintet
Jaime Ochoa Jr., director
Michael Arizmendi, Hector Montoya, Cesar Paez, Luis Paz, and Orlando Perez, trumpets


Suite for 5 Trumpets by Ronald Lo Presti


The Charger Trumpet Quintet, high school students from Brownsville Veterans Memorial Early College High School in Brownsville, Texas, under the direction of Jaime Ochoa, Jr., performed in impressive fashion. Each member of the ensemble performed with musical sensitivity and chamber music skills rarely found in ensembles of that age. It was a rousing performance, capped by these young performers’ confidence in performing on an international stage. (Joe Nibley)



Duquesne University Trumpet Ensemble
Chad Winkler, director 
Christopher Cox, Noah Kilgus, Julia Lawrence, Ty Lewis, Matt Piato, and Jon Runion, trumpets


Ruslan and Ludmila Overture, Mikhail Glinka, arr. Erik Morales


In the Duquesne Trumpet Ensemble’s prelude performance, the ensemble was highly polished and featured remarkable virtuosity from all members. The technical demands of this arrangement were formidable, especially for the piccolo trumpets, and these challenges were met brilliantly. The performance received an animated applause and provided an outstanding preamble to the performance that followed. (Benjamin Hay)


Eastlake High School Trumpet Ensemble
Caleb Tullius, director
Enrico Galiano, Carlos Garcia, David Guerrero, Diego Desantiago, Omar Marilla, and Eric Huff, trumpets


Concert Fanfare by Eric Ewazen


The Eastlake Trumpet Ensemble performed Eric Ewazen’s Concert Fanfare to welcome attendees to Phil Snedecor’s Thursday afternoon session. The group gave an exciting performance to an enthusiastic audience. They exemplified great chamber playing, connecting in a musical and captivating way not just with each other, but with the audience as well. It was clear that they were enjoying themselves, which made for a great prelude performance. (Brianne Borden)



Emporia State University Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. Gary Ziek, director
Wyatt Campbell, Adrienne Dinger, Libby Franks, Katelyn Hess, David Medrano, Caleb Mollett, Ben Ortstadt, Tristan Stevens, RJ Stovall, and Ben Ziek, trumpets


Flourish for Ten Trumpets by Carl Maria von Weber, arr. Charles Decker
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arr. Gary Ziek
Burnin’ by Gary D. Ziek


The Emporia State University Trumpet Ensemble gave the audience a performance full of energy and musicality. Their opening piece, Flourish for Ten Trumpets, perfectly highlighted the ensemble’s crisp articulations and power. The addition of a euphonium for this piece provided a wonderful depth of sound to the group. The second piece was an arrangement of Mozart’s famous Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. The ensemble completely switched gears from the brilliant and bold opening piece to a more delicate approach. Of particular note was the ensemble’s attention to dynamics and overall gorgeous phrasing when handing off various lines of the melody. The performance was well received by all. Dr. Ziek and the Emporia State Trumpet Ensemble should be commended for their excellent performance! (George Carpten, IV)



Ensemble de Trompetes da Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo
Dr. Kevin G. Wauldron, director
Rui Almeida, Ivo Costa, Pedro Costa, Elisabete Gorrão, Francisco Machado, Rafael Pinto, Bruno Rodrigo, Carlos Sampaio, João Silva, and Carolina Vieira, trumpets


Fanfare for an Angel by James Stephenson
Dürrenhorn Passage by Kevin McKee
Fantasia Brasileira by José Ursicino da Silva


The homogeneous power of this trumpet ensemble from Portugal had the audience on the edge of their seats as the group showcased their amazing precision in articulation. Kevin McKee’s Dürrenhorn Passage truly highlighted the ensemble’s amazing diversity in timbre and the virtuosity of each performer. José Ursicino da Silva’s lively Fantasia Brasileira showcased every aspect of the ensemble’s strengths through four short movements that tested their dynamics, range, precision, and rhythmic clarity. This was a truly amazing prelude performance. (James Peyden Shelton)



Glendale Community College Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. Spencer Brand, director
Chloe Colbert, Norris Flores, Nathan Lievre, and Chris Scrivens, trumpets


Three for Four by James Olcott


The sounds of the four musicians in this ensemble blended beautifully, and the delicacy of James Olcott’s Three for Four was very well executed. The performance was a promising beginning to an innovative concert of very stylistically different repertoire. (Christopher Luebke-Brown)


Indiana University of Pennsylvania - IUP Alumni Trumpet Ensemble}
Dr. Kevin E. Eisensmith, director
Justin Bianconi, Sarah Cisney, Nicole Gillotti, Kenken Gorder, Joshua Hilliard, James Johnson, William Stowman, Michael Wertz, Austin Widmann, Timothy Winfield, David Wygonik, and Marisa Youngs, trumpets 


* Fanfare for the Oak Grove by William Stowman
Three Fourteen by Jeremy Leidhecker


The IUP Alumni Trumpet Ensemble came together to honor the retirement of their teacher, Dr. Kevin Eisensmith. The premiere performance of William Stowman’s Fanfare for the Oak Grove was a wonderful way to kick off the evening with its beautiful chords, brilliant ensemble, and heroic sounds. Jeremy Leidhecker’s Three Fourteen, referencing Dr. Eisensmith’s studio number, is meant to represent the full variety of music possible to come from his teaching and allowed the ensemble to run the gamut of musical possibilities. (Kyle Millsap)


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Indiana University of Pennsylvania - IUP Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. Kevin E. Eisensmith, director
Justin Bianconi, Sarah Cisney, Austin Fontenoy, Kevin Morrison, Alexander Robbins, and Austin Widmann, trumpets


Kayee Fanfare by Jack Stamp


The IUP Trumpet Ensemble provided an energetic and declamatory opening fanfare. Led by Dr. Kevin E. Eisensmith, the group gave a strong performance of Jack Stamp’s Kayee Fanfare. Featuring equal parts technical and lyrical playing, the group demonstrated great contrast and musicality in this exciting performance. (Julia Bell)


Lone Star State Trumpet Guild 
Dr. John Irish, director
David Amlung, Ben Fairfield, Leigh Anne Hunsaker, John Irish, John Kennedy, Jay Lester, Andy Patterson, Shuler Shuler, and Bernie Scherr, trumpets


Fanfare from La Peri by Paul Dukas, arr. C. Fortner
“Arabian Dance” from Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg, arr. John Irish
Forever Rising by Bernie Scherr


The Lone Star State Trumpet Guild, under the direction of John Irish, played an exhilarating two-piece set, opening with the brilliant La Peri by Paul Dukas, arranged by C. Fortner, who was present in the audience. The expressive sounds of these professional musicians were well showcased through this marvelous arrangement. The second selection was the comical crowd-pleaser Spamalot and the Holy Grail by John Du Prez and Eric Idle, arranged by A. Patterson. This piece had the audience laughing with sections of horse hoof clicks, a horse whinny, and a chant sung by all musicians while hitting their books on their foreheads. A selection like this shows the strong and wide-ranging abilities of this wonderful group. (Maryna Pohlman)


Louisiana State University - LSU Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. Matthew Vangjel, director
Francisco Ballestas-Sayas, Alex Ellender, Aidan Giroir, Brandon Hebert, Coleman Scott, Thomas Stratton, Madison Williams, and Brandon Wood, trumpets


Sinfonia and Caprice, Op. 56, by Itaru Sakai


Under the direction of Dr. Matthew Vangjel, the Louisiana State University Trumpet Ensemble performed a beautiful and relatively unknown work for trumpet ensemble. In the technical sections, the students maintained a light crispness in their articulation, which kept the piece moving almost like a stream bubbling its way down the mountainside and gave the performance musical drive and direction. In the lyrical sections, they maintained an impressive attention to intonation, blend, and ensemble that gave the audience a sense of weightlessness and floating. These students have very bright futures and their teacher, Dr. Vangjel, is doing impressive work at LSU. (Joe Nibley)


North Dakota State University - NDSU Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. Jeremy Brekke, director
Robert Black, Jonas Biles, Zack Carlson, Cadence DeCoteau, Travis Elliason, Isaac Homuth, Josh Maki, Maddie Ripka, Jaden Rohrich, and Byron Ward, trumpets


Into the Blue by Kevin McKee


In the NDSU Trumpet Ensemble’s passionate performance of Erik Morales’s Into the Blue, tangible excitement filled the air. The group’s grasp of dynamics made for a captivating performance that noticeably elevated the energy in the room. It was also a nice contrast to the recital that followed, which featured mostly lyrical works. (Eli Denecke)



Southern Arkansas University - BLUE Trumpet Ensemble
David D. Torres, director
Kobi Brittenham, Caleb Castle, Josh Green, Jackson Heflin, and Logan Jacobs, trumpets


Fanfare from La Peri by Paul Dukas, arr. Marie Speziale

Directed by David D. Torres, the Southern Arkansas University “BLUE” Trumpet Ensemble performed Marie Speziale’s arrangement of Fanfare from La Peri for four trumpets and three flugelhorns. The group kicked off with a bombastic opening chord and excellent group sound. The three flugelhorns covered the parts traditionally played by the horns and low brass, which added the necessary depth to the ensemble. The group was well balanced and easily filled the room in the upper dynamics. (Marisa Youngs)


Southwestern Oklahoma State University Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. Richard Tirk, director
Dustin Gorny, Gary Hoover, Donna Hyde, Nathan Logan, John Sharp, and Cydney Stotts, trumpets


New Century 2000 AD by David Uber
Prelude and Fugue for Trumpet Choir by Eric Ewazen


The Southwestern Oklahoma State University Trumpet Ensemble opened Saturday evening’s final concert with a spirited and dynamic performance of David Uber’s New Century 2000 AD and Eric Ewazen’s Prelude and Fugue for Trumpet Choir. The formidable, angular lines in the Uber were contrasted well by the declamatory fanfare figures in the Ewazen. The group’s vibrant sounds resonated throughout the ballroom for a captivating performance from this well-balanced ensemble. (Peter Wood)



Tarleton State University Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. Brian Walker, director
Milton Alvarez, Brandon Arriola, William Brown, Marco Hernandez-Leal, Jersey Kronk, Brendan Lorenz, Robby Need, Gabby Nguyen, and Hunter Steele, trumpets


Fantasia for Seven Trumpets by Eric Ewazen


In the Tarleton State Trumpet Ensemble’s prelude performance, the leadership of each individual was apparent in the various solo lines throughout the piece. This highly skilled group played with a uniform sound that resonated well throughout the Travis Park Church sanctuary. (Eli Denecke)


Texas A&M International University - TAMIU Trumpet Guild
Dr. Nicole Gillotti, director
Mario Valle, Alexis Pina, Gerardo Garcia, and Darian Ponce, trumpets


Fanfare for an Angel by James Stephenson


The TAMIU Trumpet Ensemble, directed by Dr. Nicole Gillotti, performed Jim Stephenson’s Fanfare for an Angel as an opening prelude for the second New Works Recital. This exciting rendition was defined by their soloistic musicianship while still maintaining a balanced and unified ensemble sound. Each of the performers was given time to shine, and their artistry was inspiring. (Christopher Luebke-Brown)



Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi  - TAMUCC Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. Mary Thornton, director
Melinda Dunagan, Gavin East, Dustin Hernandez, Luis Rodriguez, James Tomerlin, Juan Vargas III, and Mary Silva, trumpets


Concert Fanfare by Eric Ewazen 


In the TAMUCC Trumpet Ensemble’s performance of Eric Ewazen’s Concert Fanfare, their sound exploded into the hall from the very first note and held the audience's attention to the very last note. Their crisp articulation and contrasting color within the ensemble was a true pleasure to experience. It was the perfect opening fanfare for the wonderful concert that followed. (James Peyden Shelton)



Texas A&M University-Commerce - TrumpetSix
Dr. Daniel Kelly, director
Kourtney Cimino, Frederick Davis, Christian Griffin, Matthew Johnson, Michaela Schwyhart, Corbin Sullivan, trumpets


Neon Fanfare by Elaine M. Ross


TrumpetSix performed a dynamic prelude filled with vibrant colors and great technicality. The music was full of contrasting ideas and great lyrical melodies pitted against striking dissonances. The audience enjoyed their exciting performance and very impressive display of top-level musicianship. (Spencer Wallin)



Texas A&M University- Kingsville - Jalisco Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. Kyle Millsap, director
Carolina De La Rosa, David De La Rosa, Jesus Espinoza, Severin Manley, Brandon O’Donohue, and Lacey Peschel, trumpets


Metallic Fury by Erik Morales
The Summer Knows by Michel Legrand, arr. Scott Belck


The members of the Jalisco Trumpet Ensemble from Texas A&M University- Kingsville played a wonderful opening prelude for the late-night concert in the Regency Ballroom. Morales’s Metallic Fury featured the group’s exciting playing and unified articulations. Belck’s colorful arrangement of The Summer Knows featured several members of the group, but it was a special opportunity to spotlight their exceptional lead trumpet player. The group had a strong sense of tone and poise as they delivered a terrific performance. (Nick Volz)



Texas A&M University-Kingsville - Javelina Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. Kyle Millsap, director
Carolina De La Rosa, David De La Rosa, Yamila De La Rosa, Evàn Garza, Anthony Hernandez, Nicolas Hernandez, and Jessenia Reyna, trumpets


Giza Necropolis by Jason Dovel


TAMUK’s Javelina Trumpet Ensemble performed Jason Dovel’s Giza Necropolis. This epic and exciting work featured a great deal of fast tonguing and fingering passages, sweeping Romantic-era harmonic progressions, and a contrasting, lyrical middle section. The ensemble displayed excellent communication skills among the members and presented a high-energy performance that was well received. (Scott Hagarty)



Texas Christian University - TCU Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. Jon Burgess, director
Elisabeth Adkins, Manny Arellano, Hannah Baer, Karson Beer, Emily Dear, Ford Harris, Jonathan Hunda, Trey Isenberg, Sebastian Marin, Lucas Maynard, Eithan Moreno, Nathan Musso, Hayden Nicholson, Hayden Simms, Brandon Slate, Michael Strobel, and Andy Taylor, trumpets


A Trumpet Fanfare by Patrick Vu
Hubsongs arr. Micah Bell


The TCU trumpet ensemble performed a crisp, well-balanced rendition of Patrick Vu’s A Trumpet Fanfare, featuring flugelhorn soloist Johnathan Hunda. Their second selection was Micah Bell’s arrangement of Hubsongs, which included sections of funk, swing, jazz waltz, and blues and featured soloists Hayden Simms and Sebastian Marin. (Daniel Kelly)



University of Colorado Boulder Trumpets
Dr. Ryan Gardner, director
Chris Boulais, Christopher Luebke-Brown, Noah Mennenga, Rebecca Ortiz, and Michael Winkler, trumpets


Capriccio Espagnol by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, arr. Ryan Gardner


The University of Colorado Boulder Trumpets performed an arrangement by Dr. Ryan Gardner of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol. This arrangement was done in a very smart way, mixing the instrumentation between duos, trios, and quartets and only involving all five parts in limited large and loud moments. This piece earned the ensemble a first-place finish at the National Trumpet Competition just a few months prior. Particularly effective was the unique use of tin foil sheets as mutes over the bell to create the effect of a snare drum. The ensemble performed the selection memorized and used unique stage positioning and bell direction to enhance musical effects. Theyand performed in a well-polished way with excellent communication, intonation, phrasing, and balance across the ensemble. (Scott Hagarty)



University of Nevada, Las Vegas - UNLV Trumpet Studio
Dr. Barbara Hull, director
Miguel Dominguez, Chris Massa, Allison McSwain, Alex Reyes, Kurt Tumbagahan, and Jacob Zell, trumpets


FUNfare! by Jorge Machain
X1 by Erik Morales


The UNLV Trumpet Studio opened with a composition by one of their alumni, Jorge Machain. The ensemble did a great job matching styles and blending their sound to make the harmonies in the piece really pop. They continued their performance with Erik Morales’s X1, in which the ensemble’s attention to rhythmic detail was obvious right from the start. It featured confident solos from ensemble members and a great array of tonal colors through all sections of the piece. (Kyle Millsap)



University of North Florida - UNF Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. Randy Tinnin, director
John Aliaga, Isaac Amaya, Jose Aviles, Tyler Heintzen, Leah Hughes, Tyler Kapinos, Bella Mitrione, David O’Toole, Gavin Rapelye, Megan Robichaud, and Luke Savage, trumpets


Intrada Dramatica by Joseph Price
Holler by Gary Smart
“Fanfarra” from Fantasia Brasileira by Jose Ursicino da Silva “Duda”


The University of North Florida Trumpet Ensemble opened their prelude with a rousing performance of Joseph Price’s Intrada Dramatica, which was full of excitement. Their second piece, Gary Smart’s Holler, was equally excellent, showcasing a range of styles. The final piece, the first movement from Fantasia Brasileira, was a great way to conclude the program with lots of energy, marking a perfect introduction to the evening’s concert. (Kyle Millsap)



University of South Alabama - USA Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. Peter Wood, director
Austin Allen, Samuel Collins, Desmond Foster, Jaleel Hughes, Tanner Madden, Dakota Mellick, Jacobe Ramsey, Cameron Sansing, Nathan Shadix, and Ethan Walsh, trumpets


Crescent Moon Dance by Akito Matsuda, arr. Marcus Grant
Through Space and Time by Erik Morales 


The USA Trumpet Ensemble performed Marcus Grant’s virtuosic arrangement of Crescent Moon Dance, a composition from the animé show entitled Hibike! Euphonium. The group combined B-flat trumpets and flugelhorn with fine piccolo playing in a display of the group’s precision. They also performed Erik Morales’s technically demanding Through Space and Time with a uniform tone concept and energetic approach that made them a pleasure to hear. (Nick Volz)



University of Victoria (Canada) - UVic Trumpet Ensemble
Merrie Klazek, director
Mark Barr, Kyle Bates, Ekaterina Della Vedova, Alicia Ellis, Heidi Goetz, Marc Micu, Benjamin Parker, Abha Marie Parmar, Elena Surridge, Luke Thomas, Koshi Thompson, and Brendan Wong, trumpets


Awakening by Merrie Klazek
Fanfare for a Special Occasion by Scott MacInnes
* Listen to Learn by Scott MacInnes


The prelude to the Festival of Trumpets concert featured three pieces performed by the University of Victoria Trumpet Ensemble, under the direction of Merrie Klazek. The first piece, Klazek’s own Awakening, was an exciting opening, featuring flourishes and regal fanfare-like lines. Scott MacInnes’s Listen to Learn was commissioned for the UVic Trumpet Ensemble and premiered in this performance. Featuring a haunting flugelhorn duet and several trios, as well as allusions to well-known orchestral repertoire, the ensemble gave a captivating performance of MacInnes’s piece. (Julia Bell)



West Chester University - WCU Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. Jean-Christophe Dobrzelwski and Robert Skoniczin, directors
Trent Detweiler, Julianna Johnson, Tommy Kuhns, James Lobb, Charlotte McMillen, and Madison Smith, trumpets


Infinite Ascent by Erik Morales


West Chester University’s Trumpet Ensemble gave a highly musical performance of the Erik Morales staple Infinite Ascent. Featuring not only members of the studio, but also trumpet professors, the ensemble’s fluid approach set up the energetic climax of the work very dramatically. (Nick Volz)



Westminster College Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. Timothy Winfield, director
Isabella Dienes, Hunter Hoag, Charles Lisella, Madison Mueller-Howell, Cameron Stahl, and Dalton Stoops, trumpets


Conquest by Erik Morales


The Westminster College Trumpet Ensemble presented an energetic rendition of Erik Morales’s Conquest. The group put on an excellent display of musicality and balance throughout this challenging work. The performance was well received by the audience and served as a great introduction to the clinic that followed. (Javian Brabham)


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2022 ITG Competition and Scholarship Results The Ryan Anthony Memorial Trumpet Competition
2022 Results
Competitions Coordinator: Jason Dovel


Orchestral Excerpts Competition
Chair: Christopher Wilson
First place: (Victor Pires, Georgia State University, student of Alexander Freund)
Second place: Noah Mennenga (University of Colorado at Boulder, student of Ryan Gardner)
Third place: Michael Winkler (University of Colorado at Boulder, student of Ryan Gardner)

Wind Band Excerpts Competition
Chair: Susan Rider
First place: Julia Gill (Florida State University, student of Christopher Moore)
Second place: Christopher Keach (McGill University, student of Richard Stoelzel)
Third place: Anna Kallinikos (University of Colorado at Boulder, student of Ryan Gardner)
Solo Competition
Chair: Jean Laurenz
First place: Rui Almeida (Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo, student of Kevin Wauldron)
Second place: DoYoung Baek (Busan High School of the Arts, student of Dmitry Lokalenkov)
Third place: Diogo Costa (Universidade de Aveiro, student of Luis Granjo)
Jazz Improvisation Competition
Chair: Oscar Passley
First place: Summer Camargo (The Juilliard School, student of Joe Magnarelli)
Second place: Camilo Molina (University of Miami, student of Brian Lynch)
Third place: Emerson Borg (University of North Carolina Greensboro, student of Thomas Heflin)

Youth Competition (Senior Division)
Chair: Nairam Simoes
First place: Jack Bricklemyer (Tampa, Florida, USA, student of Robert Murray)
Second place: Ian Lee (Haverford, PA, USA, student of Alexander Serio)
Third place: Hsueh-Yang Yang (Midland, TX, USA, student of Jordan Holmes)
Youth Competition (Junior Division)
Chair: Nairam Simoes
First place: Jade Park (Newington, NSW, Australia, student of Paul Terracini)
Second place: Alejandro Martinez (Rockwall, TX, USA, student of Cris Roman)
Third place: Jason Zgonc (Decatur, GA, USA, student of Stuart Stephenson)

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ITG Conference Scholarships for Students
Scholarship Chair: Sarah Stoneback


ITG Legacy Fund Scholarship
Jeremy Perkins (Florida State University, student of Christopher Moore)


Franz X. Streitwieser Memorial Scholarship
Themba Pieterse (Manhattan School of Music, student of Ethan Bensdorf)
Noah Solomon (University of Colorado Boulder, student of Ryan Gardner)
Austin Widmann (Indiana University of Pennsylvania, student of Kevin Eisensmith)
Seo Jin (Michelle) Park (Ellen Fletcher Middle School, student of Mark Nemoyten)
Jason Zgonc (Renfroe Middle School, student of Stuart Stephenson)
Jade Park (St. Andrew's Cathedral School, student of Paul Terracini)


Bryan & Nancy Goff Scholarship
Megan Park (University of Arkansas, student of Richard Rulli)


Cliff and Bunny Blackburn Scholarship
Vance Garven (Florida State University, student of Christopher Moore)
Addison Bosch (University of New Mexico, student of John Marchiando)


Donald P. Bullock Memorial Fund Scholarship
William Reynolds (South Dakota State University, student of David Reynolds)


Richard B. Lehman Memorial Fund Scholarship
Brandon Hebert (Louisiana State University, student of Matthew Vangjel)


Gard Bags Scholarship
Jack Lyons (Florida State University, student of Christopher Moore)
Thum Rangsiyawaranon (Florida State University, student of Christopher Moore)


Thompson Music Co. Scholarship
James Popper (Florida State University, student of Christopher Moore)


Terry Warburton Young Innovator Scholarship
Max Stephenson (Ithaca College, student of Aaron Witek)
David Hall (Michigan State University, student of Justin Emerich)


Bill Pfund Scholarship
Zane Kenzik (Arkansas State University, student of Nairam Simoes)
Yang Hseuh-Yang (Trinity School of Midland, student of Jordan Holmes)


Clifton Plog Memorial Fund Scholarship
Bridgette Thomas (Lebanon Trail High School, student of Richard Adams)


Stuart D. Shanler Scholarship
Thana Rangsiyawaranon (Florida State University, student of Christopher Moore)


Sandy Sandberg Memorial Fund Scholarship
Colin Terk (University of Colorado Boulder, student of Ryan Gardner)


Eckroth Music Scholarship
Nathan Adams (Manhattan Christian High School, student of Sarah Stoneback)


Pickett Brass and Blackburn Trumpets Scholarship
Tyler Helms (University of Memphis, student of David Spencer)


Renold O. Schilke Memorial Fund Scholarship
Connor Johnson (Michigan State University, student of Justin Emerich)


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2022 ITG Conference Reporting Staff Brianne Borden is assistant professor of trumpet at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. She is a member of the Potsdam Brass Quintet and principal trumpet in the Orchestra of Northern New York. Additionally, she co-owns Yoga for All Musicians, a yoga studio specifically designed for musicians. 


Julia Bell is a musician and educator based in Tallahassee, Florida. She is a member of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and is a doctoral graduate teaching assistant at Florida State University.


Javian Brabham serves as assistant professor of trumpet and brass area chair at Valdosta State University. He serves as principal trumpet of the Valdosta and Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestras.


Spencer Brand serves as adjunct faculty of trumpet and ear-training at Glendale Community College (Arizona). He also performs and arranges for the Phoenix Brass Collective and coordinates their annual Young Artist Competition.


George Carpten, IV, is the ITG Profile column editor for the ITG Journal and serves as assistant professor of trumpet at Northern Kentucky University.


Sarah Cisney is a junior music education student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she studies trumpet with Kevin Eisensmith. 


Eli Denecke is a recent doctoral graduate of Florida State University. He is now a freelance trumpeter and educator in the Greater New York area.


Flint Angeroth Franks is a freelance trumpeter and band clinician across the United States. Currently, he is pursuing his doctorate in trumpet performance at Florida State University. 


Scott Hagarty serves as a media reviewer for the ITG Journal and is assistant professor of trumpet at Tennessee Tech University. He is principal trumpet of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Brass Arts Quintet.


Benjamin Hay serves as assistant professor of trumpet at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He performs as principal trumpet of the Signature Symphony (Tulsa, OK), Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra, and Tulsa’s Starlight Concert Band.


Daniel Kelly is professor of trumpet at Texas A&M University-Commerce and Media Reviews editor for the ITG Journal.


Christopher Luebke-Brown is a doctoral student at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His primary teachers include Ryan Gardner, Ryan Anthony, and Ray Sasaki. He enjoys teaching privately and conducting pedagogical research.


Angela King, editorial assistant, is a trumpet player residing in Tallahassee, Florida. She is a Doctor of Music degree candidate at Florida State University.


Kyle Millsap is associate professor of trumpet and jazz at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He is a member of the Corpus Christi and Victoria Symphony Orchestras and the Kingsville Brass Quintet.


Joseph Nibley serves as assistant professor of brass studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, where he maintains an active teaching and performing schedule.


Maryna Pohlman received her master’s degree in trumpet performance at the University of Utah and her Bachelor of Arts degree in trumpet performance at Fort Lewis College. 


Nathan Shadix is a graduate trumpet student at the University of South Alabama, where he studies with Dr. Peter Wood.


J. Peyden Shelton is assistant professor of trumpet at the University of Utah and a member of Fifth Bridge and the Mirari Brass Quintet. He is a Yamaha performing artist.


Richard Tirk is professor of trumpet and jazz at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He and his wife, Suzanne, perform works for trumpet and clarinet as Duo Iona.


Jena Vangjel is instructor of trumpet at Louisiana State University. In addition, she is an active freelancer and is the founder/director of Community of Note. 


Matthew Vangjel is associate professor of trumpet at Louisiana State University and also holds positions with the Mirari Brass Quintet, Fountain City Brass Band, and Mobile Symphony Orchestra.


Nick Volz is associate professor of trumpet and jazz studies at Loyola University New Orleans.


Spencer Wallin lives in Utah, where he works as a freelance musician, performing regularly with the Orchestra at Temple Square. He formally taught trumpet part-time at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Navarro College.


Marisa Youngs is adjunct professor of trumpet and music theory at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She serves as chair of the ITG New Works committee and was previously the on-site coordinator.

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2022 ITG Conference Report - Day 5 - Saturday, June 4 The 46th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - San Antonio, Texas (USA)
Special Daily Report • Compiled by Peter Wood
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Saturday, June 4, 2022

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Doug Lindsey warm-up session - Fundamentals of an Effortless Sound: Breath, Shape, and Freedom

Dr. Douglas Lindsey’s warm-up session began with the question, “What makes your sound special?” Lindsey focused his presentation on attention to free and easy sound production. After addressing some of the common breathing issues he has often seen in his teaching, he led the participants in a series of breathing exercises directed towards experimenting with shape and continuity. Moving to the horn, Lindsey had each person play G in the staff and G above the staff to reinforce this concept. Lip slurs were next, where he discussed the dangers of jaw and hand tension. Lindsey used the Cichowicz flow studies exercises as an example of a melodic line that one can use to focus on such fundamentals as breathing and sound. To work on articulation, he led the group through air patterns, asking for constant spinning and energetic air, and then followed that with similar patterns with the trumpet. To finish his session, Lindsey shared his ideas about the choices we can make to become more courageous performers. (Rich Tirk)


Juan Avendaño warm-up session - Keep it Simple: Keep Your Mind and Body Aligned with Your Playing

Juan Avendaño is the current principal trumpet of the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, professor at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and an international trumpet soloist. His warm-up session emphasized the importance of playing with a focused mind and relaxed embouchure in congruence with proper air support. He led the participants through a natural exercise progression, beginning with breath work, mouthpiece buzzing, leadpipe buzzing, and then full-horn playing. He concluded the session with tongue placement exercises to manipulate timbre for finding the center of the pitch and aiding in relaxed upper-register playing. This was an exceptional final warm-up session at the Conference. (Maryna Pohlman)


Sycil Mathai warm-up session - Revisiting James Stamp’s Warmups

Sycil Mathai’s warm-up session was a refreshing take on the well-loved flow studies of James Stamp. Mathai prefaced the clinic by saying that he was going to present his personal version of James Stamp’s materials, informed by years of study with notable Stamp pedagogues and the journey of his impressively multifaceted playing career. Using a call-and-response approach, Mathai encouraged those in attendance to set up in a circle in order to hear individual sounds more clearly. The emphasis throughout the session was on centered, resonant sounds without forced wind. Mathai also encouraged proper posture through his “overhead stretch with the trumpet,” which was invigorating and helpful. After taking the group through the entire range of the instrument and a few slurs that incorporated light articulation, Mathai ended the session by listening to willing individuals perform Stamp’s exercises and then offering insightful feedback. (Benjamin Hay)


Youth Competition: Senior Division

The Senior Division of this year’s Youth Competition had many talented, inspiring young trumpet players. With Nairam Simoes as the competition chair, Kyle Millsap, Jen Oliverio, and Chloe Swindler served as judges. To start, Aiden Finnerud performed Charlier’s second etude with beauty and musical character. Harrison Ellis followed, also performing Charlier no. 2 with a strong sound and warm vibrato from the outset. Abraham Smith’s wonderful finger technique shined on Charlier’s twentieth etude. Zane Keznik gave a mature performance of Charlier’s fourth etude. Nathan Adams performed Charlier 2 with a lovely sound and phrasing. Bridgette Thompson’s Charlier 2 had sensitive phrasing with crystal-clear sound throughout. Jack Bricklemyer performed with a lovely, fluid sound, handling the arpeggios of Böhme’s 24th melodic etude with ease. Hsueh-Yang Yang phrased Charlier’s thirtieth etude brilliantly with fantastic contrast in the articulations. To finish the competition, Ian Lee elegantly performed Charlier 4 with an incredibly leggiero double tongue. After their performances, each student participating in the competition received the opportunity to work with either Buddy Deshler, Chase Hawkins, or Robert Sears. This year’s competition certainly included impressive performances from students with bright futures. (Spencer Brand)
Youth Competition: Junior Division

The ITG Youth Day held the Junior Division competition the morning of June 4, 2022, a competition composed of a highly talented group of seven students from Australia, China, and the United States. The first competitor was Carson Frank, who performed Arban’s Characteristic Study No. 12. This piece showcased Frank’s flexibility with wide interval leaps and control over the full range of the instrument. The second competitor was Seo Jin (Michelle) Park, performing Etude No. 2 from Bousquet’s 36 Celebrated Studies for the Cornet. This piece wonderfully showcased Park’s technical ability with her strict precision in very quick passages. Juhan Lee performed Etude No. 2, “Du Style,” from Charlier’s Trente-Six Etudes Transcendantes pour Trompette. Lee displayed wonderful musicality and lyrical expression, along with a rich sound throughout his low register. Subsequently, Jade Park had an outstanding fully memorized performance of Charlier’s No. 23, “L’Arpège.” This selection wonderfully showcased her effortless and brilliant sound throughout each exhilarating passage. Ricardo Lazaro, a self-taught trumpet player, played Alexander Goedicke’s Concert Etude. He chose a fantastic piece that allowed him to explore his powerful sound within both technical and lyrical styles. Alejandro Martinez performed Charlier’s Etude No. 8, “Intervalles.” Martinez’s warm, inviting sound was highlighted by the luscious lyrical phrases and leaping intervals of this piece. Concluding the competition, Bousquet’s Etude No. 7 was performed by Jason Zgonc. Zgonc’s clear articulation and fine control through leaping intervals perfectly complements the integrity of this piece. (Maryna Pohlman)
Jeremy Stanek clinic - How To Avoid Career-Ending Injury as a Trumpet Player… There’s More than Focal Dystonia 

Dr. Jeremy Stanek gave an informative presentation on the numerous ways that performing artists can have their careers cut short by injuries. Stanek is a clinical assistant professor in sports medicine and founder of Stanford University’s Performing Arts Medicine Program. His research shows that 76% of orchestral musicians have had injuries that affected their ability to perform, and a more recent study among college students and faculty (ITG Journal, Jan19/37) show similar results. Stanek presented the data by instrument and type/frequency of pain before focusing his remarks on trumpet players, of which 36% reported career- or practice-limiting pain. Common causes include excessive practice/performing time, insufficient warmup, a sudden increase in playing time or difficulty, and other factors that align with those in sports medicine. Stanek’s professional trumpet career itself was cut short by focal dystonia, prompting his second career as a medical doctor and his research interests. He hopes to return next year to present entirely on focal dystonia. More information can be found on Stanek’s website ( or by emailing him ( (Daniel Kelly)


Carolyn Sanders lecture - Female and Black in a Biased World: The Remarkable Career of Ernestine “Tiny” Davis

Carolyn Sanders’ lecture provided a detailed overview of Tiny’s life and career. A contemporary of Louis Armstrong and a remarkable player, she was a member of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm and later her own group, the Hell Divers. She faced many barriers throughout her career, but her virtuosic playing and vibrant personality were very apparent from the clips that Sanders shared of Davis’s performing and speaking. Sanders’ presentation brought Davis’s story to life and enriched the trumpet players who can now carry on the memory of Ernestine “Tiny” Davis. (Julia Bell)
Navy Commodores Trumpet Section clinic - The Devil is in the Details: Considerations for a Lead Trumpet Player

On the last day of the conference, the US Navy Commodores trumpet section hosted a clinic aimed at explaining the nuanced job of lead trumpet playing. Chief Musician Jonathan Barnes, Musician 1st Class Alex Albrecht, and Musician 1st Class Andrew Bezik were joined by Professor Joey Tartell. This section of high-caliber commercial players performed a handful of big band excerpts as prompts for a discussion on stylistic decisions that a lead player must make. Bezik finds what he calls his “internal interpretation” when receiving a new chart. He sings through his part to discover where he naturally wants to place the emphasis and to determine how to execute such ornamentations as bends, shakes, and smears. The audience also learned about the delicate precision it takes for the rest of the section to follow the lead player. The phenomenal playing and sagacious wisdom made for an incredible learning experience for all in attendance. (Christopher Luebke-Brown)
James Zingara clinic: From Zero to Performance: Creating New Chamber Repertoire for Non-Traditional Ensembles

James Zingara and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Chamber Trio, including Denise Gainey on clarinet and Chris Steele on piano, performed and presented strategies to create new works for non-traditional chamber ensembles. Zingara discussed effective approaches to commissioning works, such as using “Call for Score” via To display the versatility of these compositions written for the UAB Chamber Trio, they performed excerpts from larger works written for them, including the second movement from Walter Hartley’s Two Dances, William Price’s I Don’t Want to Dance, the third movement (“Zoom”) from Valention Bogdan’s City Scenes, and a world premier of Czech composer Katerina Horka’s Trio con Brio. The UAB Chamber Trio performed beautifully throughout the presentation and very capably displayed the musical capabilities of such an ensemble. (Javian Brabham)
Dario Savino Doronzo flugelhorn recital - Reimagining Opera

Saturday morning's recital in the Regency Ballroom was presented by Italian trumpeter Dario Savino Doronzo and accompanist Pietro Gallo. The audience enjoyed the varied and exciting sounds of a number of opera arias reharmonized as jazz standards. Doronzo breathed new life into the familiar melodies, drawing from his background in jazz to create personal and authentic interpretations. He also demonstrated his superb command of timbre, angling his horn in different directions and stepping forward to center stage to color his sound in surprising ways. Gallo delighted listeners with a soulful rendition of Puccini's “Nessun dorma” before the last handful of arrangements. Overall, the pair successfully brought together two disparate styles, essentially creating a new and inspiring assemblage of jazz standards. (Eli Denecke)

Paul Merkelo recital - A Tribute to Timofei Dokshizer (100th Anniversary)

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Timofei Dokshitzer, virtuosos Paul Merkelo and Rebecca Wilt (piano) performed four works that either were inspired by Dokshizer’s and Merkelo’s shared Ukrainian heritage or that inspired Merkelo through Dokshizer’s iconic recordings of those works. The palette of musical colors and the subtleties with which Merkelo performed - crystalline, floating high notes and powerful, jazz-influenced runs - showcased a truly impressive range of not only technical prowess, but also musical sensitivity and artistry. Opening with Rebecca Wilt’s powerful arrangement of Pictures at an Exhibition for solo trumpet and piano, Merkelo then showed off a delicate sweetness on Gliere’s “Andante” from Concerto for Coloratura Soprano. He then performed Arutiunian’s Concerto with nuance and imagination, yet also with great reverence and respect for Dokshizer’s original interpretation. Merkelo closed his program with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (arr. Dokshizer), taking the audience on an incredible musical journey. (Joe Nibley)

Mariachi Performance Masterclass

Agustín Sandoval, one of the world’s leading mariachi trumpet players, gave a masterclass in which he worked with two ensembles. The first to perform for Sandoval was Mariachi de la Isla from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, under the direction of Dr. Rai Morales. They enlivened the audience with several exuberant selections: Popurri de Sones arranged by S. M. Carrillo, Hablando Claro, arranged by Jose Hernandez, and Mariachi sol de Mexico and Besame Mucho Consuelo Valazquez, arranged by Pepe Martinez. Sandoval then worked with the South Side Junior High School Mariachi Band as they performed La Reina Es El Rey and Hermoso Carino. Sandoval spent quality time encouraging such minor changes such as articulation, vibrato, and appearance that helped enhance both ensembles’ performances. The masterclass concluded with a combined performance of La Enorme Distancia. (Maryna Pohlman)

Trumpet in Trio Settings

The CPT Trio (Mary Thornton, trumpet; Carrie Pierce, cello; and Shao-Shan Chen, piano) performed Eric Ewazen’s Trio for Trumpet, Violoncello, and Piano, which was written in 2007 for Croatian trumpet player Tomislav Spoljar. The piece is in three movements and has many familiar Ewazen-esque motives, harmonic progressions, and musical forms, and the group performed it with superb tone, balance, and musical phrasing. The Balaton Chamber Brass (Amy Cherry, trumpet; Don Cherry, trombone; and Rebecca Wilt, piano) performed four movements from Elizabeth Raum’s Bushwakker Brewpub, originally written in 2002, but reworked for trumpet, trombone, and piano in 2012. Each movement depicts a different flavor of beer from the composer’s favorite Canadian brewpub. The work includes several folk-song inspired melodies with quasi-Romantic-style harmonic progressions and quirky modern chromaticism. The trio performed with tremendous balance and blend, as well as a notable musical flair. (Scott Hagarty)

Mike Huff and Chip Crotts clinic - Overcoming Adversity Through Positivity: A Journey Through Bell’s Palsy

Drs. Huff and Crotts have both experienced diagnoses of Bell’s Palsy, a treatable neurological disorder that causes paralysis on one side of the face, which makes trumpet playing difficult. Through their presentation, the audience learned about potential causes of Bell’s Palsy and what the road to recovery looks like. Many in attendance had been affected personally by Bell’s Palsy, which led to an interesting discussion and conclusion that most people’s journeys with this disorder are quite similar. While much is still unknown at this time about the root causes of Bell’s Palsy, research shows that damage to the seventh cranial nerve (causing paralysis) is most likely caused by a virus. As such, treatment for Bell’s Palsy often includes a regimen of steroids to reduce swelling, antivirals to fight the virus, and a slow, methodical approach to rebuilding the embouchure muscle groups. Both Huff and Crotts had similar roads to recovery after consulting with their primary care physicians and neurological specialists, taking the prescribed medications, and utilizing exercises to retrain the embouchure. This helped them not only “get back” to what they could once do, but also continue to improve. Huff reassured those in attendance that as daunting as it may seem to take that time off from playing, he was able to reestablish healthy playing habits, reduce external stress (often a precursor to viral infections like this), and rebuild the confidence he had as a player and teacher before his injury. (Joe Nibley)


John Schlabach clinic - Practical Applications and Benefits for Transference of Singing Quality into Trumpet Playing

John Schlabach and Katherine Rohrer’s well attended presentation gave the audience an inside look into how singing can enhance our physical and musical abilities on the trumpet. Schlabach, professor of trumpet at Ohio University, took the audience through a series of singing patterns that he developed for his students to illustrate how to improve the connection between the ear and the trumpet. These patterns have proved to serve as a key pathway to developing efficiency and accuracy on the trumpet. Rohrer, associate professor of voice at The Ohio State University, shared insights on how the brain processes sound and what areas of the brain directly affect our music-making ability. She also discussed several ways in which singing can inform trumpet playing. Special attention was given to the quality of our singing when working on musical passages. Rohrer and Schlabach also challenged the audience to prioritize vulnerability by taking away the visual score. They both agreed that moving the stand out of the way can help to provide quicker access to music making. Lastly, Schlabach used J.L. Small’s Etude No. 1 to show how he applies his singing patterns approach to help his students improve the connection between their ears and the trumpet. By the conclusion of the session, it was clear that everyone understood the benefits of how singing with intention can lead to healthy and musical trumpet playing. (George Carpten)

Dominique Bodart recital - Old/New, Romantic/Dramatic!

Belgian trumpeter Dominique Bodart and pianist Miriam Hickman delivered a formidable recital of standards, both old and new. Bodart employed tasteful embellishments and contrasting characters in earlier music by Handel and Mozart and was the definition of strength and poise in his performances of contemporary works. Bodart’s ability to capture appropriate characters while maintaining his voice was inspiring. Equally impressive were his dynamic extremes; both his loudest and quietest moments were equally captivating and glorious. There is a sensitivity and thoughtfulness to his playing that is rare and a joy to behold. As an encore to this already heavy program, Bodart offered up Joy Webb’s Share My Yoke on the cornet and brought the afternoon to a stunning close. (Matthew Vangjel)

Festival of Trumpets

The opening piece of the annual Festival of Trumpets concert, Stan Pethel’s Antiphon for Trumpets was directed by Anthony Kirkland and featured energetic articulated passages. The group blended seamlessly and gave an animated performance. William Price’s Pieces of Eight was conducted by Ben Rochford and showcased great stylistic contrast. The delicate, lyrical passages allowed the group to showcase beautiful phrasing and musicianship. The rich chords were played with great finesse, followed by a more technical section featuring the brilliant sounds of individual players and energized intensity in the performance. Conducted by Charles Conrad, movements III and IV of Fantasia Brasileira,, brought a lively performance of catchy, inspired, and light-hearted melodies. The next piece, Struttin’ With Some Barbecue, featured fantastic jazz playing and wonderful solos from group members. The group gave an energized performance with the uniform style, sound, and articulation of an ensemble that performs together regularly. Jennifer Fletcher’s Fanfare of the Bells, conducted by Charles Conrad, truly resembled the sound of bells as the group passed around bell tones to begin the piece. The group showcased a wide dynamic range and beautiful musicianship on this lively piece. (Julia Bell)

The youngest group to perform in the Festival of Trumpets concert deftly played their way through Stephen Lias’s Ebulliance, a lighter trumpet ensemble work with mixed-meter sections throughout. The ensemble, conducted by Dr. Aaron Witek, the Festival of Trumpets coordinator, superbly represented the future of the Guild. Next, James Olcott conducted one of his own transcriptions of J.S. Bach’s Sonata from Cantata 31. Accompanied by timpani, this piece was reminiscent of Altenburg’s Concerto for Seven Trumpets or Handel’s Water Music. The group that followed, made up of all CCM graduates, performed two world premieres by Martin Hebel. Led by Skye van Duuren, the ensemble filled the Ballroom with their brilliant sound in tribute to the legacy of their recently retired professor, Alan Siebert. The non-pro and comeback players ensemble who performed after them chose an intriguing piece entitled Undercurrents. This premiere, conducted by Seretta Hart, was played by a total of 17 players. The finale for the afternoon’s concert, an exciting arrangement of Richard Wagner’s Opening to Act III of Lohengrin, showcased the talents of the combined trumpet ensembles on stage simultaneously. This mass trumpet ensemble was a perfect conclusion to this traditional Festival of Trumpets concert, leaving all in attendance with a great sense of energy and excitement. (Eli Denecke)

Student Meet and Greet reception   

In one of the final events of the conference, students from all over the world enjoyed a reception sponsored by Grant Manhart and Monster Oil. There was an excellent turnout of students of all ages who enjoyed pizza and nachos as they met members of the ITG board, musical artists, and other students. Accomplished soloist Paul Merkelo shared advice with the group regarding the importance of reaching out for help and taking breaks when necessary. Sponsors including Gapper, S-Mute, Gilded Music, Brass for Beginners, Asper Trumpet Products, and more provided several exciting prizes that were awarded to the winners of the student raffle. This event encouraged future generations of trumpet players to build connections with one another and expand the ever-growing ITG family. (Sarah Cisney)

Closing concert: Ole Edvard Antonsen and Jens Lindemann

The closing concert began with the world premiere of ITG’s recent commission for trumpet ensemble, Gwyneth Walker’s three-movement When the Trumpets Sound, performed by Alexis Morales Barrientos, Jennifer Dearden, George Carpten, Christopher Moore, Oscar Passley, Sarah Stoneback, Mary Thornton, and Brian Walker, with Susan Slaughter conducting. The opening movement is in a rhythmic fanfare style. The middle movement uses undulating plunger mute techniques to support the melodic lines that featured Sarah Stoneback and Brian Walker on flugelhorn. In the unique and very catchy final movement, the ensemble was divided into two choirs with a fair amount of call-and-response in a swing style.

ITG Past President Grant Peters presented Treasurer Dixie Burress with a plaque, recognizing her many years of exemplary service to ITG. Dixie is retiring this summer, and she will certainly be missed by all!
Those who expected Ole Edvard Antonsen to pull from his extensive catalog of classical repertoire were in for a surprise. Antonsen and his band of keyboardist, bassist, and drummer programmed pieces from his Landscapes album, along with works from a new project, Aurora, some of which had yet to be titled. The works ranged from what is commonly termed “ambient/mood” music, to rock and funk, pop ballad, and even a touch of Celtic jig and Caribbean funk. Antonsen and his keyboardist employed a variety of processing and effects to weave together fascinating textures. Antonsen’s impeccable playing and charming stage deportment were enthusiastically received by the audience at every turn.
The second half of the concert featured Jens Lindemann and the ITG All-Star Big Band, opening with Well, Git It and a brief but exciting battle between Lindemann and Joey Tartell on lead. Mark Gould joined Lindemann in a duo rendition of The Nearness of You. Lindemann informed the audience that since Tanya Darby was unable to attend, they were left “with sixteen minutes to fill.” He filled the slot in high style with a recently completed big band version of Rhapsody in Blue, featuring pianist Mark Alexander. This version is in the tradition of the Paul Whiteman arrangement, but “updated for modern sensibilities” and putting Lindemann and his trusty piccolo trumpet in the hot seat from the opening glissando to the final shout. Mark Alexander and the ensemble may have put this piece together on “barely a rehearsal,” but it was a true show-stopper. Lindemann joined the section of Tartell, Oscar Passley, and Greg Powell for a trumpet battle royale in A Night in Tunisia before closing with Oscar Peterson’s Hymn to Freedom, dedicated to Ryan Anthony. The driving groove of this gospel shuffle arrangement and pyrotechnics from Lindemann and Tartell were the perfect conclusion to another great ITG Conference! (Daniel Kelly)


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2022 ITG Conference Report - Day 4 - Friday, June 3 The 46th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - San Antonio, Texas (USA)
Special Daily Report • Compiled by Peter Wood
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Friday, June 3, 2022


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Alexis Morales warm-up session - Body, Air, Mind, and Trumpet
Costa Rican soloist Alexis Morales opened his session by stressing the importance of a daily warmup. He has studied and tried many different types and has developed his own routine that addresses preparing the mind, air, and body for his trumpet needs. Morales got the participants on their feet and led them through a series of fun stretches before transitioning to some breath exercises. To calm the mind, he led the group through a meditation practice in which the participants were to breathe in fresh air throughout the body. Morales feels one of the best ways to start your day is by clearing your mind so you are better focused on music making. Next, he showed the participants a buzzing exercise he learned from Reinhold Friedrich. Soft arpeggios that transitioned into the Stamp pattern on the horn were next with the group singing along with Morales’s demonstration. He explained that he then does some flexibility and articulation exercises, using examples from Arban. At the conclusion of the session, Morales stressed the importance of having fun while playing and that we need to realize how lucky we are to be musicians. (Rich Tirk)


Oswaldo Zapata student warm-up session - Creating Your Own Warm-up Routine
Dr. Oswaldo Zapata presented Friday morning's warm-up session with a friendly, inviting demeanor and shared great ideas and principles for creating one’s own warm-up routine. He discussed how a warmup should be something you can do well and prepares you for playing. Together with the audience, he demonstrated his pre-warmup of simple movements and stretches to get the body moving and the blood flowing. As he talked about different aspects of a warmup, he suggested not focusing on too many things at one time and said that he tries to think about an open sound and air that flows freely. When talking about articulation exercises, he recommended including various styles, especially those one may be using in performance (like mariachi or different jazz articulations, for example). The audience was attentive and engaged, and he demonstrated good, healthy principles in approaching fundamentals and excellent teaching. (Spencer Wallin)


Houston Symphony Trumpet Section clinic
In their early-morning Regency Ballroom performance, the Houston Symphony Orchestra trumpet section gave those in attendance a lesson in maintaining a healthy relationship dynamic within a trumpet section. The mutual respect among colleagues was evident in the group interaction as they joked with each other throughout their presentation. Mark Hughes, principal; John Parker, associate principal; Robert Walp, assistant principal; and Rich Harris, second trumpet more closely resembled a chamber ensemble than a traditional orchestra section, demonstrating excellent intonation, style, and balance. Although the group performed a few orchestral passages, they primarily played trumpet ensemble chamber pieces, including Mark Hughes’s four-trumpet arrangement of the first movement of the Altenburg Concerto. The program ranged from the sixteenth-century composer Costanzo Antegnati’s Canzona to Besáme Mucho, featuring John Parker, who performed with virtuosic distinction and a soloistic flare. Hughes took the opportunity to showcase his new line of practice mutes on the soft muted passages from Debussy’s Fêtes and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. For four players who typically perform seated in the back of the orchestra, they were incredibly comfortable standing on the front of the stage. In fact, they even performed a mariachi feature, complete with foot stomps. Moreover, the players conveyed a sense of comradery, being supportive, and helping each other to be healthy and happy - like a family. (Nick Volz)

Stephen Wadsack clinic - College Audition Do’s and Don’ts: Finding Your Dream School and Making Sure You Get In!
Stephen Wadsack’s session provided helpful information about the college audition process, offering information for high school students, undergraduates, private teachers, and college professors. Wadsack discussed creating a short list of schools and listing the pros and cons of each, specific to the needs of each student. He also outlined the initial application process and how to contact potential trumpet professors. Wadsack emphasized the importance of staying organized throughout the preliminary steps to reduce stress later. He also discussed the nuts and bolts of selecting repertoire, preparing pieces, and performing a solid audition. Overall, the session was especially helpful for young students and parents and provided great reminders for current college students and professors. (Marisa Youngs)


Jennifer Oliverio clinic - British Brass Band Cornet Playing for the American Trumpeter
​​Jennifer Oliverio presented an informative session that explored the differences between playing cornet in the British brass band style and American trumpet playing. The presentation began with a brief introduction about the makeup and purposes of the brass band. Then, Oliverio showed both technical and lyrical brass band examples to compare and contrast qualities of cornet playing with American trumpet playing. The most notable differences identified between these two styles were the use and speed of vibrato, the variety in weight of articulations, and the color of the sound. Many resources, such as exercises to develop a characteristic sound and recommended brands for cornets were provided to participants. The session both educated and inspired trumpeters who wish to expand their skills into the world of cornet playing in the British brass band style. (Sarah Cisney)


Recital - New Romantic Recital Works for Trumpet
Stanley Friedman is well known for composing works using extended techniques. However, he has recently published outstanding works to fill the void of Romantic-style pieces in the trumpet repertoire. The first piece on the recital was Friedman’s Sonata in F Minor with Kyle Millsap on trumpet and Shane Anderson on piano. The three-movement work showcased the composer’s skill in writing lyrical and bold themes, and Millsap and Anderson navigated this tricky piece expertly. Next on the program were two of Friedman’s arrangements of the Charlier etudes. Performing numbers 2 and 12 were Phil Snedecor on trumpet and Carolyn True on piano. Musically fulfilling and well scored, Friedman’s arrangements bring something new and exciting to these favorites. Snedecor and True handily performed the etudes with excellent musicality and style. The final work on the program was Friedman’s Sonata in B Minor for Trumpet, Cello, and Piano, which was performed by Matthew Swihart, trumpet; Carrie Pierce, cello; and Shane Anderson, piano. This work, also in three movements, provides moments for all instruments to shine. Friedman’s dramatic music, full of glorious, lyrical melodies, was beautifully performed by Swihart and the ensemble. (Rich Tirk)

Ryan Nielsen and John McNeil clinic - Creative Jazz Improvisation: Returning Choice to the Practice Room
Dr. Ryan Nielsen and John McNeil presented a lecture on creative jazz improvisation. They shared a glimpse of a project they have been working on together for the last twelve years, with McNeil presenting virtually and Nielsen leading the lecture in person for a truly post-pandemic hybrid session. Nielsen opened the session by sharing the idea from McNeil that everyone learns in the same way - through repetition and exposure - and that you can keep students engaged by teaching them how to constantly make decisions while practicing. He had several different improvisational lines that the audience would sing with him and then play, and both Nielsen and McNeil shared great ideas on how to improvise. They will be publishing a book later this year. McNeil ended with the request that we all reconsider how we define a “lick” and that we strive to encourage musicians to find and share their own voice through creative improvisation. (Spencer Wallin)


Javian Brabham youth clinic - Building Confidence: Tools for Teachers and Students
Dr. Javian Brabham’s youth day clinic was inspiring for all in attendance, as his professional performing and teaching experience allows him to think outside the box to help students overcome negative self-perceptions in their playing. Among the ideas that Brabham discussed for teachers to help students gain confidence were the following: build their trust; give positive feedback; build on concepts the student already does well; set challenging, yet attainable, goals and help the student feel invested and accountable in their own process; be a mentor; have fun; celebrate the wins. In a particularly interesting segment of the presentation, Brabham showed a chart comparing the concepts of confidence and insecurity. To oversimplify, those with insecurities tend to focus inward, or on what the perception of themselves is to others, and often make comparisons to their peers. On the other hand, confident people tend to focus on the process of making music, are able to celebrate others’ successes, and can laugh at themselves or admit when they make mistakes. To close, Brabham encouraged teachers to maintain an active dialogue with their students to monitor their self-doubt and work on changing the narrative from negative to positive. He encouraged students to take control of their confidence by working to ignore negative self-talk, build on the things they do well, and believe that good things can happen. (Joe Nibley)

Navy Commodores Trumpet Section clinic - The Inside Workings of a Big Band Trumpet Section
The Navy Commodores Trumpet Section presented a thorough and informative session about playing in a big band trumpet section. After brief introductions, the section took the audience through various excerpts that represented a broad overview of the general styles they cover in their work. The excerpts they chose came from Duke Ellington’s Jack the Bear, Count Basie’s Kansas City Shout, Thad Jones’s Three in One, Stan Kenton’s Peanut Vendor, Hank Levy’s Decoupage, and Maria Schneider’s arrangement of The Days of Wine and Roses. Between the excerpts, they each took time to answer questions from the audience and also discussed common pitfalls to avoid when playing in a big band section. Special attention was given to mute choices, the importance of listening to recordings for style, balance regarding inner parts, and overall section decorum. By the end of the session, it was clear that all benefited from the expertise of this fantastic trumpet section. (George Carpten)


ITG Affiliate Chapters Recital
The Affiliate Chapters Showcase recital featured trumpet ensembles representing ITG affiliate chapters from all over the country. The Alabama Trumpet Guild performed Wilson’s The City Under the Sea with impressive dynamic extremes, blending in the soft dynamics with ease. Their piece prominently featured each group member and allowed them to make a strong musical statement. The Lone Star State Trumpet Guild’s performance of “Arabian Dance” from Peer Gynt Suite featured trumpet ensemble with percussion, including tambourine and triangle. The variety of trumpets used, from piccolo to flugelhorn, contributed to a rich texture and seamlessly blended group sound. The Louisiana State University Trumpet Guild’s beautiful rendition of It is Well showcased their delicate and musical lyrical playing. The Oklahoma State University Trumpet Guild performed an arrangement from Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and truly gave an energetic and engaging performance with exciting dynamic contrasts. The Texas A&M International University Trumpet Guild’s performance of Stephenson’s Fanfare for an Angel featured just four performers, but the conviction and energy with which they performed made them sound like a much larger group. The Texas A&M University-Commerce Trumpet Guild performed Mike D’Ambrosio’s Ice Town, featuring beautiful solo lines and great contrast in timbres, using mutes and stands to create a variety of tone colors throughout the engaging performance. The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Trumpet Guild’s performance of Nutcracker Jazz Suite was full of energy and excitement, featuring jazz and lead playing. The program concluded with the Utah Trumpet Guild’s performance of a well-known pop song, Symphony by Clean Bandit. Their beautiful group sound, strong arrangement, and tonal variations through mutes made for a captivating performance. (Julia Bell)

Adam Hayes youth clinic - Developing an Independent Professional Music Career
Adam Hayes presented a thoughtful session on developing an independent professional music career. He discussed potential scenarios that young freelancing musicians will likely encounter and shared many personal anecdotes from his own experience. Hayes warned against several common pitfalls, especially regarding professional behavior and career planning. He offered suggestions in a variety of areas, including reasons for contractors and teachers to form an LLC (limited liability company), as well as to partner with a church or school to find a regular practice space when living somewhere you are unable to practice. He gave long lists of things to do and don’t do on a gig with the intention of helping young musicians become more sensitive to some of the situational subtleties of our unique workplace. Although the presentation was geared toward college students and performers seeking to launch their careers, it also shared practical advice that is relevant for every working musician. (Nick Volz)


Edward Carroll clinic - Demystifying International Competitions
Edward Carroll hosted a clinic that set out to deconstruct the nature of international competitions. Joining him was a panel of players involved in such competitions, including Jason Bergman, Dominique Bodart, Stephen Burns, David Collins, and Aleksander Kobus. Each of the panel members have either hosted, judged, or won international solo competitions. Together, they provided the audience with an understanding of these high-prestige competitions from the perspective of both competitor and jury. The overarching point presented by Carroll was that “Competitions are ridiculous.” This argument was supported by the testimony of the panel, who emphasized that the lessons learned in preparation for and the connections made at the competition are just as important, if not more, than the results. Kobus walked the audience through his routine preparing for the most recent Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Competition, in which he won the first prize, and Carroll and Bodart explained the scoring system. (Christopher Luebke-Brown)

Matthew Vangjel recital - Still and Quiet Places
Matthew Vangjel opened his recital with an intriguing work for trumpet and electronics. The piece, Under Oceans, Outer Space, Across the Geothermal Pools, and Plains by Samara Rice, set the tone for the rest of the performance - somber, reflective, and introspective. Next, a moving arrangement of Gustav Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder hit home when Dr. Vangjel reflected on the recent, tragic school shooting in nearby Uvalde, Texas. His ringing tone and sensitivity to blend with pianist Siying He proved to be a touching experience for all in attendance. The recital concluded with two pieces accompanied by Joshua Knight on marimba and vibraphone. Overall, this performance crackled with emotional charge from Vangjel’s diverse and poignant program. (Eli Denecke)

Friedemann Immer and Kentucky Baroque Trumpets recital
Friedemann Immer and the Kentucky Baroque Trumpets presented a varied and virtuosic recital of music for Baroque trumpet at Travis Park Church. Joined by Bryan Anderson on the organ and Paul Millette on timpani, Immer and the Kentucky Baroque Trumpets performed with the full spectrum of colors for the instrument. The entire church sanctuary was used for this event, with performers strategically placed throughout the room and in the balcony for several works. The spirit of collaboration was strong throughout the performance, and the members of the Kentucky Baroque Trumpets rotated in their roles as soloist or supporting ensemble member. The majority of the program consisted of Baroque-era works, but the last two pieces were more contemporary. Benjamin Britten’s Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury included Immer assuming the role of conductor for the final climactic portion, and the audience enjoyed the light-hearted and charming Rag Rog by Klaus Hanes Osterloh. (Benjamin Hay)

Carole Dawn Reinhart and Wendy Matthews clinic - “I met a girl”
This live interview began with a lovely showcase video consisting of videos and pictures of Carole Dawn Reinhart throughout her career. The interviewer, Wendy Matthews, proceeded to ask Reinhart about her education and many great accomplishments. The session included multiple ear-catching recordings of Reinhart’s virtuosic performances. The audience left full of inspiration, thanks to Reinhart’s pure talent and the strong influence she has made as an exceptional female trumpet player. (Maryna Pohlman)

ITG Legacy Fund Reception
The Legacy Fund Reception was an event for ITG members to meet and mingle with ITG board members, past presidents, and other members. Free drinks and light appetizers were served, and members learned more about the importance of the ITG Legacy Fund, which is currently a $100,000 endowment that will continue to support the guild’s initiatives, projects, and programs. Many of the ITG past presidents spoke about how important the ITG was to them personally and professionally, and they encouraged members to donate to the Legacy Fund to continue to grow the organization for the future. The following presidents all spoke - Alan Siebert, Bill Pfund, Marsha Whitaker (spouse of the late Don Whitaker), David Hickman, Kim Dunnick, Jeff Piper, Jim Olcott, Vince DiMartino, Brian Evans, Leonard Candelaria, Kevin Eisensmith, Grant Peters, and Jason Bergman. (Scott Hagarty)


Evening concert - US Navy Band Commodores featuring Philip Dizack and Rachel Therrien
The Friday evening concert began with ITG Vice President Ryan Gardner honoring Wiff Rudd, professor of trumpet at Baylor University, with the ITG Award of Merit for his relentless dedication to teaching and fostering trumpet education. After the presentation, the United States Navy Commodores took the stage with a pleasantly varied program. They opened with Kenny Garrett’s For Openers, featuring burning solos by MUC Jonathan Barnes and MUC Andrew Francisco.

The next few tunes showed off the band’s trumpet section. Frank Foster’s Discommotion highlighted the trumpets in a swinging soli, while the rhythm section worked to capture the essence of the Basie groove. MU1 Benjamin Ford also wowed the crowd with his dexterous upper-register work on his trombone solo. Going a little more modern, the next tune was an arrangement of Wayne Shorter’s Hammerhead, led by the rhythm section’s hard swing feel. The performance featured many solos, including a battle between MU1 Allie Albrecht and Barnes. Albrecht showed off her incrdibly strong bebop chops while Barnes supplied the pyrotechnics.
The Commodores’ vocalist, MU1 Kristine Hsia, joined the band for the next two numbers, Everyday I Have the Blues and The Song is You. Hsia had a great sense of styling, and the whole band really found the groove, digging into the swing. The band closed their portion of the concert with the Oliver Nelson standard Miss Fine. They had a great feel for the tune and really showed off extreme dynamics.

While the Commodores’ set was largely traditional jazz tunes, that changed when guest artists Philip Dizack and Rachel Therrien came out. Along with his touring and recording schedule, Dizack is assistant professor of trumpet at the University of North Texas. He played one of his original compositions, Box Office, with the band. Dizack’s soloing style was extremely melodic and fluid, with an ease that really drew in the audience. His use of quarter tones and dense harmonies brought a modernness to the night that stood in contrast to the first part of the concert.

Therrien then brought the energy back up with her version of Chico O’Farrill’s Trumpet Fantasy. Therrien, recognized as one of the top performers and bandleaders on the Canadian jazz scene, brought out a fire that showed her passion for Afro-Cuban jazz. Her solos had great leading that left the audience wanting more.
Therrien and Dizack paired up for the last two numbers. The first was a beautiful Tom Harrell ballad, Roman Nights, with the second, Herbie Hancock’s One Finger Snap, closing the concert. With each having their own solo language, their performing together made for a wonderful contrast. On both tunes, they traded choruses until they were eventually both blowing and weaving their lines between the other’s.

Throughout the night, the audience showed their enthusiastic appreciation to all the soloists and performers, which kept a great vibe in the room and made for a first-rate concert. (Kyle Millsap)


Concert: Wallace Stelzer Three featuring Carol Morgan
Carol Morgan’s New York City-based acoustic jazz trio provided a welcome moment of repose during a week of extreme volumes. In collaboration with bassist Wallace Stelzer and tenor saxophonist Evan Burrus, trumpeter Carol Morgan played an eclectic mix of standards. By not using a chordal instrument, the two horns provided a lovely contrapuntal interplay throughout, giving the group a playful sound that was reminiscent of recordings by Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan or Tom Harrell and Joe Lovano. The communication between group members allowed them to traverse a host of different tunes in an organic and musical way. Morgan’s wispy and mellow trumpet tone more closely resembled a jazz singer from another era. Her charming sense of humor kept the late-night audience entertained, even interrupting herself mid-solo to celebrate a low F! This trio brought the atmosphere of an intimate New York jazz club to a spacious ballroom in San Antonio. (Nick Volz)


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2022 ITG Conference Report - Day 3 - Thursday, June 2 The 46th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - San Antonio, Texas (USA)
Special Daily Report • Compiled by Peter Wood
Photos by Denny Schreffler, Josh Rzepka, Benjamin Lowe, Ryan Berndt, Jeff Grass,
and Michael Anderson

Thursday, June 2, 2022


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Allison McSwain warm-up session - Reconsidering the Warmup for Efficiency and Self-Awareness
Allison McSwain presented a wonderful and highly interactive morning warm-up class. She began by explaining the overarching goals of mindfulness and deliberate practicing through various mental and physical approaches to help create a greater sense of ease in playing. Her mental approach begins before every session with developing a clear purpose, expectation, and understanding of what defines a warmup. For her physical approach, McSwain uses the standard warm-up repertoire with unique additions, alterations, and expansions to better suit her specific needs for that day. She guided the class through chromatic expansions, scale patterns, articulation and lip-flexibility exercises that showcased her concepts. McSwain left the audience inspired to implement the concepts and tools that this class had to offer into their practice routine. (Maryna Pohlman)


Joe Cooper warm-up session - Your Warmup is Talking… Are You Listening?
Joe Cooper’s warm-up session was an excellent interactive clinic that included such important concepts as breathing, long tones, tonguing, flexibility, and air flow. The session began with everyone forming a large circle around the outer edge of the room, making sure everyone could see and hear each other and Dr. Cooper. He structured the session in a call-and-response style, encouraging students to follow his modeling while putting their ear to their own sound and response. Cooper used effective breathing exercises designed to maximize efficiency and then moved on to long tones, instructing everyone to achieve good response at a soft dynamic. His “active rest” exercises included having the group try silent finger practice, working through commonly difficult finger patterns. He offered some weighted tonguing ideas and “tongue twister” multiple-tonguing patterns in an effort to better train the tongue muscle. Overall, Joe Cooper provided everyone with an engaging and thoughtful warm-up session. (Scott Hagarty)


Ryan Gardner non-pro warm-up session - Breathe, Sing, Sound
Ryan Gardner’s morning warm-up session with the non-pro player community was well attended and brought a fresh perspective to fundamentals. Participants were introduced to stretches and breathing exercises at the beginning of the session, as well as mouthpiece and slurring exercises from the teachings of Boyde Hood. Attendees were guided towards finding their easiest, most beautiful tone, and the collective trumpet sound was impressive as the session progressed. The warmup also introduced improvisation as a part of a daily fundamental routine and provided new ideas on how to make fundamentals transferable to other areas of playing. (Julia Bell)


Brianne Borden - Morning Yoga for Musicians
Dr. Brianne Borden’s presentation provided the participants an excellent introduction to yoga and offered practical exercises for use in the future. She began by addressing posture, both sitting and standing, before going into some basic movement exercises. Improved posture, or foundational alignment, is one area she feels all musicians would find beneficial. She then led the group through stretches for the areas most injured by musicians - wrist, shoulders, and neck. Due to the repetitive nature of instrumental performance, musicians have one of the highest rates of injury of any profession. She guided the participants through a series of breathing exercises to aid in performance anxiety, including one called “Box (or Square) Breathing.” The session ended with a meditation exercise entitled “Body, Brain, and Heart.” Borden fielded questions from the participants and encouraged finding more information about yoga and musicians at her website ( (Rich Tirk)


Ryan Gardner non-pro and comeback players masterclass - Enjoy and Improve
With a warm, welcoming approach, Dr. Ryan Gardner invited attendees of his morning masterclass to play for him. He offered that it could be a scale, warmup, etude, or anything they wanted to play. With each of the volunteers, he exemplified the qualities that we know make him an impactful teacher. In his teaching, he led with questions and curiosity with an emphasis on embracing the positives. Within that positive framework, he still caught on to opportunities for improvement and addressed them immediately. Each of the players demonstrated significant improvement in just a short time in working with Gardner. He engaged not only the learners, but also the entire audience so that each person was able to walk away feeling inspired and empowered. (Brianne Borden)

John Kilgore lecture - From New Jersey to Cincinnati: The Life and Career of Classical Trumpeter Philip Collins
John Kilgore shared an informative presentation on trumpeter Philip Collins, including biographical and professional information from the musician’s life and career. Because Kilgore chose to research a living legend, the session was chock-full of details and first-hand memories from Collins himself. In addition to biographical information, the presentation included many recording examples, showcasing the range and depth of the 100+ albums of which Collins was a part. The research that led to this enlightening session is an important project that will preserve the life and memory of an incredibly talented, prolific, and influential musician. (Jena Vangjel)


Betty Scott clinic - Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) for Brass Players 
Brass players are often subjected to physical and mental traumas. Dr. Betty Scott presented Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) as an avenue to ease those traumas and improve performance. EFT addresses negative emotions that can cause a disruption to the body’s energy system. Scott stated that people typically have around 80,000 thoughts throughout each day, 30,000 of which are negative. EFT begins by first addressing a negative trauma (mental or physical) and feeling the emotion associated with it. A sequence of tapping specific points of the face and body, along with positive self-talk, accepting yourself and the trauma, help remove some of the anxiety associated with that trauma. EFT may be a solution for musicians to cope with negative or anxious thoughts and even help with physical ailments due to playing brass instruments. (Spencer Brand)


Benjamin Hay and Andrew Cheetham clinic - Pedagogy Behind Duets: Improving Practice and Performance Together
Drs. Benjamin Hay and Andrew Cheetham gave an insightful presentation on how to utilize duets to address pedagogical topics and encourage student engagement. They detailed how duets can help students improve teamwork; match sounds, styles, and articulation; and become adaptable as ensemble players. The audience was kept engaged through duet demonstrations in a variety of styles: classical, orchestral, and jazz. The players performed the duets first with common pitfalls, such as intonation, balance, and releases. Those in attendance were asked to identify areas of concern. Hay then gave solutions for teachers to help students improve and performed again. Cheetham concluded the presentation with a discussion of how assigning duets to students can help jumpstart their musical development through learning peer professionalism, mentorship, and motivation through studio performances. (Kyle Millsap)

Solo Competition Finals
In front of a full room and a prestigious panel of judges, three young trumpet players put on a true tour de force for the final round of ITG’s solo competition. Introduced by Solo Competition Chair Jean Laurenz, DoYoung Baek, from South Korea, played first. At just fifteen years old, he possesses a sound and technique that brought a sense of wonderment over the audience. During his performance, there were consistently audible reactions to the most difficult passages, especially as he performed Desenclos’ Incantation, Threné, et Danse. Leaving the audience wondering how anyone could follow such a performance, Rui Almeida from Portugal entered the stage. Well put together and smooth mannered, Almeida continued providing the sense of awe the audience had been experiencing thus far. On William Perry’s Trumpet Concerto, he displayed beautiful lyricism and mature musicianship. Capping off three showcases of incredibly capable and skilled trumpet players, Diogo Costa’s particularly unassuming body language was contrasted by an absolutely electrifying performance of Stan Friedman’s Solus. With these young performers pushing the boundaries of what can be accomplished, this was one performance that was not to be missed. (Nathan Shadix)
New Works Recital II
Chloe Swindler is an up-and-coming young artist, leading the way for her generation of trumpet players, and her performance of the first movement of Cooper Wood’s Sonata for Trumpet and Piano was an extraordinary example of her musical leadership. While one might expect newer repertoire to sound post-tonal or experimental, the work was easily accessible to all members of the audience. Miriam Hickman’s lively performance at the piano made the piece an enjoyable and relaxing listening experience. Swindler performed with a brilliance to her sound and made a technically challenging work sound truly effortless.

The first movement of Stanley Curtis’s Epiphany Window: Night Passages, promises to evoke scenes of a sunset giving way to night as the moon and stars come out, and the composer’s own performance of the piece held up to that promise. Curtis’s lyrical lines and rich upper register on flugelhorn gave the piece an air of solemnity and contemplation. The performance was a beautiful display of the sonic capabilities of the flugelhorn.

One might assume a work titled Andante & Scherzo to be from the European tradition, but Juan Carlos Valencia Ramos’s composition of that title showcases a Columbian interpretation of the form, and Columbian trumpeter Juan Avendaño’s performance demonstrated that interpretation beautifully. Avendaño was able to achieve incredible dynamic control while exploring different articulation styles that gave an exciting texture to the musical lines. The most incredible aspect of Avendaño’s performance was his ability to execute demanding technical passages while managing to avoid overtaking the sweeping piano lines.

Cody Ortz’s programmatic work titled …And Streetlights Will Fade tells the story of a man slipping into madness, and Timothy Winfield’s performance of the work placed the listeners right into that musical story. The angularity of the line, the short phrases in the middle lyrical section, and the clear pop to Winfield’s articulation painted a complex tonal picture for the audience. The use of different mutes for character changes was extremely effective in portraying the different sides of the story’s main character.

As soon as Brandon Dicks walked on stage, the audience knew they were in for a treat. The performer exuded confidence and conviction before he even brought the trumpet to his face. Dicks’s performance of Dalian Bryan’s …Another Tango showcased his technical capabilities, and the Latin flair he achieved in his sound highlighted the composer’s experience with the titular dance style. While the style of the work stays in touch with its roots, the rhythmic elements are innovative and progressive - a fabulous way to end a program of contemporary repertoire. (Christopher Luebke-Brown)

Larry Powell and Fred Sienkiewicz clinic - Suzuki Trumpet is Here!
Larry Powell and Fred Sienkiewicz opened their presentation with an important maxim from Shinichi Suzuki’s famous pedagogy - “Every child can.” This was their inspiration for becoming some of the early pioneers of the Suzuki method for trumpet. Testimonial videos of children learning to play from a very young age peppered the session and helped to make a serious case for using this method. The presenters maintained an open dialogue with the audience throughout, fielding questions about which types of trumpets to start students on, how to incorporate the method with older students, and the viability of implementing the method alongside traditional music education in the schools. Overall, Powell and Sienkiewicz made a compelling case for the Suzuki method and its benefits to trumpeters. (Eli Denecke)

Phil Snedecor clinic - Breaking the Mystique of “Wind & Song”
Beginning with a brilliant performance of his own composition on piccolo trumpet, Phil Snedecor wowed the attendees of his afternoon masterclass with his seamless transitions between impressive playing and impactful teaching. In his teaching, he exemplified authenticity and vulnerability in sharing his (at times tumultuous) journey to his success today. He attributed some of this success to working with Arnold Jacobs, however he was very clear to differentiate between the differences of Jacobs’s pedagogy on tuba versus how it could apply to the trumpet. This hour of teaching interspersed with playing kept the attendees engaged, excited, and ready to try new approaches to air, singing, and applying these concepts to the trumpet. (Brianne Borden)

Friedemann Immer and Robert Apple lecture recital - News About the Keyed Trumpet and New Music for the Keyed Trumpet
Friedemann Immer and Robert Apple presented a lecture on the history and music written for the keyed trumpet. Immer discussed the history of the keyed trumpet, the tuning mechanism, and the distinction between the many keyed trumpets. Immer displayed two keyed trumpets by demonstrating the difficulties in the tuning and fingering system. Apple’s portion of the lecture focused primarily on the repertoire written for the keyed trumpet. Contrary to popular belief, Apple’s research displayed a large volume of works written for the keyed trumpet. He talked about method books, chamber works, and solo works that have been newly rediscovered. Overall, Friedemann Immer and Robert Apple’s session was an informative overview of the keyed trumpet and how it functions, as well as the music written for it. This lecture recognized the importance of the keyed trumpet as a significant component in music history. (Javian Brabham)

Ellsworth Smith Competition winner’s recital - Aleksander Kobus
Aleksander Kobus presented a spectacular recital featuring the works of both known and less-played pieces for trumpet and piano. Kobus opened with a wonderfully acrobatic performance of Joseph Turrin’s Caprice. Kobus showed amazing artistry through the lyrical and technical passages throughout the work. Kobus continued with Halsey Stevens’s Sonata for Trumpet and Piano. His diverse color and depth of sound was a treat for listeners. Kobus then dazzled the audience with his intervallic precision in Krzysztof Penderecki’s Concerto for Trumpet. He presented Miroslaw Gąsieniec’s beautiful Elegy for Trumpet and Piano. This work showcased Kobus’s flugelhorn artistry through beautiful sweeping lines that soared over the driving piano melody. Kobus closed his recital with Fryderyk Chopin’s Waltz Op. 34, No. 2, arranged for trumpet and piano. He mesmerized the audience with his warm and effortless flugelhorn playing, and his artistry was a true gift to listeners. (James Peyden Shelton)
Caruso Competition winner’s recital: David Adewumi
David Adewumi was the winner of the 2019  ITG Carmine Caruso competition - and for good reason, despite his questioning whether music is even a competitive arena. While this is a healthy debate, one can obviously see why he would be awarded for his achievements. As Adewumi walked onto the stage, the members of the rhythm section - Mike Frank on piano, Peter Paulsen on bass, and Larry Marshall on drums - also walked onto the stage and sat at their respective instruments. The atmosphere was electric, and the cool licks and harmonies gripped the audience’s attention. With very tasteful and interesting solos from all parties involved, some of Adewumi’s compositions were featured, ranging from quiet, ethereal sounds in Dolphin Dance to a ballad called Old Folks with a blues sound, as well as some very engaging melodies in Ventilation, which he attributed to beauty in the mundane and beauty in the ugly. (Nathan Shadix) 
Stephen Burns recital - The French Connection: A Celebration of Our Lineage
Stephen Burns and Rebecca Wilt captivated their audience with a true display of artistry in this highly engaging performance. Burns opened by leading the audience through a mindfulness activity that encouraged them to reflect on their own lineage. Mentioning that all modern trumpeters can trace their lineage back through Arban and Dauverné was an excellent segue into his opener, Jolivet’s Concertino. Each work in the concert was performed as a reflection of some of his most influential mentors. They performed with true virtuosity and elegance on staples from the French repertoire like Enesco and Ibert, showing the strong influence of Pierre Thibaud and Roger Voisin. Elegy for Mundy, a piece that Burns commissioned in memory of his teacher, Armando Ghitalla, was a wonderful addition to the program, as was Close Fight for trumpet, electronics, and video. Burns closed with his own exciting adaptation of “A Julia de Burgos” from Bernstein’s song cycle. The level of mastery and subtle nuance displayed throughout the performance made it evident that he is a strong contributor to our trumpet lineage. (Nick Volz)

Trumpet Ensemble Reading Session
Conference participants had the opportunity to read through trumpet ensemble music, which was graciously provided by Triplo Press. The mass trumpet ensemble, led by Aaron Witek and James Olcott, played arrangements for ensembles as small as 8 players to as large as 24 players. They played pieces of various styles, ranging from J.S. Bach to Gustav Holst. The ensemble closed out the enjoyable session with a rousing rendition of John Williams’s Star Wars. (Nathalie Mejia)


Jonathan Barnes clinic - Advanced Melodic and Rhythmic Concepts for Improvisors
US Navy Band Commodores trumpeter Jonathan Barnes’s clinic focused on using upper-level theoretical concepts in a musical way. Barnes advocated beginning by learning all major and melodic minor modes and then playing scale degrees 1-3-4-5-1 in each key. He then demonstrated creating upper structure triads from different pitches in the major scale. To think musically, he related this to voice leading between chords and demonstrated connecting outlined chords to create a cohesive melodic line. To add rhythmic complexity to solos, Barnes played examples of melodic patterns with five, six, or seven notes. When playing in 4/4 time, these patterns shift the metric pulse and surprise the audience. Throughout the presentation, Barnes continuously stressed the importance of trusting your own ear and using trial and error when experimenting with new sonorities. (Marisa Youngs)


Juan Avendaño recital - Colombian Music by Colombian Composers
Recognizing the relative dearth of music for trumpet by Colombian composers, Juan Avendaño set out to commission and record new music from his homeland. Where only twenty years ago there was barely a handful of published works, we now have over fifty in circulation, half of which Avendaño has performed or premiered. Avendaño released his first CD in 2015, with plans to record a second in the near future. The eight selections on this concert presented a variety of styles and technical challenges, all adeptly handled by Avendaño and pianist Miriam Hickman. Of particular note was Jorge Humberto Pinzón’s Evocation, an episodic work that refused to settle into a style or harmonic language for very long, but was highly engaging. Marcos Galindo’s Pieza de Concurso Colombiana was selected for the final round of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogata’s XIV National Competition of Musical Interpretation in 2012. In the tradition of the European contest solos, it includes significant lyrical and technical requirements wrapped in nationalistic styles - in this case, elements from Bambuco, Pasillo, and Fandango. (Daniel Kelly)


Orchestral Excerpts Competition Finals
The ITG Orchestral Excerpts competition was a highlight of Thursday afternoon. Contestants Michael Winkler (University of Colorado-Boulder), Noah Mennega (University of Colorado-Boulder), and Victor Pires (Georgia State University) each played skillfully, showing considerable understanding of the orchestral works that were represented. All three played Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto, Stravinsky’s Petrushka, Gershwin’s American in Paris, and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7. Winkler was the first to perform and began with a strong, bold opening in Pictures, and a great double tongue in Scheherazade. He did a good job of conveying different styles and musical ideas in the Gershwin and Shostakovich and finished with a beautiful and brilliant high note on the Bruckner excerpt. Noah Mennega was next and played with a clean, pure sound, demonstrating excellent rhythm and pitch. In the Gershwin, he had a beautiful vibrato that tastefully matched the style of the excerpt and again showed a good contrast between the different excerpts. Victor Pires was the last of the three contestants and played with a powerful sound that filled the room. He also made nice adjustments in tone and color between the various excerpts and demonstrated a thorough understanding of each orchestral work. He displayed fantastic dynamic contrast when he played Petrushka's Ballerina Dance, and his interpretation of Bruckner was spot on. All three played extremely well, and the audience thoroughly enjoyed the competition. (Spencer Wallin)

ITG General Members Meeting
With roughly 30 members in attendance, the ITG General Meeting focused on the future of ITG. President Jason Bergman outlined items from the recent board meeting. Vice President Ryan Gardner discussed student engagement, specifically bringing more students to ITG Conferences. One significant development includes Conference competitions, which will now each include a live semi-final round of fifteen students in each competition. Future Conferences will also host a new chamber music competition with broad guidelines to help bring in more students. The organization also wants to focus efforts internationally and plans to create two new smaller regional conferences each year - one abroad and one in another region of the United States. Dixie Burress, ITG Treasurer, gave a brief overview of the organization’s finances and membership. Conference Coordinator JC Dobrzelewski offered information about future Conferences, and the board fielded questions from members about the organization. (Marisa Youngs)


Evening Concert: US Army Brass Quintet
​​The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Brass Quintet presented a truly magical performance that gave the audience a sampling of nearly every genre of music. The concert opened with a world-premiere fanfare by Phil Snedecor that literally had the audience’s heads turning. They then presented a beautiful arrangement of the Overture and Allegro from Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, arranged by MSG C.J. Seipp. They quickly transitioned into an virtuosic rendition of Vivaldi’s L’estro Armonico that showcased SFC Kevin Gebo on piccolo trumpet while inviting renowned soloist Jens Lindemann to join the ensemble to complete the accompanying quintet while Gebo performed his sparkling acrobatic solo feature. Highlighting the unit’s primary mission of providing honor services for fallen soldiers and veterans at Arlington Cemetery, the quintet performed a beautiful and solemn rendition of Amazing Grace and Bridge Over Troubled Water that was paired with touching video footage of many of the ceremonial services that “Pershing’s Own” is tasked to provide. Trombonist SSG Greg Hammond then took center stage to perform Eric Cook’s Bolivar. This Latin-inspired work allowed the trombone to shine through dazzling solo lines with Spanish flair. The ensemble then shifted genres once again as they performed a piece that was arranged specifically for the funeral of former United States Secretary of State Colin Powell, which happened to be Abba’s famous song “Dancing Queen.” Trumpeter José Sibaja joined the ensemble to provide support with his beautiful shaker skills.

After a short ceremony in which the winners of the solo and orchestral excerpt competition were announced, as well as a presentation of a plaque to Grant Peters in honor of his work as ITG president for the last two years during the COVID crisis, the concert continued with the fifth movement of Enrique Crespo’s Suite Americana. The group’s powerful sound quickly pulled the audience back into the concert with their thrilling flourishes and fiery articulated figures. Providing yet another Classical staple to the plethora of works on the concert, the “Pershing’s Own” Brass Quintet transitioned into a spectacular performance of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. This arrangement showcased the technical precision and virtuosity of nearly every member of the ensemble through quick scalar passages and layered rhythmic complexity. They then honored those serving in the US Armed Forces both at home and abroad with a touching arrangement of America the Beautiful and then closed the concert with a piece by Peter Meechan’s Song of Hope, which featured a jaw-dropping list of trumpet legends including Peter Bond, Phil Snedecor, Tom Rolfs, Mark Gould, and José Sibaja - all under the direction of Dr. Jerry Junkin (director of bands at the University of Texas – Austin). The final piece served as a beautiful memorial to Ryan Anthony and his tremendous work of lifting spirits through his music and his tireless dedication to helping others in their battles with cancer through his organization, Cancer Blows. This is truly a concert that this reporter will never forget. (James Peyden Shelton)

Open jam session - Eric Siereveld
Dr. Eric Siereveld led this second late-night jam session that included Mike Frank on piano, Peter Paulson on bass, and Larry Marshall on drums and included over twenty other attendees and guest artists. The trio opened with a tune featuring Siereveld. While they were playing, attendees signed up to play a tune on which they wanted to solo. Throughout the night, Siereveld invited two to five of the attendees to play at a time, and by midnight they had played a  number tunes that included Stella by Starlight, A Night in Tunisia, Watermelon Man, It Could Happen to You, and What is this Thing Called Love. The session ended with a bang as seven of the attendees and guest artists played Sandu. (Spencer Brand)


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2022 ITG Conference Report - Day 2 - Wednesday, June 1 The 46th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - San Antonio, Texas (USA)
Special Daily Report • Compiled by Peter Wood
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and Michael Anderson

Wednesday, June 1, 2022


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Andy Kozar warm-up session - Response: A Guide to An Easier Way of Trumpet Playing
From New York City and Boston, Andy Kozar brought a refreshing approach to the classical trumpeter’s daily warm-up routine. This routine consisted of the standard method repertoire from Vincent Cichowicz, Bai Lin, James Thompson, and Herbert L. Clarke, but with additions on each exercise. These are minor alterations that better serve the approach of playing with a balanced lip tension and air flow throughout all registers. He coached the class through six exercises that covered breath, buzzing, flow studies, and scales. Kozar will be releasing this warm-up approach in his new book, Response: A Guide to an Easier Way of Trumpet Playing, which will be released on September 1, 2022. (Maryna Pohlman)


Christopher Scanlon warm-up session - The 3 Cs: Covering Your Bases with an Integrated Routine of Caruso, Cichowicz, and Clarke
Dr. Christopher Scanlon gave practical insight into his preferred warm-up method by discussing the three Cs: Caruso, Cichowicz, and Clarke. Each of these methods play a key role in filling what he calls “buckets.” The first bucket is filled by finding a beautiful sound. This includes preliminary stretches, breathing exercises, and mouthpiece buzzing, followed by Caruso’s “Six Notes” exercise. While Scanlon does not refute the isometric value of Caruso, he factors it into his warmup as a long-tone exercise. The second bucket is that of moving throughout the entirety of the player’s range. This is where Cichowicz’s flow studies become beneficial. The final bucket consists of warming up the player’s technical facilities, in which Scanlon advocates for variations on Clarke’s Technical Studies. If done correctly, the three Cs fill these buckets, leaving the player ready for practice or performance. (Christopher Luebke-Brown)


Nairam Simoes warm-up session - Going on a Trumpet S.A.F.A.R.E.: A Warmup for Developing Efficient Practice Habits
Dr. Nairam Simoes’ warm-up session focused on the acronym S.A.F.A.R.E. (Sound, Articulation, Flexibility, Agility, Range, Endurance) as a guide for daily warmup. He used exercises familiar to trumpet players - long tones, lip slurs, and scales. To spice things up, however, rhythms from his native Brazil were utilized as a sort of metronome while playing standard exercises by Cichowicz, Clarke, Plog, and others. Some rhythms included baião, frevo, and samba. Each exercise had a different rhythm to accompany it, and Simoes gave a little history of the origin and significance of each rhythm. Simoes also discussed ways to adapt his warmup to address areas of concern, time constraints, and individual skill levels. It was a very informative and engaging session. (Kyle Millsap)


Brianne Borden session - Morning Yoga for Musicians
Participants were able to start their day with mindfulness exercises through Dr. Brianne Borden’s morning yoga session. The class focused on movement, breath work, and meditation. Participants were led through various movement sequences and stretches and then discussed how these tools can be used in the practice room for focus and injury prevention. Borden also gave insight on how to implement these practices to ease performance anxiety. The event concluded with a guided meditation that tied together Borden’s core philosophy: emphasis on the body, brain, and heart. (Nathalie Mejia)


Wiff Rudd lecture - Side by Side: How Teachers and Their Students Can Build and Sustain an Effective Studio
Wiff Rudd, who received the ITG Award of Merit this year, presented an inviting and encouraging lecture about how students and teachers can build a positive, encouraging, and productive culture in any studio. Rudd provided wonderful insights on the basic needs of each person and why it is important to do more than just teach music. He shared about how he uses simple writing assignments on non-musical topics, books, and such question prompts as “How do you want to feel in May?” has provided ways for his students to be more open and honest about their goals and hopes. This has led to a better learning environment for all. He also spoke of the importance for musicians to understand why they are dedicating time to the arts and shared how positive catchphrases and traditions can help any studio grow and prosper. (Spencer Wallin)

Jens Lindemann non-pro clinic - Expanding Range and Flexibility
Jens Lindemann began his clinic for non-professional/comeback players with a dazzling and energetic piccolo trumpet fanfare, aptly setting the tone for the remainder of this well-attended event. As Lindemann recanted some of his most influential and formative experiences with the trumpet, he also discussed many of the foundational ways in which he approaches the instrument. He discussed such topics as his personal practice routine, efficient tone production, approaches to articulation, connection to the instrument without added muscle tension, and many more. Throughout his discussion of pedagogy, Lindemann emphasized a philosophical message of intelligent practice, positivity, and perpetual curiosity. The audience was thoroughly engaged for the duration of the clinic and were encouraged to ask questions toward the end of the session. The resulting lively dialogue was enjoyed by all. Lindemann took a poignant moment to acknowledge the legacy of Ryan Anthony in his closing remarks. (Benjamin Hay)

Wind Band Excerpts Competition Finals
In the Chula Vista Room, Susan Rider briefly introduced the Wind Band Excerpt competition finalists: Julia Gill, Christopher Keach, and Anna Kallinikos. The room had a welcoming aura, and there was a hearty round of applause for each finalist. Each competitor played a list of seven excerpts of varying difficulty, which tested their endurance, range, articulation, and interpretation. All three finalists handled the environment very well and, as expected, were extremely well prepared. The finalists’ teachers and friends were in attendance, and there was a great deal of socializing as everyone exited the room. (Nathan Shadix)
Wind Band CompetitionWind Band CompetitionCarrie Blosser, Anna Kallinikos, Christopher Keach, Michael Mergen, Julia Gill, James Zingara, and Susan Rider
Elliot and Alejandra Johnston and Agustin Sandoval clinic - Introduction to Mariachi Trumpet Pedagogy and Style
With help from wonderful local mariachi musicians and willing ITG participants, the Johnstons, alongside Agustin Sandoval, gave a wonderful overview of mariachi pedagogy and style. This clinic involved helpful exercises for both students and professors wanting to learn more about the style. Using both Spanish and English to communicate to the attendees, they eloquently articulated the difference in use of vibrato and articulation between classical and mariachi styles. In a masterclass style, the team of leaders were able to display this extraordinarily effective teaching in the moment. Attendees were able to take home very helpful color-coordinated handouts to use in their own teaching and learning. Each attendee, whether a teacher, player, or lover of mariachi music, was sure to leave with something useful. (Brianne Borden)

ITG Research Room
The ITG Research Room at this year’s Conference offered diverse presentations on three widely differing topics that represent unique focuses in scholarly research currently impacting the trumpet community. Dr. Nina Bausek and Angelica Aldarondo presented an in-depth presentation on the unique requirements of respiratory muscle training and its impact on a trumpet performer’s breath support and control. Dr. Elijah Denecke’s presentation highlighted many of the often-overlooked French works from the mid-twentieth century by women composers. His research highlighted three French female composers and key works within their corpus of repertoire that highlighted each of their unique compositional stylings. The final presentation examined the impact of the New York Brass Quintet’s influence on the development of chamber music during the mid- to late-twentieth century. Dr. James Sherry highlighted numerous significant chamber works and their historical impact that were premiered by this ensemble. (James Peyden Shelton)


New Works Recital I
The first of the New Works Recitals at this year’s Conference was composed entirely of works that were either unaccompanied or with accompaniment other than piano. The first work, Luis Engelke’s Voces Lucis et Tenebrae (Voices of Light and Darkness), was a prime example as it was written for trumpet and fixed media. The composer himself performed the work with projected visual scenes that evoked religious imagery and explored the contrasts between light and darkness in reference to the work’s title. Engelke performed with a shimmering, brilliant sound while still maintaining a relaxed resonance and consistent articulation. His character changes fit into the work’s exploration of musical chiaroscuro.

While the fixed-media accompaniment of Drew Tomasik’s Yearly Tech Review resembles the electronic music of public-access television in the late-twentieth century, trumpeter Stephen Campbell and hornist Gene Berger’s interpretation emphasized its newness and progressive use of electronic media in performance. Together, the performers were not simply accompanied by the media, but melded with it. The second movement, resembling LoFi music more than its neighboring movements, was especially notable as Berger stepped aside for Campbell’s radiant and pure tone to shine through.

TJ Perry’s performance of Now I am Become Death by Michael Cotton was incredibly moving. The work focuses on the emotional weight of nuclear warfare, with a ticking that resembles that of the doomsday clock. The media contains several recordings of powerful speeches, but most of it focuses on J. Robert Oppenheimer’s famous “Now I am become death” speech. While most of the trumpet part is angular amidst the spoken rhetoric of violence, the most prominent moment of lyrical expression is accompanied by John F. Kennedy’s Birmingham speech in which he stated, “We all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children’s future, and we are all mortal.” Perry’s performance enhanced the emotional weight of the source material, giving enough space for the media to come through without being overwhelmed by it. His pure tone soared through the room in a way that almost resembled Taps being played in the distance.

Jason Dovel’s rendition of his own unaccompanied work, Et Planetarum, was full of energy and excitement. While each movement is titled after a different planet, the work bears little resemblance to Holst’s similarly oriented orchestral suite. Dovel’s piccolo trumpet playing in the first movement, “Mercury,” was energetic and flashy while the second movement, “Venus,” was lyrical and reflective. By removing his second valve slide and using a Harmon mute, Dovel was able to achieve a playful effect in the third movement, “Mars.” Dovel’s performance explored the extremes of the instrument’s dynamic range, and the softer sections had the audience leaning closer to the stage.

Julia Bell’s performance of Jenna Veverka’s Solo Ascent demonstrated a level of conviction that was not only inspiring, but also educational for those who are afraid to approach unaccompanied repertoire. The work calls for wind effects at the beginning and middle of the performance. While this special effect can often sound contrived, Bell’s pacing left an air of mystique lingering through the hall. Every change of character came as a welcome surprise, and moments of pause were pregnant with anticipation. The fluidity throughout Bell’s entire range made a challenging piece sound effortless.

The three movements of Beth Wiemann’s It Floats Away from You, written for unaccompanied soprano and trumpet, are settings of three poems by Marianne Moore. Trumpeter Andrew Kozar and soprano Corrine Byrne provided a relaxing but engaging performance of the work. Kozar’s sound was rich and covered, allowing Byrne’s pure tone to dominate when necessary. While the phrases were shaped for an especially expressive interpretation of the work, the dynamic level remained relaxed throughout the entirety of the performance. (Christopher Luebke-Brown)


Michael Mergen clinic - A Guide to Cornet Articulation and “March Style”
Dr. Michael Mergen shared a detailed approach to performing in the march style with accurate cornet articulation. Many players are taught to play marches with a “light” and “short” articulation; however, as noted by Mergen, the overly short articulation can affect tone negatively. Additionally, performing a set of marches presents its own physical challenges. From revisiting Arban’s writing, studying different bowing techniques, and recalling his conversations with clarinetists (with whom the cornet typically doubles in marches), Mergen advocates for a longer articulation that mimics the movement of a violin bow. He specifically addresses each type of articulation and how it could be performed in context, resulting in improved style, phrase shape, ease of playing, and beauty of sound. Based on his years of experience performing in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, Mergen’s lecture provided new insight and information on performing in the march style on cornet. (Spencer Brand)

Joey Tartell recital - 7 Horns in 60 Minutes
Joey Tartell proved his widely acclaimed versatility, musicianship, and virtuosity with his “7 Horns in 60 Minutes” recital performance. Tartell transitioned between each instrument seamlessly, performing this ambitious and artfully conceived program with nuance and finesse. He began with Turrin’s Escapade on piccolo trumpet, followed by the beautiful, quirky, and challenging Sonata by George Antheil. The unquestionably masterful balance and musical dialogue between Rebecca Wilt’s piano and Tartell’s trumpet, which marked the entire performance, were on full display during Antheil’s Sonata. The next two lovely and relatively obscure pieces (Korngold’s Marietta’s Lied and Longinotti’s Badinerie) were performed on E-flat and C trumpet respectively. The world premiere of William Stowman’s Suite for B-flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, and Bass Trumpet featured near-seamless transitions between each instrument and inspired writing throughout. Peaslee’s popular Nightsongs (flugelhorn and B-flat trumpet) and Philip Sparke’s Song and Dance (cornet) concluded the program. (Benjamin Hay)


Chloe Swindler lecture recital - Five Works for Trumpet by Black Female Composers
International award-winning soloist Chloe Swindler presented an enlightening session illuminated five works for trumpet by Black female composers. Swindler began by describing the aesthetic qualities of Black American music, such as contrasting timbre, improvisation, and several others. Accompanied by accomplished pianist Miriam Hickman, Swindler performed a program of works by Regina Harris Baiocchi, Mary Watkins, Alice Jones, and Florence Price in the second segment of the clinic. Swindler’s warm tone and highly-skilled playing resulted in stunning performances of these challenging works. In her final remarks, she discussed ways to contribute to a more inclusive and diverse world of trumpet repertoire - accessing Black female composer’s scores, creating recordings of the works, incorporating them into music curricula, and introducing them to new audiences. Swindler’s session provided insightful information regarding the available music by Black American female composers and its importance in trumpet repertoire. (Sarah Cisney)

Sebastián Gil Armas recital - Works for Trumpet and Organ by Edward Tarr Series
This recital consisted of music that Sebastián Gil Armas prepared in honor of Edward Tarr. Accompanied by organist Bryan Anderson at the Travis Park Church, the pair performed exceptionally. The recital opened with three short sonatas by Girolamo Fantini, performed on natural trumpet. Armas’s tone oscillated between sweet and brilliant, and his attention to phrasing and color was evident in each piece of the program. Of particular note was Armas’s flugelhorn playing on several of the pieces; his sound blended seamlessly with the organ in a way that demonstrated his superb sensitivity to balance and timbre. This varied program was met with hearty applause from the audience and a renewed appreciation for Edward Tarr’s tireless commitment to the trumpet. (Eli Denecke)

David Bilger clinic - The Orchestra Job: Everything Except the High C
David Bilger began the session by discussing a few prepared remarks touching on some of the important nuts and bolts of the job of an orchestral trumpet player - like how The Philadelphia Orchestra handles part assignments and their process for recent sublist auditions - before moving on to field questions from the audience. He answered many questions on a variety of topics that included the tenure process in orchestras, audition preparation, current trends in trumpet teaching, and characteristics of the best section players. He mentioned more than once the importance of developing the basics of trumpet playing - tone, intonation, and rhythm - and also drove home the importance of staying dedicated to the craft of practicing and preparation. He mentioned that in order to continue growing and advancing as a trumpet player, developing a daily routine and enjoying the mundane aspects of trumpet fundamentals can help players avoid common pitfalls. (Scott Hagarty)


Carrie Blosser clinic - Successful Starts: A Guide to the First Six Months for Beginning Trumpet Players
Dr. Carrie Blosser’s clinic featured numerous tips and tricks to help young students thrive. Blosser offered tips for teaching such basics as breathing, buzzing, and holding the instrument. When teaching the first sounds on the mouthpiece and instrument, she discussed the importance of creating a positive environment. Blosser also had numerous tips for troubleshooting issues with embouchure, air flow, and articulation. One unique tactic she calls “kazoo trumpet,” in which the mouthpiece is held slightly out of the receiver while playing, helps center the sound. Blosser’s approach also included visual aids and relatable examples such as movies and video games the student might enjoy. Throughout the presentation, Blosser emphasized the importance of including and encouraging students from all backgrounds by showing them videos featuring diverse performers playing exciting repertoire. (Marisa Youngs)


Spencer Wallin clinic - Suona la Tromba: Exploring the Performance and Technique of the Baroque Trumpet Aria
Dr. Spencer Wallin’s lecture recital on performance techniques of the Baroque trumpet aria was a refreshing change of pace as he provided insights and tips on performing and teaching Baroque music. Many of Wallin’s suggestions were informed by his personal experience in performing and teaching this music. Collaborators Rachel Wallin (piano) and Margaret Wolfe (soprano) added additional insights into the collaborative process - how trumpet players can be more sensitive to collaborative vocalists and how we can approach this music with a sensitivity that allows the musical interpretation to come through? Additionally, Wallin recommended several early-Baroque trumpet arias (works by Pallavicino, Legrenzi, and Handel) to help young students approach the genre in a way that can lead to success. (Joe Nibley)


Jazz Improvisation Competition Finals
The final round of the jazz improvisation competition featured three outstanding soloists performing for an intimate, yet enthusiastic, audience. In addition to the required tune, Punjab, each contestant included two tunes in their set. Camilo Molina (University of Miami) performed a crisp Up Jumped Spring and Sound of Love; Emerson Borg (UNC Greensboro) performed Evidence and Shame is Pride’s Cloak; and Summer Camargo (The Juilliard School) performed When It’s Sleepy Time Down South and JP Shuffle - the latter an original that she wrote for her father who was in attendance. Adjudication duties were handled by Bria Skonberg, Philip Dizack, and Ansyn Banks. The soloists were backed by a very tight rhythm section of Mike Frank on piano, Peter Paulsen on bass, and Larry Marshall on drums. (Daniel Kelly)

Female and Non-Binary Identifying Trumpet Summit
Renowned jazz trumpeter and passionate educator Bria Skonberg led an engaging and empowering summit for female and non-binary trumpet players. Through small- and full-group discussions, attendees shared musical memories of empowerment and discouragement and addressed challenges unique to female and non-binary trumpeters. International award-winning soloist Chloe Swindler voiced her experience as a Black woman in the trumpet community, which resulted in discussion about ways to create spaces in music for both female/non-binary people and people of color. The session closed with advice for young trumpeters from the older generation of female and non-binary players. Skonberg’s meeting was encouraging for all ages and skill levels and provided optimism for continued growth, opportunities, and representation for female and non-binary trumpeters. (Sarah Cisney)


Reception: Non-Pro and Comeback Players
​​The Non-Pro and Comeback Players meet-and-greet reception was well-attended with participants from all over the United States and Canada. Attendees were introduced to the Non-Pro Players Committee, ITG President Jason Bergman, and President-Elect Ryan Gardner, as well as several ITG past presidents and special guests Jens Lindemann and Ole Edvard Antonsen. For the first time in three years, members of the Non-Pro and Comeback Player community were able to reconnect in person, sharing stories of their travels and the most anticipated events on their ITG Conference itineraries. Attendees were able to discuss and coordinate their attendance at the remaining Non-Pro Player events. (Julia Bell)


Evening Concert - Monarch Brass
The Wednesday evening concert opened with a dramatic, angular fanfare by Kathryn Salfelder entitled Prospect Hill: Flourish for Brass, which showcased the intervallic virtuosity of the Monarch Brass Ensemble, under the direction of Maj. Michelle Rakers (USMC-retired). The fanfare segued into Daniel Drage’s arrangement of the beautiful Holberg Suite, originally composed by Edvard Grieg. This work provided moments for individual sections to be in the spotlight as each movement utilized a unique combination of color and style. The full ensemble then left the stage, giving way to a trumpet ensemble that performed Susan Slaughter’s arrangement of Amazing Grace with Slaughter conducting. Each phrase allowed for a new soloist to present their own beautiful timbre and grace through this traditional melody. The ensemble then rejoined the trumpeters on stage to present Samuel Barber’s Mutations from Bach. This piece once again highlighted the impeccable artistry that each performer and section harnessed. Barber’s work presented the unaltered melody in the opening and then allowed it to mutate and twist throughout the entire piece. The ensemble again quickly left the stage, leaving only a duo of one euphonium and tuba to perform Bach’s wonderful Two Part Invention No. 4, arranged by Chris Sharp. This uniquely fun and jazzy duet allowed the low brass to have an uplifting and joyful moment in the spotlight that helped cleanse the palette for the final pieces of the concert. Paola Prestini’s Wave began with haunting sounds of wind and muted low-brass drones that were counterpointed with hushed high-brass chord clusters. This dichotomy of sounds and motifs then began to layer and build upon one another, bringing a unique blend and balance of timbres was enhanced by the sheer power that only a full brass ensemble of this caliber can provide. The concert closed with an epic composition by film composer Bruce Broughton. His Fanfares, Marches, Hymns, & Finale truly showcased the virtuosic power and subtle diverse timbres of the mighty Monarch Brass. Each movement provided the audience with a new aural landscape that gave way to emerging soloists and section features that intertwined through acrobatic fanfares and powerful brass sonorities. Broughton’s composition truly allowed the ensemble to showcase their power, virtuosity, diversity in color, and ensemble precision that undoubtedly marks their position as one of the top brass ensembles in the world.

Also during this program, ITG President Jason Bergman presented Carole Dawn Reinhart with the ITG Honorary Award and presented the winners of the jazz improvisation and wind band excerpts competitions. (James Peyden Shelton)

Jazz Improvisation Competition (L-R): Oscar Passley (competition chair, Summer Camargo (first place), Emerson Borg (third place), Camilo Molina (second place), Jason Bergman (ITG president)Jazz Improvisation Competition (L-R): Oscar Passley (competition chair, Summer Camargo (first place), Emerson Borg (third place), Camilo Molina (second place), Jason Bergman (ITG president)Jazz Improvisation Competition (L-R): Oscar Passley (competition chair, Summer Camargo (first place), Emerson Borg (third place), Camilo Molina (second place), Jason Bergman (ITG president)
Jam Session - Eric Siereveld
Eric Siereveld hosted a late-night jazz jam session featuring Mike Frank on piano, Peter Paulsen on bass, and Larry Marshall on drums. Siereveld opened the session by performing a jazz tune to warm up the audience, featuring solos from each member of the rhythm section, who displayed their mastery of improvisation. Siereveld certainly displayed musical brilliance and beautiful sound in the opening tune. Following that, members of the audience signed up to perform a tune of choice with the rhythm section. There were trumpet players of all ages and experience levels playing various jazz standards, making the jam a unique experience. Throughout the night, each performer excelled, which made the session a great event not just for the performers, but for the audience as well. (Javian Brabham)


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2022 ITG Conference Report - Day 1 - Tuesday, May 31 The 46th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - San Antonio, Texas (USA)
Special Daily Report • Compiled by Peter Wood
Photos by Denny Schreffler, Josh Rzepka, Benjamin Lowe, Ryan Berndt, Jeff Grass,
and Michael Anderson

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

This opening evening of the 46th annual ITG Conference, our first in three years, was filled with the usual sense of eager anticipation of the wonderful trumpet-related events to come over the next four days and five nights. The Hyatt Regency River Walk in San Antonio is a warm, welcoming hotel with great restaurants and historical sights all around. As participants poured in throughout the afternoon, there were plenty of smiles, handshakes, hugs, and laughs to go around. After the opening mass trumpet ensemble fanfare, led by Marie Speziale, and the evening concert featuring Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán and the winners of the 2022 Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza competition, the socializing continued with an enjoyable late-night open jam session. Expectations are high for a another memorable conference!


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Opening Fanfare: Mass Trumpet Ensemble
The 46th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference opened with a mass trumpet ensemble performance led by renowned trumpeter/pedagogue Marie Speziale. In solidarity with our Ukrainian brothers and sisters, the performance opened with an arrangement of the Ukrainian National Anthem. The arrangement, by James Olcott, began with a warm, rich solo played by Brianne Borden. The performance concluded with a lively rendition of David Vess’s Cometsong. The percussive, quick-paced, and very attractive piece was a very appropriate start to an exciting, enriching conference. (Nathalie Mejia)
Marie SpezialeMarie Speziale jokes with the participants of the opening mass trumpet fanfare.


Opening Concert: Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán 
The opening concert for the Conference will be remembered as not only the first mariachi concert ever to open an ITG Conference, but also as one of the liveliest. The energy from the performers on stage instantly connected with the audience to create an excitement that fueled the concert from start to finish.

Before Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán, the evening’s headliners, took the stage, ITG President Jason Bergman welcomed everyone to our first in-person Conference since Miami in 2019 and presented the ITG Honorary Award to David Bilger, who has just retired after 27 years in his principal trumpet position in The Philadelphia Orchestra to become Professor of Trumpet at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music.

Following that presentation, the student winners of the 2022 Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza performed. The groups Mariachi Escandon from Roma Middle School, Mariachi Cascabel from Rio Grande City High School, and Mariachi Plata from the College of Southern Nevada performed. All of the student groups displayed a highly impressive  level of musical maturity and artistry, delivering first-rate performances.

Mariachi Escandon’s opening tema was full of beautiful chords and high energy, showcasing their highly polished sound: beyond the expectation of a typical middle school ensemble. They then performed El Astillero with refined duets, featuring a commanding trumpet solo with the soloist performing like a seasoned veteran.

Mariachi Cascabel accompanied the winner of the Vargas high school vocal competition, Melanie Olivarez from La Joya High School. Olivarez came out with immense power, with her voice filling Lila Cockrell Auditorium with her opening of two pieces, Los Laureles. Mariachi Cascabel performed three more songs on their own that highlighted impeccable trumpet work, fantastic rhythmic groove, and great singing by the soloists and the ensemble.

Mariachi Plata was the final student group. Their male soloists on Que Linda es Mexico drew the audience in with true mariachi charisma. Popurri de mi tierra gave the trumpets an opportunity to dazzle with their precision.

As polished as the Vargas-winning student ensembles were, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán’s performance demonstrated why they are one of the top mariachis in the world. Their performance was specially crafted for the ITG crowd to be heavier on instrumentals - and especially la trompetistas. With a connection to current events, the first song after the tema was Amor Eterno, dedicated to those affected by the tragedy in Uvalde, only 80 miles from San Antonio. The audience all turned on the flashlights on their mobile phones to participate in the dedication. Mi Amor es una trompeta and Paso dobles were major features for the trumpet trio and drew in the audience with their treatment of melodies familiar to all trumpet players - even those who are not mariachi aficionados. One of the more fun songs of their set was El Niño Pedido, (The Mischievous Child). The trumpeters went to different sides of the auditorium to perform interludes while walking gradually back to the stage. Their performance closed with a showpiece that demonstrated the incredible virtuosic prowess of these musicians. The solos by the violins, arpa, and trumpets would have been inspiring to even the most staid of audiences. The crowd immediately leapt to their feet, demanding more.

Given the top-level performances and enthusiastic engagement of the audience, concerts and experiences like these should continue to be cultivated by ITG. (Kyle Millsap)

Jam Session: Trent Austin 
Trent Austin opened the first Conference late-night open jam session with a Dave Brubeck tune featuring Mike Frank on piano, Peter Paulsen on bass, and Larry Marshall on drums. With his jovial and energetic personality, Austin created a cool, relaxed, and welcoming atmosphere for the session. Philip Dizak and Rich Willey were up on the next tune to solo, followed by a strong showing from several college students and some older, more experienced players. Austin did a fine job getting people to play and have a good time, and it all turned out very well for a highly enjoyable first jam session of the Conference. (Nathan Shadix)


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2019 ITG Conference Prelude Performances The 44th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - Miami, Florida (USA)
Special Daily Report • Compiled by Peter Wood
Photos by Michael Anderson, Norman Black, 
Benjamin Lowe, and Donald Sorah

Conference Prelude Performances

* Indicates premiere performances.
Groups are listed alphabetically.


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Ensamble de Trompetas de la Universidad de Costa Rica
Juan C. Meza Solano, director 
Luis Araya, Juan Meza, Jairo Vega, Jesus Campos, Jose Loria, Fabian Mata, Kenny Casanova, Cristian Sarmientos, and Juan Vargas, trumpets
Intrada Dramatica by Joe Price

The Ensemble de Trompetas de la Universidad de Costa Rica took the stage and commanded the audience's attention with a burst of rhythmically propulsive declamations. Playing with impeccable precision, intonation, and balance, the group’s finely tuned chords were enhanced by their warm, burnished sound. (EK)


CF Trumpet Ensemble, College of Central Florida
Trey Moore, director
Jaysander Rodriguez, Christian Tomaszewski, Joe Pacifici. Lily D. Stidham, Reece Salmon, and Trey Moore, trumpets
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Dürrenhorn Passage by Kevin McKee

The College of Central Florida’s CF Trumpet Ensemble gave a superb rendition of Kevin McKee’s Dürrenhorn Passage. Their performance grabbed the audience’s attention immediately with a powerful and striking sound that was accented by tremendous precision from each performer. Their ability to change colors throughout each section of the work was fantastic and provided a unique musical journey for the listener. Their electrifying interpretation of their challenging piece gave a wonderful transition into the session’s presentation and left the audience on the edge of their seats. (JPS)


CNU Trumpet Ensemble, Christopher Newport University 
Dr. Kelly Rossum, director 
Sarah Kay Biser, Charles Smith, Daniel Berry, Tyler Brookhart, Margaret Metts, Thomas Flynn, Emily Grace Louis, Jacob Sheffield, and Hayden Cameron, trumpets
Legacy: Welcome to the Circle by  Kelly Rossum

Dr. Kelly Rossum conducted his own composition honoring the “circle of fellowship and shared experiences that occurs at ITG conferences.” The piece featured colorful harmonies throughout that often morphed into ostinato moving lines, building momentum. His open fifths and suspended fourths created a pandiatonic effect as they rang like bells, and the layered double-tonguing passages built to a jarring climax. The ensemble should be commended for embracing such challenging harmonies and dissonances with confidence while delivering a musical performance with poise. (NV)


Duquesne University Trumpet Ensemble
Professor Chad Winkler, director 
Joseph Beaver, Kevin Skinkis, Robert Jarsulic, Matthew Piato, Thomas Houghton III, Ryan Fulton, Mikayla Justen, Mikki Cersosimo, Amy Bertsch, Abigail Iksic, Matthew Eisenreich, Zach DeLuise, and Michael Zech, trumpets
Finlandia by Jean Sibelius, arr. Brian Buerkle

The Duquesne University Trumpet Ensemble, under the direction of Chad Winkler, opened the program with Finlandia by Sibelius, arranged by Brian Buerkle for eleven trumpets, including flugelhorn and bass trumpet. A full, rich opening led to the gorgeous, popular melody that floated on top of the foundation established by the ensemble. The group beautifully executed this new setting of the beloved standard. (WK)


Schwob Trumpet Ensemble, Columbus State University
Dr. Robert Murray, director 
Dylan Boyd, Stephen Burden, Douglas Escobar, Brandon Fortson, Patrick Lindsey, Nathan Moore, Rashaan Skrine, Harold Villa, Steven Vought, and Adam White, trumpets
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Subduction by Brandon Dicks

The ten-member trumpet ensemble from the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, under the direction of Dr. Rob Murray and conducted by Brandon Dicks, performed Dicks’s own Subduction. The subdued opening gave way to a dramatic crescendo, and the pairing of Harmon and cup mutes created a complex timbre. The piece showcased antiphonal choirs as well as solo and full-ensemble playing. (MM)


Emporia State University Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. Gary D. Ziek, director 
Wyatt Campbell, Clayton Happy, Katelyn Hess, Ben Ortstadt, Bailey Poage, Joe Ruiter, Tristan Stevens, Lucy Steyer, and Robert Nance, trumpets; Hunter Poage, trombone; Annjela Abbey, bass trombone
“Habanera” from Carmen by Georges Bizet, arr. Gary Ziek
Ceremony by Gary Ziek

The Emporia State University Trumpet Ensemble (plus two trombones) opened their performance with Dr. Gary Ziek’s arrangement of “Habanera” from Carmen. The arrangement featured great interplay among the ensemble and captured the spirit of the original. Their second piece was an original composition by Ziek, titled Ceremony. The group showcased their talents well with great excitement and energy, and their performance served as a great lead-in to the concert that followed. (KM)


University of Florida Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. Randy Lee, director 
Ben Elgan, Eli Denecke, Adrienne Widener, Josh Drourr, Brendan Sweeney, and Jake Hardy, trumpets
“Scherzo” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Felix Mendelssohn, arr. Ben Elgan

The University of Florida Trumpet Ensemble performed Mendelssohn’s “Scherzo” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, arranged by the group’s own Ben Elgan, to open Jose Sibaja’s recital. The performance highlighted well the technical abilities of each player in the ensemble and was incredibly colorful due to every performer’s playing a different trumpet. The audience’s reception was enthusiastic and set the tone for the ensuing recital. (MV)


FSC Trumpet Ensemble, Florida Southern College 
Dr. Don McLaurin, director
John Pirillo, Josh Rakes, Christopher Alegria, Amanda Cook, Leighton Smith, Haley Rodriguez, and Cati Ficquette, trumpets; Zoe Perkins and Tabitha Lutz, cello
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Canzon Cornetto by Samuel Scheidt
Someone Like You by Frank Wildhorn, arr. Jamey Ray and Don McLaurin

The Florida Southern College Trumpet Ensemble presented two prelude pieces under the direction of Dr. Don McLaurin. A trumpet quartet performed Samuel Scheidt’s Canzon Cornetto with beautiful ensemble blend and effortless trading of melodic lines. This was followed by an adaptation of Frank Wildhorn’s Someone Like You, arranged by Jamey Ray and adapted by Dr. McLaurin for nine trumpets and two cellos. The young ensemble’s sensitive playing shone through with cantabile flugelhorn lines filling out this romantic number. (MM)


FSW Trumpet Quartet, Florida Southwestern State College 
Dr. Tom Smith, director 
Shannon O’Neil, Kelly Quinn, Cicero McCarter, and Joyel Norton, trumpets
Jesus, My Soul’s Delight by J.S. Bach
Rouse Thyself, My Weak Spirit by J.S. Bach

The four members of the Florida Southwestern State College Trumpet Ensemble opened Jose Sibaja’s masterclass by performing pieces by J.S. Bach. Conducted by Dr. Tom Smith, they demonstrated great maturity and musicality in their performance.  Because there were only four players, each was featured. They blended well together and obviously enjoyed playing this time-honored chorale genre. On Charles Decker’s arrangement of Fugue No. 11, from The Well Tempered Clavier, Book 1, they were well balanced and played with great energy and conviction.  It was an especially great way to inspire the high school students who were present that morning to work with Jose Sibaja, and their performance was obviously appreciated by all in attendance. (PS)


Liantes sin piano, Global Institute for Music Research
Jordi Albert, director 
Guillem Torro, Ivan Martí, Gabi Garcés, and Jordi Albert, trumpets

Prelude et Intrada by Howard Buss

The Global Institute for Music Research Trumpet Ensemble performed Prelude et Intrada by Howard Buss as the prelude to Rebecca Palmer’s youth lecture. The Prelude section began with a sonorous chord, and the following counterpoint highlighted each member’s beautiful sound. The Intrada brought a new brilliant color in a fanfare character to contrast with the opening section. Their performance was well received and prepared the audience well for the lecture that followed. (SB)


Trompetes do Cerrado, Universidade Federal de Goiás
Dr. Antonio Cardoso, director 
Antonio Cardoso, Felipe Araújo, Guilherme Toledo, Kaellen Castro, Lourrainy Cabral, Marcelo Eterno, and Ricardo Dias, trumpets
Fantasia Brasileira by Jose de Silva “Duda”

The Trompetes do Cerrado, led by Dr. Antonio Cardoso, performed Fantasia Brasileira by Jose de Silva “Duda.” The six-member ensemble from Brazil played the work with a great sense of style and enthusiasm. In four movements and based on Brazilian folk music, the piece is full of rhythmic complexity. Trompetes do Cerrado created a festive atmosphere with their performance. (KE)


UI Trumpet Ensemble, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
Nicole Gillotti, director
Brian Galli, Chris Armstrong, Tory Greenwood, Andrew Magosky, Nick Jenz, Paris Baptiste, and Tyler Cornwall, trumpets
Lincolnshire Posy by Percy Grainger, arr. Brian Galli

This morning’s recital opened with a performance of three movements from Percy Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy, as arranged by Brian Galli, one of the ensemble’s members. The trumpet septet executed the work beautifully. A variety of tonal colors across the ensemble provided for great musical intrigue throughout the piece, and the group’s ability to blend those sounds provided a pleasant homogeneity that allowed them to capture the spirit of the work. The ensemble’s hard work and commitment to the music really shone through, and the audience was clearly appreciative of their efforts. (TT)


Mahidol University Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. Joseph Bowman, director
Nitiphum Bamrungbanthum, Surasi Chanoksakul, Narongkit Chanthadilokporn, Nattamon Dusitsophon, Kueakool Jaisom, Termpong Jaieim, Alongkorn Laosaichua,Titinun Manonati, Panalee Naknaka, Suchol Nintawong, Sompop Puengpreeda, Patcharee Suwantada, Radit Towong, Patchara Vinitvorakul, Krisatri Weerawonwattana, and Kunyaporn Wirunpochit, trumpets
Affiliate Chapters RecitalAffiliate Chapters Recital
X1 by Erik Morales

The students of Mahidol University and Joseph Bowman should be commended for traveling such a long way from Thailand and giving a very polished, exciting performance. Erik Morales’s X1 was named after the first supersonic airplane and provided an excellent opportunity to showcase the students’ strong technique and consistent articulation. The ensemble doubled all five parts, but there was still fine solo playing by individuals and a good ensemble balance throughout. (NV)


SCCC Trumpet Ensemble, Schenectady County Community College School of Music 
Dr. Allyson Keyser, director
Todd DuBrey, Ben L’Ecuyer, Matt McCann, Jake Morrissey, and Bryce Kelly, trumpets
Cityscapes by Erik Morales
Amazing Grace, arr. M.S. Grant
* Reflections in Jazz and Blues by Dylan Canterbury

Schenectady Trumpet Ensemble’s performance was stylistically diverse. “Rush Hour” from Erik Morales’ Cityscapes, was a lively opener. Marcus Grant’s arrangement of Amazing Grace followed, with melodic lines in canon and electrifying suspensions. A world premiere of Reflections in Jazz and Blues by Dylan Canterbury closed, with moments that evoked spontaneous improvisation. (MM)


SWOSU Trumpet Ensemble, Southwestern Oklahoma State University 
Dr. Richard Tirk, director
Alex Davis, Tommy Smith, Austin Hardman, Amanda Bacon, Jeremiah Cross, Dustin Gorny, Aaron Edge, Davison Nguyen, Miranda Giessel, Donna Hyde, Gary Hoover, Andy Cifuentes, Kayla Clay, and Andrew Howse, trumpets

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An Overture and a Finale by Ronald LoPresti

Opening the evening’s feature jazz concert was the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Trumpet Ensemble performing Ronald LoPresti’s An Overture and a Finale. From the very opening, the group displayed great precision, blend, and unity of sound and articulation. The odd-meter sections so prevalent in LoPresti’s music were executed within a steady groove, with each member adhering to time with noticeable ease. The quality of the communication across the ensemble, from clearly marked cues to the eyes and ears necessary to absorb them, the players were constantly in sync with one another. (TT)


TrumpetSix, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Dr. Daniel Kelly, director
Madison Barton, McKenna Hill, Austin Loehr, Michaela Schwyhart, Isaiah Scott, and Rylan Taylor, trumpets
Milestone by Kent Boulton

The Texas A&M-Commerce Trumpet Ensemble did an enthusiastic performance of Kent Boulton’s Milestone. The prelude consisted of flourishes and exchanges of runs over several ostinatos. A few lyrical sections showcased the ensemble’s warmth of sound, and pyramids with Harmon mute provided additional contrast. This was an excellent performance with precision and energy throughout. (LE)


University of Texas at Tyler Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. Jeremy McBain, director
Paul Arriola, Kyle Bennett, Gavin Clarke, Ethan Day, Dylan McCann, and Peter Merts, trumpets

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Congratulamini Mihi by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Concert Fanfare by Eric Ewazen

The six-member ensemble from the University of Texas at Tyler infused the Renaissance polyphony of Palestrina’s Congratulamini Mihi with exquisite balance, fine intonation, and a warm sound. Their performance of Ewazen’s Concert Fanfare exhibited fine control of expressive dynamics and ensemble precision. (EK)


WCU Trumpet Ensemble, West Chester University of Pennsylvania 
Dr. Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski and Mr. Robert Skoniczin, 
Samuel Zatkow, Adrianna Korey, Alyssa Kenny, Julianna Johnson, Charlotte McMillen, Maeve Bartra, Chloe Francis, and Nicholas Bowser, trumpets
Conquest by Erik Morales

The West Chester University Trumpet Ensemble performed Erik Morales’s Conquest. They played with beautifully warm sounds, which worked well with the lush sonorities of the piece. The soloist projected brilliantly over the ensemble, and the overall performance delivered wonderful energy and excitement. (KM)


Badger Brass, University of Wisconsin-Madison 
Ms. Jean Laurenz, director 
Nick Hill, Matthew Kellen, Brighin Kane-Grade, Brendan Anderson, Joseph Rockman, and Kaitlyn Rian, trumpets
Suite for Five Trumpets by Ronald Lo Presti

The Badger Brass trumpet ensemble from the University of Wisconsin-Madison put on an exciting performance of Ronald Lo Presti’s Suite for Five Trumpets. The first and third movements featured their clear and pointed articulations, while they demonstrated beautiful lyricism in the second movement. The musicians showcased their talents in a passionate and expressive performance. (SS)


Westminster College Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. Tim Winfield, director 
Vincent Buell, Sean Evanick, Nikalas Guadagnino, Courtney Labritz, Allison Savage, and Tim Hering, trumpets
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Barber of Seville Overture by Gioachino Rossini, arr. Erik Morales

The Westminster College Trumpet Ensemble, directed by Dr. Tim Winfield, performed Erik Morales’s arrangement of Gioachino Rossini’s Overture to The Barber of Seville. The work, scored for three trumpets and three flugelhorns, remains true to the original. There was an obvious sense of vitality and energy to the six-member ensemble’s performance. (KE)

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2019 ITG Conference Report - Day 5 - Saturday, July 13 - Evening events The 44th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - Miami, Florida (USA)
Special Daily Report • Compiled by Peter Wood
Photos by Michael Anderson, Norman Black, 
Benjamin Lowe, and Donald Sorah

Saturday, July 13 - Evening events

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Student Meet & Greet Reception
A warm Miami sunset on the river provided the backdrop for the International Trumpet Guild's Student Reception early Saturday evening. Students from around the world gathered to meet, greet, and eat together after a busy weekend of musical activities. Students were encouraged to talk to new people and discuss their favorite parts of the conference. During the event, Grant Peters encouraged the students to talk with him should they have any suggestions for the bettering of next year's conference. By doing this, he invited them to continue to carry on the legacy of the organization by participating in various ways in the future. A raffle drawing seemed to be the highlight of the night as many students walked away with generous gifts from the conference exhibitors. Over 100 students attended this exciting gathering. (ED)

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Salsa Night with Jose Sibaja, Carlos Oliva and Los Sobrinos del Juez
What better way could there be to close out an International Trumpet Guild Conference in Miami than with a night of sizzling salsa?! From the very outset of tonight’s event, the stage of the James L. Knight Center was on fire with the sounds of Carlos Oliva y Los Sobrinos del Juez (The Judge’s Nephews). Making up the band were Richard Bravo (drums), Charles Santiago (timbales/percussion), Manuel Torres (conga), Omar Hernandez (bass), Jackson King (keyboards/vocals), Javier Concepción (keyboards), Camilo Valencia (flute/EWI/saxophone), Teddy Mulet (trumpet/trombone), Jason Carter (trumpet), and the leader of the band for 52 years, Carlos Oliva. Joining them on stage as the host for the evening was Yamaha Performing Artist, Boston Brass member, and trumpet virtuoso, Jose Sibaja.

As the timbales sounded from a blacked-out stage, the energy began to build. Joined shortly by the congas, and soon by the remainder of the band, performing an original Los Sobrinos del Juez guaguanco, it was clear that the audience was in for a great time. Frontman Carlos Oliva’s electrifying energy, combined with a band that utterly defined “groove,” immediately sent audience members onto their feet, with most never returning to their seats. The eclectic set list, which combined both popular salsa tunes like Bomboleo and Kimbara with popular music from decades past, including The Ides of March’s Vehicle, Tina Turner’s Proud Mary, the Rolling Stones’ Satisfaction and The Isley Brothers’ Shout, was an exciting mix that never ceased to surprise the audience and kept the dancers moving until the final high notes of the night rang out.

A particular highlight of the evening, and a moment when the tenor of the party began an exponential rise, was a medley of tunes by K.C. and the Sunshine Band which saw the legendary Doc Severensen lead an army of dancers to the front of the hall and then pick up a trumpet to join the section on stage. Before long, the performance became an all-out jam session, with the trumpet section growing to include New Orleans-based trumpeter and Trumpet Mafia leader Ashlin Parker, the Royal Canadian Army’s Naden Band trumpeter Miguel Valdes de la Hoz, and Everton Bailey.

The band’s final tune, Yayabó, inspired nearly the entire audience to dance their way around the Knight Center in a traditional Cuban conga line. In the words of Jose Sibaja immediately after the concert, “it just turned into a big party.” And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the only way to end a gathering of trumpet players from around the world. (TT)

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2019 ITG Conference Report - Day 5 - Saturday, July 13 - Daytime events The 44th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - Miami, Florida (USA)
Special Daily Report • Compiled by Peter Wood
Photos by Michael Anderson, Norman Black, 
Benjamin Lowe, and Donald Sorah

Saturday, July 13 - Daytime events

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Sarah Stoneback - Chop Balance: A Warmup for a Healthy and Balanced Experience on Trumpet
Dr. Sarah Stoneback’s morning warmup was well attended and expertly structured. She brought to bear her research on cognitive learning awareness via the four modes of learning: Cognitive Experience, Reflective Observation, Abstract Conceptualization, and Active Experimentation. Her overarching principle is to be flexible and embrace variety in order to stretch one’s learning threshold. Stoneback also presented the five principles of warming up, as observed in Braces and Brass by John Colson and Ron Stoneback. These include “Low before High,” “Soft before Loud,” “Down before Up,” “Slow before Fast,” and “Slur before Tongue.” The warmup session began with breath-attack long tones on a middle G and flowed into a few exercises inspired by James Thompson and Max Schlossberg. With excellent explanation between drills, she moved on to articulation drills and target practice with a final melody played as a group. (DG)


Sean Butterfield and Vern Sielert Youth Day Warmup: Building YOUR Routine
Sean Butterfield and Vern Sielert guided the students of Youth Day through a comprehensive warm-up routine designed to help reset the foundation of playing from the demands of the previous day. The presenters emphasized that everything you include in a warmup must be customized to your own needs and abilities. Butterfield and Sierlert used stretches and breathing exercises to prepare the participants’ bodies to play for the day and led the group through several mouthpiece and leadpipe exercises to focus on developing a pure sound. Through their routine, the presenters helped students simplify the fundamentals of trumpet playing to creating a good sound, changing pitches, and articulating. With these ideas, Butterfield and Sielert expressed the importance of always maintaining a musical focus, even in the most basic of exercises. The students learned how to develop successful habits of playing that they can incorporate into their own careers. (EM)


ITG Youth Competition, Junior Division
The Junior Division of the ITG Youth Competition consisted of students age 15 and under performing solos from the standard trumpet literature. Jade Park was the first to perform and played a wonderful rendition of the Arutiunian Concerto. Her powerful sound captivated the audience from the opening and was highlighted by her impressive technique and clear articulations. Benjamin Black gave a compelling performance of the first movement of the Hindemith Sonata. His rhythmic precision was notable in this demanding piece. Ruoshui Min followed with the Hansen Sonata. She displayed marvelous control of the instrument while performing at soft dynamic levels. Sam Ferguson’s rendition of Balay’s Petite Piece Concertante was expressive and passionate. Joshua Kucharski followed with Arban’s Fantasie Brilliante. This work highlighted his talents as a musician, namely his clear tone, precise technique and articulations, and ability to travel through all registers of the instrument. Paul Kwak continued the competition with the first movement of the Ewazen Sonata. Kwak’s lush tone and beautiful lyricism complemented the style of this work well. Yuntong Li also performed the Hansen Sonata. He displayed an impressive ability to transition seamlessly between legato and fanfare styles. Oliver Zhang was next, performing the second and third movements of the Hummel Concerto. His clear tone at soft dynamics created a wonderful atmosphere in the second movement. The third movement allowed Zhang to showcase dexterity through technically demanding sections. Oliver Robinson gave an inspiring performance of Höhne’s Slavische Fantasie. His ability to maintain a beautiful sound in all registers through various dynamic levels was truly impressive. The final performer of the competition was Jack Bricklemyer, playing Arban’s version of The Carnival of Venice. This work allowed Bricklemyer to display his wide range as he progressed through multiple variations. After hearing all ten performers, the judges truly have their work cut out for them. Congratulations to all of the finalists for their wonderful and inspiring performances! (SS)

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Peyden Shelton Lecture - From Big Weight Loss to Big Problems: Addressing the Negative Effects of Weight Loss on Trumpet Performance
Beginning with a charismatic welcome, Dr. Peyden Shelton presented a wonderful lecture that addressed the benefits and challenges in trumpet playing that can arise from weight loss. Identifying several common issues such as a loss of range, endurance, and clarity of articulation, Shelton shared his own personal experience and provided detailed plans and exercises to regain control and finesse on the trumpet. Taking time to demonstrate his approach to building range, endurance, and articulation, Shelton suggested that players always focus on sound and be patient with the process. Equally important is the ability to identify and assess progress while being willing to reach out to peers, mentors, teachers, or medical professionals for help along the journey. Monitoring positive progress with a daily practice journal was also encouraged, and as a last resort, changing equipment can also be beneficial. Everyone in attendance enjoyed the lecture and benefitted from Shelton's knowledge on the subject. (SW)


Jeremy Brekke Lecture - “Visualize” the Possibilities: Using a Mouthpiece Visualizer for Efficient Trumpet Playing
Dr. Jeremy Brekke’s demonstration and discussion about mouthpiece visualizers centered around the desire to play the trumpet more efficiently. He noted that some trumpeters work too hard to play the instrument and that visualizers can be used to make the minor adjustments necessary to increase ease of play. While some simply use this tool to observe the alignment of the aperture within the mouthpiece, Brekke focused more on using the visualizer to create a clear, pure buzz with as little effort as possible. Once the desired sound was achieved on the visualizer, he then began the process of transferring that sound concept to the trumpet. Benefits include greater endurance, added range, enhanced response, and improved consistency. It is important to remember that less is more in this case. Just a few minutes of daily use can yield significant results. (AD)


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Few things at this year's conference proved as inspiring as listening to the Senior Division of this year’s ITG Youth Competition. Each competitor, regardless of award, performed with poise and maturity, and all were accompanied by the exceptional Rebecca Wilt on piano. Judges included Jesse Cook, Sarah Stoneback, and Richard Tirk. Ko-Te Chen, who earned third place in the contest, presented an expressive rendition of Enesco's Legend. A strong upper register and wide range of dynamics served the music well. Stefan Filip performed two movements from the Senee Concertino. His sweet tone and sparkling articulation earned him second place in this year’s event. With an impressive performance of Höhne's Slavische Fantasie, Sung Ho Wui was the competition winner. His warm tone, technical facility, and stylistic sensitivity impressed the judges and delighted audience members. This was a very impressive showing by some talented young artists with bright futures ahead. (ED)

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Grant Manhart Lecture - Born Lucky or a Learned Skill? William Adam’s Concepts of Trumpet Range
What’s the problem with range? Is it the trumpet or the mentality? Dr. Grant Manhart presented William Adam’s concepts as an approach to expanding range. Adam’s concepts are not a method; they are a mentality. Based on excerpts from an interview, Manhart began by explaining Adam’s approach to the science of trumpet playing. More importantly, he emphasized that there must be a strong mental picture of the sound we want. Manhart described Adam as the “eternal optimist” who believed that a positive mentality and sound concept is 90% of playing the trumpet. Playing straight down the horn with an amazing mental sound concept allows the player to ascend in register with ease. Manhart demonstrated William Adam’s concepts that can expand a player’s range and open a new sound palette through positive mental image of their sound. (SB)

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Fabio Brum Recital - EGREGORE+
Fabio Brum treated his afternoon audience to a truly spectacular recital, performing his entire program from memory. He opened with an exciting performance of Charlier’s Solo de Concours on his four-valve cornet and followed with two pieces that were composed for him. Efraín Oscher’s Latin Rhapsody for trumpet and orchestra will be on Brum’s upcoming album, and this was the world premiere of the version for trumpet and piano. The three-movement work was full of Latin character and various dance rhythms as the soloist moved between trumpet, flugelhorn, and piccolo cornet with great ease. The other work written for Brum was Febre Do Rato (Rat’s Fever) by  ngelo Martins, an incredibly demanding unaccompanied work that portrays the migration of Brazilian populations from small towns into the largest cities. Pianist Kasia Wieczorek was an excellent collaborator as they closed the recital with Thorvald Hansen’s Sonata and Eugene Bozza’s Rustiques. It was a delight to hear such inspired and genuinely artistic interpretations of these standard works. (NV)

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A Brass Odyssey: Using the Natural Trumpet and the History of Lip-Blown Instruments to Teach Beginners
Chris Hasselbring and Kirsty Montgomery gave a lively and informative session on their work with their educational initiative Brass for Beginners (BfB). Founded in 2013, BfB teaches the fundamentals of brass playing through an interdisciplinary curriculum using “child-friendly” plastic natural trumpets. Using these affordable (and indestructible) instruments, school-age children gain experience with natural trumpets, which can lead to further study of any brass instrument. Pitched in C (A=440 Hz), the BfB Natural Trumpet can fit into any general music classroom to play with recorders and Orff instruments. In addition, the BfB curriculum teaches history, brass instrumental development, and repertoire through the character of Ragnar, a caveman who travels through time. Hasselbring demonstrated typical classroom interactions with eight volunteers using BfB trumpets in activities like “The Practice Cave” and “Pharaoh’s Trumpeters.” The BfB website ( also features videos from such contributing artists as John Wallace, Brian Shaw, and Terry Everson. (EK)

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Seraph Brass Recital
The all-female Seraph Brass presented an outstanding recital, “The Music of Classical Masters and Contemporary Women.” The group alternated between works for brass quintet and sextet, with each ensemble member demonstrating beautiful lyricism and stunning technique. The trumpeters in the group––Mary Bowden, Raquel Samayoa, and Jean Laurenz––traded leadership roles throughout the recital, performing difficult exposed solos and lengthy technical passages on flugelhorn and B-flat, C, E-flat, and piccolo trumpets. The low-brass trio of Rachel Velvikis (horn), Hana Beloglavec (trombone), and Gretchen Renshaw James (tuba) performed with incredible dynamic and stylistic range, showcasing broad power and impressive delicacy. Champions of new music and female composers, Seraph performed three works in this category: Asteria by Catherine McMichael, Khirkiyaan (Windows): Three Transformations for Brass by Reena Esmail, and Copperwave by Joan Tower. Each work had unique technical and musical challenges, which the ensemble navigated with ease throughout the unique and entertaining program. (MY)

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Sean Jones Recital 
Trumpeter Sean Jones, along with Zach Bartholomew (piano), John Yarling (drums), and Chuck Bergeron (bass), formed a communicative and good-humored combo. Their set included Dizzy Gillespie’s Ow!, three original compositions by Sean Jones, Horace Silver’s Song for My Father, and Freddie Hubbard’s Dear John. In Jones’s personal and eclectic program, he displayed the sound concept of a soprano saxophone, interspersing space between impossibly rapid flourishes and the “dirtiest” blues riffs. He shined in unexpected places: a dead-tone sustain as pure as a sine wave, the ethereal sigh of a closely amplified harmon mute, and a humble but self-assured demeanor. From funeral dirge waltz to frenetic bop, Jones’s program stunned and delighted attendees. (MM)

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Festival of Trumpets
The Festival of Trumpets opened with an exciting world premiere of Jason Dovel’s Sonitus Fanfare for seven Baroque trumpets. The work highlights the pomp and pageantry that Baroque trumpets can bring to any modern composition. The work explored all areas of range and presented wonderful idiomatic motives that herald the Baroque trumpet’s historic past.

Joshua Hobbs’s Soar grabbed the audience right from its opening fanfare and held their attention to the last measure. Centered around a short, double-tongued motive, the work provided each performer a chance to share the spotlight in both technical and lyrical musical lines.
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Aaron Hodgson’s arrangement for six trumpets of Media vita by Riho Esko Maimets opened with a lone solo trumpet melody presenting reveries of ancient times or distant lands. This melodic line was slowly shared and harmonized throughout the entire ensemble before reaching a climactic finish.
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The Gaze by Richard Gillis brought a unique flair to the traditional trumpet ensemble repertoire. The work’s grooving ensemble sections and improvisatory solo moments allowed the ensemble members to flex their “jazzier” side.
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Rob Roy McGregor’s Essay opened with a hypnotic and dark melody that slithered its way through the ensemble using different colors and melodic alterations. The piece featured various mutes that gave the work a wonderfully eclectic palette of sound for the listener to enjoy. Erik Morales’s transcription of Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture hit the audience right off the bat with its triumphant opening. The fast scalar passages and passing ascending lines led the audience through each section as it built to its final climactic notes.
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Daniel Gianola-Norris’s arrangement of Amy Beach’s Gavotte, Op. 36, No. 2 presented a wonderful showcase of this traditional work. The motives were beautifully harmonized and accentuated with rhythmic lines that highlighted the many idiomatic traits of the trumpet.
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Joe Price’s Westward Ho! brought the thrill and adventure of the Wild West to the concert hall. The tight rhythmic figures driven by the beautiful lyrical lines presented a wonderful dichotomy within the piece. Each of the five performers added their own flair and color to the rip-roarin’ melody as it passed throughout the ensemble.
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Adrian Kelly’s Inside The Gate: A Fanfare in Blue for jazz trumpet section opened with an ear-catching groove that gave way to more soloistic improvisatory moments for members of the ensemble. The group navigated the difficult shout sections with ease and added a wonderful depth of color to their melodic lines throughout the work.
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Engelbert Humperdinck’s famous “Evening Prayer” from Hansel and Gretel, arranged by John Irish, provided a reflective tribute to those who had passed away since the last ITG Conference in 2018. The ensemble’s beautiful sound and color were highlighted by the many lyrical lines and rich harmonies in this famous work.
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Erik Morales’s Within Sacred Walls provided the audience with yet another reflective composition with its slow-moving melodies and rich timbre. The ensemble presented a beautiful tone and soaring sound as they navigated the piece towards the climactic final notes. Leroy Anderson’s famous The Rakes of Mallow was a wonderful and light-hearted addition to the program. The traditional folk-like melodies were aided by the power of the festive accompaniment. The ensemble presented a fantastic performance that brought several listeners to their feet.
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The world premiere of Jason Dovel’s The Legend of Pandora was presented by the Non-Pro Trumpet Ensemble. The work grabbed the audience right from the beginning with a huge punch of chords and swirling motivic lines. The piece presented rich soaring melodies that were separated by small chaotic episodes and ended with exciting fanfares.
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The final piece on the concert featured the largest gathering of performers. James Olcott conducted Michael Serber’s transcription of Poet and Peasant Overture by Franz von Suppe, taking the audience on a musical journey and highlighting the cast of characters from this famous work. The solo lines soared through the rich, beautiful textures of the accompaniment. The climactic moments gave the audience a wonderful and exciting thrill as the sheer size of the ensemble’s sound truly filled the hall. (JPS and PS)
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2019 ITG Conference Report - Day 4 - Friday, July 12 - Evening events The 44th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - Miami, Florida (USA)
Special Daily Report • Compiled by Peter Wood
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Friday, July 12 - Evening events

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ITG Legacy Reception
Alan Siebert welcomed all those in attendance at the annual Legacy Fund reception, which was open to all ITG members. He introduced Bill Pfund, who spoke about the history and purpose of the Fund, established to support projects that align with the mission of the Guild.  Longtime member Paul Kurtz encouraged those in attendance to spread the word among members about opportunities for giving that not only support our projects, but also provide a third-level back-up plan to the operating budget and emergency fund. More information about the Legacy Fund can be found on the ITG Website ( (GP)


Summer Night at the Orchestra

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This evening’s program featured a stellar roster of international soloists accompanied by the ITG Festival Orchestra, under the baton of the Swiss conductor and trumpeter, Olivier Anthony Theurillat. First on the program was Vivaldi’s Concerto No. 9 in D Major, featuring Daniel Crespo, principal trumpet of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. Playing from memory on piccolo trumpet, Crespo’s refined elegance and effortless trills spun a golden web of sound in the large auditorium. His ability to float above the sensitive string accompaniment in both lyrical and virtuosic passages was incandescent.

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Amy McCabe of the United States Marine Band was next on the program, performing the second and third movements of Eric Ewazen’s Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra. In the mournful second movement (Elegia), her crystal-clear tone was supported by rhapsodic string writing reminiscent of Vaughan Williams. The third movement, Allegro Agitato, featured angular interjections, propulsive rhythms, and an accompanied cadenza at the end.
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Following the Ewazen, ITG President Cathy Leach presented the ITG Honorary Award to Ryan Anthony. Because Ryan has been hospitalized for the past several weeks battling cancer, his children, Lilly and Rowan Anthony, accepted the award on his behalf while his wife, Nikki, live-streamed the ceremony on a smartphone so Ryan could watch from his hospital bed. It was an emotional moment when Lilly Anthony read an inspirational acceptance letter from her father followed by a prolonged standing ovation.
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British trumpeter Matilda Lloyd was featured next in Ivan Jevtic’s Suite Concertante for Piccolo Trumpet and Strings, “Que le jour est beau!” The four-movement work, which was composed in 1985, highlighted Lloyd’s ringing tone, sparkling articulation, and rhythmic precision. Theurillat and the orchestra brought out all the expressive drama and poignancy of the challenging score.
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A sensitive performance of Copland’s Quiet City featured Jason Bergman on trumpet and Grant Peters playing the solo English horn part on flugelhorn. Both soloists displayed pinpoint accuracy and gorgeous lyrical playing.
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The final selection on the program, Jorg Widmann’s Concertpiece for Trumpet and Small Orchestra, “ad absurdum” (2002), was a tour de force written for Russian trumpeter Sergei Nakariakov. Performing on a B-flat trumpet while circular breathing, Nakariakov dazzled with a seemingly endless blizzard of double-tongued sixteenth notes in patterns of increasing range and complexity. What was truly “absurd” was how Nakariakov made it all seem so easy. The piece was a ferociously difficult perpetual motion that sustained an unbelievable amount of tension for fifteen minutes. According to the composer’s note in the score, “The trumpeter is a playmaker who gleefully displays maximum velocity right from the start, yet, revolving in his momentum strangely stolidly, he is ultimately imprisoned in his own virtuosity and suffocates.” If anyone felt like suffocating, it was the audience, waiting in breathless anticipation for Nakariakov’s supernaturally long phrases to end. At a few points, thundering timpani broke the tension until the piece ended with two low pedal tones and the orchestra fizzled to silence. The audience showered Nakariakov with a rousing ovation as all the soloists returned to the stage for a final bow. (EK)
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Carl Fischer and T.Ë.T.I.: Tribute to Evolutionary Trumpet Icons
Carl Fischer presented an innovative and cleverly constructed concert, accompanied by a six-piece ensemble that included guitar, bass, drum set, and percussion, along with trumpeter Stephen Wright and the incredible tenor saxophonist Michael McArthur. Titled “Tribute to Evolutionary Trumpet Icons” (T.Ë.T.I.), the concert featured trumpet players who revolutionized music and trumpet playing, including Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Maynard Ferguson. Fischer interspersed videos of interviews of Dizzy, Miles, and Maynard while bringing his own unique spin to works made famous by each artist, including What a Wonderful World (Armstrong), A Night in Tunisia and Salt Peanuts (Gillespie), Someday My Prince Will Come and All Blues (Davis), and Chameleon and Birdland (Ferguson). Fischer, dazzling on the trumpet, also played valved trombone, soprano sax, and tenor sax.The evening was a concert and a course in jazz history rolled together, making for a thoroughly enjoyable performance. (KE)
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2019 ITG Competition and Scholarship Winners ITG CONFERENCE COMPETITION RESULTS
Coordinator: Jason Dovel


Chair: James Peyden Shelton
First Prize: Brent Proseus (Western Michigan University, student of Robert White)
Second Prize: Cordelia DeDecker (Baylor University, student of Wiff Rudd)
Third Prize: Nitiphum Bamrungbanthum (Mahidol University, student of Joseph Bowman)

ITG Orchestra Excerpts Competition WinnersITG Orchestra Excerpts Competition Winners

Chair: Amy McCabe
First Prize: Ross Mitchell (Baylor University, student of Wiff Rudd)
Second Prize (tie): Tyler Moore (Baylor University, student of Wiff Rudd)
Second Prize (tie): Stephen Spink (Baylor University, student of Wiff Rudd)

ITG Wind Band Excerpts Competition AwardsITG Wind Band Excerpts Competition Awards

Chair: Nancy Taylor
First Prize: Seok Young Ahn (Los Angeles Brass Academy, student of Ohtae Kwon)
Second Prize: Chloe Swindler (Yale University, student of Allan Dean)
Third Prize: Tyler Moore (Baylor University, student of Wiff Rudd)

ITG Solo Competition WinnersITG Solo Competition Winners

Chair: Jason Carder
First Prize: Brandon Choi (Eastman School of Music, student of Clay Jenkins)
Second Prize: Ethan Avery (Home School OFL, student of Willie Murillo)
Third Prize: Alec Aldred (Manhattan School of Music, student of Scott Wendholt)

ITG Jazz Improv Competition AwardsITG Jazz Improv Competition Awards

Chair: Marc Reed

Junior Division
First Prize: Oliver Robinson (Jenks High School, student of Benjamin Hay)
Second Prize: Joshua Kucharski (DeMatha Catholic High School, student of James Roper)
Third Prize: Jade Park (MLC School, student of Robin Park)

Other Junior Division Finalists (in alphabetical order)
Benjamin Black
Jack Bricklemeyer
Sam Ferguson
Paul Kwak
Yuntong Li
Ruoshoi Min
Oliver Zhang

Youth Competition Junior Division WinnersYouth Competition Junior Division Winners
Senior Division
First Prize: Sung Ho Wui (Los Angeles Brass Academy, student of Ohtae Kwon)
Second Prize: Stefan Filip (Palatine High School, student of Matt Baker)
Third Prize: Ko-Te Chen (Senior Secondary Level Experimental Education, student of Jung Fu Hsu)

Other Senior Division Finalists (in alphabetical order)
Hector Robles Bastida
Gabriel Chalick
Adam Johnson
Nicholas Recktenwald
Jack Towse
Coleman Yanagisawa

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Coordinator: Jennifer Dearden

Pre-High School/High School Division Judges
Kyle Millsap, Texas A&M University Kingsville 
Blakely Rosengaft, The United States Air Force Band, Washington, DC
Bill Takacs, West Texas A&M University

College/Graduate Divisions Judges
Tina Erickson, University of Tennessee 
Jason Bergman, Brigham Young University 
Robert Murray, Columbus State University 

Jazz Division Judges
Dave Coolidge, Phoenix, Arizona
Trent Austin, Austin Custom Brass
Chad McCullough, DePaul University 

ITG Scholarship WinnersITG Scholarship Winners Scholarship Winners and SponsorsScholarship Winners and Sponsors Scholarship Winners

Donor: ITG Memorial Scholarships Fund 
Matthew Naeger (University of Massachusetts, student of Eric Berlin)


Donor: ITG Memorial Scholarships Fund 
William Reynolds (South Dakota State University, student of David Reynolds)


Donor: East Coast Trumpets
Brian Maassen (Loyola University New Orleans, student of Nick Volz)


Donor: Talwar Bros. Ltd. 
Termpong Jaiem (Mahidol University, student of Joseph Bowman)
Taylor Losey (Western Michigan University, student of Scott Thornburg)


Donor: Bryan Goff 
Megan George (James Madison University, student of Chris Carrillo)


Donor: Karl Hammond Design 
Nick Petrillo (University of Massachusetts, student of Eric Berlin)


Donor: ITG Legacy Fund 
Austin Laurent (Oklahoma State University, student of Ryan Gardner)


Donor: Ken Larsen’s BrassWerks 
Jade Park (MLC School, student of Andrew Evans)


Donor: ITG Memorial Scholarships Fund 
Trey Jeter (University of Arkansas, student of Richard Rulli)


Donor: Bill Pfund Trumpets 
Elizabeth Pauli (South Dakota State University, student of David Reynolds)


Donor: Pickett Brass 
Katharine Shindledecker (Winthrop University, student of Marisa Youngs)


Donor: ITG Memorial Scholarships Fund 
Landon Jordan (Clovis High School, student of Keith Sacane)


Donor: Puje Trumpets 
Suchol Nintawong (Mahidol University, student of Joseph Bowman)


Donor: ITG Memorial Scholarships Fund 
Austin Alcancia (Perkiomen Valley High School, student of Rob Diener)


Donor: ITG Memorial Scholarships Fund 
Pierce Elison (University of Massachusetts, student of Eric Berlin)


Donor: The Charles Schlueter Foundation, Inc. 

Carlos Manuel Aceves (Interlochen Center for the Arts, student of Ken Larson)
Will Averill (University of Massachusetts, student of Eric Berlin)
Narongkit Chanthadilokporn (Mahidol University, student of Joseph Bowman)
Katelyn Frazier (University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, student of Alan Siebert)


Donor: Stephen Chenette 
Nitiphum Bamrungbanthum (Mahidol University, student of Joseph Bowman)


Donor: Stuart Shanler 
Brian Maassen (Loyola University New Orleans, student of Nick Volz)


Donor: Thompson Music Co. 
Shira Agam (University of British Columbia, student of Larry Knopp)


Donor: Andrea Tofanelli 
Matthew Swerts (University of Arkansas, student of Richard Rulli)


Donors: Friends & Family of Michael Tunnell 
Alexa York (Bowling Green State University, student of Charles Saenz)


Donor: Warburton Music Products
Sam Ferguson (Acadia Junior High School, student of Darryl Ferguson)
Joseph McNulty (University of Virginia, student of Donald Sorah)


Donor: Washington Music Center 
David Abbuhl (Bowling Green State University, student of Charles Saenz)
Jonathan Duranlea (Bowling Green State University, student of Charles Saenz)
Thanawat Munsilph (Mahidol University, student of Joseph Bowman)


Donor: Weimann Brass
Matthew Dao (University of Massachusetts, student of Eric Berlin)


Donors: Christine Wristen, Paula Wristen, Marlene & Randy Linden 
Brett Cole (Loyola University, student of Nick Volz)
Radit Towong (Mahidol University, student of Joseph Bowman)


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2019 ITG Conference Report - Day 4 - Friday, July 12 - Daytime events The 44th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - Miami, Florida (USA)
Special Daily Report • Compiled by Peter Wood
Photos by Michael Anderson, Norman Black, 
Benjamin Lowe, and Donald Sorah


Friday, July 12 - Daytime events

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Alan Klaus - Interleaved Warmup
In his morning warm-up session, Alan Klaus focused on explaining and demonstrating the benefits of interleaved practice. He began by alternating through a series of stretches, buzzing, lip bends, and gentle long tones. His one minute of meditation was a welcome inclusion to focus on the imagery of positive musical experiences and overall gratitude. A large part of the session was spent explaining the science behind the benefits of interleaved practice and how it can achieve long-term progress. Interleaved practice, which involves constantly mixing and rotating through different material, provides more of a challenge than traditional “block practicing,” or staying with the same type of material for longer sets until you gain comfort with it. The last portion alternated between mouthpiece buzzing, scales, and Bach chorales. Playing in four-part harmony was an excellent way to close the session––by making music together. (NV)

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Marisa Youngs - Balance Under Pressure: Warm-Up Tactics for Audition and Performance Days
Dr. Marisa Youngs led an active warm-up session focused on establishing a routine that is careful to avoid adding tension/anxiety of any kind. Her notes on preparing for an audition or performance included valuable information, including consistency of material, physical health, and focus on the individualized nature of routines. Her recommendation for students is to try as many warmups as possible to see what works best and to warm up with all of the techniques needed in your audition or performance. Young’s  metronome-guided group routine started with Breathing Gym exercises and then moving to “foo,” “hoo,” “poo,” and “too” attacks on the mouthpiece. She then moved on to some expansion exercises, flow studies, Clarke No. 1, Shiner flexibilities, major scales, and Stamp/Gekker-esque articulations. The remainder was focused on how to tailor the rest of one’s routine for two different audition scenarios and what to do after the warmup. (DG)


Kyle Millsap and Jonathan Cresci - The Art of the Audition Recording
During a busy morning of presentations, Kyle Millsap and Jonathan Cresci gave an informative session on the proper preparation, equipment, and practices for creating a professional-quality performance recording. Dr. Millsap began the lecture by outlining the performance aspects, with excellent suggestions regarding audition requirements, repertoire choices, and logistical elements. A particularly helpful piece of advice was to allow one hour of recording for every five minutes of music to be recorded in order to avoid time constraints. Cresci, a recording engineer, gave a succinct overview of appropriate equipment needed for a professional recording. He specifically advised recording at 24 or 16 bit and 48 khz and also discussed finding the appropriate “blend” in the room by moving the microphone back and forth first and then adjusting the height. The session ended with an impromptu demonstration of optimal microphone placement, with Millsap playing exercises and Cresci discussing blend. (MY)


Fred Sienkiewicz Lecture Recital - The Trumpet Music and Armenian Heritage of Alexander Arutiunian
Fred Sienkiewicz presented an informative and entertaining lecture-recital on the music of Alexander Arutiunian (preferred spelling), packed with new research concerning the composer of one of our most popular trumpet concerti from the twentieth century. The fruit of more than five years of research, the session reviewed the composer’s six works for trumpet, his Armenian heritage, and related folk music influences. Sienkiewicz performed selections from the six works (from memory) with compelling expression and technique, accompanied by pianist Thomas Weaver. It was particularly interesting to hear audio examples of Armenian folk music and instruments juxtaposed with relevant passages from the Arutiunian concerto and his other works. A short video of the composer performing one of his piano works in 1962 was also shown. Sienkiewicz’s impressive command of languages (Armenian and Russian), history, and repertoire was evident, as was his fine playing. Links to the presentation slides and more information is available on Sienkiewicz’s website ( (EK)


Christopher Moore - Let’s Get Back to Fundamentals!
Dr. Christopher Moore presented a fantastic lecture Friday morning for the non-pro/comeback players. He opened by performing a beautiful lyrical excerpt from a Bordogni etude and then led an informative discussion focused on six essential aspects of trumpet playing. Emphasizing tone production and musical expression, Moore shared that practicing and improving fundamentals is the key to developing the ability to tell your story through music. He provided detailed information on how to approach each aspect of the trumpet. Moore was also accompanied by special guest Bryan Goff, who shared from his personal experiences of returning to the trumpet after time away from the instrument. Professor Goff shared that spending adequate time to recover and always listening to your chops are helpful tools, and he also provided tips for maintaining skills while traveling. The lecture was engaging and helpful for all musicians in attendance and a great addition to the conference. (SW)

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Panel Discussion - So You Think You Want to be a College Professor
For anyone wishing to pursue a career as a collegiate-level trumpet instructor, this panel discussion was a tremendous encouragement. Jason Bergman (Brigham Young University), Raquel Rodriquez Samayoa (University of North Texas), Jason Dovel (University of Kentucky), and Mattthew Vangjel (Louisiana State University) openly shared their journeys to professorship with humility and good humor. A wide variety of topics covered gave listeners a peek behind the curtain into the current task of earning a position and teaching at a university. A few noteworthy tips for the eager applicant: diversify your skill set to increase employability, create a “goal” CV that includes anything you would like to eventually add to your resume, continually expand your network of connections at conferences like ITG, prepare for an interview just as much as you would practice for an audition, and never lose sight of high performance standards for your trumpet playing! This session provided a wealth of good advice from some of the most successful and helpful university teachers in the United States. (ED)

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Kurt Depuis Recital
Kurt Depuis began his recital by describing his background and giving credit to his former teachers and inspirations. The theme of the recital was “Boston,” as Depuis’s musical connections have deep roots in the area. James Stephenson’s Kindred Sol was first on the program, and Depuis captivated the audience with his lush tone and sensitivity throughout the opening. As the piece progressed, his masterful technique shined through with precise articulations across wide intervals. The remainder of the program included With Malice Toward None by John Williams, Elegy for Mundy by James Stephenson, and A Trumpeter’s Lullaby by Leroy Anderson. Depuis introduced each piece by telling about a memory regarding why the piece is meaningful to him. James Stephenson was in the audience and discussed his inspiration to write his two performed compositions. Accompanied by Miriam Hickman on piano, Depuis delivered a beautiful and eloquent recital. (SS) 

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ITG Orchestral Excerpts Competition Finals 
Audience members at the final round of the ITG Orchestral Excerpts Competition were treated to a dazzling display of musicality. Cordelia DeDecker, who studies with Wiff Rudd at Baylor University, performed with poise and control, demonstrating commitment to artistry and wonderful phrasing. Nitiphum Bamrungbanthum, a student of Joseph Bowman at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand, graced the audience with a full, brilliant sound on the piccolo trumpet and showed off his command of the upper register with a vibrant, bold sound. Brent Proseus, under the tutelage of Robert White at Western Michigan University, presented an energetic sound concept with clarity, elegance, and versatility. His articulations were buoyant and wonderfully light when appropriate. The judging panel consisted of Chad Winkler, faculty at Duquesne University and a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Mary Bowden, a member of the Richmond Symphony and faculty at Shenandoah University; and Terry Everson, trumpet professor at Boston University and member of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. The list of excerpts presented a wide variety of challenges, but these young, talented trumpeters seized the opportunity and performed extremely well. (AD)

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Youth Masterclass with Jose Sibaja
Jose Sibaja exemplified master teaching in his presentation and work with high school students.  His presence alone elicited great respect, and his quiet, yet energetic, manner of engaging with the listeners and performers was warm, kind, calm, affirming, and inspiring.  He emphasized fundamentals, such as doing stretching and breathing exercises prior to picking up the horn, and he was emphatic about the importance of always using a metronome when practicing. He demonstrated the difference between playing with stagnant air, as opposed to directed air, and offered several examples to clarify this concept.  He brilliantly coached the student performers on how to gain their audience’s attention (and hold it) and offered practical advice to help with releasing tension in the body to enable the music to flow more freely.   His relaxed confidence was inspiring, and any serious trumpeter would benefit from his expertise. (PS)

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Marcus Printup Lecture - I’ve Got the Blues
After his spectacular performance the night before, it was no surprise to see a large and enthusiastic attendance at Marcus Printup’s afternoon masterclass, “I’ve Got the Blues.” He began by leading the group through a series of call and response on arpeggiations of the chords through several different blues progressions, beginning with the basic V-IV turnaround, and increasing in sophistication to Coltrane harmonies and Blues for Alice chord changes. All arpeggios were sung and played ascending and descending in an attempt to get everyone truly hearing the different harmonies. He took a similar approach to Gigi Gryce’s Minority and had volunteers improvise. As he discussed blues as a style, rather than as a form, Printup eloquently described and demonstrated how performers like Louis Armstrong and “Sweets” Edison used blues as an ever-present style in their playing. He closed by answering a variety of questions, including an excellent demonstration on how he mastered the plunger technique. His endearing personality and brilliant artistry were enjoyed by all in attendance. (NV)

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Thomas Madeja - Music for Social Change: A Culturally Sensitive Approach to Teaching in Underrepresented Communities
Thomas Madeja, Chicago-based trumpeter and social justice champion, delivered an important and inspiring talk on how to implement social change through music. The presentation was more of a dialogue with the attendees, discussing different challenges, why this work is important, appropriate vocabulary, and ways to overcome obstacles in the struggle to create meaningful change for students in underrepresented communities. Through his efforts with organizations like the Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project (ChiMOP), Madeja has found a way to combine his passions and develop a broader understanding of the challenges facing a large portion of the world. Madeja urged the audience to get involved in organizations like his own or those like El Sistema. He also urged people who want to do this work to look at what is needed in their own communities and to always search for ways to view teaching and performance through the lens of social justice. (MV)


Rebecca Palmer Lecture - Paving the Way for Young Trumpeters: A Guide to Making them Sound Like Professionals
There is a need to address the proper way to teach beginning trumpet players with correct fundamentals from the first day on the instrument, and Rebecca Palmer’s presentation aimed to do just that. Palmer stressed that the professional trumpet sound should be the destination when a new student begins playing. Teachers should help students set goals for what they want to accomplish with the trumpet. From there, it is important to immediately detect each student’s challenges, address bad habits, apply those changes, and then enthusiastically celebrate the student’s progress. Palmer emphasized the importance of sparking the motivations in students and reflecting on the results of their hard work. She closed her presentation with the famous quotation “Practice does not make perfect; only perfect practice makes perfect,” encouraging the audience that the professional sound can begin on day one. (SB)


Trumpet Ensemble Reading Session
Dallas Brass trumpeter Buddy Deshler led this second trumpet ensemble reading session that involved more than 28 trumpet players. Four works were briefly read, rehearsed, and run in lightning rounds. The first work, Visions over the Horizon by Brandon Dicks, was a quick and flowing fanfare that developed into a triumphant ending theme. The second work was Marcus Grant’s arrangement of Bach’s Little Fugue in G Minor. This adaptation for six B-flat trumpets involved many challenging trill sections that were brought to a massive finish by very clear conducting from Deshler. Breathe is an early choral work by Brandon Dicks that incorporates many suspended harmonies and a strong dotted rhythm throughout. The finale for this reading session was none other than Modest Mussorgsky’s Great Gate of Kiev for thirteen trumpets. Adapted by P. Bradley Ulrich, this epic movement went just as one would expect––with fire and bravado. (DG)


Giuliano Sommerhalder Recital - Vladimir Peskin: Works for Trumpet and Piano
This recital by Giuliano Sommerhalder featured the music of Vladimir Peskin. Throughout the concert, Sommerhalder impressed the audience with his ability to extract the nuances from Peskin’s works. The first two pieces, Prelude and Poem No. 1, were perfect contrasts and beautifully performed. The former was haunting in its simplicity, while the latter filled the room with sound and virtuosic flashes. Sommerhalder deftly navigated the treacherous Scherzo. No Peskin recital would be complete without performances of his major staples: Concerto No. 1 and Concert Allegro, which were delivered masterfully by Sommerhalder. On both works, the audience was treated to sublime performances by pianist Kasia Wieczorek, further enhancing the experience of the recital. One of the real highlights was the diversity of difficulty in the selections performed, allowing trumpet players of all levels to hear works they could take to the practice room and prepare. (KM)

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New Works Recital II
Brian Neal performed an arrangement of his own, Concertante No. 1, backed by the 7/4 Ensemble of El Sistema alumni. What begins as a bittersweet love song develops into an up-tempo waltz, highlighting Neal’s effortless piccolo trumpet playing on virtuosic runs that end with a spectacular flourish.

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For the remainder of the program, pianist Miriam Hickman collaborated on all of the pieces. James Peyden Shelton presented Nicole Piunno’s Sonata. A declarative arpeggio in the trumpet commanded attention in the opening. The work is highly conversational between trumpet and piano, with moments that evoke classical cadenzas and herald trumpet calls. Shelton shimmered in the upper register and ended the piece triumphantly.

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Will Koehler performed Brian Eads’s Elegy, a piece that draws influence from classical, pop, and jazz realms. Koehler displayed intuitive musicality in yearning, cinematic lines and jaunty motives influenced by musical theater.

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Richard Tirk presented two movements of The Bells, by Jackson Anderson. Tirk opened with  “Golden Bells” on flugelhorn, fluently traversing key centers with a characteristic, sweet tone. A contrasting movement, “Brazen Bells” opens with what is effectively a perverse “ding-dong” effect in the piano. Snaking chromatic lines evoked Hindemith, and flutter tonguing added a contemporary flare.

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Alan Klaus presented Allan Gilliland’s First Light Brings New Beginning. The work employs a piano motive that sounds like a tolling bell while the trumpet explores the perfect-fifth interval in a subdued fanfare. Klaus offered delicate and hopeful moments with a distant, understated sound.

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Steven Siegel convincingly presented Nicole Piunno’s Poem at Cantwell Cliffs. Muted trumpet presents a melodic idea that is echoed in the piano. The work was reflective and interpreted time freely, with repetitive motives like fragments of memory that won’t disperse. Siegel’s faint, blurry sound concept was well matched to the piece.

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Jenna Veverka performed Marc Douyon’s Quiet Night on flugelhorn. Veverka presented the lyrical, scalar introduction with a resonant tone and tasteful vibrato. Her interpretation of the insistent, steady rhythm created a mesmerizing and introspective moment out of time.

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Taylor Gustad presented the first movement of David Sartor’s Sonata, “Declamatorio.” The piece opens with an eerie, probing melody that develops into heroically executed descending intervallic leaps in the trumpet. Gustad’s resounding upper register contrasted nicely with arhythmic rumbles in the extreme low register of the piano. (MM)

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2019 ITG Conference Report - Day 3 - Thursday, July 11 - Evening events The 44th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - Miami, Florida (USA)
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Thursday, July 11 - Evening events

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ITG General Membership Meeting

This annual meeting, open to all ITG members, began with introductions of each board member and provided those in attendance the opportunity to share their experiences and thoughts about this year’s and future ITG Conferences. Several points were raised about the overall cost of attendance, possible coordination of roommates, and the potential for international locations of future events. ITG president Cathy Leach shared news regarding several items from the board meetings that took place earlier in the week. ITG Secretary Kevin Eisensmith shared the numerous motions and action items that took place at those same meetings. ITG Treasurer Dixie Burress shared many of the financial points and changes regarding items from this past year, including ITG’s shift in status from an association to a corporation and the institution of a new auto-renew membership program. Many comments and suggestions were recognized from the attendees present regarding student membership development and their interaction with ITG via the various social media platforms. (JPS)

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Simón Bolivar Trumpet Ensemble: Brilliant Music for the Noble Sound of Trumpet

The Venezuelan Simón Bolivar Trumpet Ensemble appropriately credits their outstanding artistry to El Sistema, and anyone who has never heard a live performance from such a group would immediately acknowledge their technical brilliance and musical artistry. The opening piece, Gordon Jacob’s Canterbury Flourish, was performed from memory and showcased a ridiculously homogenous sound. The second work, Itaru Sakai’s Sinfonia and Caprice, proved that this level of artistry was no fluke, but, rather, a consistent standard. Giovanni Gabrieli’s Canzon Septemi No. 2 matched the previous level with a wider sound spectrum through a variety of trumpets.

The camaraderie of the ensemble was evident as each member was introduced with impressive accolades and career accomplishments. An exciting performance of Eric Ewazen’s Sonoran Desert Harmonies followed, contrasting crisp and spritely articulations with soothing lyricism. The opening of Franz von Suppe’s Poet and Peasant Overture, arranged by Román Granda, was rendered with sweetness and tenderness and surely brought tears to a few audience members. A brilliant change of color introduced the Allegro, and the remaining section included fire and energy, playfulness, and brilliant virtuosity––all necessary to bring this orchestral masterpiece to realization by only eight trumpets; the effect was magnificent. Not many first halves of programs are acknowledged with a standing ovation, but this one was very special indeed.

After the intermission, the group performed an arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s Olvidate del Tango, que Gardel Murió & Libertango, including a variety of mutes, glissandi, and foot stomps. A medley from Venezuela followed with a moving collection of melodies from the ensemble’s motherland. Finger snaps emulating castanets and other effects depicted several aspects of Venezuelan culture and landscapes through the ethnic sounds. The fellowship and sense of humor within the ensemble was evident through several introductions. Trumpeter Román Granda’s Bluestrumpets included dazzling jazz trumpet solos and American classics such as Sweet Georgia Brown, as well as a few gags including mouthpiece buzzing, uninhibited singing, and theatrics. Edith Piaf’s La Vie en Rose, arranged by Leafar Riobueno, concluded the program with the uncanny emulation of the great Louis Armstrong by one of the members. A bristling version of Flight of the Bumblebee served as a dazzling encore, capping off several more standing ovations.

After hearing this performance, one cannot help but consider how far the trumpet community has elevated its performance standards around the world over the past few decades. The Simón Bolivar Trumpet Ensemble has surely raised this level even further through impeccable artistic standards. (LE)

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Simon Bolivar Trumpet Ensemble - La Forza Del Destino

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Marcus Printup Jazz Concert

This evening’s jazz concert, featuring Marcus Printup, a 26-year member of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, with the Ryan Chapman Jazz Orchestra, was on fire from the outset! Demonstrating both tremendous humility and stunning virtuosity, Printup delivered one of the most memorable performances of the conference so far. Highlights included Kenny Dorham’s Lotus Blossom (arranged by Printup), in which Printup delivered a flowing bebop solo that traversed the entire range of the instrument with tremendous ease; Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Happy Talk, showcasing the incredible Ella Fitzgerald-esque vocal stylings of Ashley Pezzotti; and Miles Davis’s Tutu (arranged by Printup), in which Printup joined the trumpet section for a heavy-swinging, acapella trumpet soli to open the tune and then returned to the front of the band to deliver a harmon-muted solo worthy of the tune’s composer. What a thrilling show! (TT)

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2019 ITG Conference Report - Day 3 - Thursday, July 11 - Daytime events The 44th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - Miami, Florida (USA)
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Thursday, July 11 - Daytime events

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Oswald Zapata - Optimizing Your Time for Efficient Warmup
Dr. Oswald Zapata led a clear and practical approach to warming up. His session began with a short lecture discussing the purpose of warming up from both physical and mental standpoints. Some of his talking points included lip health, injury prevention, and improving blood circulation. He involved the audience by guiding them through basic stretching exercises in order to engage the core, shoulders, hands, and neck. Following these exercises, he talked about “doing a little bit of everything” to prepare for all aspects of trumpet playing. His method included lip flapping, mouthpiece buzzing, lip bends, moving long tones, finger dexterity, lip slurs, single and multiple tonguing, and whisper tones. He kept the audience engaged as he guided them through his routine and discussed how and why to do each exercise. This class was accessible to trumpet players of all abilities and was very well received. (SS)


Brian Shaw - Non-Pro/Comeback Players Warmup
Brian Shaw led an eager crowd of comeback players through a well-rounded warm-up routine focused on ease and consistency of tone production across the range of the instrument. Shaw discussed and demonstrated the James Thompson Buzzing Basics routine, emphasizing the importance of keeping a stable embouchure when moving between pitches. The participants enjoyed playing through the exercises with play-along tracks as Shaw discussed ways to make each one effective. He explained the importance of adaptability in a warmup in order to facilitate the demands of a busy life and schedule while also covering the core fundamentals of sound, range, finger technique, flexibility, and articulation. His routine highlighted several ways to use both buzzing and lip bends to develop clarity and centering in tone. He also encouraged using a metronome and drones throughout the warmup to incorporate the skills needed to play with others, such as breathing, entering in time, and playing in tune. (EM)

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Brian Shaw - Non-Pro/Comeback Players Masterclass
Brian Shaw displayed great versatility as both a performer and educator during the masterclass for  non-professionals and comeback players. Those in attendance received a wealth of excellent information and suggestions regarding ways to improve their technical and expressive capacities in music ranging from the Baroque and Classical eras to modern-day jazz and pop styles. We often make trumpet playing more difficult than it should be, and simplicity is key. Shaw stressed an awareness of the little things and focusing on the details to enhance each performance and truly capture the imagination of the audience. Other points of emphasis included utilizing technology to your advantage and creating new, unique exercises to help develop coordination and further refine performance skills. There is no reason for us not to record ourselves with all the convenient technologies available in this day and age. (AD)


ITG Affiliate Chapters Recital
The ITG Affiliate Chapters Showcase is truly what ITG is about––bringing together trumpeters from all over the world to share our love for the instrument. The concert started with Mike D’Ambrosio’s composition, Homage, performed by the ten-piece Texas A&M University-Commerce chapter. This piece pays tribute to the late Bud Herseth and sources several melodies from Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. The program continued with the Utah Trumpet Guild’s chapter performing an arrangement of Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro. Their performance featured fine piccolo trumpet playing over a light, bouncing ensemble that would make Mozart smile. Continuing, the Louisiana State University chapter performed Erik Morales’s Cityscapes. This group played with great sound, style, and control, especially in the low register by the fifth trumpet. Next, a duo from Texas A&M-Kingsville performed Stanley Friedman’s duet Domestic Tranquillity. These two played with superb style, gorgeous sounds, and masterful intonation. The chapter from Thailand played a brilliant performance of Eric Morales’s X-1. This group’s fiery passion was matched with excellent intonation and a wide dynamic pallet offering one of the finest performances of this work this reviewer has ever heard. Exciting and precise, the group played brilliantly. Closing the recital was the Trompetes do Cerrado performing two Brazilian pieces. They played beautifully, causing most of the audience to tap their feet and fingers. This was a highly enjoyable morning of music making in the Jasmine Ballroom. (JB)

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Anthony Kirkland - Win that Trumpet Audition: Know Your Band Excerpts!
In his presentation on wind band excerpts, Anthony Kirkland provided insight for those preparing to take professional auditions. Although the military bands are the largest employers of full-time performing musicians, private studio instruction has a long tradition of focusing primarily on orchestral repertoire. Kirkland referenced two excellent sources for band repertoire: Norman Smith’s March Music Melodies and his own recent publication, Wind Band Excerpts for Trumpet and Cornet. The presentation included excerpt performances by Ross Mitchell and Stephen Spink from Baylor University and Tyler Butler from the University of South Alabama. Drawing on his vast experience performing in the United States Air Force Ceremonial Band, Kirkland had many great recommendations for the performers to consider, including historical context, style, alternate fingerings, and specific recordings. Moreover, he continued to stress the importance of learning each work in its entirety and at a variety of tempos. Kirkland’s message was straightforward--be prepared. (NV)

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Adrian Kelly - Shedding Light on the Pit: Maximizing Performance in Musical Theater
Adrian Kelly’s lecture highlighted numerous custom etudes and strategies that provide supplementary approaches to enhancing a performer’s necessary abilities to navigate the challenges that exist within the musical theater repertoire. Using specific excerpts taken directly from this growing repertoire, each etude was presented with a wonderful pre-recorded example, performed by Adrian Kelly, highlighting the pedagogical focus of each etude. Kelly also highlighted his current research of documenting and archiving numerous details regarding repertoire idiosyncrasies, personal equipment choices for players in the field, and the copious performance expectations of trumpeters across the globe in this growing genre. (JPS)


Daniel Crespo Recital: Camino a Jalisco
Latin trumpet soloist Daniel Crespo opened his recital with two beautiful pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach. The first was a beautiful piece entitled Siciliano, allowing Crespo to show off his beautiful sound and sensitive piccolo trumpet playing. Continuing with the wonderful Bach/Vivaldi concerto, Crespo demonstrated tasteful style and impressive musical acrobatics. Following was an attractive, substantial work written originally for trumpet and orchestra by the performer’s father, Enrique Crespo. The three-movement work, Camino a Jalisco, started with a beautiful and lively introduction by pianist Mariam Hickman. While inspired by Mexico, the piece maintained a distinct twentieth-century French style, drawing on standards by such composers as Bozza and Tomasi. Finishing with a Spanish flair, Crespo closed his recital with another piece by his father. Pasodoble y Ole was a lovely piece, full of traditional melodies and Spanish dances and showcasing Crespo’s flair for the music of his heritage. (WK)

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ITG Solo Competition Finals
The field of the ITG Solo Competition was narrowed to three finalists from across the globe. First to take the stage was Chloe Swindler, a recent graduate of Yale University, where she studied with Allan Dean. She started her strong and commanding performance with Tomasi’s Concerto. Swindler easily navigated the tricky passages with a sweet, singing sound. Her stage presence mirrored her playing: calm, confident, and controlled. Her performance of Gershwin’s Three Preludes displayed her abilities to truly sing through the instrument with a shimmering vibrato.

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The next competitor was Tyler Moore, a student of Wiff Rudd at Baylor University. Moore came out of the gate swinging with his rendition of the Gershwin preludes. He added many stylized bends and glissandi to show his firm command of Gershwin’s jazz style. Moore’s concerto of choice was Eino Tamberg’s Concerto No. 1. His powerful sound and sweeping lyricism carried him through this difficult work with relative ease.

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The final challenger of the day was Ahn Seok Young, a Korean native who studies at the Los Angeles Brass Academy with Onate Kwan. Young chose to begin her performance with the Gershwin preludes. From the opening notes, she captivated the audience with her big, bold, ringing sound. For her chosen piece, she gave a fearless and clean performance of Alfred Desenclos’s extremely difficult Incantation, Thrène, et Danse.

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In addition to the fine trumpet playing at this competition, the collaborative artistry of Rebecca Wilt and Young’s accompanist (whose name was not listed in the program) was sublime. Whatever the outcome of this competition, it is clear that all three are fantastic trumpeters with bright futures ahead. (JB)


Chris Carrillo - Practicing Practice: Using Interval Training Apps to Improve Your Students’ Practice
Dr. Chris Carrillo, from James Madison University, presented an insightful lecture on applying the fitness concept of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) to one’s practice sessions. He stated, “Chops are precious; don’t waste them on mindless practice.” The four HIIT concepts that he uses include a warmup, repetitions, rest, and cool-down. The goal is to keep individuals highly focused in their practice by interspersing periods of rest within repetitions. Carrillo mentioned numerous HIIT smartphone apps, but recommended Seconds Pro due to its compatibility with iOS and Android devices, affordable price, customization capabilities, and ability to work in the background so that one may use other apps (metronomes/tuners) simultaneously. He went into great detail outlining how he uses the app and gave numerous examples of routines with varying practice timeframes. His doctoral student, John Nye, also offered input regarding how he finds the app useful and helped answer questions from the audience. (SS)

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Brian Neal and Ensemble 7/4 Concert - Baroque, Joropo and Mambo
Brian Neal and Ensemble 7/4 delivered an exciting and eclectic program, showcasing their stylistic versatility, from Baroque to traditional Venezuelan folk music fused with elements of R&B. They set the tone from the start with Reiche’s Abblasen melded into a Latin number titled Latin Fanfare. Continuing in the Baroque vein, they followed with a wonderful arrangement of Albinoni’s Concerto “Saint Marc,” featuring Neal. As if to show that no style was beyond their capability, the group immediately transitioned to the Al Jolson hit Avalon. Two other pieces featured Neal’s beautiful piccolo sound––an arrangement of what was described as ancient music heard rising from a Venezuelan monastery and Morricone’s Gabriel’s Oboe. Throughout the program, the ensemble showcased their virtuosity and especially shined on their modern Latin jazz compositions. The group radiated musical intensity throughout the concert, drawing all those in attendance into their performance. (KM)

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Richard Carson Steuart Masterclass
Notably one of the most formidable trumpeters in the world spanning the past five decades, Richard Carson Steuart graced his listeners with wisdom and perspective––not about playing the trumpet, but about making music between the notes. He spoke with profound sincerity about his belief that the  trumpet “reveals to yourself the music that is already in your soul,” and insisted that “you need love in your heart to give the gift of your life to playing the trumpet.” He demonstrated the difference between playing the trumpet without evoking one’s intrinsic and seemingly intangible human soul to that of an artist performing music, via the trumpet, communicating knowledge, wisdom, and emotion with profound conviction. The difference was remarkable. He captivated the listeners from his first note, wordlessly inviting them to join him in that moment in a magical conversation in which he connected everyone, invoking through the trumpet his energy, emotion, passion, and conviction.  He challenged all “to be here now in every moment, to live and die for the phrase––always making it your own story––and to embrace the reality of our combined souls.” (PS)


Jesse Cook - The Elephant in the Room: Discussing Music Performance Anxiety
Music Performance Anxiety (MPA) affects nearly every performer to some degree. Dr. Jesse Cook delivered a useful presentation on precisely how to address and defeat it. He began by defining MPA, the populations that it affects, and the roots from which it grows. He then addressed the symptoms of MPA that come in many shapes and forms. The majority of the lecture dealt with the different types of performance: Peak Performance, Optimal Performance, and Suboptimal Performance. Cook stated that Peak Performance does not mean perfection, but, rather, the best possible performance. Optimal Performance is an “acceptable” performance that is repeatable. Suboptimal Performance does not mean the performer was not qualified or prepared, but that something outside of their control happened. Cook closed by offering clear and tangible ways for teachers to help students improve how they handle Music Performance Anxiety. (SB)

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New Works Recital I
Maria Valencia opened the first of this year’s two New Works Recitals by performing Benjamin Thorn’s Croutons XIV for Natural Trumpet. She started with a crystal-clear first attack and directed the instrument’s bell in a sweeping gesture over the audience. She briefly sang through the horn, echoing a prior melody. The work was enhanced by ascending rips, fanfare figures, and the distinctive sound of a wooden mute.

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The Northwest Passage Trumpet Trio, consisting of Jennifer Dearden, Andrew Erb, and Timothy Winfield, artfully performed Fernando Deddos’s Nuvens de Junho (June’s Clouds). An enchanting, closely voiced opening contrasted with moments of musical pointillism and lively dance. At other moments, trumpets moved together relentlessly at half-step intervals. Ensemble unison moments were effective, as was the rapidly tongued pyramid of sound that closed the piece.

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Philip Spaeth’s Epiclesis for trumpet (Phillip Chase Hawkins), trombone (Jessica Hawthorne), and harp (Kristina Finch) opened with thoughtful strumming and a dark rubato passage in the trumpet, which was soon joined subtly by trombone. The harp then set the tempo, presenting virtuosic, yet mournful, rhythmic interest while the trumpet and trombone exchanged a recurring motive. The brass traversed medieval-to-blues modes in sustained, consonant lines.

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Dr. Robert Murray performed Brandon Dicks’s Peri Sketches for unaccompanied solo trumpet in B-flat, exploring the interval of the perfect fifth. This character snapshot of the trumpet contrasted open intervals with distinctive chromatic passages that spidered outwards into the instrument’s upper and lower ranges.

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Zae Munn’s Trumpet Calls was written for twenty C trumpets in five separate groups. Under the direction of Eric Millard, the ITG New Works Ensemble of young professionals presented a fascinating melange of timbres and rhythms. A group with aluminum foil over their bells produced an unearthly, mechanical whine with the buzz of a snare drum. Another choir presented disjunct rhythms that became increasingly unified. The full ensemble climax created an unsettling, yet fascinating, soundscape.

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Martin Amlin wrote his Sonata for Trumpet and Piano for Terry Everson, who performed the work on E-flat trumpet with Miriam Hickman on piano. Everson was immediately virtuosic and engaging, making the perpetual motion of the first movement, “Invention,” seem effortless. The melodic lines were jagged, yet harmonically cohesive. Everson showed off his wide dynamic range, from piercing fortes to pianos of pure compacted energy. The principal melody line started on an upbeat, giving the whole piece a sense of leaning forward. The second movement, “Chaconne,” opened with understated, twinkling piano. Everson transformed the trumpet’s character without the aid of a mute, achieving an airy, distant sound punctuated by triple-tongued interjections. The third movement, “Moto Perpetuo,” contrasts Everson’s smooth articulation on a single pitch with an angular melody and ascending rips. The piece was joyfully presented, with Everson’s flexibility, musicality, and range on full display. (MM)

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Jose Sibaja Recital - Latin Influences
Jose Sibaja presented a diverse program with enchanting, melodious works influenced or written by composers from South and Central America. With the help of pianist Rebecca Wilt, percussionist Robert Vilera, trombonist Domingo Pagliuca, and trumpeter Alexis Morales, there was a pleasantly shifting color palette for nearly every piece. The 2019 ITG commission, Pendulum provided a fascinating departure from more standard repertoire and will surely be in high demand. Clarice Assad’s ability as a composer was equally matched by her ability on the piano and as a vocalist. After a touching dedication to Sam Pilafian, renowned tubist and pedagogue, Sibaja closed his program with three traditional Costa Rican songs, aided by five fellow Costa Rican trumpeters. It was a wonderful way to conclude the program and stands as a testament to the importance of the ITG Conference, giving light to music and musicians from outside the United States. (MV)

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2019 ITG Conference Report - Day 2 - Wednesday, July 10 - Evening events The 44th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - Miami, Florida (USA)
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Wednesday, July 10 - Evening events

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Recital: Barbara Butler and Christopher Martin

A capacity crowd packed the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral for a brilliant recital by trumpeters Barbara Butler (Rice University) and Chris Martin (New York Philharmonic), along with organist Bryan Anderson. The program opened with a sparkling rendition of the Vivaldi Concerto for Two Trumpets in C, featuring Butler playing the first part with elegant ornamentation. Chris Martin performed Klemens Schnorr’s arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Concerto in D, BWV 972 (after Vivaldi). Martin’s silky-smooth cantabile in the central Larghetto was a notable highlight. Butler performed Petr Eben’s Okna (Windows). Her commanding tone and sensitive interpretation were matched by Anderson’s virtuosity on the organ. Martin then joined his former teacher in transcriptions by Barbara Harbach of two vocal duets from Bach cantatas. In Carson Cooman’s Solstice Sonata, Chris Martin’s gorgeous sound held the audience spellbound. Both trumpeters took the stage together again for the final selection, two movements from James Stephenson’s Awakenings, This exciting piece was a perfect close to the wonderful recital, sending the audience forth in high spirits. (EK)

Check out this video from the concert!

Martin/Butler Recital Video Excerpt

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Yamaha European All-Stars

What do you get when you combine jazz trumpet players from Norway, Germany, Poland, Sweden, and Italy with a solid rhythm section and then add the music of Bill Chase?  You get an exciting, screaming, enjoyable concert! Not since 2008 in Banff has an ITG Conference featured the music of Bill Chase. It was fun then, and it was fun tonight!

Frank Brodahl (Norway) has been accumulating the music of Chase, in some cases creating arrangements from live concert recordings, since 2015. He, along with Ingolf Burkhardt (Germany), Jacek Onuszkiewicz (Poland), Patrick Skogh (Sweden), and the always electrifying Andrea Tofanelli (Italy), brought the music of Chase back to life. Jim Szantor of DownBeat magazine once described this music as “complex cascading lines; a literal waterfall of trumpet timbre and technique.” ( The rhythm section was strong, but especially noteworthy was pianist Tal Cohen, whose solos were almost as exciting as Tofa’s high notes!

The performance began with Open Up Wide, featuring the artistry of Andrea Tofanelli. Familiar works included Invitation to a River, Two Minds, Bochawa, Boys and Girls Together, Weird Song, and MacArthur Park. They also performed less familiar works from the Chase repertoire, such as Gary Fry’s arrangement of Tubular Bells. While “Bill Chase” and “ballads” rarely appear in the same sentence, Chase did perform some works at slower tempos. Ingolf Burkhardt played a beautiful flugelhorn solo in the ballad Twinkles, and Ode to a Jellyfish featured Patrick Skogh, also on flugelhorn.

Breaking from the theme of the concert, the quintet performed “The Star Spangled Banner” as arranged by Frank Brodahl as a tribute to the ITG Conference and the United States before concluding the concert with their rendition of Get It On, bringing the audience back to their feet. The friendship and camaraderie among the five were obvious, especially between Brodahl and Tofanelli, who kept calling Brodahl “a big Viking.”

Bill Chase played lead trumpet with the Maynard Ferguson, Stan Kenton, and Woody Herman bands before forming “Chase,” a jazz rock band that mixed pop, rock, blues, and four trumpets, in 1971. Chase was killed tragically in a plane crash in August 1974 at the age of 39, but he has had a lasting impact on trumpet playing. Thanks to the sponsorship of the Yamaha Corporation, the music of Chase was reborn for this evening’s standout concert. (KE)

Check out these videos from the European All-Stars concert!
European All-Stars Chase Video Excerpt
European All-Stars - Chase - Get It On!
European All-Stars - Star Spangled Banner

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Non-Pro/Comeback Players Reception

The Non-Pro/Comeback Players Reception has become an annual event at ITG Conferences. This is an important constituency within the International Trumpet Guild, and ITG President Cathy Leach thanked the group for their continued involvement in the organization. Dan Hallock, chair of the Non-Pro/Comeback Players Committee, reminded those at the reception about events yet to be held during this week’s conference, including warm-up sessions, masterclasses, and the Festival of Trumpets concert. He explained to first-time Conference attendees that they are “part of the ITG family” and are valued members. Numerous ITG board members and several past presidents answered questions and discussed ideas for future events with the group. Thanks to Thompson Music and Stomvi Trumpets (K.O. Skinsnes) for sponsoring this reception. (KE)


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2019 ITG Conference Report - Day 2 - Wednesday, July 10 - Daytime events The 44th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - Miami, Florida (USA)
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Stamp: So Much More Than a Warm-up – Application of Concepts for Musical Performance

Richard Rulli had the early risers up on their feet and moving first thing in the morning to help participants get their bodies ready to play trumpet for the day. James Stamp’s viewpoint is that the trumpet is an athletic activity, and Rulli took the audience through the important concepts and exercises of the great pedagogue’s methodology. While discussing Stamp’s goals for each exercise, Rulli emphasized the importance of creating synergy in your own warmup and finding ways to adapt these studies to your own individual playing needs. He also stressed the importance of always playing with a musical approach and retitled the well-known Cichowicz flow studies as “vocalises” to help further that concept. Encouraging players to always focus on creating ease and pureness in their sounds, Rulli helped the trumpeters navigate a well-rounded and thorough routine to everyone’s great benefit. (EM)

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Combining Different Warm-Ups: Thompson’s Buzzing Book, DiMartinos’s Leadpipe Exercises, and Cichowicz’s Long Tones

Dr. Luis Miguel Araya started off the second day of the conference with a group warm-up session, leading the participants through a series of exercises that focused primarily on buzzing and slurring. A good deal of energy was devoted to starting off on the “right foot.” He led the group through a thorough series of Buzzing Basics exercises and then continued into a set of Cichowicz flow studies. Much of the session involved call-and-response playing, as well as a generous amount of professional direction. Araya kept a good pace throughout the early-morning session with energy and humor. Participants surely benefited from a healthy warmup as they headed off to the exhibit hall. (ED)


The Aging Trumpeter

Considering that this lecture began with a photo of Roy Rogers’ iconic horse as a “Trigger” warning, saying “You’re all going to get old, and stuff is going to break down,” the content and presentation of this “doom and gloom” topic was informative, insightful, and entertaining. Donald Robertson explained typical physical effects from aging that one can expect on muscles, respiration, vision, and hearing, along with its general diminutive effect on cognition and our abilities to maintain attention. Kevin Eisensmith synthesized that data from a trumpeter’s perspective, having struggled with (and resolved) changes that affected his playing due to factors including weight loss, lip injury, and even an allergic reaction that resulted in “flabby lips syndrome.” Fortunately, there is good news along with that of our inevitable decline, and both men outlined practical ways for trumpeters to navigate the aging process, taking those variables into consideration. Applying a process of SOC (Selection - Optimization - Compensation) will be helpful to determine well-defined goals that fit one’s resources, approach one’s daily practice thoughtfully and deliberately, and creatively and artfully compensate for those aspects in our playing that are no longer as fluent. Ideally, we are still continually striving to improve and not merely “maintain.” Our ultimate goal can and should be to find enjoyment in performing the trumpet with less frustration and a thoughtful approach. It is important to know what is happening physically while not allowing it to rule us mentally or diminish our confidence. (PS)

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Trumpet Archaeology and Digging for Treasure: Estonian Trumpet Music

Led by Dr. Susan Barber Kahro and Dr. Karen Gustafson, the morning was off to an intriguing start with a lecture-recital that exposed viewers not only to Estonian culture in the Soviet era, but also to several lesser-known gems in the repertoire for trumpet and piano by Estonian composers. Kahro explained the cultural, historical, and musical background of each piece, including a brief formal analysis, before it was then ably performed by Gustafson. Arguably the most well known of the works on today’s program, Eino Tamberg’s Trumpet Concerto, Op. 42, was brought to popularity by Timofei Dokshizer and Hakan Hardenberger. The program also included René Eespere’s Flatus 1, Harri Otsa’s Sonatine, and Veljo Tormis’s Kümme tegemist trompeti ja klaveriga. Kahro’s historical context and Gustafson’s passionate, expert playing brought each of these treasures to life and created a highly enjoyable experience for all in attendance. (WK)


Wind Band Excerpts Competition

This year’s Wind Band Excerpts Competition, a staple event of the ITG Conference, featured finalists Ross Mitchell, Stephen Spink, and Tyler Moore, all students of Wiff Rudd and Mark Schubert at Baylor University. The contestants performed the following excerpts, all in the following order: Charlier’s Etude No. 6,  Rimsky-Korsakov’s Procession of the Nobles, Copland’s Outdoor Overture, Stravinksy’s Soldier’s Tale, Hindemith’s Symphony in B-flat, Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy, Sousa’s Hail to the Spirit of Liberty, and Arban’s Variations on a Theme from “Norma” by V. Bellini. Moore performed first, displaying exceptional lyricism and expression in the Grainger. Spink followed and demonstrated outstanding technique and cornet style in the Arban variations. Mitchell was the final competitor and exhibited a rich and powerful orchestral tone in the Hindemith. The judges will certainly have their work cut out for them, determining a winner among these three fine players. (MY)

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The Expatriate Trumpeter

Born, raised, and educated in the United States, Joseph Bowman has been the trumpet professor at Mahidol University in Bangkok and a member of the Thailand Philharmonic since 2003. Americans interested in working abroad often contact him as an expatriate, and this session addressed frequent questions concerning job opportunities teaching at all levels, performing in many genres, and consulting as an expert. Job websites like ITG, international music schools, College Music Society, Chronicle of Higher Education,, and Musical Chairs, as well as other standard resources offer some employment opportunities. Developing countries are not regularly included, however, and require personal connections and/or visits. Bowman’s firsthand accounts of cultural differences and resulting shifts in perspective were explored. He discussed the relative strengths that he has experienced in different parts of the world: pedagogy in the United States, artistry in Europe, and community in Asia. Working abroad offers opportunities for growth, interaction, and making a difference, and Joe Bowman shared his valuable insights with the rest of the trumpet community. (LE)

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Romain Leleu Recital

The morning recital by Romain Leleu and Rebecca Wilt was simply stunning. Except for the opening piece (a lightning-fast performance of Alexander Goedicke’s Concert Etude), the program focused on French repertoire, from Théo Charlier’s Solo de Concours to Georges Enesco’s Legende and much more. To cap off this marvelous recital, Leleu delivered an effortless rendition of Jean Baptiste Arban’s Carnival of Venice. The ease with which Leleu navigated difficult passages and the rich, warm, pure sound emanating from his bell throughout the recital were simply breathtaking. Add the ever-engaging stylings of Rebecca Wilt on the piano, and the recipe for a memorable trumpet recital was complete. (TT)

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Working in Academia: What to do AFTER You Win Your First Job

Dr. James Johnson gave a detailed, well-researched, and very personal presentation on how to keep an academic post after first winning it. His presentation was divided into three parts. The Transition” addressed the crucial elements of how to leave one’s current position. In “Preparing for the New Job,” Johnson talked about how to navigate a new environment and build rapport with new colleagues and students. Finally, he opened “Doing the Job” by brainstorming all the responsibilities of being an applied teacher and discussed each in further detail (even the duties not included in the job description). With four years of teaching experience at Kansas State University, he has firsthand knowledge that led to an incredibly informative lecture on the challenges of moving into a new job and keeping it. (SB)

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From Bach to Bernstein: Music for Trumpet and Piano

Richard Carson Steuart, founding member of the trio that would become German Brass, performed a beautiful and heartfelt recital. Opening with Variations on Acteon by Arban, he played with sweeping lyricism and dolce vibrato on an A cornet that he both designed and built. Several times during the recital, he mentioned that he was experiencing pain from a lip injury he sustained during his travel to Miami. In spite of this, he remained calm, cool, and musically exciting in his delivery of a diverse and demanding recital. He performed Enesco’s Légende on B-flat trumpet and uniquely used a solotone mute for the final passage. He also performed a movement of Vejvanowski’s Sonata in G minor on natural corno da caccia and was joined on stage by Daniel Crespo for a transcription of Stölzel’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe. The unique and inspiring program concluded with Dokshizer’s arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue. (JB)


Jazz Improvisation for the Classical Musician

Many classically trained musicians struggle with effectively communicating authentic-sounding and stylistically accurate musical ideas when asked to improvise in jazz and commercial musical contexts. The root of the problem, according to Joe Montelione, is a type of paralysis through analysis when confronted with the challenge of creating something from nothing in real time. Montelione presented a systematic approach for individuals to overcome these difficulties and develop comfort in contributing to a musical conversation as equal parts composer, performer, and listener. Points of emphasis in developing the ability to create without the aid of written music included genuinely studying the craft, stepping out of one’s comfort zone, realizing one’s artistic objective, establishing confidence, listening, collaborating, trusting, and practicing. Other important points that Montelione discussed included simplifying and just playing. The idea of staying in the moment and focusing on the fun cannot be stressed enough. (AD)

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Jazz Improvisation Competition

After brief introductions by Chase Sanborn and Jason Carter, each of the three finalists in the ITG Jazz Improvisation Competition was allowed twenty minutes for two required tunes (Airegin and I Can’t Get Started) and one tune of the competitor’s choice.

First on stage was Ethan Avery, who was accompanied by the competition trio, the Chuck Bergeron Trio, consisting of Chuck Bergeron (drums), Zach Bartholomew (piano), and John Yarling (bass). Avery started his set with Airegin, showcasing his technique and efficiency and creating a brisk start to the competition. He continued to show all sides of his playing and musical sensitivity through a beautiful rendition of I Can’t Get Started, and his third piece was an original composition, Hopefully I’ll Know. Avery said that the tune was about a month old, so he was excited to test it out at this competition.

Brandon Choi opened with his optional tune, Herbie Hancock’s Dolphin Dance,  demonstrating Choi’s velvety tone, sensitive use of space, and creative ideas in the low register. He ended the tune with an unaccompanied solo that led seamlessly into I Can’t Get Started. The ballad seemed to lend itself well to Choi’s playing, which was relaxed and comfortable throughout. He took time to introduce members of the trio before jumping into his final tune, the bebop standard Airegin, bringing a lively end to Choi’s portion of the competition.

Alec Aldred made a bold statement when he kicked off his set with a Latin version of Airegin. Following with his lovely rendition of I Can’t Get Started, Aldred continued to demonstrate a solid sound, coupled with great style and creative ideas. Aldred considers himself a composer as much as a trumpet player, so he took the opportunity to show his writing skills by ending with an original composition entitled You Lose, You Snooze, making for a light-hearted end to the competition.

All three candidates gave a strong and musical presentation that resulted in an afternoon that felt more like a concert than a competition. (WK)

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Perform from Memory? But I Play the Trumpet!
Brian Reichenbach and Terry Everson gave a wonderful lecture on the art of performing from memory. With an emphasis on how everyone has the ability to memorize, Reichenbach and Everson shared their personal experiences with memorization and how it has been beneficial not only in their own journey as musicians, but also as an integral part of their teaching. Everson made it clear that memorization should be more about focusing on playing the instrument and developing the ear. He also shared that doing formal musical analysis for any piece  can aid in faster memorization and a better understanding of the work. Reichenbach and Everson talked about the legitimate reasons why many people choose not to memorize music, but they explained that whatever the reason, performing from memory has wonderful benefits like the freedom from playing off the page and the development of the ability to turn a performance into a conversation with the audience. (SW)


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2019 Conference Reporting and Photography Staff Reporting Staff


Spencer Brand (SB) is a doctoral student at Arizona State University, where he currently serves as a trumpet graduate teaching assistant. He received two MM degrees in trumpet performance and composition from Arizona State University.


John Bryant (JB) is a freelance player in Atlanta and currently serves as artist affiliate in trumpet at Reinhardt University.


Alexander Davis (AD) is a freelance writer and graduate student at the University of Kansas. He has performed with the Opera in the Ozarks Orchestra, Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, El Paso Wind Symphony, and the 1st Armored Division Band of the US Army.


Eli Denecke (ED) is a Florida State University DMA trumpet student. In Spring 2019 he graduated from the University of Florida with an MM in performance and a secondary concentration in historical musicology.


Kevin Eisensmith (KE) is a former president of the International Trumpet Guild and currently serves as secretary. He is professor of trumpet at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


Luis Engelke (LE) is professor of music at Towson University and editor of the Music Reviews column in the ITG Journal. He is principal trumpet of several orchestras and has performed with more than fifty professional orchestras internationally.


Derek Ganong (DG) is assistant professor of trumpet and director of jazz at Boise State University. He also serves as trumpet faculty at the FredBrass Institute and is a founding member of the Vice City Brass.


Elisa Koehler (EK) is a member of the ITG Board of Directors and the author of Fanfares and Finesse (Indiana University Press). She will begin a new position this fall as professor of music and chair of the Music Department at Winthrop University.


Will Koehler (WK) is an active clinician and performer in the central US. A recent graduate of Indiana University, his teachers include Joey Tartell, Jeff Curnow, Al Hood, and Todd Hastings. 


Marie Mencher (MM) is a master's student in trumpet performance and a graduate teaching assistant at Kansas State University.


Eric Millard (EM) is the assistant professor of trumpet at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He also serves ITG as the Conference Stage Manager and Book Reviews column editor.


Kyle Millsap (KM) is assistant professor of trumpet and jazz at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, where he oversees the trumpet program and directs the trumpet ensembles, jazz trumpet ensembles, and Jazz Band II. He also performs with the Kingsville Brass Quintet.


Paige Nelson, editorial assistant, is a freelance trumpeter and teacher in the Philadelphia area. She holds degrees from the University of Northern Colorado (MM) and the University of South Alabama (BM).


Grant Peters (GP) is ITG vice-president and will begin his service as president on October 1. He is in his 24th year as professor of music at Missouri State University, where he teaches trumpet and coordinates the brass area.


J. Peyden Shelton (JPS) is the assistant professor of trumpet at the University of Utah. He serves as the ITG Orchestral Excerpts Competition chair and is a Yamaha Performing Artist. 


Steven Siegel (SS) is assistant professor of music at Western Colorado University and serves as a recordings reviewer for the International Trumpet Guild. 


Pamela Smitter (PS) is principal trumpet in the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra, section trumpet in the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and a DMA candidate at Michigan State University.


T.J. Tesh (TT) is a Yamaha and Pickett Brass artist and serves as assistant professor of trumpet at The University of Southern Mississippi.


Matthew Vangjel (MV) teaches trumpet at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He is also an active performer and holds positions with the Mirari Brass Quintet, Fountain City Brass Band, and Mobile Symphony Orchestra. 


Nick Volz (NV) is associate professor of trumpet and jazz studies at Loyola University New Orleans.


Spencer Wallin (SW) is adjunct professor of high brass at Navarro College. He holds degrees from the University of North Texas (DMA), the University of Michigan (MM), and Brigham Young University (BM).


Marisa Youngs (MY) is the ITG New Works coordinator and is currently the adjunct professor of trumpet and music theory at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.


Photography Staff


Michael Anderson is the ITG Website director and head photographer for the conference. He serves as professor of trumpet at Oklahoma City University and is a member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.


Norman Black is a semi-retired IT professional and percussionist who resides in South Florida. A graduate of the US Naval School of Music and former member of the 76th US Army Band, he now enjoys his favorite pastime, photography. He is the house photographer at a local community theatre and enjoys doing nature and portrait photography.


Benjamin Lowe is a professor at Stillman Business School at Seton Hall University, as well as a managing partner of Lebeta Tech, LLC. He has played trumpet/cornet with a brass band in Dublin, Ireland, as well as with a Ukranian dance band in Maryland. He is an avid photographer and displays his work on


Donald Sorah is associate professor of music and coordinator of the music division at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. He regularly performs with the Symphony of the Mountains in Kingsport, Tennessee, and the Johnson City (TN) Symphony. He is also the founder and music director of the Winds of the Mountain Empire, a regional professional wind ensemble in Big Stone Gap, Virginia.

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2019 ITG Conference Report - Day 1 - Tuesday, July 9 The 44th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - Miami, Florida (USA)
Special Daily Report • Compiled by Peter Wood
Photos by Michael Anderson, Norman Black, 
Benjamin Lowe, and Donald Sorah

Tuesday, July 9

This opening evening of the 44th annual ITG Conference was filled with the usual sense of eager anticipation of the wonderful trumpet-related events to come over the next four days and five nights. The Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami is a warm, welcoming hotel with great ethnic restaurants all around. As participants poured in throughout the afternoon, there were plenty of smiles, handshakes, hugs, and laughs to go around. After the fanfare with Jens Lindemann and the opening concert featuring Ingrid Jensen and Alphonso Horne, the socializing continued with an exhibitors welcome reception and a trumpet ensemble reading session led by Buddy Deshler. Expectations are high for a another memorable conference!


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Opening Fanfare with Jens Lindemann

With the Opening Fanfare torch having been officially passed from the inimitable Doc Severinsen to the incomparable Jens Lindemann, the International Trumpet Guild’s 2019 Conference opened with a near 200-member trumpet ensemble performing Malcolm Arnold’s A Hoffnung Fanfare, as transcribed by James Olcott. In typical Jens-ian fashion, the maestro brought an indelible sense of fun and excitement to the event, entertaining both the players and the audience in attendance. Doc delivered a touching meditative tribute to Ryan Anthony as an introduction to the emotionally rendered closing piece, David Haskins’ arrangement of Peter Meechan’s Song of Hope, featuring soloists Nancy Taylor, Jose Sibaja, and Jens himself. In the words of Doc Severinsen, “A man without hope is through.” (TT)

Check out these Opening Fanfare videos!
Rehearsal Video with Jens

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Opening Concert: Ingrid Jensen and Alphonso Horne

There is an energy and excitement that is part of every opening concert at an ITG Conference. This opening concert, featuring Ingrid Jensen, Alphonso Horne, and the Ryan Chapman Orchestra, was no exception. The somewhat small opening-night crowd fit easily into the James L. Knight Convention Center, an attractive space better suited for concerts than venues usually found in conference hotels.

The Ryan Chapman Jazz Orchestra, a newly formed seventeen-piece group, opened the event with Casting Shade, an original work by Chapman, who is a freelance trumpet player and educator living in Miami. The RCJO played with tight ensemble, an unforced quality, and a nicely balanced sound.

The applause had not ended for the first piece when both Ingrid Jensen and Alphonso Horne entered the stage, trading improvisational licks in a sort of conversation as they strolled from opposite wings to the front of the stage. What followed was the hippest version of Ferde Grofé’s On the Trail that this reviewer has ever heard. Who knew that Grofé could swing? “Laid back” was the theme for the night. This concert did not have the “can you top this?” vibe often associated with these types of performances. Great solos were played by both Jensen and Horne, with interesting interaction between each of them and the rhythm section.

Wasting no time, Jensen immediately led the band in an up-tempo arrangement of Serenade to a Bus Seat, written by Clark Terry and arranged by David Berger. Jensen has a smooth, easy approach to the trumpet, much like her mentors, including Terry.

Alphonso Horne returned to the stage to perform Portrait of Louis Armstrong and The Shepherd, both composed by Duke Ellington. In Portrait of Louis Armstrong, Horne began with an impressive imitation of Armstrong’s sound and technique and then, in an amazing tonal transition, morphed to his own sound and style. The Shepherd, one of Ellington’s sacred works, featured Horne’s remarkable ability with the plunger.

Jensen’s set included Kenny Wheeler’s Gentle Piece, which was, in fact, a very gentle and beautiful ballad. She moved directly into Song for Inga, a jazz waltz written by her sister, Christine.

Horne rejoined Jensen on stage for the final work of the night, Wink, also written by Christine Jensen and dedicated to Laurie Frink. Described by Ingrid as “sassy,” the piece opened up at the end, allowing each member of the RCJO to take a short solo before Jensen and Horne brought the piece to a rousing close. This was a satisfying opening concert--a superb pairing of two talented trumpeters with an exciting big band. (KE)

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Trumpet Ensemble Reading Session #1

Trumpet ensemble reading sessions are a new, innovative part of the ITG Conference experience. These unique rehearsals are open to the public and are a wonderful opportunity for players of all abilities to learn and network together. Over forty participants of all ages attended the first reading session led by Buddy Deshler and Jim Olcott. The fast-paced rehearsal began with an arrangement of Canzona noni toni a 12 by Giovanni Gabrieli. The next piece was Lembrancas do Brasil (Memories of Brazil), an original work for five flugelhorns by Daniel Thrower. The final piece of the session was Go Forth to Serve by Daniel Thrower, a complex extended fanfare for twelve trumpets. The compositions featured in this reading session can be found on both Triplo Press and Gilded Music Press. (MY)


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2018 ITG Conference Prelude Performances The 43rd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - San Antonio, Texas
Special Report • Compiled by Peter Wood
Photos by Michael Anderson, Norman Bergstrom, Josh Rzepka, Denny Schreffler, and Brian Shook

Conference Prelude Performances

* Indicates premiere performances.
Groups are listed alphabetically.


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Abilene Christian, Hardin-Simmons, and McMurry Universities—Abilene Tri-Collegiate Trumpet Ensemble
David Amlung and Leigh Anne Hunsaker, directors
Cedric Dario, Gustavo Guerrero, Grayson Hancock, Jake Lathrop, Dawson Maxwell, Karissa Means, Leighanna Meek, Kenny Mostert, Nathan Olsen, Klarissa Shafer, Zach Shepard, Parker Shields, Julian Wiegand
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* Charlier Numero Dos by Theo Charlier, arr. Gary Slechta

The Abilene Tri-Collegiate Trumpet Ensemble, made up of students from Abilene Christian, Hardin-Simmons, and McMurry Universities, presented a fantastic rendition of Gary Slechta’s arrangement, Charlier Numero Dos. The ensemble showed fantastic control and dynamic shaping throughout this work that is based on Charlier’s famous etude. The ensemble provided a solid foundation for the solo lines that left the audience on the edge of their seats. Their precision and powerful presence was a wonderful introduction to the presentation that followed. (JPS)

Angelo State University Trumpet Ensemble
John Irish, director
Brandon Batten, William DeForest, Riley Jarabeck, and Joseph Torres
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Ice Journey by Jason Basoco
The Angelo State University Trumpet Ensemble performed Jason Basoco’s Ice Journey as a prelude to Wim Van Hasselt’s recital. The quartet used energy and intensity to paint a picture of travels through a harsh, mystical, and unforgiving landscape. The crisp articulations, rhythmic drive, and tense but balanced harmonies came together well for an exciting and enjoyable performance. (AD)

Baylor University—Baylor Trumpets
Wiff Rudd and Mark Schubert, directors
Ryan Fitzgerald, Luke Hoeft, Jonah Kelly, Ryan McArthur, Brian Mendez, Ross Mitchell, Tyler Moore
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Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs by Leonard Bernstein, arr. Rudd and Parker

The ensemble launched into the three-part Bernstein piece with flair. Using an array of instruments ranging from bass trumpet to piccolo, they performed energetically and covered the highly animated, rhythmically varied, and occasionally jazzy composition brilliantly, resulting in sustained audience applause. (NM)

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Wiff Rudd and Mark Schubert, directors
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* Variants with Solo Cadenzas by William Schmidt

The Baylor Green Trumpet Ensemble opened Merrie Klazek’s clinic on Preparation and Performance with an attention-grabbing piece by William Schmidt. The four performers’ tone qualities, articulations, and phrasings were flawless as the moved throughout the various sections of the work. Each member of the ensemble was featured as soloist and brought their own unique style and flair to their solos. The power and refinement of the ensemble’s performance left the audience on the edge of their seats and provided a wonderful introduction to Klazek’s informative presentation. (JPS)

Baylor University—"Improv" Trumpet Ensemble
​Wiff Rudd, director
​Cordelia DeDecker, Luke Hoeft, Ryan McArthur, Brian Mendez, Ross Mitchell, Tyler Moore, Sig Stefansson
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​* Improvised prelude
The Baylor Improv Prelude Ensemble was a fantastic beginning to a wonderful presentation by Wiff Rudd. Because a member of the previously scheduled  Baylor Gold trumpet ensemble was unable to attend the conference, Rudd asked for volunteers from his students in attendance to demonstrate how he teaches classical improvisation in his studio. The performance was splendid, and the audience thoroughly enjoyed the fully improvised trumpet prelude. (SW)

Brighton High School—Mixed Brass Ensemble
Sharon B. Long, director
Liam Driscoll, Grace Carney, Ethan Lee, Eli Pardington, Connor Young, Ryan Newcomb, Jarrett Mulligan, Rachel Auty, Grace Snider, Alex Hogue
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O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen
Brighton High School’s Mixed Brass Ensemble performed Morten Lauridsen’s setting of O Magnum Mysterium with great poise and energy. A musically demanding piece, the performers showed a musical maturity and confidence not often found in musicians so young. The performers played with full, rich sounds, beautiful releases, and tremendous balance throughout a beautiful, emotionally charged performance. (AJ)

Campbellsville University Trumpet Ensemble
Anne McNamara, director
Cassidy Allgood, Justin Chowning, Olivia DeBolt, Tanner James, Cameron Johnson, Josh Neff, Jared Walker, Heaven Wells
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Fanfare for an Angel by James Stephenson
Catacomb by Jason Dovel

The Campbellsville University Trumpet Ensemble performed two short, exciting fanfares by James Stephenson and Jason Dovel before the Houston Symphony Trumpet Section presentation. The audience enjoyed hearing full chords played well in tune and with authority and power. (SH)

Columbus State University—Schwob Trumpet Ensemble
Robert Murray, director
Stephen Burden, Ricardo Chinchilla, Brandon Fortson, Patrick Lindsey, Steven Lukehart, Nathaniel Moore, Chase Pauley, Rashaan Skrine, Harold Villaltas, Trevor Webb, Adam White, Ryan Worley
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Fanfare – Homage to Witold Lutoslawski by Nathan Hudson
Vision over the Horizon by Brandon Dicks

The Schwob Trumpet Ensemble from Columbus State University, under the direction of Robert Murray, performed two selections. Nathan Hudson’s Fanfare – Homage to Witold Lutoslawski opened with bracing polychords and dramatic gestures that the ensemble played with impeccable precision and balance. Brandon Dicks’ Vision over the Horizon displayed the group’s finely tuned ensemble playing, wide dynamic range, and rich, unforced sound from top to bottom. (EK)

Del Mar College Trumpet Ensemble
Scott Hagarty, director
Seth Barrios, Tlaloc Perales, Brittany Richardson, Carlos Salinas, Mary Silva
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Cityscapes by Erik Morales

Under the direction of Dr. Scott Hagarty, the Del Mar College Trumpet Ensemble performed the first two movements of Erik Morales’s Cityscapes with great sensitivity and contrast. The first movement featured wonderful descending passages passed around the ensemble with great intonation, clarity, and resonance. The ensemble expertly juxtaposed an articulated character with Morales’s brilliant, flowing lyricism and captured the playful nature of the second movement perfectly. (AJ)

Duquesne University Trumpet Ensemble
Chad Winkler, director
Joseph Beaver, Amy Bertsch, Zach DeLuise, Robert Jarsulic, Mikayla Justen, Alyssa Lloyd, Mason Shay, Kevin Skinkis
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The Cowboys Overture by John Williams

Launching into it with verve, the ensemble played Williams’s musical panorama of the Old West with flair and brilliance. They performed the varied rhythms, textures, and motifs with superb grace and energy and concluded the piece to rousing applause. A fine performance! (NM)

Florida State University Alumni Trumpet Ensemble
Christopher Moore, director
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Labyrinths by Joseph Turrin

The legacy created by Bryan Goff and continued by Chris Moore was in full evidence when the Florida State University Alumni Trumpet Ensemble performed Joseph Turrin’s Labyrinths. Nineteen FSU alums performed this highly dramatic and impressive piece, commissioned by the 2011 FSU Trumpet Ensemble for the 2012 ITG Conference. (KE)

Kennesaw State University Trumpet Ensemble
Douglas Lindsey, director
Miles Bonaker, Michael Brown, Riley Carson, Kameron Clarke, Jacob Greifinger, Jon Klausman, Ra Sheed Lemon, II, Jordyn Mader, Andrew Olsen, Jeremy Perkins, Cierra Weldin, Zach Went
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Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture by Mikhail Glinka

The Kennesaw State University Trumpet Ensemble performed an arrangement of Mikhail Glinka’s Ruslan und Ludmilla Overture as a prelude to Jose Cháfer Mompó’s recital. The twelve-member ensemble performed with a joyous energy, filling the room with rich sonorities and flowing melodic lines. The dazzling technical passages associated with this thrilling work came off well. What a fun and pleasant way to begin the afternoon’s performance! (AD)

Kunitachi College of Music—Kunion Trio
Taishin Nakaoka, director
Mayu Daijo, Yuya Matsuura, Taishin Nakaoka
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Gershwin Medley by George Gershwin

The Kunion Trio from Tokyo, Japan, performed before the New Works Recital I in the Rio Grande Ballroom. The medley arrangement of Gershwin favorites included some of his most famous works such as, I Got Rhythm, Summertime, and Rhapsody in Blue, among others. The trumpet trio displayed excellent intonation and tone quality. (SH)

Lamar University Trumpet Ensemble
John Bhatia, director
Hunter Allen, Ty Bodin, Anthony Brown, Dennis Dorion, Nicholas Hernandez, Ricardo Padron, Hannah Sartain, Robert Smith
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Dürrenhorn Passage by Kevin McKee
The New Century - 2000 A.D. by David Uber

The Lamar University Trumpet Ensemble performed two selections before Chris Gekker’s Saturday clinic. David Uber’s The New Century – 2000 A.D. immediately grabbed the audience’s attention with its colorful melodies and rhythmic intensity, and the group handled the many challenging meter changes with ease. Kevin McKee’s Dürrenhorn Passage highlighted the ensemble’s wonderful group sound. Several soloists were featured throughout the performance, highlighting their individual strengths. The audience was transported to another realm through this group’s fine portrayal of McKee’s colorful musical imagery. (BC)

Loyola University Trumpet Ensemble
Nick Volz, director
Michael Bauer, Chris Drennan, Brian Maasen, Peter Nionakis, Jack Wright
180601-0001-12Loyola University of New Orleans Trumpet Ensemble
Cityscapes by Erik Morales

The Loyola University Trumpet Ensemble, from New Orleans, performed all three movements of Erik Morales’s Cityscapes as a prelude to Jon-Erik Kello’s jazz concert in the Regency Grand Ballroom. The first movement was played with authority, and the group displayed excellent rhythmic precision on the mouthpiece percussion in the third movement. Overall, the performance exhibited tremendous enthusiasm, power, and excitement throughout. (SH)

McMurry University Trumpet Ensemble
David Amlung, director
Jake Lathrop, Karissa Means, Leighanna Meek, Kenny Mostert, Nathan Olsen, Parker Shields, Julian Weigand
McMurry University Trumpet Ensemble
Dürrenhorn Passage by Kevin McKee

The McMurry University Trumpet Ensemble, under the direction of David Amlung, performed a brilliant and nuanced version of Kevin McKee’s popular Dürrennhorn Passage. The group displayed excellent dynamic control and ensemble cohesion throughout this technically excellent and musically satisfying performance. (BH)

North Dakota State University Trumpet Ensemble
Jeremy Brekke, director
Isaac Hicks, Maddie Huffman, German Rojas, Anthony Sanders, Brody Terry, Elise Ware 
180602-0001-8North Dakota State University Trumpet Ensemble
Metallic Fury by Erik Morales

The North Dakota State University Trumpet Ensemble gave an exciting and energetic performance of Erik Morales’s Metallic Fury. The group easily handled the technical demands of the rapid outer sections and played with sensitivity during the muted middle portion of the work. The first trumpet was a highlight of the performance, and the rest of the ensemble responded with ample support and bravado. (BH)

Northern Arizona University Trumpet Ensemble
Stephen Dunn, director
Heaven Bataille, Holley Biringer, Willem Blakely, Phillip George, Darian Harmon, Micah Laird, Hunter Prather, Chandler Zimmerman, Cheyanne Read, Hank Stevens
180530-0001-9Northern Arizona University Trumpet Ensemble
Suspended in Flight by Stephen Dunn

The Northern Arizona University Trumpet Ensemble, under the direction of Stephen Dunn, performed an original composition by their director, entitled Suspended in Flight. The performance space served this piece well, allowing chords and musical passages to overlap and melt together throughout the performance. Suspended in Flight featured the ensemble’s technique and enjoyable sound and served as a great example of ensemble blend and intonation. (WK)

Oklahoma City University Trumpet Ensemble 
Michael Anderson, director
Josh Dolney, Nathan Hasterlik, Austin Hogue, Sam Key, Kristen Layne, Sierra Stan, Daniel Vittum
180601-0001-8Oklahoma City University Trumpet Ensemble
Cityscapes by Erik Morales

Under the direction of Michael Anderson, the trumpet ensemble from Oklahoma City University performed Erik Morales’s Cityscapes, which has become a staple in the modern trumpet ensemble repertoire. The ensemble showcased their tonal and musical blend throughout the exciting and facile performance, making this a wonderful introduction to Tromba Mundi’s concert. (WK)

Oklahoma State University—Black Trumpet Ensemble
Ryan Gardner, director
Clayton Chai, Caleb Dixon, Gabe Mejia, Brenden Noblitt, Christian Thorp, Zach Morris
180602-0001-7Oklahoma State University Black Trumpet Ensemble
Carmen Suite by Georges Bizet, arr. Ben Miles

A sextet from Oklahoma State University opened Saturday morning’s recital with an arrangement of popular themes from Bizet’s much-beloved opera, Carmen. The ensemble gave quite the communicative and musical performance, infusing charm and personality into an already lively piece of music. Performing with direction, expression, imagination, and poise, the young trumpeters created an engaging and intimate atmosphere for audience members to enjoy these familiar themes. (AD)

Oklahoma State University—Orange Trumpet Ensemble
Ryan Gardner, director
Matt Daigle, Caden Homes, Kevin Kamau, Noah Mennenga, Daniel Montalvo, Ian Mertes, Nick Nusser, Steffi Tetzloff
180529-0001Oklahoma State University—Orange Trumpet Ensemble
Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky, arr. Ryan Gardner

The Oklahoma State University Orange Trumpet Ensemble performed Ryan Gardner’s masterful arrangement of highlights from Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring. Playing from memory without a conductor, the eight trumpeters performed with passion and precision. Gardner’s arrangement, scored for trumpets in B-flat and C, as well as flugelhorn and piccolo trumpet, captured the essence of the full orchestral version with remarkable flair. (EK)

Portland State University Trumpet Ensemble 
David W. Bamonte and Steven C. Conrow, directors
Katie Craighead, Erick Escobaar, Danny Fineman, Evan MacWilliams, Jeremy Morrison, Dean Oaks, Bailey Paugh, Alex Schmidt, Collin Stegner
180630-0001-4Portland State University Trumpet Ensemble
* Convergence by Sean O’Loughin
Cocktail by Jerome Naulais
Los Angeles-based composer Sean O’Loughin’s Convergence showcased the ensemble’s brilliant sound and flawless balance throughout all parts. This work was specifically commissioned for the PSU Trumpet Ensemble’s ITG performance. Next, a smaller quintet from the ensemble presented Jerome Naulais’s Cocktail. The three-movement work showcased the individual players with effective short solos interspersed through the ensemble with quick flourishes in the final movement. (LE)

Stephen F. Austin State University—Empyrean Trumpet Ensemble
Jacob Walburn, director
Arjang Abrarpour, Daniel Casso, Max Mucino, Adiel Najera, Bethany Terral, Travis Wattigney
180531-0001-22Stephen F. Austin University Empyrean Trumpet Ensemble
Overture from Ruslan and Ludmilla by Mikhail Glinka, arr. Erik Morales

The Empyrean Trumpet Ensemble from Stephen F. Austin State University performed an exciting rendition of Mikhail Glinka’s Overture from Ruslan and Ludmilla, arranged by Erik Morales. The group played the entire arrangement from memory, matching shared lyrical lines and trading difficult technical passages between piccolo trumpets, B-flat trumpets, and flugelhorns. The ensemble’s expressive performance wowed the audience, who gave the group several rounds of applause. (MY)

Tarleton State University Trumpet Ensemble
Brian Walker, director
Matt Edwards, David Flores, Tember Lowe, Danny Norton, Akira Okamoto, Jenna Parrish, Kenny Reid, Audrey Smith, Taylor Welch, Tim Wilson
180531-0001-7Tarleton State University Trumpet Ensemble
Infinite Ascent
 by Erik Morales

The Tarleton State University Trumpet Ensemble, under the direction of Brian Walker, played an impressive rendition of Erik Morales’s Infinite Ascent. The ensemble deftly navigated the numerous flourishes for which Morales’s writing is known while maintaining a sense of ensemble continuity. The attention to dynamic detail helped carry the performance and serve as an elevating opener for the New Works Recital. (KM)

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Trumpet Ensemble
Mary Thornton, director
Clayton Capello, Madison Gotcher, Dustin Hernandez, Joe Holland, James Tomerlin, Juan Vargas, III

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Trumpet Ensemble
An Olcott Overture! by Eric Ewazen
Cityscapes by Erik Morales

The TAMUCC Trumpet Ensemble set a festive tone for the Spanish Brass concert with a fine performance of An Olcott Overture! by Eric Ewazen and Cityscapes by Erik Morales. Their performance of the Ewazen was marked by bracing rhythms and dramatic phrasing, while the Morales showcased sensitive lyrical phrasing, a warm sound, and secure technique. (EK)

Texas A&M University-Kingsville Trumpet Ensemble
Kyle Millsap, director
Christian Chavez, Carolina De La Rosa, Jesus Espinoza, Ramon Garcia, Isaac Garza, Kat Garza, Javier Salinas, Seth Saucedo, Lance Woody, Ariana Gomez
180530-0001-14Texas A&M University-Kingsville Trumpet Ensemble
“Le Chocolat” from The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, arr. Kyle Millsap
Divertimento in Blue by Erik Morales

The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Trumpet Ensemble displayed a high level of musical maturity with their combination of improvised solos and balanced ensemble playing. The group presented an entertaining performance while providing an excellent introduction for the program that followed. (JBr)

Texas Christian University Trumpet Ensemble
Jesse Rajabi, director
Sebastian Alvarez, Andrea Aviles, Luis Pulido, Alex Dumas, Johnathan Hunda, Trey Isenberg, Katie Kelly, Zack Lewis, Joseph McGee, Ethan Moreno, Issac Ortiz, Pedro Peraza
180601-0001-2Texas Christian University Trumpet Ensemble
Pasodoble by Gerald Gable

A pasodoble is a Spanish dance imitating a bullfight, and this piece effectively depicts that exciting scene with idiomatic gestures and flourishes. The energy ebbs and flows throughout with contrast in textures and colors (including flugelhorns and mutes). The TCU Trumpet Ensemble produced a rich tone, especially in the forte sections, and displayed great poise in performing for such a large audience. (AK)

Texas Tech University—Studio 105
Andrew Stetson, director
Samuel Acosta, Jessica Calvit, Shania Cordoba, Jacob Diewald, Pierce Ellison, Mylon Johnson, Will Miller, Nate Moe, Austin Spencer, Marc Sutton
180530-0001-18Texas Tech Studio 105
“Jupiter” from The Planets by Gustav Holst, arr. Andrew Stetson
The Texas Tech University “Studio 105” Trumpet Ensemble, directed by Andrew Stetson, performed Stetson’s arrangement of “Jupiter” from The Planets. The ten-member ensemble played with great enthusiasm the arrangement that featured instrumentation from piccolo trumpet to flugelhorn and effectively utilized an array of mutes. (KE)

Texas Tech University Trumpet Ensemble
Andrew J. Stetson and Robert Luther, directors
Brock Alsaffar, Aaron Amaya, Jonathan Fortson, Clark Preston, Rachel Perkins, Nicholas Tharp, Blake Wells
180601-0001-11Texas Tech University Trumpet Ensemble
Quickening by Robert Luther
Opening with running sixteenth notes, Robert Luther’s Quickening quickly adds a second texture: angular eighth notes with a melody superimposed. Eventually, this develops to several chorale and other sections. Following are several sections, including one with Latin inspiration, both in the accompanimental rhythms and occasional sizzling melodic lines. The Texas Tech University Trumpet Ensemble delivered a superb and very memorable performance of this excellent new work. (LE)

Timber Creek High School Trumpet Septet
Danny Brock, director
Austin Bell, Brendan Chucci, Brendan Lorenz, Tanner Price, Gage Reynolds, Nathan Smith, Jacob Thomas
180531-0001-20Timber Creek High School Trumpet Septet
Seven Tapas by David Gillingham

The Timber Creek Trumpet Septet’s prelude performance was a perfect introduction to the ITG Affiliate Chapters Recital. The ensemble’s playing was exceptional as they executed David Gillingham’s work, Seven Tapas, with an exciting musical energy and a strong, full sound while showing off impressive technical abilities. (SW)

Triumvirate Brass Trio
Vernon Richter, trumpet; Megan DeRubeis, horn; Amanda Kana, trombone
180531-0001Triumvirate Brass Trio
A Philharmonic Fanfare by Eric Ewazen

The Triumverate Brass Trio performed A Philharmonic Fanfare by Eric Ewazen, a work that featured all three players on flowing fanfare figures. The piece gave each of the players ample opportunity to show off their flexibility and musicality in juxtaposition with syncopated figures, and the trio did not disappoint, navigating these phrases with great ease while exhibiting expert balance and musical subtlety. (AJ)

University of British Columbia Trumpet Ensemble
Larry Knopp, director
Shira Agam, Erica Binder, Matheus Moraes, Dasa Silhova, Willy Wang
University of British Columbia Trumpet Ensemble
Suo Gan: A Welsh Lullaby, arr. Josh Sung
Overture to William Tell by Rossini, arr. David Marlatt

The University of British Columbia Trumpet Ensemble performed two pieces for their prelude. They played Josh Sung’s beautiful arrangement of Suo Gan with two flugelhorns and three trumpets in a beautiful, warm blend. Rossini’s Overture to William Tell began with the traditional English horn solo performed on a rotary-valve flugelhorn before a brilliant C trumpet sounded the familiar call, leading to the galloping finale. The group played with excellent intonation and fine phrasing throughout. (EK)

University of Idaho Trumpet Ensemble
Sean Butterfield, director
Darrick Blood, Jared Crider, Jose Cruz, Mitch Gibbs, Garrett Romero, Zach Sherlock, Keanna Stokes
180531-0001-4University of Idaho Trumpet Ensemble
Canterbury Flourish by Gordon Jacob
Three Miniatures by Clint Needham

The University of Idaho Trumpet Ensemble, directed by Sean Butterfield, performed two selections before Philippe Litzler’s recital. The first, Gordon Jacob’s Canterbury Flourish, highlighted the group’s ensemble sound. The second piece, Clint Needham’s Three Miniatures, had the audience delighted as they performed in a multitude of styles, including a lovely and sonorous second movement. (BC)

University of Iowa Trumpet Ensemble
Amy Schendel, director
Joseph Arch, Evan Fowler, Kenken Gorder, Joey Schnoebelen, Kamal Talukder
180601-0001-29University of Iowa Trumpet Ensemble
Idea Number Twenty-Four by Terry Everson

Everson’s fun piece is based on Paganini’s Caprice in A Minor, Op. 1, No. 24. The University of Iowa Trumpet Ensemble handled the variety of styles and challenges extremely well with beautiful blend and impressive technique. There was strong piccolo playing and confident solos throughout the ensemble. (AK)

University of Lethbridge Trumpet Ensemble
Josh Davies, director
Sam Broadbent, Jill Burke, Laura Ferguson, Max Gunther, Eileen Humble, Claire McMahon, Rex Mulder, Aaron Ryan
180602-0001-13University of Lethbridge Trumpet Ensemble
Poet and Peasant Overture by Franz von Suppé

The U of L Trumpet Ensemble, directed by Josh Davies, performed an arrangement of Poet and Peasant Overture by Franz von Suppé before the M5 Mexican Brass Quintet Youth Day Concert. Their arrangement delighted the audience with its flashy style and rich harmonic colors. The audience was also treated to several wonderfully performed solos that highlighted the many contrasting styles of the piece. (BC)

University of Redlands Trumpet Ensemble
David L. Scott, director
Jorge Araujo-Felix, Jake Ferntheil, Matthew Ingelson, Andrew Priester, Francisco Razo, Katrina Smith
180530-0001-11University of Redlands Trumpet Ensemble
Dürrenhorn Passage by Kevin McKee

The University of Redlands Trumpet Ensemble presented a thrilling rendition of Kevin McKee’s Dürrenhorn Passage. From the opening statement to the final notes, the ensemble presented fantastic control and versatility. A true highlight came from the ensemble’s ability to show extreme musicality and variations of timbre throughout the work. The ensemble showed great maturity of expression in the passing of musical lines and dramatic timbral changes throughout the piece. Their command of the stage provided a wonderful highlight and introduction to the event. (JPS)

University of Texas at El Paso—UTEP Blue
Nancy Taylor, director
Annie Aguilar, Robert Campos, Arturo Olivo, Alejandro Perez, Gabby Tellez, Caleb Tullius
180601-0001-28UTEP Blue
Suite for Six Trumpets by Dennis L. Horton

The ensemble began this piece with a rousing antiphonal fanfare that they executed with vigor and precision. The piece offered many varied dynamic shadings and textures, of which the performers took advantage superbly. A rousing climax ended the outstanding and energized performance. (NM)

University of Texas at El Paso—UTEP Prophets
Nancy Taylor, director
Jacob Aun, Elijah Ontiveros, Juan Pablo Palacios, Isaac Ponce, Paul Reid
180530-0001-4UTEP Prophets
Voice of the Prophets by Eddie Lewis

The five members of the UTEP Prophets from the University of Texas at El Paso gave an energetic and compelling performance of Eddie Lewis’s Voice of the Prophets. Featuring propulsive rhythmic ostinatos, punctuated by percussive accents, the work also showcased the group’s tight ensemble playing and warm sound. (EK)

Utah State University Trumpet Ensemble
Max Matzen, director
Amy Abel, Jose Ayala, Bridger Bush, Sam Dickson, Stephanie England, Marci Johnson
180530-0001-13Utah State University Trumpet Ensemble
Music for Five Trumpets by Wesley Nance

The Utah State University Trumpet Ensemble presented an energetic performance of the first and third movements of Wesley Nance’s Music for Five Trumpets in the Rio Grande Ballroom. The ensemble presented an excellent display of musicality and balance throughout the work. The performance was well received by the audience and served as the perfect introduction to the program that followed. (JBr)

West Texas A&M University Trumpet Ensemble
William Takacs, director
Alex Collins, Marcos Garcia, Austin Nakamoto, Aaron Olson, Jacob Sexton, Joaquin Sotelo, Ashton Young
180531-0001-12West Texas A&M University Trumpet Ensemble
The Wild Atlantic Way by Benjamin Brooks

The West Texas A&M University Trumpet Ensemble gave an impressive performance of The Wild Atlantic Way by Benjamin Brooks. Trumpeters handled the many changes of timbre and style confidently, from beautiful, lyrical flugelhorn lines to ringing piccolo trumpet figures. Tight rhythmic motives were tossed back and forth with precision, contrasting nicely with melodic sections and showcasing well the skills of the ensemble. (LAH)


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2018 ITG Competition and Scholarship Winners ITG Conference Scholarships for Students
Coordinator: Jennifer Dearden

180602-0001-8Conference Scholarship winners

Under-16 Division

The Charles Schlueter Foundation Scholarship
Jeremy Bryant, University High School
Teacher: Betsy Bright Morgan
Donor: The Charles Schlueter Foundation, Inc.
Bryan and Nancy Goff Scholarship
James McAffrey, Home School
Teacher: Lauren Fletcher
Donor: Bryan Goff
Bill Pfund Scholarship
Jade Park, Meriden: An Anglican School for Girls
Teacher: Robin Park
Donor: Bill Pfund Trumpets
16-19 Division
Michael Tunnell Memorial Scholarship
Xan Denker, Twinsburg High School
Teacher: Michael Miller
Donor: Friends and Family of Michael Tunnell
Ken Larsen's BrassWerks Scholarship
Landon Jordan, Clovis High School
Teacher: Keith Sacane
Donor: Ken Larsen's BrassWerks
Chuck Levins Memorial Scholarship
Joseph Mysza, Clovis High School
Teacher: Keith Sacane
Donor: Washington Music Center
Dino Tofanelli Memorial Scholarship
William Reynolds, Brookings High School
Teacher: David Reynolds
Donor: Tony and Julie Johnson
Clifton Plog Memorial Fund Scholarship
Brendan Wilhelmsen, Novato High School
Teacher: Jonathan Knight
Donor: ITG Memorial Scholarship Fund
20-22 Division
Puje Trumpets Scholarship
David Abbuhl, Bowling Green State University
Teacher: Charles Saenz
Donor: Puje Trumpets
Gard Bags Scholarship
Ethan Berkebile, University of North Texas
Teacher: Jason Bergman
Donor: Talwar Bros. Ltd.
ITG Legacy Fund Scholarship
Michael Brown, Kennesaw State University
Teacher: Douglas Lindsey
Donor: ITG Legacy Fund
The Charles Schlueter Foundation Scholarship
Benjamin Dubbert, Bowling Green State University
Teacher: Charles Saenz
Donor: The Charles Schlueter Foundation, Inc.
Donald P. Bullock Memorial Scholarship Fund
Kyra Hulligan, James Madison University
Teacher: Chris Carillo
Donor: ITG Memorial Scholarship Fund
Richard B. Lehman Memorial Fund
John P. Johnson, Boston University
Teacher: Terry Everson
Donor: ITG Memorial Scholarship Fund
Warburton Music Products Scholarship
Tristan Keaton, James Madison University
Teacher: Chris Carillo
Donor: Warburton Music Products
Charles Patrick Wristen Memorial Scholarship
Yoojeong Kim, Eastman
Teacher: James Thompson
Donor: Paula Wristen
Dino Tofanelli Memorial Scholarship
Konnor Masell, Bowling Green State University
Teacher: Charles Saenz
Donor: Tony and Julie Johnson
Thompson Music Co. Scholarship
Payton McCartney, University of Arkansas
Teacher: Richard Rulli
Donor: Thompson Music Co.
Dino Tofanelli Memorial Scholarship
Devin Daniel, Harding University
Teacher: Cynthia Carrell
Donor: American Fidelity Foundation
The Charles Schlueter Foundation Scholarship
Liz Pauli, South Dakota State University
Teacher: David Reynolds
Donor: The Charles Schlueter Foundation, Inc.
Dino Tofanelli Memorial Scholarship
Joseph Rockman, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Teacher: Alex Noppe
Donor: American Fidelity Foundation
Keith Clark Memorial Fund Scholarship
Steffi Tetzloff, Oklahoma State University
Teacher: Ryan Gardner
Donor: ITG Memorial Scholarship Fund
Chuck Levins Memorial Scholarship
Alan Tolbert, Temple University
Teacher: David Bilger
Donor: Washington Music Center
Smith/Watkins Scholarship
Alexa York, Bowling Green State University
Teacher: Charles Saenz
Donor: Smith Watkins/DF Music
23-25 Division
The Charles Schlueter Foundation Scholarship
Emery Hicks, CCM
Teacher: Alan Siebert
Donor: The Charles Schlueter Foundation, Inc.
Renold O. Schilke Memorial Fund
John Nye, James Madison University
Teacher: Chris Carillo
Donor: ITG Memorial Scholarship Fund
Picket Brass Scholarship
Ryan Stransky, Temple University
Teacher: Anthony Prisk
Donor: Picket Brass and Blackburn Trumpets
Jazz 20-25 Division
Charles Patrick Wristen Memorial Scholarship
Andrew Carson, Temple University
Teacher: Joe Magnarelli
Donor: Christine Wristen
Stuart D. Shanler Scholarship
Brian Maassen, Loyola University
Teacher: Nick Volz
Donor: Stuart Shanler
Sandy Sandberg Memorial Scholarship Fund
Will Mallard, Berklee
Teacher: Tiger Okoshi
Donor: ITG Memorial Scholarship Fund
Sandra Rapa Memorial Scholarship
Stephen Wadsack, CCM
Teacher: Alan Siebert and Scott Belck
Donor: LOTUS Trumpets


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Competition Winners

ITG Orchestral Excerpts Competition
Chair: Robert White

Ian Mertes (first prize)
Oklahoma State University
Teacher: Ryan Gardner

Maximillian McNutt (second place)
Western Michigan University
Teacher: Scott Thornburg

Nick Nusser (third place)
Oklahoma State University
Teacher: Ryan Gardner
180601-0001-6Orchestral Excerpts Competition-First Prize 180601-0001-5Orchestral Excerpts Competition-Second Place 180601-0001-4Orchestral Excerpts Competition-Third Place

ITG Solo Competition
Chair: Jason Dovel

Noah Mennenga (first prize)
Oklahoma State University (United States)
Teacher: Ryan Gardner

Darcy O'Malley (second prize)
University of Tasmania Conservatory of Music (Australia)
Teacher: Yoram Levy

Robin Park (third prize)
Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Australia)
Teacher: Bruce Hellmers
180601-0001-7ITG Solo Competition winners

ITG Youth Competition
Chair: Marc Reed

Junior Division
Dayoung Kim (first prize)
Yewon School
Teacher: Young Min Kim

Jack Towse (second prize)
Friends Academy
Teacher: Nick Mondello

Jaemin Park (third prize)
Korea National University of Arts
Teacher: Kwan Mo Nam
ITG Youth Competition - Junior Division

Senior Division
Alexander Tung (first prize)
Lexington High School
Teacher: Steve Emery

Michael Peery (second prize)
Private Studio
Teacher: Paul Randall

Stefan Filip (third prize)
Palatine High School
Teachers: Robert Sullivan and Matt Baker
180602-0001-3ITG Youth Competition - Senior Division


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2018 ITG Conference Report - Day 5 - Saturday, June 2 - Evening events The 43rd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - San Antonio, Texas (USA)
Special Daily Report • Compiled by Peter Wood
Photos by Michael Anderson, Norman Bergstrom, Josh Rzepka, 
Denny Schreffler, and Brian Shook


Saturday, June 2, 2018 - Evening events

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Evening Concert—Pacho Flores and the ITG Festival Orchestra

Before the concert began, ITG President Cathy Leach presented the Guild’s most prestigious award, the ITG Honorary Award, to Marie Speziale, who accepted the honor with a gracious speech. Conference Director Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski then introduced Pacho Flores and explained that the program was structured to progress from the Baroque era to the present and that Flores would be using a wide variety of Stomvi instruments displayed on a table on the left side of the stage.

180602-0001-27(L-R): ITG President Cathy Leach and Marie Speziale

Accompanied by the ITG Festival Orchestra, Flores conducted while performing, standing in the center of the strings. When he wasn’t playing, he turned around to face the orchestra and conduct in the usual manner. Most of the time, however, he led as a chamber musician, nodding and dancing to the beat while facing the audience, often directing with his right hand while continuing to play the trumpet. And did he ever play! Flores possesses a rare ability to perform absolutely anything in any style and on any horn (piccolo through flugelhorn and corno da caccia)—from memory, while conducting—with effortless mastery and peerless artistry. Pacho Flores embodies a level of virtuosity that borders on the supernatural.

180602-0001-28Pacho Flores playing the corno da caccia

The program began with Efrain Oscher’s arrangement of Daquin’s Le Coucou with Flores dazzling the audience on piccolo trumpet through a flurry of spinning sixteenth notes tossed off with impeccable élan. Switching to a corno da caccia (similar to a valved posthorn), he gave an unforgettable performance of the Neruda concerto. Replete with understated elegance, inventive cadenzas, and tasteful ornamentation, Flores entranced the audience with the seductive dark sound of the instrument.

180602-0001-3Pacho Flores conducting while playing

Flores introduced the next piece, Oscher’s Barroqueana Venezolana 2, by referring to his “little arsenal by Stomvi” as he moved three of the instruments to a padded piano bench next to him by the cello section. Written for Flores and designed to “combine Baroque music with Venezuelan elements,” the three movements featured playful piccolo pyrotechnics, a seductive serenade showcasing the low register of the four-valve Stomvi Titan flugelhorn, and a mixed-meter dance reminiscent of neoclassical Stravinsky. Flores returned to piccolo trumpet for an arrangement of the Aria from Villa-Lobos’ Bachiana Brasilena No. 5, which featured a soulful cantabile line over restless pizzicato strings. The Latin American set continued with arrangements of two Piazzolla pieces, Escualo and Invierno Porteno (a jazzy flugelhorn showcase), and two pieces composed by Flores—Morocota and Labios Vermelhos (a delightful samba). The final selection on the program was Oscher’s Soledad, which began with a poignant solo for the English horn, followed by increasingly elaborate variations from Flores, culminating in a blizzard of figuration leading to a final climax. The audience leapt to their feet in an immediate ovation, bringing Flores back for multiple bows until he agreed to play an encore, a tender ballad that he dedicated to ITG Honorary Award Winner Marie Speziale. When it was all over, he got down on one knee, blew her a kiss, and bowed like a gallant Knight of the Realm. (EK) 180602-0001-7Marie Speziale and Pacho Flores


Closing Concert—Doc Severinsen, Jim Cullum Big Band, the Biohazard Brass Band, and the San Antonio Jazz Orchestra

Jazz in its many forms was represented in the final concert of the 2018 ITG Conference. The first ensemble to perform was not listed in the conference program. The Biohazard Brass Band of the 323rd Army Band from Fort Sam Houston took the stage to the surprise of the audience. The nine-piece band (three trumpets, trombone, baritone, sousaphone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, and drums) provided a high-energy, non-stop fifteen-minute set that established the mood for the evening.

180602-0001-8Biohazard Brass Band

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band is a classic New Orleans-style jazz band performing music of the early twentieth century. And they swing! The band is comprised of cornet (Jim Cullum), clarinet, trombone, piano, bass, and drums. Their opening set included Louis Armstrong’s Mandy, Make Up Your Mind (1924) and Original Jelly Roll Blues (1905) by Jelly Roll Morton. When brought to the stage to join the band, Doc Severinsen told the audience that we all need to hear more of this kind of music, and that it is “salve for soul.”

180602-0001-11Jim Cullum Jazz Band

Doc then performed Louis Armstrong’s West End Blues (1928) and What’s New? (1939) with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band and used South Rampart Street Parade (1937) as a transition to the appearance of the  San Antonio Jazz Orchestra. Organized in the late 1980s, the San Antonio Jazz Orchestra is made up of San Antonio area band directors, elementary music teachers, private instructors, and current and retired military bandsmen. The group is a regular performer at area jazz festivals, Texas Bandmasters conventions, and Fiesta events.

180602-0001-16(L-R): Jim Cullum and Doc Severinsen

Doc played September Song, which he described as a “sad song, so I had it arranged as a soft shoe.” Doc Severinsen is a musical icon and an American treasure. His sound is unmistakable, even at his age of 90 years young. The audience showed their love for him through numerous standing ovations throughout the evening.

Jens Lindemann and Ryan Anthony joined Doc on stage for a beautiful rendition of Georgia On My Mind, and Scott Belck dazzled the audience on A Night in Tunisia. The evening concluded with all of the evening’s soloists performing 12 O’Clock Jump (at almost exactly midnight). This concert was a fitting conclusion to an exciting and memorable conference. (KE)
180603-0001-2(L-R): Scott Belck, Doc Severinsen, Ryan Anthony, Jens Lindemann

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2018 ITG Conference Report - Day 5 - Saturday, June 2 - Daytime events The 43rd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - San Antonio, Texas (USA)
Special Daily Report • Compiled by Peter Wood
Photos by Michael Anderson, Norman Bergstrom, Josh Rzepka, 
Denny Schreffler, and Brian Shook


Saturday, June 2, 2018 - Daytime events

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Scott Hagarty Warm-up Session—Trumpet Fundamentals: Going Beyond Arban, Clarke, and Schlossberg

Scott Hagarty began the session talking about the physical and mental reasons for warming up, stating that the primary purposes are to warm up the muscles of the face and focus the mind. A thorough handout was provided, covering the basic fundamentals of playing. The warm-up exercises consisted of long tones, finger exercises, slurring and flexibility studies, range-expanding exercises, and articulation patterns. Many of these exercises were extracted from different method books by Nagel, Plog, Bai Lin, and Vizzutti. Hagarty made a clear distinction between warmup and routine. While his warmup generally takes about ten minutes, his practice continues directly into his daily routine. He talked about how important it is to organize your practice session and provided examples of how to be efficient. This brought about many excellent questions from the audience. (JBu)

Mary Thornton—Youth Day Warm-up Session: Eat Your Wheaties

The student participants started their morning with an engaging Youth Day warm-up session led by Mary Thornton. Naming the session “Eat your Wheaties,” Thornton compared trumpet playing to the intense training and dedication of Olympic athletes. In the same analogy, she emphasized the importance of using a warmup to do simple things very well and reminded the class that every bit of playing one does determines the player they will be. Before even playing a note, Thornton challenged the students to engage their minds and describe their mental concepts of a great trumpet sound. Thornton then took the students through some exercises to focus on developing their fundamentals. She demonstrated parts of the James Stamp method and several Herbert L. Clarke studies. Flexibility with regard to warmups was stressed by Thornton as she noted the importance of finding a warmup that works and is adaptable for each individual. (EM)

180602-0001Mary Thornton
ITG Youth Competition: Junior Division

The Junior Division of the ITG Youth Competition began early Saturday morning with Jeremy Bryant’s performance of Arban’s Fantasie Brillante. Playing with a strong, resonant sound, Bryant navigated the technical and musical aspects of the cornet solo very well on his B-flat trumpet. Dayoung Kim performed Bellstedt’s Napoli and captured the charming nature of the piece exquisitely on the B-flat cornet. Kim’s technique was very impressive, and she executed each variation with precision. James McCaffrey was the third competitor and performed Ropartz’s Andante and Allegro with a robust sound and a clear understanding of the music. McCaffrey played musically, nicely contrasting the slow, lyrical moments of the piece with the fanfares found in the Allegro. Jaemin Park performed the Arutunian Concerto magnificently. Park’s playing was precise and clean throughout the entire piece. His sound was gorgeous as he played the slow, lyrical melodies, and his cadenza was flawless. Jack Towse gave a very strong performance of the first movement of the Peskin Concerto No. 1. Towse did well to convey engaging musical ideas and demonstrated impressive technique. Songho Wui was the final competitor of this Junior Division and performed the first movement of the Hummel Trumpet Concerto. Wui played with vigor and demonstrated a clear understanding of the music. Sheri Samtorelli also played beautifully on the piano, performing with four of the six competitors. The Junior Division of the ITG Youth Competition was a hit, and it was exciting for the audience to witness the outstanding playing of all the young competitors. (SW)

Presentation—Chris Gekker

Chris Gekker began his clinic talking about articulation. Referencing his own books on this topic, Gekker began by providing further clarification beyond what is printed in them. Gekker shared the value of legato tonguing, referencing many different pieces where it would be suitable to use this technique. Throughout the clinic, audience members were encouraged to ask questions, one of which was about the many different kinds of articulation markings that occur in music. Gekker provided the audience with a greater understanding of what certain articulations mean from one composer to another. Gekker went on to discuss how he still considers himself a student of the trumpet and talked about jazz musician Rick Willey and his pedagogical books and how they have influenced Gekker’s teaching. He concluded the clinic with a discussion of the professional world of trumpet playing. (BC)

180602-0001-3Chris Gekker
Steve Leisring Youth Day Presentation—Air Bags, Tubes, Visualizers, and More: Unconventional Approaches to Using Teaching Tools to Find Efficiency

Steve Leisring’s clinic served as a practical demonstration of various breathing and buzzing tools. He displayed a table full of gadgets, stating that many students often believe these will only teach them to inhale properly. However, he demonstrated with several volunteers that these tools can help maintain a relaxed and natural exhalation, especially when reacting to the resistance of the trumpet. With a “less is more” approach when it comes to physical processes, Leisring utilized various devices to create a desired product, including a homemade resistance buzzing device fashioned from a Coke bottle and PVC pipe. After using each device for only a few seconds, his volunteers visibly relaxed and improved everything from simple scales to the “Ballerina’s Dance” from Petrouchka. Part of the Youth Day activities, this creative presentation was an excellent resource for teachers and students alike. (MY)

180602-0001-4Steve Leisring
ITG Youth Competition: Senior Division

The Senior Division of the ITG Youth Competition featured six finalists who performed a solo work of their choice. Emanuel Acevedo’s performance of Goedicke’s Concert Etude featured a mature sound and exceptional display of multiple tonguing throughout. Stefan Filip displayed a superb sound with an elegant style in the first movement of Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto. Ryan Lee, who performed the first movement of Peskin’s Trumpet Concerto, gave a powerful performance, filling the ballroom with sound. Michael Peery’s beautiful rendition of the Ketting Intrada featured a high level of sophistication and finesse throughout. William Rich performed Enesco’s Legend with outstanding musicality and tonal brilliance. The final performer was Alexander Tung, who gave a captivating and poised performance of the Hummel Trumpet Concerto. (JBr)

Recital—Lucy Humphris

Lucy Humphris’s recital contained an intriguing mixture of the antique and modern. Accompanied by pianist Rebecca Wilt, Humphris opened with a rich, pure piccolo trumpet sound, and her take on Respighi’s orchestration of “Balletto” from Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 1 was captivating. Humphris continued with a world premiere that used the much-maligned “double buzz” to simulate the experience of a hot desert wind roaming a barren landscape. Her arrangement of Janacek’s piano composition In the Mists displayed some soothing lyrical playing. Originally written for cello, Max Bruch’s Canzone needed a few tasteful tweaks to become accessible for the three-valve flugelhorn; however, Humphris’s inventiveness knows no bounds. Takemitsu’s Paths for unaccompanied trumpet portrayed a conversation between two close friends. The recital ended with an energetic and exciting performance of the Harry James Concerto. Style and sophistication to behold. (AD)

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Youth Day Presentation—Jens Lindemann 

Taking the stage with his characteristic charisma and energy, Jens Lindemann introduced fellow Canadian Brass alumnus Ryan Anthony and the Spanish Brass for a unique impromptu duo version of the ubiquitous Arutunian Concerto. In fact, Lindemann had asked Ryan to perform only earlier that morning! The large audience was rapt by the brilliant and humorous performance in which the Spanish Brass accompanied Lindemann and Ryan. Next, Lindemann was joined by the Conference Jazz Trio (Andrew Bergmann, Brandon Guerra, and Aaron Prado) for a stunning rendition of Piazzolla’s Oblivion and the thrilling jazz tour de force Dreaming of the Masters by Allan Gilliland. The event concluded with a breathtaking improvised duet of "What a Wonderful World" by Lindemann and Anthony. Throughout the morning, a spirit of childlike joy and spontaneity was on full display, and was inescapably infectious to all the attendees. (BH)

180602-0001-7Jens Lindemann (L) with Ryan Anthony (R) and Spanish Brass
Youth Day Concert—M5 Mexican Brass Quintet: Brasscinación

The M5 Quintet began their performance with an inventive performance of Kevin McKee’s Vuelta del Fuego, adding engaging choreography to an already masterful performance. The program consisted of arrangements by Bach, Chopin, and Humperdinck, each in a completely unique and modern style. Their most inventive of these arrangements was a theme and variations on Der Alte Peter in the styles of Bach, Mozart, Wagner, Strauss, Orff, and Mariachi. Several of the pieces featured various members of the group, allowing them to show off their virtuosic talent. One particularly beautiful arrangement featured the quintet playing "Michelle" by The Beatles while spaced throughout the audience. By the end of the concert, the audience was so enraptured by their performance that they were treated to two encores. (BC)

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Festival of Trumpets

With an alternation of mixed-meter, flashy technical runs and smooth, song-like passages, Jason Dovel’s Giza Necropolis was the perfect opener for the 2018 Festival of Trumpets. The ensemble, conducted by Bradley Hogarth, executed the piece at an extremely high level, matching throughout and achieving great musicality. (WK)

180602-0001-10Giza Necropolis

Second on the program was a twist on an old favorite, Charlier’s Etude No. 2. Theo’s Tango gave new life to the standard etude, mixing Charlier’s themes with original material in the style of a tango. The entertaining piece was arranged and conducted by Greg McLean and was a great piece to keep the program light and loose. (WK)

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In a break from the program, ITG Youth Competition Director Marc Reed came to the stage to announce the winners and distribute the awards for the junior- and senior-level competitions that took place during the conference. (EK)

John Elkjer’s version of "Amazing Grace," conducted by David Scott, was a lovely addition to the program, exploring how much someone can manipulate a given melody to create new musical ideas. From the standard hymn to more contemporary interpretations, this new take on a classic hymn tune was a delight to hear. (WK)

180602-0001-12Amazing Grace

Paying homage to legendary cornet soloist Herbert L. Clarke and pulling musical material from his solos, etudes, and exercises, Kody J. Euteneier’s Prelude and Fugue on a Theme by Herbert L. Clarke was a wonderful way for the Non-Pro/Comeback Players ensemble to celebrate one of the greatest players in our history. (WK)

180602-0001-13Non-Pro/Comeback Players Ensemble

To honor the memory of ITG Past President Stephen Jones, who passed away just a few weeks before the conference, Judith Saxton, Alan Siebert, and Brian Evans performed Saxton’s moving tribute, Steve Jones, Remembered. The piece began with Saxton reading six words that captured the character and integrity of Jones. Each trumpeter then played a lyrical passage alone, and the three ended the piece with an emotional unison passage. (EK)

180602-0001-15(L-R): Alan Siebert, Judith Saxton, Brian Evans

Another memorial followed as ITG Past President Brian Evans read the names of prominent trumpeters who had died since the previous year’s conference (an ITG tradition that began three years ago). Festival of Trumpets Director David Turnbull directed his own arrangement of “Nimrod” from Elgar’s Enigma Variations, scored for thirteen trumpets, which was a beautiful tribute to our lost friends. (EK)

180602-0001-16Enigma Variations

The festive mood returned with a lively performance of Sammy Nestico’s Portrait of a Trumpet, arranged and conducted by James Olcott. Featuring a fantastic solo by Scott Belck, the ensemble masterfully simulated the sound of a big band with Olcott’s colorful scoring for two piccolo trumpets down to flugelhorns and a bass trumpet. (EK)

After ITG Scholarship Director Jennifer Dearden took the stage to award certificates to the Conference Scholarship recipients, Kenyon Wilson’s Möbius was given a fine performance by an ensemble of eight trumpeters, conducted by Luis Engelke. The piece began in a poignant minor mode and alternated between agitated fugato sections and lyrical episodes, punctuated by fragments of the fugato theme. (EK)


A crowd of trumpeters took the stage for the final selection, Grieg’s Huldigungsmarsch (Triumphal March), arranged and conducted by John Irish. Featuring powerful tutti statements in unison octaves, Wagnerian harmonies, and heroic grandeur, the performance was a fittingly festive conclusion to the concert. (EK)
180602-0001-24Huldigungsmarsch (Triumphal March)

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2018 ITG Conference Report - Day 4 - Friday, June 1 - Evening events The 43rd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - San Antonio, Texas (USA)
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Friday, June 1, 2018 - Evening events

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Reception: Student Meet and Greet

After a full day of performances and masterclasses, students from across the world enjoyed a wonderful reception sponsored by Grant Manhart and Fred Powell. In the largest attended reception since its inception four years ago, students were able to mingle with other students, vendors, and members of the ITG board. While the students were sharing stories and eating, numerous door prizes such as cases, mutes, and mouthpieces were given away. The reception was capped off by ITG President Cathy Leach speaking to the attendees, offering an optimistic view of the future of the organization and an open invitation to next year’s reception by the sea in beautiful Miami. (JW)


Evening Concert: A Night with the Stars

The evening concert began with the US Air Force Band of the West, led by Major David Alpar, performing a rousing transcription of Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to Candide. As with their performance for the opening concert on Tuesday night, this reviewer was struck by the ensemble’s precision and enthusiastic playing.

The first soloist of the evening, Philippe Litzler, performed Alexander Arutunian’s Concerto for Trumpet. Litzler’s rendition was light and graceful, containing none of the force and heaviness often associated with this work.
180601-0001-29Philippe Litzler
Unlike other concerts at ITG Conferences, which often feature a seemingly never-ending stream of trumpet soloists (not that there's anything wrong with that!), the US Air Force Band of the West included a number of stand-alone works for band in their program. They next performed Alte Kamerade (Old Comrades) by Carl Teike. As Major Alpar stated, “When you come to a military band concert, you expect to hear a march.” The inclusion of this German warhorse was a refreshing change of pace.

James Stephenson introduced his work, Road Home, by saying that it metaphorically represents returning home and all of the emotions associated with that return. He stated that his use of leaps of sevenths throughout the piece represents the soloist being “almost there.” Chris Gekker, the featured soloist, was seated for the piece due to a recent severe illness. This did nothing to diminish his performance, however, as he provided a powerful, dynamic rendering of this work in its world premiere.
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The next “trumpet break” featured the band playing Steven Bryant’s Ecstatic Fanfare. From the opening chords by the brass, the woodwind flourishes, and the high horn obbligato, this piece was reminiscent of works by John Williams. Premiered in 2012, it was disappointing when the piece concluded; this writer wishes it had lasted longer!

The final trumpet soloist of the evening, José Cháfer Mompó, presented another world premiere, Spices, by Saul Gomez Soler. Spices was organized into various sections, each representing a different facet of the “taste universe,” and included “fresh mint (a breath of fresh air for our palate and ear); sugar and cinnamon (that sweet moment that defines good times); chili pepper (an adventure to an explosive sensory experience, do you dare to try it?) and peppermint, the freshness of fresh grass, which floods us again with its enveloping and herbal aroma” ( Beautifully played by Cháfer and the band, this work should appear on many concerts in the coming years. It was extremely enjoyable to hear and appeared fun to perform as well.
180601-0001-31José Cháfer Mompó
The US Air Force Band of the West concluded the formal part of the concert with Blue Shades by Frank Ticheli. Described by one reviewer as “many ‘shades of blue,’ from bright and dark to dirty and hot,” it was the perfect showcase for this exceptional ensemble.

The band closed with Salute to the Armed Services and the ever-popular Stars and Stripes Forever, with Major Alpar leading the rhythmic clapping for each piece. Titled “A Night with the Stars,” this concert featured four of them: Philippe Litzler, Chris Gekker, José Cháfer Mompó, AND the US Air Force Band of the West. (KE)


Trumpet Ensemble Reading Session II

This was the second of two scheduled trumpet ensemble reading sessions, hosted by Buddy Deshler. With over thirty participants, it was a terrific sight to see a mixture of trumpet players from a variety of backgrounds joining to read through the evening’s selections. For most pieces, all trumpeters present were on stage to participate in the reading, creating a rousing sound. The session featured two original compositions—Cannonball Jubilee for trumpet quartet by Daniel Thrower and Levi and Petra for trumpet quintet by Ryne Siesky—and two arrangements. The first of these featured Garrett Klein of the Dallas Brass on the second movement of Marcus Grant’s arrangement of the Haydn Trumpet Concerto, scored for soloist plus trumpet septet; and Barry Ford’s arrangement of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus for ten B-flat trumpets. The evening’s event seemed to spark a good deal of camaraderie amongst the participants with its good-natured and lighthearted setting. (KM)


Evening Jazz Concert—Jorge Giraldo

The music of South America, especially Jorge Giraldo’s native Columbia, permeated the concert hall as the artist and his stellar ensemble played seven unique and highly involved pieces. Using trumpet, flugelhorn, and cornet, Giraldo’s gorgeous sound and utter command of his instrument was evident throughout. The Latin passion was evident in the opening tune, Al Despertar, and continued through the Tango-like Balada Prara Un Amor Imposible. The piano-less ensemble (consisting of guitar, bass, and percussion) offered brilliant support as the various pieces moved in rhythmic segments, a unique aspect of almost every song performed. A highlight of the performance was Caribe, in which polyrhythms floated among the talented quartet. Concluding with a standing ovation, this concert was a memorable evening of unique Latin sounds performed by an outstanding ensemble and soloist. (NM)
180601-0001-33Jorge Giraldo

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2018 ITG Conference Report - Day 4 - Friday, June 1 - Daytime events The 43rd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - San Antonio, Texas (USA)
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Friday, June 1, 2018 - Daytime events

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Aaron Witek—Warm-up Session: Cross-Training Approach to Daily Fundamentals

Dr. Aaron Witek’s cross-training approach is to work on several fundamentals at one time to get the most out of his warm-up session. The session began with several breathing exercises and some leadpipe buzzing. The goal is that the player makes sure that the air leads the way with everything played on the trumpet. A handout was provided with several exercises that Witek developed that incorporate these cross-training fundamentals. For example, the first study combines tone and articulation, and the second combines tone, fingers, and flexibility. Many of the exercises use lip bends to help develop correct air speed when playing. Witek took participants through all ten exercises of his warmup, always providing excellent pedagogical information about the goal of each exercise. (JBu)

Kyle Millsap—Warm-up Session

Dr. Kyle Millsap opened the session by explaining why we warm up. He stated that it is a way for trumpet players to do a “system check” and normalize the day-to-day factors that can affect one’s playing. He emphasized the importance of developing an efficient warm-up routine that does not take too long or wear out the chops; Millsap’s warmup can be done in about fifteen minutes. One crucial part of his routine is establishing a relaxed breath that has constant motion through the inhalation and into the exhalation. Millsap demonstrated several simple breathing exercises that he enjoys doing along with his favorite pop songs on his stereo, rather than a metronome click. Millsap encouraged utilizing the Tonal Energy app, which provides a variety of drone sounds to develop pitch and tone centering. (EM)

ITG General Membership Meeting

Despite the early hour, the ITG General Membership Meeting was nearly “standing room only.” The meeting began with comments regarding the conference by Conference Director Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski, followed by comments and critiques of the 2018 conference by the members in attendance. This was followed by ITG Secretary Kevin Eisensmith reading an abridged version of the minutes from the Board of Directors meeting earlier in the week. Eisensmith’s notes outlined the direction the Board intends to take in the coming year and were transparent and informative. Next, ITG Treasurer Dixie Burress gave her report on the state of the organization’s finances, and Publications Editor Peter Wood reported on the state of the ITG Journal. The morning concluded with a vigorous discussion period. The board was very open to the many thoughtful questions and comments offered by the membership. ITG President Cathy Leach and the Board of Directors made themselves available for discussion throughout and after the productive meeting. (BH)

Barry Bauguess: Dance, Rhetoric, and Text in the Art of the Baroque Trumpet

Baroque trumpeter Barry Bauguess and his wife, Paige Whitley-Bauguess, a noted expert in Baroque dance, presented a clinic titled “Dance, Rhetoric, and Text in the Art of the Baroque Trumpet.” They were assisted by Baroque trumpeter Melissa Rogers and accompanied by Rebecca Wilt on a Roland C-30 digital harpsichord. Bauguess and Rogers opened the session by performing Fantini’s Riposta detta del Savati on four-hole vented Baroque trumpets. Bauguess then introduced the concepts of historic pitch standards, temperaments (sixth comma meantone is recommended for Baroque trumpets), tone, articulation, and rhetoric (the art of good communication: logos, ethos, and pathos). Paige Whitley-Bauguess demonstrated such Baroque dances as the bourée, minuet, and gavotte and explained how choreography was notated and combined with musical patterns (see for more information). Putting it all together, she danced to selections by Jeremiah Clarke, Heinrich Schmelzer, and Bach—all performed by Barry Bauguess, Rogers, and Wilt to demonstrate with grace and artistry the concepts discussed. (EK)

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Joe Burgstaller and Friends Play Great Music Together

Joe Burgstaller’s morning recital was a transcendent display of connection, musicianship, and virtuosity. The repertoire repeatedly combined diverse styles in mini-sets including such composers as JS Bach, George Gershwin, Chick Corea, and Billy Joel. Burgstaller’s addition of a soulful extended improvisatory section between verses of De Falla’s Nana was stunning. Guests included Ryan Anthony, David Hickman, members of the Dallas Brass, and percussionist Michael Mixtacki. The final piece was an engaging world premiere of an ITG commission, Trumpet Voyage for trumpet (C and flugel), percussion, and piano by Subramaniam. An extended ovation led to a brilliant encore. Before the second set, Burgstaller discussed the question “What is our place in this world?” and explained that, for him, it is not to impress but, rather, to share and make the world more beautiful. This performance was a huge success in meeting those goals. (AK)

180702-0001Joe Burgstaller

Presentation—San Antonio Symphony Trumpet Section

A large audience warmly received the local San Antonio Symphony trumpet section for their presentation in which each member gave an individual talk and took questions. The session began with the newest member, Daniel (Danny) Taubenheim, associate principal. Taubenheim won this position in 2016 after studies at Juilliard and Rice. He offered a variety of tips about preparing for auditions, including performance anxiety and how to succeed once you win a job. Lauren Eberhart has played with the San Antonio Symphony for 22 years. She discussed the role of the second trumpet player and gave more tips on taking auditions. John Carroll, long-time principal trumpet, concluded the session by offering advice about dealing with performance anxiety and giving some intriguing pedagogical suggestions. He focused on tone production and the use of air and then covered tips for technical development and the significance of even small amounts of improvement. (AK)

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Concert: Tromba Mundi

Celebrating ten years as a professional trumpet ensemble, Tromba Mundi opened their program with William Stowman’s Fanfare Tromba Mundi. Written specifically for this ITG performance, the ensemble continued with Joyous Noise, by Erik Morales. Continuing with another Stowman original, The Non-Articulation Agreement showcased the wonderful lead playing of Scott Belck. Slowing things down a bit, the group continued with Aranjuez, Mon Amour, highlighting the beautiful flugelhorn playing of J.C. Dobrzelewski. Joey Tartell’s arrangement of Good Bait showed his command of the entire range of B-flat and bass trumpet and gave him and Belck opportunities to improvise. Bryan Appleby-Wineberg’s gorgeous cornet playing was featured on Stowman’s arrangement of A Fond Kiss. The concert was full of great music and laughter and concluded with Appleby-Wineberg’s explosive arrangement of the theme from Green Hornet. (WK)

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Tony Glausi—Jazz Recital: Original Works for Modern Jazz Quartet

Alongside the Conference Jazz Trio (Andrew Bergmann, Brandon Guerra, and Aaron Prado),Tony Glausi, the winner of the 2017 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Solo Competition, gave an excellent jazz recital that showed why he is considered one of the great young talents in the jazz community. A highlight was the standard On Green Dolphin Street that showed the same breathtaking creativity and effortless fluidity on the flugelhorn that Glausi had already displayed on the trumpet. I Can’t Seem to Get Enough of You, one of Glausi’s original works, had such a classic sound and beauty that it evoked thoughts of the Great American Songbook. Glausi performed with a great combination of beautifully flowing, simple phrases and wonderfully complex tonal language, all while exhibiting exceptional control and stunning articulations at softer dynamics. An electrifying upper register combined with a timeless sound to match his technique and energy, Glausi left the audience wanting more. (AJ)

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Jon-Erik Kellso—Jazz Concert

Traditional jazz took the spotlight during Jon-Erik Kellso’s afternoon jazz concert featuring the music made famous by Louis Armstrong, Bix Biederbecke, and Roy Eldridge, among others. Kellso performed most of the concert on a Puje trumpet, a cornet/trumpet hybrid that allowed him seamlessly to shift style and sound from the early-jazz cornet sounds of the 1910s and 1920s to the jazz trumpet sound of the 1930s and 1940s. The program took a quasi-chronological approach through traditional jazz, and Kellso weaved in plenty of historical commentary to shed light on this excellent historical jazz repertoire. He started with a trio of Louis Armstrong tunes: Cornet Chop Suey, Black and Blue, and Mahogany Hall Stomp. After a Bix Biederbecke ballad, Kellso performed a trio of Duke Ellington tunes written for famous trumpet soloists of the Ellington band—Bubber Miley and Cootie Williams. The program ended with a pair of Roy Eldridge tunes: After You’ve Gone and Rockin’ Chair, before closing with one last Louis Armstrong tune, You’re Driving Me Crazy, a precursor to the famous Basie standard Moten Swing. Jon-Erik Kellso’s sound and style was impeccable, and listeners were transported back in time to an earlier era of jazz in which trumpet technique featured fast vibrato, growls, scoops, and half-valve glisses. His pixie mute-plunger mute work was of the highest quality, and it was almost as if Cootie Williams himself were on stage. (SH)

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Recital—Peter Bond with Miriam Hickman: Bell Canto [sic]

Opening with Malcom Arnold’s Fantasy for Solo Trumpet, Peter Bond’s exciting performance immediately demonstrated his flexibility and control of the instrument. He provided a brief discussion explaining the concept of the recital and the title “Bell Canto” [sic]. While none of the works were written for voice, Bond uses singing to prepare musically for all passages. He performed his own transcription of J.S. Bach’s entire Suite No. 3 for Solo Cello in the challenging key of concert E major on B-flat trumpet and explored the entire range of the instrument. The boisterous applause demonstrated the audience’s appreciation for the herculean effort required. Miriam Hickman joined Bond in a fine performance of Gabriel Fauré’s Sicilienne. The final selection of the concert was Arban’s Fantasie Brilliante appropriately performed on cornet with a dark and velvety sound. Even the various introduction sections included significant changes in tempo and style. This work was a fitting conclusion to a highly entertaining recital. (LE)

180601-0001-24Peter Bond

Merrie Klazek Presentation—Preparation and Performance

Merrie Klazek’s session, subtitled “Tips and Tools for Trumpet Players of All Levels and Musical Styles to Feel Confident and In Control on Stage and in Rehearsal,” provided a very informative approach to dealing with the many pressures of live performance. Klazek’s session highlighted the knowledge gained from her personal experiences, teachers, and mentors, which are used to identify and navigate the various issues that often accompany stage fright. She addressed a number of techniques that performers can use to examine their playing so that when they are placed into high-stress situations they can be as successful as possible. Professor Klazek also provided the audience with a brief handout that highlighted her key points and provided several guiding quotations from her mentors. (JPS)

180601-0001-8Merrie Klazek

Mike Vax Presentation—Successful Lead and Section Playing: Plus Some of the Basics

Mike Vax spoke to a crowded room in the Rio Grande Ballroom about lead playing, section playing, and the basics of jazz trumpet pedagogy. He touched on many pedagogical topics throughout the session and interweaved many stories of his time as lead trumpet in the Stan Kenton band. The first topic he discussed was the “percentage formula” for trumpet playing, which he breaks down as 90% air, 9% brain, and 1% chops. He spent a lot of time talking about the 9% brain, recommending several books to read about positive thinking and mindfulness in performance: Science of Breath, Psycho-Cybernetics and The Inner Game of Music. In discussing the role of the lead player in a jazz band, he emphasized the point that “The lead trumpet player should be the least creative person in the band.”  In other words, the lead player should play it the same every night, because the rest of the band is counting on him or her to be consistent in leading the band. The next big topic that Vax covered was how to improve the upper register, and he specifically mentioned lip flexibilities like those on page 44 (#22) in the Arban book and those in the Charles Colin book. He stressed that building better endurance sets the foundation for improving the upper register and that increasing range is something that happens slowly over many months and years. He finished the clinic session with a discussion of how to approach learning improvisation. His recommendation was to spend time listening and learning tunes by memory. Then, approach soloing based on the melody and start soloing by ear. Music theory should come later. Vax included several handouts that discussed these topics in greater detail. (SH)
180601-0001-9Mike Vax

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2018 ITG Conference Report - Day 3 - Thursday, May 31 - Evening events The 43rd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - San Antonio, Texas (USA)
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Thursday, May 31, 2018 - Evening events

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Evening Concert—Spanish Brass

The Spanish Brass began the concert with a delightful French Baroque selection that was not listed on the program. Playing from memory while standing in a semicircle, the quintet performed with astonishing artistry and precision. Each member of the group—trumpeters Carlos Beneto and Juanjo Serna, hornist Manalo Perez, trombonist Indalecio Bonet, and tubist Sergio Finca—was featured in fleeting solo passages. Trumpeter Carlos Beneto served as an emcee and provided humorous and informative commentary throughout the concert. 

An arrangement of Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 549 showcased the amazing technique of tubist Sergio Finca, along with Carlos Beneto’s beautiful flugelhorn playing in the high register. Each member of the quintet was given a chance to shine in Beneto’s arrangement of Verdi’s Overture to La forza del destino. A set of Spanish pieces followed, including Albéniz’s Seguidillas, which featured a gorgeous solo from trombonist Indalecio Bonet and some exquisite soft playing. A particular highlight was the Intermedio from Las Boda de Luis Alonso, which showcased the quintet’s effortless virtuosity, especially the facile flourishes of running triplets. 

In a departure from the printed program, the Spanish Brass next performed a medley of songs made famous by the French vocalist Edith Piaf, including “La vie un rose.” A set of three tangos from Argentina followed, including Lluvia de estrellas, which provided a veritable clinic in ensemble technique as members of the quintet traded sinewy streams of sixteenth notes with effortless élan. Beneto’s sultry flugelhorn solos and Serna’s quicksilver piccolo trumpet playing were notable highlights. 

Jens Lindemann joined the Spanish Brass for two sextet pieces: an arrangement of Bernstein’s A Quiet Place and the up-tempo Dixieland classic High Society. To introduce the pieces, Lindemann praised the impressive work ethic of the Spanish Brass, saying, “They get their business done,” rehearse on a daily basis, and “become an organism.” He also introduced a new iPad sheet music reading app, Blackbinder (, which advances pages automatically without the need for a Bluetooth pedal. The sextet selections highlighted two contrasting styles. In the Bernstein, all of the trumpeters played flugelhorn, and the ensemble’s burnished sound soothed the audience like a warm bath. Jens Lindemann’s sparkling piccolo trumpet was an added attraction in High Society, as all the members of Spanish Brass took a turn in the spotlight.

Ramon Cardo’s jazz-flavored work, Pentabrass, displayed the quintet’s impeccable ensemble precision, while an arrangement of Lee Morgan’s jazz classic, The Sidewinder, closed the official part of the program with some incredible tuba virtuosity from Sergio Finca. A sustained standing ovation followed, after which the Spanish Brass performed two encores. First was a Flamenco-flavored piece that began with Juanjo Serna drumming on the inside of the bell of Finca’s tuba while with the other members clapped rhythmically. The second encore was a blues number that ended with the audience clapping in time as the members of Spanish Brass walked down the center aisle of the ballroom and waved goodbye at the end. (EK)

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Trumpet Ensemble Reading Session I

Reading sessions are not a regularly occurring event at ITG Conferences; the last one that this author can remember was held during the 2007 ITG Conference at UMass-Amherst. As a result, it was a pleasant surprise when over sixty trumpet players, ranging in age from fourteen to senior citizens, showed up for the first of two scheduled trumpet ensemble reading sessions. Hosted by Buddy Deshler, those present read through and briefly rehearsed four works: Brandon Cave’s Sonder, Jason Aylward’s Voyage, Brandon Dicks’s Clockwork, and Marcus Grant’s arrangement of the Hummel Trumpet Concerto, featuring Garrett Klein of the Dallas Brass as soloist. The “mega ensemble” read at a high level, following each conductor’s instructions. These were challenging works for a reading session! Afterward, players remained for several minutes, interacting and making new friends. A second reading session is planned for Friday night, and it is hoped that this event becomes a yearly event. (KE)

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Gordon Au—Evening Jazz Concert: A Century of Jazz Trumpet

Trumpeter Gordon Au provided a fascinating performance as he and the swinging Conference Jazz Trio (pianist Aaron Prado, drummer Kyle Thompson, and bassist Andrew Bergmann) saluted the great jazz trumpet stylists of the last century. Songs associated with those trumpeters were included (i.e., Dippermouth Blues, Concerto for Cootie, and the lesser-known Duke Ellington piece Azalea). Au preceded the playing of each selection with a brief lecture about the trumpeter with a description of that performer’s stylistic approach to jazz (articulation, phrasing, rhythmic approach). In addition to legends King Oliver and Louis Armstrong, Au performed selections in styles of other trumpeters, including “Cootie” Williams, Bobby Hackett, and Dick Cathcart. The ensemble performed the selections in the appropriate musical styles quite accurately. Au was brilliantly able to play each trumpeter’s style and neatly incorporated his own improvisations in each selection. The overall performance highlighted Au’s very fine trumpet playing, performing the styles of all the historical artists in a swinging, reverential, and informative way. (NM)
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2018 ITG Conference Report - Day 3 - Thursday, May 31 - Daytime events The 43rd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - San Antonio, Texas (USA)
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Thursday, May 31, 2018 - Daytime events

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Wayne Bennett—Warm-Up Session: The Five-Points Warm-up & Technical Routine: Building Consistency on a Time Budget

Dr. Wayne Bennett began his warm-up session explaining his Five-Points Technical Routine, which is built on “specific technical points of tone, flow, range, flexibility, and articulation.” Bennett provided a handout of specific exercises within each category. He emphasized that the routine is very adaptable to the amount of practice time available and can include exercises from personal preferred methods. The warmup began with singing a short scale study and then buzzing it on the mouthpiece. Exercises to work on tone and flow included a modified Schlossberg #9 exercise and a modified Cichowicz Flow Study, which he encouraged playing with a drone. Range exercises included scale and arpeggio passages with the emphasis on fluidity and playing easily from low to high. With the remaining points, the player should still be concentrating on tone and flow. The session finished up with a flexibility study from the Bai Lin book and articulation studies that included single, double, and triple tonguing. (JB)

Nancy Taylor—Warm-Up Session

Comparing a warmup to a buffet, Nancy Taylor emphasized that each individual should choose methodologies that work best for them and that address their needs as a player. One important component of this early-morning smorgasbord that can benefit any player’s warmup is face isometrics. Taylor demonstrated several exercises to engage the muscles that form the embouchure that can be done in the car, at work, or anywhere else and can help maintain strength in the corners while spending time away from the horn. In discussing the physical components of playing, Taylor stressed the importance of tongue position for both articulation and playing in all registers with ease and efficiency. She provided several studies that helped the crowd of early risers quickly prepare their chops for a day of playing. Taylor’s variety of approaches provided a well-rounded selection of ideas to incorporate into any warm-up routine. (EM)

Bryan Appleby-Wineberg and Tom Hutchinson Presentation—Cornet Tricks and Quick Answers

Cornet Tricks and Quick Answers was a highly insightful presentation by Bryan Appleby-Wineberg (Rowan University) and Tom Hutchinson (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama), focused on how to approach one’s development on the cornet. The presentation highlighted numerous aspects of cornet and brass band performance, including sound, vibrato, equipment, and showed how outsiders of this community can begin to understand the idiosyncrasies of this genre. Both Appleby-Wineberg and Hutchinson shared personal stories about their experiences performing in brass bands and competitions and talked about how they each approach finding their own sounds on the cornet. (JPS)

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David Vining—Non-Pro/Comeback Player Presentation: Using Body Mapping to Prevent Injury and Become More Efficient

David Vining, professor of trombone at Northern Arizona University, brought his engaging pedagogy and expertise on body mapping, or learning the truth of how our bodies are constructed and how we are intended to move, to promote more efficient and healthier brass playing. By focusing on replacing compromised breathing with efficient, relaxed breathing, brass players can eliminate tension in their playing while developing a quality sound and ease of playing. Vining discussed how body mapping empowers the individual to refine his/her own movements based upon personal exploration. Vining focused on the self-exploration and self-awareness needed to determine how a player’s fluid, personal balance differs from the stagnant exterior look of good posture. Vining discussed his personal journey with focal dystonia and how his knowledge of and journey through body mapping discovery helped him overcome his struggles and led to his teaching the technique as a mechanism for injury prevention. (AJ)

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ITG Orchestral Excerpts Competition Finals

The final round of the ITG Orchestral Excerpts Competition was a superb presentation of trumpet playing as each competitor performed a diverse and challenging list of standard excerpts. The first finalist to perform was Nick Nusser (student of Ryan Gardner at Oklahoma State University), who demonstrated excellent musical style. He performed Donizetti’s Don Pasquale with a beautiful sound that was filled with musical expression. Maximillian McNutt (student of Scott Thornburg at Western Michigan University), the second finalist to perform, exhibited exceptional power and beauty throughout each excerpt, particularly in his captivating performance of the opening solo from Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. Ian Mertes (student of Ryan Gardner of Oklahoma State University) was the third and final competitor to perform. He displayed a brilliant sound with great musicality on each excerpt. He presented Bach’s Magnificat with great finesse and beauty on the piccolo trumpet. The judges for this final round of the competition were John Carroll, principal trumpet of the San Antonio Symphony; Philip Smith, professor of trumpet at the University of Georgia and former principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic; and Marie Speziale, former associate principal trumpet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. (JBr)

New Works Recital II

Mervin Tay’s Timeless for trumpet and piano includes a lively opening inspired by Alexander Goedicke’s Concert Etude but then deeply explores the lyrical capabilities of the trumpet with lush harmonies. David Amlung presented a beautiful performance that also included a few very lontano Harmon-muted notes that almost sounded as if they were in a different room. This very accessible new work in terms of technical demands and harmonic palate has considerable appeal. (LE)

Performed by Doug Lindsey on E-flat trumpet, Brett Miller’s Running from the Rain evokes a reflective and pensive mood, inspired by the composer’s being caught in a storm while on a bike ride. Miller used that musical imagery to represent times when people are running from things in their own lives. Lindsey and pianist Miriam Hickman’s playing artfully captured the essence with the nimbleness of the melody, creating a light and nervous texture, all while conveying the depth of the subject to the listeners. (KM)

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In five short movements, Michael Cotten’s Song Cycle for Trumpet Unaccompanied provides great diversity of style between the movements. These include a bold opening with “A Tale Begins,” flowing technical sections in “Butterflies in the Redwoods,” folk-like melodies in “Flowering Song,” a cheeky excursion with “A Waltz Remembered,” and a dramatic conclusion with “The Tale Ends.” With a well-paced performance, Marisa Youngs enhanced the stylistic differences in each part of the story. (LE)

Beginning with a simple quarter-note pattern, Justin Rito’s Circadian Rhythm, performed by Josh Ganger on flugelhorn and Miriam Hickman on piano, seemed unassuming. As it developed, it cycled through a variety of moods and rhythmic foundations that were communicated effectively by the performers. Throughout the middle, there was a sense of rushed expression with Ganger moving with the melody through wild lines in the flugelhorn’s upper register and Hickman’s quarter-note rhythm turning to incomplete triplets. To complete the cycle, the work calms back down, ending similarly to how it began. (KM)

Soloist and composer Stanley Curtis has been composing works based on stained glass windows at his church for several years, and his Advent for soprano, trumpet, and piano follows this trajectory. The lyrics are taken from “Advent” from The Back Chamber by Donald Hall, and the music included many cantabile melodies for the trumpet and interesting textures as Curtis and pianist Benjamin Keseley often joined forces to accompany soprano Tia Wortham. This mature work was presented with an exceedingly polished performance. (LE)

The final piece of the recital was Brendan Collins’s Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, performed by Garrett Klein on trumpet and flugelhorn and Miriam Hickman on piano. Klein chose to perform the third movement on flugelhorn, an option suggested by Collins. The first movement focuses harmonically around the perfect fifth, highlighted in the opening chorale before moving into the rest of the movement. Rhythmically, the first two movements allowed Klein and Hickman room to showcase the interplay expected in a sonata, with lots of vitality in the melodic motives. The second movement is significantly shorter than the outer two and has a fun character. The third movement is the most different, with its tender character, and is very well suited to performance on the flugelhorn. (KM)

Recital: Philippe Litzler

Rebecca Wilt joined Philippe Litzler, solo trumpeter for the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, in a beautiful recital. He began his performance with Joseph Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E-flat, which included a dazzling third movement that highlighted Litzler’s technical prowess and musicianship. Next came Guy Ropartz’s Andante and Allegro, a standard from the French conservatoire repertoire, which Litzler handled with ease. Litzler concluded his recital with sonatas by Karl Pilss and Jean Hubeau. Both challenging in their own right, Litzler performed them with grace and agility. The audience was even treated to a surprise encore of Thorvald Hansen’s Romance. (BC)

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Recital: José Cháfer Mompó—Musical Connections

José Cháfer Mompó’s Thursday afternoon recital featured two world premieres. Accompanied by pianist Rebecca Wilt, the opening concerto by Brendan Collins was a tasteful demonstration of Chafer’s superb musicality and command of the instrument. The first of the premieres was also composed by Collins. Entitled José Suite, in honor of Cháfer, the piece consists of six brief movements in which the artists effortlessly transition between unrelated characters, scenes, and moods. Ramon Garcia Soler’s Lyric Outline was specifically written for this year’s conference and featured Cháfer gracefully navigating the upper tessitura during several expertly crafted moments with his pure, resonant sound imbuing each corner of the room with tenderness and longing. Technical prowess and mastery of the flutter tongue were on full display during Artaza. Brian Evans joined Cháfer on stage to close this performance with a lovely duet that was composed originally for cello, clarinet, and piano. (AD)

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Bert Truax Presentation—Sometimes The Magic Works! And Sometimes It Doesn't…

Bert Truax opened his session with a colorful rendition of Phil Snedecor’s Lyrical Etude no. 1, illustrating the concepts and techniques he has learned over the years to keep his playing on track and survive as a professional trumpet player. Truax was a student of both Bill Adam and James Stamp and talked about those two schools of thought, stressing that it is the result that is important. Truax shared his ideas for playing and teaching a sound that is pure, focused, and vibrant and invited players to come up and try some of these techniques. He advised students to “Find people you admire and get that sound in your head. An ITG conference is the perfect place to do that.” Truax looked back over his long career with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and as a freelance trumpeter and said, “We all have things that happen in our lives. I’ve had wonderful successes and magnificent failures.” The audience was given a quick but thorough look at how to practice fundamentals to develop and maintain a high level of performance. The session was lively and fun, with t-shirts being tossed to audience members who correctly answered questions during the talk. The presentatIon was subtitled “A thoughtful discussion with Bert Truax,” and he left us with some meaningful reflections. “We are all trumpet geeks, but at the end of the day, it’s all about the music. We all have a gift from God to raise people up with music. Even in ‘Nowhere, Texas,’ we can play from the heart. It’s all joy; it’s all about the music.” (LAH)

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Masterclass: Philip Smith

In typical fashion, Phil Smith captivated the ITG audience with his magnificent sound and engaging personality. This particular masterclass featured the three finalists from the ITG Orchestral Excerpts Competition (Ian Mertes, Nick Nusser, and Maximillian McNutt). Each finalist chose several excerpts to perform, and Smith coached various aspects of technique and musicianship. In some instances, he gave intense technical instructions and dissected an excerpt down to a single note. Other times, he simply instructed the participant to evoke detailed mental imagery and to sing the passage in a lyrical fashion. A master teacher, Smith gave constructive criticism to these talented performers and also encouraged questions from the audience, answering with sincerity and his hallmark dry sense of humor. He concluded the session by stating that the most important aspects of performance are imagination and sound--a concept we can all take to heart. (MY)

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Recital: ITG Affiliate Chapters

The ITG Affiliate Chapters Recital was a fantastic part of the conference’s Thursday activities. The music performed during the recital was diverse and engaging, ranging from duets from the Renaissance adapted and edited for two trumpets to an arrangement of Wagner’s Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral for thirteen trumpets. There were also two world premieres, and many other charming works. Those in attendance enjoyed the variety of music that was heard, and the program was a delightful example of how the ITG Conference can contribute to the sharing of music and bringing musicians together.

Seretta Hart and Peyden Shelton performed three selections from the Six Fancies for Two Treble Instruments by Orlando Gibbons. Their exciting and enjoyable performance demonstrated exceptional technical facility and musicality as they navigated the intricate rhythms and polyphony of the newly edited and published Renaissance duets. 

The Alabama Trumpet Guild performed the world premiere of Jeffrey Boehm’s Henrietta Park. This piece was written for six trumpets and has both jazz and classical styles intertwined throughout. The ensemble developed many different colors on this piece that contrasted solemn harmonies with brighter swing sections.

The Arkansas Trumpet Guild quartet put on a pleasing performance of Fisher Tull’s Canonical Trilogy. The group produced a well-blended sound and perfectly captured the playful aspect of the music. 

The quartet from the Cincinnati Trumpet Guild played an exciting arrangement of Edvard Grieg’s Quartet in G Minor Op. 27. Each member of the ensemble demonstrated great technique.

The Lone Star State Trumpet Guild gave the world premiere of Bernard Scherr’s new work, Just Stand Up and Play. The work was performed by ten trumpeters, including the composer. The music consisted of brilliant fanfares and cascading musical lines juxtaposed across the ensemble and was a splendid contribution to the program.

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The recital finished with the Texas A&M University – Kingsville Trumpet Guild’s performance of Richard Wagner’s Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral, arranged by Kyle Millsap. The playing of the thirteen-member ensemble was superb, as the piccolo trumpets soared over the rich sound of the trumpets and flugelhorns. The lyrical Wagnerian melodies filled the ballroom and was a terrific finish to the recital. (SW)

Andrew Stetson Presentation—Unlocking the Teaching and Recruiting Power of Social Media

Dr. Andrew Stetson discussed how his use of social media with his studio at Texas Tech University—particularly various group pages on Facebook—has helped build a sense of community that fosters positive feedback, helps students work on conquering performance anxiety, and increases students’ ability to comment critically. With approximately ninety percent of prospective students using Facebook multiple times throughout the day, Stetson has been able to influence a larger audience that has benefited not only his current students, but also his recruiting. Stetson also discussed how the use of Facebook Live video has been able to impact his recruiting and reach a larger audience that may not be able to visit campus. This ability has enabled him and his studio to gain extra feedback from people around the world. (AJ)

Lecture Recital: Markus Würsch—The Keyed Trumpet: From Anton Weidinger’s Lost Innovations to Modern Reproductions

Markus Würsch, assisted by Shari Santorelli on piano, gave a well-attended lecture-recital consisting of literature that was originally written for the keyed trumpet. Andrew Evans, from the University of Sydney, assisted in providing much of the lecture aspect of this fascinating event. Evans detailed the biography of Anton Weidinger, trumpet virtuoso and developer of the instrument, and provided historical context for the works for keyed trumpet. Würsch, from the University of the Arts in Bern, Switzerland, performed a movement of both Haydn’s and Hummel’s concertos, complete with edits attributed to Weidinger himself. Würsch was keen to discuss the natural trumpet’s design flaws that create nearly impossible tuning and accuracy challenges on certain notes, even for a world-class soloist like himself. He also performed several lesser-known works for the keyed trumpet, and the duo ended by allowing audience members to try modern reproductions of this curious instrument. (BH)
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2018 ITG Conference Report - Day 2 - Wednesday, May 30 - Evening events The 43rd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - San Antonio, Texas (USA)
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Non-Pro/Comeback Players Reception

The non-professional/comeback players make up an important subset of the International Trumpet Guild. I believe that they may look forward to our annual conferences more than any other group within the Guild. For years I hesitated to call them amateurs--especially since many of them perform more frequently than I do--until I was reminded that the word “amateur” comes from “amare,” which means “to love.” These folks LOVE the trumpet!  And they love to spend time together, whether as a trumpet ensemble or at a reception at the Q Bar. Dan Hallock, chair of the  Non-Pro/Comeback Players Committee, spoke enthusiastically at the reception about events yet to be held during this week’s conference and about events already planned for the 2019 conference in Miami, Florida. ITG President Cathy Leach thanked the group for their continuing involvement in ITG. (KE)

San Antonio Brass Band: World-Class Soloists--Concert

The concert began with the San Antonio Brass Band performing Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s Enter the Galaxies. The SABB, led by John Carroll, gave its inaugural performance on March 26, 2017, and a little more than a year later took first place in the Section 1 category of the 2018 NABBA Championship. The opening work and Philip Sparke’s The Year of the Dragon, performed later in the concert, left no doubt as to why. The band had a very impressive blend and balance.
The first of five “guests” to perform with the SABB was Wiff Rudd, trumpet professor at Baylor University. He performed Papa Joe Concerto by Scott McAllister, professor of composition at Baylor. Anyone familiar with Rudd’s Collaborative Practice Concepts book would recognize snippets from warm-up and practice exercises contained therein, now transformed into melodic motives for the three-movement work.
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The two pieces performed by Bryan Appleby-Wineberg, professor of trumpet at Rowan University, showcased the most notable characteristics of the cornet. The joyful, florid passages of Peter Graham’s Glorious Ventures, followed by the beautiful tone and lyrical capabilities featured in Ivor Bosanko’s arrangement of Joy Webb’s Share My Yoke, provided ample opportunity for Appleby-Wineberg to demonstrate his remarkable prowess in this medium.

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Rex Richardson never fails to dazzle his audiences, playing works that few would attempt. His performance of Allen Vizzutti’s Three World Winds proved the perfect vehicle for his considerable talents. Richardson is a member of Rhythm and Brass and the Brass Band of Battle Creek and has become a solo trumpet artist renowned for both his jazz and classical playing.
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Up to this point in the program, the master of ceremonies read extensive bios to introduce each of the soloists. For the next soloist, however, he merely said, “Ladies and gentlemen, Phil Smith.” For members of ITG, Smith is someone who needs no introduction. The two works he performed were Robert Farnon’s Scherzando (arranged by Mark Freeh), followed by the now-famous arrangement by Joseph Turrin of George Gershwin’s Someone To Watch Over Me (brass band adaptation by Jeff Christmas). As the last note of the Gershwin faded, murmurs of appreciation could be heard from many of those present, followed by applause filled with the respect felt for this legendary performer.

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The highlight of the evening was the performance by the British Tom Hutchinson, principal cornetist with the Cory Band. He performed three works. From the first notes of Edward Sutton’s The Paragon, Hutchinson demonstrated his incredible sound and great facility, making this piece look and sound easy. The audience savored his rendition of Leonard Ballantine’s Don’t Doubt Him Now (arranged by Craig Woodland) by waiting several seconds after the final note before erupting into thunderous applause. Hutchinson ended his portion of the concert with the lively James Benedict/Harry James version of Carnival of Venice, arranged for brass band by Mark Freeh.

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The final work brought all of the evening’s soloists back to the stage to perform the Rafael Méndez arrangement of Las Chiapanecas. As is often the case with these types of performances, the concert was a bit long at 2-½ hours, but I can’t think of a single piece that should have been sacrificed. (KE)

INSIDE OUT Duo: Markus Stockhausen and Florian Weber--Concert

The duo offered seven unique selections, each one a tone-poem of textures, rhythmic variety, and extended, brilliant free improvisation. Having performed together for a decade, these musicians were hand--in-glove throughout the entire stunning performance. The first piece, Zephir, set the tone for the evening. Using his lush flugelhorn, Stockhausen, who composed most of the evening’s selections and is more a minimalist, played lush long tones juxtaposed with rapid runs into the upper register, all while Weber accompanied with lush block chords and punctuated fills. Stockhausen’s command of the flugelhorn and trumpet was obvious through Weber’s gorgeous The Wise Magician, the joyous uptempo Liberation, and the hymn-like Our Father. Not in Vain, another of the textured poetic character, showed the artist’s Harmon-muted trumpet interplaying with Weber’s entrances and his own extended tacets. They concluded the performance with Jahoo, a faster effort which added piccolo trumpet. Their encore was Always Hope, a beautiful balladic piece which once again offered lushness, intensity, and innovative playing by the duo. (NM)

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2018 ITG Conference Report - Day 2 - Wednesday, May 30 - Daytime events The 43rd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - San Antonio, Texas (USA)
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John Irish—Non-Pro/Comeback Players Warm-up Session

Bright and early on the first morning of the conference, John Irish led an engaged audience of non-pro and comeback players through a warm-up session. Irish’s routine focused on the core fundamentals of playing in a streamlined progressive approach. The interactive presentation had the group on their feet with breathing and buzzing exercises to get the body and lips prepared to play for the day. Irish emphasized the importance of air flow, centering, and tone and demonstrated several exercises to help improve each of these areas. The handout provided offered clear explanations and straightforward drills to focus on the concepts he discussed. Irish also invited Bert Truax to share some thoughts, and both fielded numerous eager questions from the audience. Irish closed with a quotation by Aristotle reminding everyone that “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” (EM)

Anne McNamara—Warm-up Session: Keeping Your Warmup Fresh with SAFARE

Dr. Anne McNamara (Campbellsville University) presented a well-organized and informative warm-up session. SAFARE is the mnemonic developed by David Bilger (principal trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra) for covering the many components of one’s playing, which should be covered every day--sound, articulation, flexibility, agility, range, and endurance. Exercises in each of these six areas were presented in a collaborative approach with McNamara demonstrating and the audience imitating. In “sound,” the concept of sing-buzz-play was emphasized. The use of such tools as drones and a metronome were encouraged to be used as part of a practice routine. The thorough handout and PowerPoint presentation made the session easy to follow, and the attendees were provided with excellent information and suggestions to incorporate into their daily routines. (JB)

John Irish—Non-Pro/Comeback Players Masterclass

John Irish’s masterclass served as a seamless continuation from his morning warm-up session, focusing on a centered sound, strong embouchure, and consistent airflow. Irish utilized a succinct and well-organized packet of exercises, intended to be a “home base” of practice goals and techniques for players of all levels. The majority of the masterclass featured “air flow connection” and articulation exercises, with the main goal being a strong, consistent airstream. Irish modeled these exercises and then led the audience in group performance and encouraged volunteers to play individually. One very helpful demonstration included two volunteers: one blowing into the trumpet with the other reaching over and striking the valves. In each instance, the performer’s sound noticeably improved and received instant applause from the audience. Irish effortlessly created a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere while outlining clear and practical performance objectives that surely benefited all in attendance. (MY)

ITG Honorary Award Presentation: Marie Speziale

Organized by Wendy Matthews and Ryan Gardner, this lively and informative session celebrated the career of 2018 ITG Honorary Award recipient Marie Speziale, who was the first woman to earn a trumpet position in a major symphony orchestra when she joined the Cincinnati Symphony in 1964. Wendy Matthews interviewed Speziale and presented a slideshow that included photos, audio clips, and video from her career. Speziale also conducted a large trumpet ensemble comprised of former students, colleagues, and friends in performances of Eric Ewazen’s Concert Fanfare and Arthur Gottschalk’s 220 S. Michigan Ave. Notable highlights included clips of Speziale performing Napoli as a teenager and Java on a TV show in 1965 and of her work with the Cincinnati Symphony. From her debut with her father’s dance band at the age of eleven to tributes from her accomplished students affectionately referring to her as “Mama Bear,” the audience was treated to an entertaining display of Speziale’s versatility, warm personality, and joyful musicianship. (EK)
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New Works Recital I

The recital opened with two of four movements from Mark Hagerty’s None of the Above for trumpet and piano. This included extensive rhythmic interplay between trumpet and piano, opening effectively with unison pitches played alternately between the two instruments that increased in frequency and built to intensive climaxes as the parts departed in their own directions. Glissandi and a wide range of textures throughout the work were of interest as Andrew Stetson provided an excellent performance. (LE)

Christian Humke’s Ballade for Flugelhorn and Piano was a hauntingly beautiful, lyrical ballad with a soft, slow opening in B-flat minor. The contrasting middle section picked up the pace with a driving arpeggio in the piano and a floating, soaring melody in the flugelhorn before returning to the opening material to close. Shane Coughlin’s flugelhorn sound was warm and musical, and the piece was performed expertly. (SH)

The third movement from Ian Mitchell’s Sonata for Trumpet and Piano opened majestically with the trumpet supported by the extreme low register of the piano. In particular, a lively ending incorporating earlier themes concluded the work effectively with a brilliant performance by Fred Sienkiewicz. (LE)

Reverie for Cornet and Piano by Zach Gulaboff Davis is a beautiful, lyrical piece written specifically for the cornet and piano. The piece captures a dreamy atmosphere with a meandering melody in the cornet and sudden, unexpected harmonic shifts, while still grounded in tonality. The dark tone quality that Stephen James captured on the cornet fit the piece perfectly. (SH)

The first movement of David Colson’s Duo for Trumpet and Piano, “Dark and Wandering,” is angular, intense, and aggressive both in its melodic content and harmonic motion and features the full pitch and dynamic range of the trumpet. The third movement, “Expressive,” is a slow, lyrical movement in stark contrast to the first with the trumpet using a cup mute playing softly in a lower register and with traditional harmonic motion. Robert White performed the difficult piece with great finesse and navigated the extreme style shifts with relative ease. (SH)
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“Rolling Hills and Wilderness” is the first of two movements from Keystone Landscapes for Trumpet and Piano, a work focusing on the beauty of Pennsylvania. Open harmonies and extended trumpet melodies depict a surreal and endless wilderness as composer Joshua Hobbs suggests. Timothy Winfield, who commissioned and performed the work, delivered the necessary expansiveness throughout with ease and facility. (LE)

ITG Solo Competition Finals

The ITG Solo Competition featured three finalists--one from Oklahoma and two from Australia--illustrating the truly international scope of our organization as pointed out by competition organizer Jason Dovel. The required work was Cellier’s Chevauchée fantastique, and a second piece was chosen by each soloist.

First to perform was Darcy O’Malley, who opened with the Cellier. His performance was characterized by graceful lyrical playing and tasteful contrasts. His chosen piece was the Pakhmutova Concerto, in which he presented the muted sections beautifully. He also exhibited superb dynamic control and made a strong finish.

Next was Robin Park, who performed from memory, beginning with Höhne’s Slavonic Fantasy, a cornet solo with broad, romantic lines interspersed with technical flourishes, which he navigated easily. His Cellier was confidently executed for an impressive overall performance.

Noah Mennenga concluded the competition, also performing from memory. His rendition of Cellier featured a full, resonant sound, agile technique, and clear articulation. He concluded with his own arrangement of Gershwin’s Three Preludes, which will no doubt soon become very popular.  He was much at home with this style, and it was an excellent showcase for his skills.

All three finalists and their teachers should be congratulated for their excellent work! (LH)

Wiff Rudd—Keystone Habits for the Trumpet Studio

Wiff Rudd’s presentation on Wednesday morning was a truly great clinic that focused on how to build a strong studio through focusing on principles and establishing a community that invites learning and growth for any studio. Rudd discussed the need to incorporate safety, vulnerability, and purpose in the studio and shared a variety of methods that he has found effective for his studio. He stressed that it is important to find a basic overriding principle that a studio might need—and not just do what others have found successful. Stressing the importance of always valuing the individual, Rudd shared how finding a principle that all members of the studio can get behind will help develop a rich culture in the studio. The audience was attentive and engaged as Rudd finished the presentation with a detailed discussion of how he teaches classical improvisation to help students develop sound and musicality. This session was a truly delightful and beneficial part of the conference. (SW)

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Brazilian Trumpet Ensemble—Brazilian Music for Trumpet Ensemble

The Brazilian Trumpet Ensemble presented an exceptional concert of all Brazilian music for trumpet ensemble. Each work offered a wide variety of harmonic colors, rhythmic complexities, and musical flair. In addition, the members of the group displayed an extremely high level of artistry that was captivating to the audience. Aquiles Moraes, featured on José U. da Silva Duda’s Uma Fantasia Brasileira, displayed remarkable virtuosity as he was accompanied by the rest of the ensemble. At the conclusion, there was no doubt that they were well appreciated by the entire audience, who showed their enthusiasm with a standing ovation. (JB)

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Wim Van Hasselt—Recital

Wim Van Hasselt’s Wednesday afternoon recital contained an eclectic mix of pieces demonstrating the versatility and artistry of a truly world-class performer. Accompanied by Rebecca Wilt at the piano, the opening selection, Jongen’s Concertino, op. 41, was a display of the elegance often associated with the French style. The pair continued in the same vein with a masterfully navigated and musical interpretation of Enescu’s Legend. Van Hasselt’s command of the instrument in all registers and at all dynamics was quite evident during the North American premiere of Florian Magnus Maier’s UNDA for trumpet & electronics. An emotional recitation of the ancient Jewish prayer sequence, Kaddish, followed, with the flugelhorn voicing feelings of loss and grief. The recital closed with a delightful cornet solo and Timofei Dokshizer’s arrangement of “Oh! Quand je dors.” (AD)

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Houston Symphony Trumpet Section—Presentation

The Rio Grande Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency was filled nearly to capacity to listen to and learn from the Houston Symphony Orchestra trumpet section, which included Mark Hughes, principal; Robert Walp, assistant principal; John Parker, associate principal; and Rich Harris, second trumpet. They played a few orchestral excerpts, such as the fourth movement from Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony and the soft muted portion of Debussy’s Fêtes, but mostly they performed trumpet ensemble music. Their outstanding intonation, balance, and blend was on display during performances of Bach’s Little Fugue in G Minor, Bruckner’s Virga Jesse, a Canzon by Samuel Scheidt, and a contemporary French piece called Tryptique by Denise Roger, written for four trumpets. They answered questions from the audience and stressed the importance of active, goal-oriented listening to improve at matching style, articulation, balance, and blend within an orchestral section. (SH)

Lone Star Brass—Recital

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church serves as the venue for many of the chamber ensembles featured at this year's conference. Wednesday afternoon’s concert featured Lone Star Brass, a quintet consisting of members of the Midland Odessa Symphony and Chorale. Opening with Kerry Turner’s Ricochet, the ensemble made a bold and acrobatic statement to begin their exciting and eclectic program. Throughout the recital, the quintet ably presented original works written for the ensemble, as well as arrangements by ensemble members. One highlight was Marc Mir’s Suite Celtique, a three-movement work containing various folk tunes with embellishments and variations in the Celtic style. Steven Sacco’s Quintet showcased a wide range of musical expression and a variety of styles. Presenting a mixture of lyricism, a Mambo Fantasy, and every style in between, Sacco’s Quintet was the perfect vehicle to highlight this group’s seasoned virtuosity. (WK)

Jason Dovel and Miriam Hickman—Recital

Opening with Giuseppe Torelli’s Sonata in D (G. 3), Jason Dovel’s performance included both effective terrace dynamics and engaging ornamentation. The outer movements from Hummel’s Concerto in E-flat followed in a rendition emphasizing lightness and lyricism. Dovel’s own composition, A Stroll Through Kalavrita, captured the Greek town splendidly. Frederick Beck’s Vocalise for solo flugelhorn includes lyrical melodies interspersed with sometimes unexpected technical flourishes. Dovel’s unaccompanied Multiphonics Etude provided immediate contrast by effectively switching between multiphonics and open sounds with a definite musical purpose and excellent pacing. Two duos with piano concluded the recital. Anthony Plog’s Double Concerto (with Reese Land) was highlighted by lyrical playing in the second movement with two flugelhorns. Stephen Campbell joined Dovel for a delightful and entertaining performance of Fernand Andrieu’s Concertino for Two Cornets. This recital was a genuine tour de force demonstrating Dovel’s many talents and interests. (LE)

Young Professors of Texas/Oklahoma Trumpet Ensemble Concert

The Young Professors of Texas/Oklahoma Trumpet Ensemble presented a thrilling concert of standard and new works for trumpet ensemble. They performed original works by such composers as Kevin McKee and Erik Morales, as well as arrangements by members of the group. Brian Walker’s arrangement of Eric Whitacre’s Water Night enhanced the overall musical diversity of the program. In addition to standard works, the trumpet ensemble presented the world premiere of Micah Bell’s Homecoming. This wide collection of trumpet professors displayed their ability to perform as a cohesive unit with a high level of artistry. To close the program and bring awareness to the CancerBlows Foundation, the Young Professors of Texas/Oklahoma Trumpet Ensemble featured Ryan Anthony as a special guest member of the ensemble as they performed James Olcott’s arrangement of Wagner’s “March” from Lohengrin. (JB)

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Robert Murray—New Beginnings and Rediscovered Gems: The Vincent Bach Collection in the ITG Archives

Dr. Robert Murray’s presentation showcased the history and accessibility of the International Trumpet Guild Archives, housed at Columbus State University. He showed plans for the future ITG Archive Library and discussed many of the items that are part of the collection. Murray focused on the printed works of Vincent Bach that exist within the Archives. The presentation was wonderfully peppered with live performances of many of the highlighted musical gems in the collection with Dr. Murray on trumpet and Shari Santorelli on piano. (JPS)

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2018 Conference Reporting and Photography Staff Reporting Staff


Javian Brabham (JBr) recently earned his DM degree at Florida State University. He completed the MM degree at the University of New Mexico and the BME degree at Florida State University. An NTC semifinalist and winner of the 2011 ITG Legacy Scholarship, he is an active freelancer and has performed with numerous orchestras.


Jon Burgess (JBu) has been a member of the music faculty at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas since 2000. He is the editor of the Pedagogical Topics column for the ITG Journal.


Brandon Cave (BC) is a trumpet performer and teacher based in the Baltimore/DC area. Brandon serves as Second Trumpet of the American Pops Orchestra and teaches trumpet at Maestro Musicians, Artist Music Center and Loyola Blakefield Jesuit School in Baltimore.


Alexander Davis (AD) is a freelance writer and graduate student at the University of Kansas. He has performed with the Opera in the Ozarks Orchestra, Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, El Paso Wind Symphony, and the 1st Armored Division Band of the US Army.


Kevin Eisensmith (KE) is professor of trumpet and assistant chair of the department of music at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He served as ITG president from 2009 to 2011 and currently serves as secretary.


Luis Engelke (LE) is professor of music at Towson University. Editor of the ITG Journal Music Reviews column, he has authored over 250 publications in numerous journals. He is principal trumpet of several orchestras and has performed with more than 50 professional orchestras internationally.


Scott Hagarty (SH) is associate professor of trumpet and jazz at Del Mar College. He is also a member of the Corpus Christi and Victoria Symphony Orchestras, the Corpus Christi Brass Quintet, and the Del Mar College Faculty Brass Trio.


Benjamin (BH) Hay is instructor of music (trumpet/theory) at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.


Leigh Anne Hunsaker (LAH) is professor of trumpet at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas.


Aaron Jensen (AJ) is a DMA student at the University of North Texas.


Alan Klaus (AK) is assistant professor of trumpet at Memorial University of Newfoundland after appointments at Montana State University and Mount Allison University. He holds the Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University, where he studied with Christopher Moore. 


Elisa Koehler (EK) is professor of music at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the author of Fanfares and Finesse: A Performer's Guide to Trumpet History and Literature (Indiana University Press) and is a new member of the ITG Board of Directors.


Will Koehler (WK) is an active performer, educator, and writer. He currently teaches at Bloomington High School North, Northview High School, and Tri-North Middle School and will graduate from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a Doctor of Music degree in trumpet performance in 2018.


Marie Mencher (MM), editorial assistant, holds a BA in Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University and a BS in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She will begin a master’s program in trumpet performance this fall at Kansas State University.


Eric Millard (EM) is the visiting instructor of trumpet at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and previously served as third/associate principal trumpet with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. He received his doctoral and master’s degrees from Florida State University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky. 


Kyle Millsap (KM) is assistant professor of trumpet and jazz at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He oversees the dynamic trumpet program and directs the trumpet ensembles, jazz trumpet ensembles, and Jazz Band 2.


Nick Mondello (NM) is a freelance trumpeter, composer/arranger, educator/clinician and writer. He attended the Berklee School of Music and holds BA, MS, MBA, and Prof. Diploma in Educational Administration from Long Island University. He resides in Locust Valley, New York.


Paige Nelson (PN), editorial assistant, is a master’s trumpet student at the University of Northern Colorado, where she studies with Philiip Hembree. She received her BM in music performance from the University of South Alabama while studying with Peter Wood.


J. Peyden Shelton (JPS) is the assistant professor of trumpet at the University of Utah School of Music. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist and member of the electro-acoustic trumpet ensemble Fifth Bridge. 


Spencer Wallin (SW) is currently adjunct professor of high brass at Navarro College. He recently graduated from the University of North Texas (DMA), where he studied with Dr. Jason Bergman and also holds degrees from the University of Michigan (MM) and Brigham Young University (BM). He works as a freelance musician in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, frequently performing on modern and baroque trumpets. 


Justin Way (JW) is entering his junior year as a trumpet performance major at Florida State University. He studies with Dr. Christopher Moore and freelances in the Tallahassee area.


Marisa Youngs (MY) is a performer, educator, and researcher based in Lexington, Kentucky. She recently completed her DMA in trumpet performance at the University of Kentucky and continues to teach and perform in a variety of styles and ensembles.



Photography Staff

Michael Anderson (MA) is the ITG Website director and head photographer for the conference. He serves as professor of trumpet at Oklahoma City University and is a member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.


Norman Bergstrom (NB) has been a member of the Blawenburg (New Jersey) Band trumpet section since 1962. He is also the photographer for the Nova Orchestra in West Windsor, New Jersey.


Josh Rzepka (JR) is a Chicago-based trumpeter and composer. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory (BM), and Boston University (MM), he has released three solo albums and tours with the retro rock sensation Under The Streetlamp.


Denny Schreffler (DS) has balanced careers in and out of music for almost fifty years. Since retiring from music (for a second time) in 2013, Denny has been an active concert and show photographer in southern Arizona.


Brian Shook (BS) is currently chair of the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music at Lamar University. Prior to this appointment, he served as the trumpet professor at Lamar for seven years. In 2011, Shook published the biography of New York Philharmonic trumpet legend William Vacchiano, titled Last Stop, Carnegie Hall

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2018 ITG Conference Report - Day 1 - Tuesday, May 29 The 43rd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - San Antonio, Texas (USA)
Special Daily Report • Compiled by Peter Wood
Photos by Michael Anderson and Denny Schreffler

Tuesday, May 29

This opening evening of the 43rd annual ITG Conference was filled with the usual sense of eager anticipation of the wonderful trumpet-related events to come over the next four days and five nights. The Hyatt Regency Riverwalk is a warm, welcoming hotel with great restaurants everywhere in a lively downtown environment. As participants poured in from all over the world throughout the afternoon, there were plenty of smiles, handshakes, hugs, and laughs to go around. After the fanfare with Doc Severinsen and the opening CancerBlows concert, the socializing continued with a welcome reception at which a festive local mariachi band serenaded attendees. Expectations are extremely high that this will be a conference to remember!


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Mass Trumpet Ensemble with Doc Severinsen

The 2018 ITG Conference began with a collective cacophony of trumpet sounds, as hundreds of conference attendees filled the Rio Grande Ballroom to be a part of Doc Severinsen’s Mass Trumpet Ensemble. With the abundantly able help of Doc Severinsen and James Olcott, participants rehearsed Excerpts from Aida (Act II) by Verdi (arranged by Dennis L. Horton) and Trumpets Take Texas, a medley of Texas-themed tunes by James Olcott. After a brief but sufficient rehearsal for each work, the “ensemble” assembled across the street, directly in front of the famous Alamo. The Texas sun could not squash the genuine spirit of collegiality and good humor as participants of every background prepared to perform under Doc’s direction. Despite its storied history, the Alamo has never experienced the sound of Doc and several hundred trumpets playing simultaneously, and the experience will bring new meaning to “Remember the Alamo” for all the participants. (BH)



Opening Concert: CancerBlows
The first concert at any ITG conference is always a special event, but this particular one showcased far more than great trumpet playing. It was a celebration of life, the trumpet community, and the triumph of the human spirit. Ryan Anthony, principal trumpet of the Dallas Symphony and former member of the Canadian Brass, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2012 and later created a foundation and a series of benefit concerts called “CancerBlows,” which feature prominent trumpet soloists to raise funds for cancer research.

In addition to Ryan Anthony and Doc Severinsen, the stellar group of soloists included Joe Burgstaller, David Hickman, Richard Kelley, Jens Lindemann, Rex Richardson, Ronald Romm, Wiff Rudd, Jose Sibaja, Philip Smith, Mary Thornton, Bert Truax, Mike Vax, Brian Walker, and Tromba Mundi (a professional trumpet ensemble). The United States Air Force Band of the West provided outstanding accompaniment under the baton of Major David A. Alpar.

The first piece, Peter Meechan’s Remission, began in a darkened hall with a spotlight shining on a lone trumpet at the front of the stage. Trumpeters positioned around the perimeter of the auditorium took turns playing poignant melodies until the lights came up and the brass and percussion sections of the band were joined by Hickman, Sibaja, and Smith on stage. The music alternated between majestic hymnody and a harmonized version of Taps. An all-star trumpet ensemble of thirteen soloists were next, performing Burt Truax’s Legacies of Honor, under the direction of Marie Speziale. Raymond Burkhart’s Half Dome Fanfare (World Premiere) dazzled the audience with virtuoso acrobatics and sweeping melodic gestures.
ITG President Cathy Leach then introduced Ryan Anthony, who in turn introduced Doc Severinsen, thanking him for his friendship and support of the Cancer Blows project. With his trademark wit, Doc explained how his father used to play Fritz Kreisler’s Caprice Viennois on the violin to help Doc fall asleep when he was a child. Hickman, Vax, Romm, and Smith joined Doc on stage for Anthony DiLorenzo’s beautiful arrangement of the piece, after which Doc laid down on the stage, briefly, to remind the audience of his relationship with the tune as a lullaby.

Rex Richardson and Joe Burgstaller performed the “High Noon” movement from Kevin McKee’s Under Western Skies, after which Ryan Anthony returned to perform Gabriel’s Oboe from Ennio Morricone’s film score for The Mission. Performing on piccolo trumpet from memory, Anthony’s effortless and soulful interpretation transported the audience to another realm. Jens Lindemann and Richard Kelley then joined Anthony for Peter Meecham’s Song of Hope, which was followed by Kelley’s fine performance of "What a Wonderful World," which showed off his beautiful singing voice, in addition to his trumpet playing.
Cathy Leach returned to the stage to present the ITG Award of Merit to Alan Siebert, after which the Méndez trio, The Brave Matador, was performed by Hickman, Romm, and Vax. An arrangement of Ginastera’s “Danza Finale” from Estancia followed, after which four trumpeters who had all previously played with the Canadian Brass – Anthony, Romm, Lindemann, and Burgstaller - performed a rousing rendition of A New Carnival of Venice by Thomas Stevens. Tromba Mundi was next, performing Victory Fanfare by Ben Blasko, another cancer survivor. Finally, all of the evening’s soloists, along with the trumpet section of the Air Force Band of the West, lined the front of the stage for a spirited performance of Count Basie’s One O’Clock Jump, which brought this inspiring opening concert to a joyous, festive close. (EK)


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Regional Conference Report - January 25-26, 2018 ITG Regional Conference - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

January 26-27, 2018

Special Report • Compiled by Peter Wood

The first-ever ITG Regional Conference was held on the last weekend in January on the campus of Oklahoma City University. Hosted by Michael Anderson, the event was highly successful and was given universally high praise. Attendance, naturally, was smaller than the annual ITG Conference, and the atmosphere was more close-knit and supportive. Trumpeters from throughout the central US came together to learn, perform, and be inspired, and they were not disappointed!

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Day 1: Friday, January 26


Opening Ceremony – Oklahoma City Philharmonic Brass

The ITG Regional Conference began on a high note with a rousing opening concert by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Brass, conducted by Warren “Puffer” Jones. Following a riveting performance of John Wasson’s Clash of the Centurions, Michael Anderson (conference host), Mark Parker (dean of the Wanda L. Bass School of Music), and Cathy Leach (ITG president) all welcomed the audience to the conference. The conclusion of welcoming remarks led to the continuation of the OKC Philharmonic Brass’s performance, starting with a beautiful rendition of Raymond Premru’s Five Movements from Divertimento. Directly after this was Villa-Lobos’s Aria from Brasileiras No. 5 featuring Jay Wilkinson, who exhibited flair and convincing mastery of Brazilian musical style. The concert ended with Roger Harvey’s arrangement of Bizet’s Carmen. Concluding with the flying passages of “Dance Boheme,” this was an inspiring beginning to the conference. (JL)

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Jason Dovel – Trumpet Intonation: Facts, Myths, and Strategies for Playing in Tune

Jason Dovel presented an articulate and engaging presentation on the subject of trumpet intonation, which is no small feat, given the complexity and highly technical nature of the subject. Dovel began by utilizing electronically generated examples of differing intonation, and used numerous electronic examples throughout the presentation to great effect. Dovel asserted and convincingly demonstrated that the trumpet is perfectly in tune with itself and is naturally subject to the just intonation of the overtone series. Because of this, however, performing with equal-temperament instruments can be problematic. He then discussed instrument design and its effect on the trumpet and encouraged attendees to understand the use of valve slides to counteract many of these issues. Finally, Dovel offered several useful strategies for achieving better intonation. He recommended practicing with drones, learning proper use of the valve slides, learning the Baroque trumpet, and, above all else, developing flexibility and listening carefully. (BH)

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Richard Rulli – Stamp: So Much More Than a Warmup

Dr.Richard Rulli possesses more than thirty years of experience studying and using James Stamp’s exercises in his own playing. He presented an insightful session that offered extremely helpful pedagogical suggestions designed to help one understand how to benefit from incorporating these exercises into their own playing. Additionally, Rulli clarified many common misconceptions about these exercises and how to approach them. The first portion of the session focused on how to correctly use the mouthpiece. Rulli concentrated on maintaining efficiency at all times and asked participants to experiment on their own mouthpieces in the session. He was clear to state that it is crucial to do the mouthpiece exercises with piano or a drone. He then discussed essential principles one needs to understand when performing Stamp’s iconic vocalise exercises on the trumpet. Using a call and response format, Rulli and the participants incorporated his suggestions while performing the exercises together. (JB)

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Professors’ Recital #1

The first of two Professors’ Recitals at the conference took place in Petree Hall, opening with a rousing performance by Steve Leisring of Trumpet Call by Kenneth Downie. Leisring captured the audience’s attention immediately, executing the opening flourishes brilliantly. The performer displayed great energy and technical fluency in what proved to be an excellent opener for this concert. Rodion Shchedrin’s Im Stile von Albéniz was performed with great style and presence by Jason Bergman. From the opening notes, with Bergman’s warm, robust tone, the listener was aware that this was to be a memorable performance. Bergman clearly enjoys this piece, successfully taking the important musical chances throughout his inspiring performance. Brian Walker performed two movements from Centennial Horizon by Kevin McKee. Aspen Grove allowed Walker to demonstrate an impressive fluidity with his warm, even sound throughout the movement. Equally impressive was his technical prowess and ease of playing throughout the range of the instrument in Roaring Gunnison, easily capturing the emotion and unpredictability of the raging river. Rich Rulli provided a nice contrast with an unaccompanied work entitled Liquid Prelude by Dan Coleman. Rulli easily handled the significant technical demands of this contemporary angular work. The audience was treated by Richard Tirk to a world-premiere performance of Jackson Anderson’s The Bells. The three movements, “Silver,” “Golden,” and “Brazen,” are based on a poem of the same name by Edgar Alan Poe. Tirk showed off his beautiful sound and refined technique in this interesting work. Stephen Goforth’s delicate piccolo trumpet sound was perfect for the first movement of Giuseppe Martini’s Concerto before moving to a humorous rendition of Rafael Méndez’s Chiapenecas on a three-belled trumpet! A work recently discovered at the ITG archives in Columbus, Georgia, was the next selection, performed seamlessly by ITG President Cathy Leach. Moskwa: Russiches Lied fur Tromba Solo is a short lyric piece with great style, captured perfectly by Leach. Another Russian work, the better-known Concertpiece No. 2 by Vassily Brandt, was performed by Ben Hay. Contrasting his sensitive playing on the beautiful linear melodies, Hay easily maneuvered the scalar interludes and exciting ending. To close the full program, Ryan Gardner took the stage to perform five of the seven parts of Siete Canciones populares Españolas by Manuel de Falla. In his performance, Gardner clearly had all the requisite technique and style to bring these folkloric pieces to life masterfully. His easy approach to the instrument and lively, resonant sound were a perfect end to a long, but inspiring, afternoon of performances. (GP)

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Steve Leisring – A Blueprint to Finding Efficiency on the Trumpet

Dr. Steve Leisring, professor of trumpet at the University of Kansas, presented a masterclass in which he began with a simple definition of the term “efficiency,” or playing with ease, and continued with descriptions of Leisring’s own journey to develop greater ease in his own playing. He did this through study with a myriad of teachers throughout his years as both an undergraduate and graduate student. His time with Vincent Penzarella yielded significant growth, focusing on the equalization of sound throughout the complete range of the trumpet and improving his listening skills by working simple exercises. The emphasis on ear training and mental focus cannot be overstated: “We must hear our product and trust the brain to create it.” (AD)

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Jason Bergman – Applying for College Teaching Jobs

Jason Bergman presented a session on ideas and methods for musicians (not just trumpeters) who have an interest in applying for college-level teaching jobs. In this engaging session, Bergman discussed unique skills that musicians need to develop to find success in the interview process. Providing his personal accounts and experiences, he shared a tangible methodology to develop these skills. He discussed curriculum vitae and audio recording construction, and all in attendance certainly benefitted from this knowledge. Bergman encouraged input from current college professors in the audience and closed the session by expertly answering questions from the attendees. (BW)

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Trumpet Ensemble Recital #1

The Trumpet Ensemble Recital #1 featured eight ensembles from universities throughout Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, and Arkansas. It began with an energetic and enjoyable performance of Erik Morales’ Cityscapes by the hometown Oklahoma City University Trumpet Ensemble. The University of Central Oklahoma followed with James Klages’s arrangement of Franz von Suppe’s Poet and Peasant Overture. Kansas State University then took the stage in matching purple shirts and offered a well-balanced and rousing performance of Infinite Ascent by Erik Morales. The ten-member trumpet ensemble from the University of Arkansas performed a fine rendition of Fanfare of the Bells by Jennifer Fletcher. The Tarleton “Purple” ensemble brought a refreshing Brazilian-style infusion with their energetic performance of Maestro Duda’s Fantasia Brasileira. The Storm’s Path by Brian Balmages is an exciting and programmatic work that was performed very convincingly by the Southwest Oklahoma State University trumpet ensemble. Northeastern State University took their turn on stage with outstanding performances of Concert Fanfare by Eric Ewazen and Catacomb by Jason Dovel. The twenty-member trumpet ensemble from the University of Kansas, the largest group of the recital, gave exciting performances of Fanfare, “Stadt Wien” and the world premiere of Expedition by Chuck McKinnon. The final group to perform was the Baylor “Green” Ensemble, which gave a compelling and well calibrated performance of Variants with Solo Cadenzas by William Schmidt. This recital demonstrated clearly that the art of the trumpet ensemble is alive and well in this region. (JB)

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Brian Walker – Daily Fundamental Routines: Developing What Works for You

Dr. Brian Walker presented a fantastic clinic. He began by sharing his golden rules for developing a personal routine and stressed that each person should have a specific plan; try new ideas; and be flexible, self-aware, and willing to ask others for help. As Walker discussed the four major areas of his daily routine, the attendees enjoyed a pleasant hour, learning and discussing methods and studies to help with each aspect of playing. Walker talked about the importance of never saying that one way is right or wrong and emphasized being open to new ideas. He taught that everyone should just stay positive and work to get better. His presentation was specific and informative, and he closed by sharing examples of daily routines developed by himself, Max Schlossberg, Christopher Moore, and Barbra Butler. (SW)

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Ryan Gardner – Preparing for Auditions and Competitions

In this terrific, fast-paced, fun session, jam-packed with audience participation, Ryan Gardner posed many questions to the audience. Early in the session, Gardner asked, “What is the first thing people hear when you play?” Attendees responded that sound, intonation, time, dynamics, articulation, flexibility, and musicianship are “first-heard” sound items, and Gardner then added details under each item. To be ready for auditions, Gardner suggested “HAVE A PLAN” (make a schedule, plan out practice, plan your days, plan your fun). Practicing should include playing, singing, listening, and resting, with a thirty-minute “performance” at the end. Gardner emphasized that no matter how you feel, judges are waiting for someone to come in and nail it. They are rooting for you, not against you. If you want to be inspired to practice and to improve your audition preparation, attend a Ryan Gardner clinic! (CL)

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Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra with Vince DiMartino, Ryan Sharp, and Lee Rucker

The Friday evening audience was in for a treat as Vince DiMartino shared the stage with the hometown trumpet heroes Lee Rucker, Ryan Sharp, and the Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra. The show covered every type of trumpet fireworks from Ellington’s Concerto for Cootie to a rockin’ version of Green Onions. The band opened with three tunes: the Basie classic Every Tub, Candy, and Blackbird with Rucker showcasing his versatility and soulful licks. Ryan Sharp took his turn channeling the spirit of Maynard Ferguson on the Willie Maiden tune Where’s Teddy. Sharp’s hair-parting high notes on that tune were closely followed by his tasty plunger technique on Ellington’s Main Stem. The band closed out the first half with a burner, John Daversa’s Fast and Direct, with a blazing sax soli and again highlighting Lee Rucker’s nimble fingers and robust sound. Funky was on the menu to start the second half of the show with Clayton’s arrangement of The Jody Grind. Vince DiMartino electrified the audience with his terrific tones and a few fun tales along the way. His portion of the concert started with Sy Johnson’s excellent rendering of the great trumpeter Kenny Dorham’s tune Blue Bossa. DiMartino amazed and thrilled and then opened the solo section to feature many of the outstanding members of the band. Concerto for Cootie brought the audience back to the 1940s with Duke Ellington’s salute to Cootie Williams. DiMartino’s delicate mute playing was perfectly foiled by his growls and soaring sounds later in the piece. The mood softened as the band and DiMartino then went into Hoagy Carmichael’s timeless Georgia on My Mind. Before his closing piece, DiMartino took the time to talk about how important ITG has been to him, the many wonderful musicians he has met as a member, and how events such as this regional conference are so integral to advancing our craft. DiMartino’s closer was Bill Armstrong’s Aim for the Heart, originally written for Doc Severinsen. Once again, Vince DiMartino showed why he is one of the foremost trumpet artists of our time, demonstrating technical and musical mastery while swinging as hard as can be. The Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Brian Gorrell, closed out the night with Zaremba’s arrangement of the Booker T and MG’s tune Green Onions. The trumpet section really set the tone for the evening and gave the trumpeters in the audience a great show. (RT)

Vince DiMartinoVince DiMartino

Ryan SharpRyan Sharp

Wiff Rudd – Tag Team Practice Jam

In this highly informative session, Wiff Rudd discussed and exhibited some of the collaborative exercises and concepts he uses with his students at Baylor University that have helped his studio develop excellent musicality and ensemble sensitivity. Rudd broke the class into two teams of players and used call and response to work on the fundamental elements of trumpet playing with an emphasis on a resonant sound and response. One of the highlights of the class was students improvising inside the chord of Clarke’s second exercise while Rudd played the exercise in sections before they played it back to him. The majority of the class was done without music as Rudd believes that getting away from the page frees up the mind and opens up the ears to playing with others. The first class of its kind at ITG, it brought improvisation into practice for those not comfortable with the jazz idiom. (AJ)

Wiff Rudd Improv SessionWiff Rudd's Tag Team Practice Jam

Day 2: Saturday, January 27


Karl Sievers – Warm-up session

Saturday morning got off to a great start with an informative and productive warm-up session led by Karl Sievers. Sievers began the session with a discussion of the importance of maintaining a quiet mind and an elevated energy level when playing the trumpet. The warmup consisted of a call and response, with Sievers leading the group without any music, to encourage each person to use their ears instead of their eyes. Using techniques from William Adam, Vincent Cichowicz, and Max Schlossberg, Sievers continually stressed that the focus should always be on the sound. The atmosphere of the session was positive and enjoyable, due to the friendly nature and attitude that Sievers encouraged. Periodically, Sievers would ask volunteers to play by themselves, thus allowing for everyone to see how to approach possible challenges and to understand the proper way to play each exercise. (SW)

Karl SieversKarl Sievers warm-up session

Richard Tirk – The Aria Project

Dr. Richard Tirk (Southwestern Oklahoma State University) began his presentation with a certain air of mystery, using a wordless performance of the middle passage of Arban’s second Characteristic Study and the second movement of Kennan’s Sonata to introduce his “Aria Project.” Tirk used these examples to demonstrate the need for an understanding of lyrical artistry among performers and educators. To this end, he has devised a thoughtful and thorough system of introducing his students to vocal artistry. Over the course of a four-week project, each student examines a carefully selected aria and completes a comprehensive analysis of several interpretations of the work by different performers. During this process, the student also writes program notes and performs the selected aria for the trumpet studio class. Tirk ended with a masterfully crafted performance of the famous “Song to the Moon” from Dvorak’s Rusalka. (BH)

Richard TirkRichard Tirk

Grant Peters – Efficient Use of Time in the Teaching Studio Through Technology

Grant Peters, professor of trumpet at Missouri State University, presented a masterclass centered around the practical use of software created for desktops, laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices to make life easier for both teacher and student. He emphasized taking the time to learn the ins and outs of each program to maximize efficiency and organization. The technology loses its purpose if it does not make life easier. These apps are used to cover the following purposes: creating lesson plans that clearly and concisely provide information on each assignment, formulating tests and study tools, and organizing, managing, and analyzing practice sessions. Applications discussed include PDF Office, DD GigBook, gFlash+, Tonal Energy, and Seconds Pro. (AD)

Grant PetersGrant Peters

Vince DiMartino Masterclass

Anyone who attends a Vince DiMartino session will have fun while acquiring mountains of information about trumpet playing. Vince immediately grabbed the audience’s attention by beginning an exquisite tone before he had even been fully introduced by Michael Anderson. He indicated that he might sound like a different person than he had sounded on jazz solos the night before – because he was – in the sense that he considers himself an actor. Other main points included the idea that the trumpet can do only three pairs of things: loud/soft, high/low, fast/slow. Vince recommended keeping your lips the same while playing, demonstrating this through a hilarious demonstration of a clarinet player setting up a reed, likening our lips to the reed. Throughout, he frequently reiterated a Timofei Dokshizer quotation: “You can’t practice music without technique, and you can’t practice technique without music.” (CL)

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David Hunsicker Recital

David Hunsicker, professor of trumpet at Wichita State University, presented a spectacular display of trumpet mastery during his afternoon performance. He opened with Arthur Honegger’s Intrada, showcasing exemplary accuracy, musicality, and stamina, and then welcomed Shannon Thomas (violin) to the stage for a delightful performance of James Stephenson’s Storyteller. Following this, Hunsicker showed his versatility with the flugelhorn in Joseph Turrin’s Two Portraits and the piccolo trumpet in Johann Wilhelm Hertel’s Concerto No. 3 in D Major. He continued with Jennifer Higdon’s Trumpet Songs and then welcomed Steve Leisring to the stage to perform the first movement of Kevin McKee’s Under Western Skies to conclude this sensational recital. (JL)

David HunsickerDavid Hunsicker

Karl Sievers – Keeping the Mind in the Sound

This session focused on what “the sound” means and how to obtain a clear idea of it. Karl Sievers explained that “the sound” consisted of core, resonance, and brilliance. He asserted that sound should always be one’s first priority and unwavering goal every time the horn is placed on the lips. It is important to flood the mind with a vividly defined sound and to make this the primary goal of trumpet playing. A lively question-and-answer session allowed for a student to play flow studies with Sievers. This created an aural opportunity to hear the impact of a sound-centered mind. The student’s sound as she ascended improved in quality and consistency when she focused on the core of her sound during the second attempt. This class showed the importance of developing a sound centered-mind and was applicable to every level of player. (CG)

Karl Sievers and Lacey HaysKarl Sievers and Lacey Hays

Trumpet Ensemble Recital #2

The West Texas State University Trumpet Ensemble, under the direction of William Takacs, opened the afternoon concert, which featured seven trumpet ensembles. The difficult, high-energy The Wild Atlantic Way by Benjamin Brooks was masterfully executed by this fine septet of players using trumpet and flugelhorn. These strong performers easily handled the piece’s significant physical challenge for a very exciting opener. The first of two Texas high school ensembles stepped up to deliver a convincing performance of Erik Morales’s Cityscapes. Clearly, these young players from Trophy Club High School, directed by Daniel Brock, are receiving excellent training, as was evident in the ease with which they executed each movement. Mature sounds, precise tuning, and overall musical awareness were significant in this fine performance. No trumpet ensemble concert is complete without a work by Giovanni Gabrieli, and the University of Central Missouri Trumpet Ensemble, directed by Alan Wenger, opened their program with the Canzona noni toni á 12, highlighting interesting dynamic contrasts throughout the intricate work. Their performance of España Cañi by Pascual Marquina Narro, arranged by David Hickman, showcased a number of folkloric melodies and included castanets. The five-member Tarleton State University “White” Trumpet Ensemble, directed by Brian Walker, performed admirably on Walker’s challenging arrangement of Jean Sibelius’s Finlandia. The group’s skilled playing, which included impressive work on piccolo and bass trumpet, captured the musical character of the work perfectly. The intense Ice Journey by Jason Basoco was performed by a quartet from Angelo State University, under the direction of John Irish. The well-rehearsed group played with great ensemble, moving masterfully from rhythmic accompaniment to solo figures. The second high school ensemble of the night was The Ft. Worth Trumpet Septet, also directed by Daniel Brock. Five movements of David Gillingham’s Seven Tapas revealed fine ensemble playing from some young, talented players. Driving rhythms, flugelhorn solos, high tessitura work, and soaring melodies contributed to this fine performance. Concluding the afternoon recital was the Baylor University Trumpet Ensemble, under the direction of Wiff Rudd. The septet performed a Wiff Rudd/Alex Parker arrangement of Leonard Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs. Bernstein’s unique sound was evident from the downbeat with rhythmic foot stomps and jazzy shakes. Every member of the ensemble clearly knew their musical role and executed effortlessly. This concert was a fantastic finish to an impressive afternoon lineup of ensembles! (GP)


Jay Wilkinson – Incorporating Jazz Improv into Your Daily Routine

Jay Wilkinson, coordinator of jazz studies at the University of Oklahoma, led an insightful class on how to incorporate jazz improvisation into one’s daily practice. He discussed transcribing solos, paraphrasing melodies, using fragments to create melodies, and employing guide tones to create solos with depth. He demonstrated how the use of Lee Konitz’s method has facilitated increased success in the jazz improvisation classes at the University of Oklahoma. Wilkinson related how simple concepts can be used from beginning improvisation to developing complex Clifford Brown lines, explaining that while the harmonic language and speed may be more advanced, the concepts remain the same. By utilizing composition as a teaching tool, Wilkinson was able to develop pre-constructed cells of music that could be rearranged to begin learning language while developing solos that focus on motive, space, and rhythm and affording the student a chance to have meaningful, logical development. (AJ)


Cathy Leach – How to Develop Your Super Powers with Etudes

Those in attendance at the session by ITG President Cathy Leach were treated to an outstanding discussion of the benefits of etude study on both the body and mind. One of the most exciting portions of the session was a discussion of the mental and physiological benefits from being a musician. Leach’s premise, simply stated, is that a focused, well thought-out approach to etudes can help improve a person’s “super powers” that develop naturally from music study. Publications covered were the Hering, Brandt, Charlier, Gallay, and Longinotti etude books. Leach offered many tools to help trumpeters break down the many layers in these studies. (BW)

Cathy LeachCathy Leach

Wiff Rudd – Performing with a Spirit of Improvisation

Wiff Rudd began his clinic with seven volunteers familiar with his studio. Rudd asked for a key and a style, and then the newly formed improvisation ensemble took off! The packed room was immediately engaged observing the ensemble members take turns improvising simple melodies and then joining their colleagues in duets, then quartets, and finally as a full group.  Throughout the clinic, Rudd kept the audience involved with questions and suggestions, all while discussing the benefits of improvising as a musician. Rudd cited Kenny Werner’s book, Effortless Mastery, as a source of inspiration, as well as Rudd’s own belief that some of the best performances he has witnessed sounded like the performers were creating the music on the spot.  Other benefits mentioned were improved pitch awareness, reduced tension, and sound development. (RT)

Wiff Rudd and student participants.Wiff Rudd and student participants

Professors Recital #2

The second professors recital opened with Karl Sievers and Lacey Hays performing Erik Morales’s Concerto for Two Trumpets. Both Sievers and Hays filled the hall with their ringing, forward tone qualities throughout the three difficult and energetic movements. ITG Vice-President/President-Elect Grant Peters provided the second performance on the program. Assisted expertly by Paulina Leisring on Eric Ewazen’s Prayer and Praise, Peters’s smooth, full sound was the highlight. Alan Wenger performed John Barnes Chance’s challenging Credo with remarkably fluid multiple tonguing and flexibility, and pianist Jacob Johnson deserves praise for his facile navigation of this difficult piano part. Daniel Kelly and Libby Vanatta closed the program with Arban’s La Cenerentola. Kelly chose to perform this on cornet and had a warm, light, and pleasant sound that sparkled throughout the well executed passages. Kelly and Vanatta’s performance was highlighted by wonderful communication in the rubatos and was a perfect close to a well-attended late-afternoon recital. (BW)

Daniel KellyDaniel Kelly

Frontier Brass Band with Vince DiMartino, Wiff Rudd, Michael Anderson, Ryan Sharp, and Anthony Barrington

The hallmark of the inaugural Oklahoma City Regional ITG conference was the showcasing of talent from the renowned artists in the region alongside trumpet legends, and the closing concert was no exception. Featuring the talent-rich Oklahoma City-based Frontier Brass Band, university professors from the region, and renowned performer and educator Vincent DiMartino, the sense of camaraderie and community that made the entire conference so special was on full display.

Made up of local university professors, free-lancers, and local students, the Frontier City Brass Band, under the direction of Don Linn, showcased the extraordinary regional talent by opening with a stunning performance of Where Eagles Sing by Paul Lovatt-Cooper, showcasing the band’s superb pitch, technical facility, and soaring solo cornet lines. Among the selections performed was also an emotionally charged and beautifully phrased setting of ‘Mid All the Traffic by Leonard Ballantine with DiMartino serving as guest conductor.

Frontier Brass Band Artistic Director and University of Central Oklahoma Associate Professor of Trumpet Ryan Sharp expertly navigated multiple-tongued passages while also playing beautifully phrased lines across all registers of the horn with a rich cornet sound on James Curnow’s Concertpiece for Cornet.

Continuing to showcase the area’s excellent trumpet playing, Regional Conference host and Oklahoma City University Professor Michael Anderson showed why he is one of the region’s most respected trumpet artists with a beautiful flugelhorn sound and warm vibrato while performing Gabriel’s Oboe.

The audience remained enthralled through Philip Sparke’s Song and Dance, performed by Baylor University Professor Wiff Rudd with a flowing technique, captivating lower register, and ease of tone that have made him such a sought-after performer and clinician.

Further showcasing young talent, Juilliard School of Music student and Oklahoma City native Anthony Barrington amazed the audience with a sensitive performance of Erik Leidzen’s Songs in the Heart.

Having played a bombastic jazz set the night before, passionate educator and performer Vincent DiMartino showed his trademark versatility and consistent sound by performing a William Remmer arrangement of Stephen Foster’s My Old Kentucky Home, featuring an enviable playful style and flawless technique. Prior to his performance, DiMartino complimented Anthony Barrington for exemplifying the height of the brass band cornet soloist tradition. DiMartino’s kind words were indicative of the uplifting and supportive pedagogical attitude of the entire conference. DiMartino received a standing ovation from an audience obviously appreciative of his greatness and musical authenticity.

The closing concert of the inaugural ITG Regional Conference held at Oklahoma City University was a great melding of local talent and nationally acclaimed performers and should leave great hope and serve as an outstanding model for future regional ITG conferences. (AJ)

Frontier Brass BandFrontier Brass Band


Reporter Bios


Jason Bergman (JB) is editor of the Orchestra Section Profile in the ITG Journal and serves on the ITG Board of Directors. He is Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of North Texas.


Alexander Davis (AD) is a freelance writer and currently serves as a graduate teaching assistant

at Texas Tech University.


Casey Goldman (CG) is currently pursing a DMA at The University of North Texas.


Benjamin Hay (BH) is Instructor of Music (Trumpet/Theory) at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. 


Aaron Jensen (AJ) is a DMA student at the University of North Texas.


Jacquelyn Lankford (JL) is currently a DMA student and teaching fellow at the University of North Texas, and previously received degrees from the Eastman School of Music and New Mexico State University. She also holds the position of second trumpet for the Monroe Symphony Orchestra in Monroe, Louisiana.


Cathy Leach (CL), ITG president, is professor of music and associate director at the University of Tennessee, as well as former principal trumpet with the Knoxville Symphony.


Grant Peters (GP) is professor of music at Missouri State University, where he teaches trumpet and coordinates the brass area. He is currently the ITG vice-president/president-elect.


Richard Tirk (RT) teaches trumpet, jazz, and coordinates the graduate program at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma.


Brian Walker (BW) is assistant professor of trumpet at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas.


Spencer Wallin (SW) is the Adjunct Professor of High Brass at Navarro College. He is also finishing his DMA at the University of North Texas, where he studies with Dr. Jason Bergman.

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2017 Conference Prelude Performances The 42nd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - Hershey, Pennsylvania
Special Report • Compiled by Peter Wood
Photos by Michael Anderson, Norman Bergstrom, Del Lyren, Brian Shook, and John Tamer


Conference Prelude Performances

* Indicates premiere performances.
Groups are listed alphabetically.


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ASU Trumpet Ensemble, Appalachian State University 
Dr. James Stokes, director
Benjamin Sebastian, Brittney Self, Arias Fischer, Ariel Shores, Tim Hamilton
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Metallic Fury by Erik Morales

Under the direction of Dr. James Stokes, the ASU Trumpet Ensemble played with dramatic dynamic contrast and full sound quality. In addition, their blending of tone colors and matching of articulation was commendable. The use of the flugelhorns in the middle section of the piece added a warm, velvety color and showcased well the lyrical side of the ensemble. Seamlessly switching back to trumpets for the exuberant, majestic ending, the ensemble maintained a brilliance that fit the character of this exciting piece perfectly. (WK)

Brighton High School Trumpet Ensemble
Sharon B Long, director
Lauren Arcuri, Adi Bowden, Alec Gillis, Lucus Hardy, Nick Quebbeman, Angelina Placido, Robert Powers, Shane Spangler
Brighton HS Trumpet EnsembleBrighton High School Trumpet Ensemble
Poet and Peasant Overture by Franz von Suppé
The Brighton High School Trumpet Ensemble blew the crowd away with this performance of von Suppé’s Poet and Peasant Overture. This group of eight high school students showcased extreme versatility with lyrical solos and impressive technique. The ensemble showed skill beyond their years with their chamber music sensitivity and individual talents. (BB)

Dickinson College Trumpet Ensemble
Jeffrey Wohlbach, director
Morgan Bates, Herman Makosky, Ian White, Caroline Snyder, Miranda Lape
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Revecy venir du printans by Claude Le Jeune, arranged by Jay Lichtmann
The Dickinson College Trumpet Ensemble, under the direction of Jeffrey Wohlbach, performed Jay Lichtmann's arrangement of Revecy venir du printans by Claude Le Jeune. The five-member group played with fine ensemble precision and expressive nuance. Their sweet sound, warm blend, and soft dynamic levels were notable highlights, along with the group’s tasteful command of Renaissance polyphonic style. (EK)
IUP Trumpet Ensemble, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Kevin Eisensmith, director
Maria Baldoni, Holly Boyles, Victoria Cotter, Lukas Deist, Randy Devlin, Kayla Greer, Ryan Gross, Anastazia Hall, Michael Helwig, Matthew Huff, Marie Mencher, Roxanne Person, Matthew Prinkley, David Saylor
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Trumpet EnsembleIndiana University of Pennsylvania Trumpet Ensemble
Even When He is Silent by Kim André Arnesen, arranged by James Olcott
A Joyful Noise by David Ferguson

The first selection from the IUP Trumpet Ensemble commenced with a beautifully played, broad-sounding chorale performed with great reverence. With built-in dynamics, the main theme returns over an ostinato and moving resolution. The second piece offered a four-note motif that echoed neatly around the ensemble. A well known hymn theme transitioned into a cascading rhythmic fanfare and climactic ending. This was a fine performance all-around. (NM)

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Mariachi Espuelas de Plata, North Side High School
Ramon Nino III, director
Trumpets: Fernando Flores, Raul Martinez, Diego Reyna
Violins: Nancy Mandujano, Sebastian Martinez, Joel Ramirez, Mariela Ramirez
Guitar: Andrea Richards
Vihuela: Donaldo Rubio
Guitarron: Jessica Salas
Mariachi Espuelas de PlataMariachi Espuelas de Plata from North Side High School
Homenaje A Miguel Martinez by José Hernandez
Camino Real de Colima by Rubén Fuentes-Gassón
Mariachi Espuelas de Plata, from North Side High School in Fort Worth, Texas, is a traditional mariachi ensemble. Both pieces that the group performed featured trumpet and vocals, in addition to violin, guitar, vihuela, and guitarron, The members of this terrific ensemble wore beautiful, colorful outfits, and their performance was greatly enjoyed by all. This was a refreshingly unique and culturally enriching opener for Ginger Turner’s session. (RW)
McGill University Trumpet Ensemble
Richard Stoelzel, director
Alexander Freund, Ben Hare, Francis LaPorte, Joey Moore, Morgan Mitteer
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Fanfare for an Angel by James Stephenson
L’espirit de la Trompette by James Stephenson, arranged by Ben Hare
The quartet’s sprightly performance of James Stephenson’s Fanfare for an Angel served as the opener. From onset to finish, the ensemble’s excellent balance and homogeneous sound was consistently evident. A second and final work was ensemble member Ben Hare’s arrangement of Stephenson’s L’espirit de la Trompette. This was a brilliant showcase for Hare and his colleagues Morgan Mitteer, Joey Moore, and Francis LaPorte. Congratulations are in order to the McGill University Trumpet Ensemble for a top-notch performance. (LE)
Messiah College Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. William Stowman, director
William Landon, Matthew Ruwe, Hannah Leposa, Austin Funkhouser, Taylor Quinn, Mitch Weaver
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Birds of Paradise by Erik Morales 
The Messiah College Trumpet Ensemble, performing as the prelude ensemble before William Stowman's recital, exhibited great blend and musicianship on their performance of Erik Morales’s Birds of Paradise. Highlights of the performance were certainly impressive low notes in the flugelhorns and the communication within the ensemble as a whole. The piece required strong ensemble playing and significant individual challenges, and this ensemble was certainly up to the challenge! (BB)
Messiah College Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. William Stowman, director
William Landon, Matthew Ruwe, Hannah Leposa, Austin Funkhouser, Taylor Quinn, Mitch Weaver
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Birds of Paradise by Erik Morales 
Australian trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis's recital opened with a prelude by the Messiah College Trumpet Ensemble performing Erik Morales's Birds of Paradise. The ensemble filled the hall with sound. They displayed great dynamic expressiveness and were locked in on the unison octave passages. (KM)

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Michigan State University Trumpet Ensemble
Justin Emerich, director
Eduardo Farias, Joon Park, Alessandro Bonita, Jonathan Chaif, Patrick Forgione, Marty Malfroid
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Dürrenhorn Passage by Kevin McKee
The ensemble launched into the selection with a martial round-like fanfare worthy of their Spartan nickname. The hymn-like chorale section that followed was played with great energy and was highly inspiring. An ominous build led to a climactic ending featuring the original melody. A superb performance all-around! (NM)
Missouri Southern State University Trumpet Ensemble
Frederick Green II, Director
Oliver Smith, Cayla Roanhorse, Josh Newburry, Tony Sfortunato, Austin Kinard, Tyler Jones 
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* Headed Home by Jemetris Brown 
The Missouri Southern State University trumpet ensemble performed group member Jemetris Brown’s Headed Home for the prelude performance of the Affiliate Chapters Showcase Recital at the First United Methodist Church. The performance marked the premier of this work and featured all seven members of the ensemble playing smooth, flowing, melodic lines with full, rich chords. The group’s performance was well received by the audience and was an excellent introduction for the program that followed. (RW)
OU Graduate Trumpet Ensemble, University of Oklahoma
Larry Burroughs, director
Larry Burroughs, Josh Harney, Benjamin Hay, Lindsey Jessick, Ricky Spears
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Centrifuge by Jason Dovel 
The University of Oklahoma Graduate Trumpet Ensemble opened Bernardo Medel's recital with a thrilling rendition of Jason Dovel's Centrifuge Wednesday morning. From the interplay of the opening solo and Harmon-muted trumpet to the tight, fast passages, the ensemble performed brilliantly. Tonal blending and precisely matching articulations were impressive for this fine ensemble, led by Larry Burroughs. The dark, ominous playing of the flugelhorn led to the exciting finale, full of rhythmic intensity and excitement. This brilliant performance set the stage well for the Rafael Méndez Extravaganza that followed. (DD)
Shenandoah Trumpet Ensemble, Shenandoah Conservatory
Dr. Chuck Seipp and Dr. Scott Nelson, directors 
Tony Barnwell, Jennifer Riddle, Mike Christie, Joshua Duran, Nick Serbu, Jonathan Wyatt, James Looney, Nathan Bradley, Kyle Vogan, Amanda Conkins
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* Click by David Marlatt
* Spree by Jonathan Wyatt
The Shenandoah Conservatory opened boldly from the back of the ballroom with antiphonal Bach. The large ensemble followed with two premieres: Click by David Marlatt and Spree by Jonathan Wyatt, a member of the ensemble. The group exhibited machine-like precision and lyrical beauty, particularly in the flugel lines. (BB)

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Trompettes do Cerrado, Universidade Federal de Goiás
Dr. Antonio Cardoso, director
Antonio Cardoso, Nivaldo Junior, Paulo Ross, Marcelo Eterno, Felipe Arújo, Ricardo Dias, Guilherme Toledo, Wellington Santana, Gerson Amarillo, Tarcísio Santos, Wesley Ribeiro 
Trompettes do CerradoTrompettes do Cerrado Fantasia Brasileira by José Ursicino da Silva “Duda”
The nine-member Trompetes do Cerrado from the Universidade Federal de Goiás in Brazil put on a superb performance of Maestro Duda’s Fantasia Brasileria. The four-movement work features styles and rhythms typical of Brazilian music, and the ensemble presented it with great energy, enthusiasm, and flair. This piece, which the group performed with five trumpets and four flugelhorns, is available through Triplo Press as part of the ”Music from Brazil” series. (KE) 
UD Trumpet Ensemble, University of Delaware
Robert Skoniczin, director
Derek Dillman, Brandon Hess, Adrianna Korey, Nick Pietuszka, Jessica Sawall, Lucas Schumann
University of Delaware Trumpet EnsembleUniversity of Delaware Trumpet Ensemble
Birds of Paradise by Erik Morales
The University of Delaware Trumpet Ensemble performed Erik Morales’s Birds of Paradise. The six-member ensemble, directed by Robert Skoniczin, performed the work from memory, allowing them to incorporate some staging with the music. As with other compositions by Morales, Birds of Paradise is filled with fanfares and flourishes that create great excitement. The UD Trumpet Ensemble gave an exciting performance of the piece, with exceptional individual and ensemble playing, to the delight of the audience. (KE)
UF Trumpet Ensemble, University of Florida
Dr. Randolph Lee, director 
Isaac Brantley, Michael Breen, Josh Drourr, Andy Duarte, Zach Roberts, Nick Vivas
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Harambee by Paul Basler
The University of Florida Trumpet Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Randy Lee, performed Paul Basler’s Harambee. In Swahili, “harambee” means “all pull together” or “collective effort.” The piece is written in a call-and-response format and evokes images of African melody and rhythms. The five-member ensemble delivered an enthusiastic and spirited performance. The group had a controlled sound and excellent intonation during the many unison passages. It was an enjoyable performance, and the piece is available through RM Williams Publishing. (KE)
UIndy Trumpet Ensemble, University of Indianapolis
Larry Powell, director
Greg Benham, Sadie Layman, Breann Royer, Ty Helms, Lizzie Essig, Brenda Clark, Zach Losacker, David Wolfe, Larry Powell
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Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury by Benjamin Britten
Fanfare of the Bells by Jennifer Fletcher

The UIndy Trumpet Ensemble, led by Professor Larry Powell, opened the recital by Olivier Anthony Theurillat with a prelude of two fantastic fanfares. First performing Benjamin Britten’s Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury, the ensemble of eight trumpeters played with precision and power, demonstrating good technique, sound, and flair. The audience then enjoyed Jennifer Fletcher’s Fanfare of the Bells, a complex piece in which the ensemble played musically, with an exciting flourish that served as a great finish to this prelude performance. (SW)

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UMaine Trumpet Ensemble, University of Maine
Dr. Jack Burt, director
Kyle Goupille, Annie Morgan, Brandon Emerson, Anneliese Smith, Vanessa Caron, Hannah Edgecomb
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Idea #24 by Terry Everson 
The University of Maine Trumpet Ensemble, directed by Dr. Jack Burt, excited the audience with their performance of Terry Everson's Idea #24. Special guest Trent Austin added flair to the ensemble with his impressive high-tessitura playing. Idea #24 is a virtuosic composition, which this ensemble performed spectacularly. All members demonstrated great technical command in playing quick running lines that passed seamlessly from voice to voice and musical sensitivity in performing numerous styles from Classical to Latin jazz. (AW)
UNCP Trumpet Ensemble, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Dr. Timothy M. Altman, director
Terri Smith, Rachel McCoy, William Hebert, William Boyce, Breion Thomas, Dylan Quick, Timothy Altman
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Subo by Joseph Sheehan
The trumpet ensemble from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke performed Subo, a piece inspired by the music of Ghana and featuring syncopated rhythms and allusions to African drumming and jazz. The trumpeters performed with great dynamic contrast and versatility as the piece featured a variety of styles that required great flexibility, rapid articulation, and quick stylistic changes. The rhythmic ostinato in the flugelhorn prevailed throughout the piece as muted trumpets oscillated between pointed articulated sections and soaring melodic passages, culminating in a sweet, lyrical finish. (OF)
UNF Trumpet Ensemble, University of North Florida 
Dr. Randall Tinnin, director
Trumpets: Ashton Sharrett, Matthew Rossmann, Carson Smisek, Brian Hickey, Jonathan McRae, Kevin Fulford, Stephen Grondin, Elizabeth Risner, Anthony Stagnitta; Horns: Aaron Lehrian, Greg Balut; Tuba: Clement Dutheil 
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Frozen by Christophe Beck

The Ceremonial Brass, consisting of students at University of North Florida under the direction of Dr. Randall Tinnin, performed Christophe Beck’s Frozen. The ensemble ranged from piccolo trumpet to tuba, giving the ensemble a wide range within which to play. Mutes, stomping, change of direction, and ornaments all contributed to the eclectic mixture of colors throughout the work that alternated between driving passages, full chords, and singing lyrical sections. Heralding fanfares in the piccolo trumpet combined with lush chords formed by the rest of the ensemble to generate an exciting finish. (WK) 
United States Air Force Academy Band Trumpets
Lieutenant Colonel Daniel L. Price, Commander
MSgt Tim Allums, TSgt Patrick Brush, TSgt Chris Hammiel, SSgt Adrian Holton, SSgt Benjamin Sampson, SrA Andrew Fowler
US Air Force Academy Trumpet EnsembleUS Air Force Academy Trumpet Ensemble
Americana Medley by Aaron Copland and George Gershwin, arranged by Ssgts Adrian Holton and Benjamin Sampson
The US Air Force Academy Band Trumpets performed a brilliant Americana Medley, arranged by ensemble members Staff Sergeants Adrian Holton and Benjamin Sampson. The instrumentation of the six-member group included piccolo trumpet and four B-flat trumpets, along with a four-valve flugelhorn that maximized its lowest range to provide a bass line that at times sounded surprisingly like a euphonium. The creative arrangement made effective use of cup mutes on the quartet of B-flat trumpets to accompany solo passages by the excellent piccolo trumpet and flugelhorn. Beginning with “Buckaroo Holiday” from Copland’s Rodeo, the medley also featured excerpts from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Ranging from crisp ensemble virtuosity to raucous big band section playing, the US Air Force Academy Trumpets dazzled the appreciative audience. (EK)

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University of Iowa Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. Amy Schendel, director
Kenken Gorder, Evan Fowler, Jarrid Jaynes, Lee Stickney, Joseph Arch, Aunna Marzen, Claire McCall
University of Iowa Trumpet EnsembleUniversity of Iowa Trumpet Ensemble
Let It Rest by Andrew Koss

James Wood’s clinic opened with a performance by the University of Iowa Trumpet Ensemble, under the guidance of Dr. Amy Schendel, of Andrew Koss’s Let It Rest. The ensemble handled the opening rhythmic motive as it passed from player to player with ease. The shared fragmented line evoked images for the listener of moving parts within a machine. The piece transitioned to a beautiful array of swelling lines and harmonic motion as it came to a close. Overall, it was a fantastic performance by the ensemble, showcasing a wide variety of colors and timbres for the audience to enjoy. (JS)
University of Tennessee Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. Cathy Leach and Ms. Tina Erickson, directors
Aaron Kannengieser, Elise Armstrong, Elliott Rose, Garry Tyler Smith, Zane Winchester, Seth Felker, Darby Flaherty, Joseph Goyeau
University of Tennessee Trumpet EnsembleUniversity of Tennessee Trumpet Ensemble
Light Cavalry Overture by Franz von Suppé, arranged by Cathy Leach
The University of Tennessee Trumpet Ensemble launched into the von Suppé classic with a spirited fanfare bursting with energy. The unit demonstrated superior dynamic control and expressiveness as they proceeded into the second suspense-filled section, as well as the more morose romantic section. The well-known “galloping” melody was performed with focus and style - never “campy” - and built to a dramatic climax. This refreshing performance was a terrific new take on an older warhorse. (NM)
UNLV Trumpet Ensemble, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Dr. Barbara Hull, director
Viccenzo Pinto, Bronson Pascual, Avery Yonehiro, Matt Wright, Marlee Witt
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Debussy’s Violin Sonata: A One-Movement Adaptation by Claude Debussy, arranged by Gretchen Hull
The UNLV Trumpet Ensemble opened the session with a performance of Gretchen Hull’s arrangement Debussy’s Violin Sonata. The work featured a series of sparse, meandering lines that built to an effective unison arrival. The group played with a consistency of articulation and style, as they used various combinations of flugelhorn with trumpets in E-flat, C, and B-flat. The ensemble should be commended on performing the demanding arrangement and embracing the challenging tonal colors abundant in Debussy’s music. (NV)
USA Trumpet Ensemble, University of South Alabama
Dr. Peter Wood, director
Cody Morrison, Paige Nelson, Erick Wicklund, Shawn Wright
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Träumerei: Hommage à Schumann by Takuya Shigeta
* Epiphanies I: Oakleigh Mists by Shawn Wright (World Premiere)
The Bijon Watson clinic opened with a performance by the University of South Alabama Trumpet Ensemble. The group performed Takuya Shigeta’s Träumerei: Hommage à Schumann and the world premiere of Epiphanies I: Oakleigh Mists by South Alabama student and ensemble member Shawn Wright. Wright’s work is an excellent addition to the trumpet ensemble repertoire, featuring an impressive range of colors, textures, and characters. Both of these very difficult works were performed with ease by this fine ensemble. (JC)

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Virginia Tech Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. Jason Crafton, director
Elizabeth Kania, Ryan Fuhrman, Caroline Amodeo, Chris Thomas, Jameson O’Donnell
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Sextet by Oskar Böhme
The Virginia Tech Trumpet Ensemble, directed by Dr. Jason Crafton, performed the first movement (Adagio-Allegro molto) of Böhme’s Sextet. This famous work for brass quintet and solo trumpet was adapted for six trumpets by Adam Gautille, a graduate of Baylor University who currently studies with Ryan Anthony. The Virginia Tech Trumpet Ensemble handled the tricky passing of melodic lines with great precision and ease. (KE)
West Chester University Women’s Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski, director
Hayley Daub, Amanda Ficca, Mary Maule, Rebecca Palmer, Morganne Piestrak
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X1 by Erik Morales
The West Chester University Women’s Trumpet Ensemble provided a marvelous performance of Erik Morales's X1. The demanding piece showcased their wonderful ensemble skills, including excellent intonation and a uniform tone quality. Their spirited playing and solid double-tonguing built to a climactic finish. The group was rock-solid and a pleasure to hear. (NV)

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Conference Reporting and Photography Staff


Reporting Staff

Brianne Borden (BB) currently serves as a teaching assistant at Arizona State University, where she is pursuing her Doctor of Music degree under Professor David Hickman. She travels regularly to perform recitals and present Yoga for Musicians clinics.


Jason Crafton (JC) is assistant professor of trumpet at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.


Davy DeArmond (DD) is trumpet instrumentalist with the United States Naval Academy Band and serves on faculties of The Catholic University of America, Washington College, and Anne Arundel Community College.


Kevin Eisensmith (KE) is professor of trumpet and assistant chair of the music department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He served as president of ITG from 2009 to 2011 and was recently elected to serve as secretary from 2017 to 2019.


Luis Engelke (LE) is professor of trumpet at Towson University and principal trumpet with several orchestras. He serves as editor of the Music Reviews column for the ITG Journal and chair of the ITG Commissions Committee.


Olivia Funkhouser (OF) is currently pursuing a master's degree in trumpet performance at the University of North Texas with Dr. Jason Bergman after earning bachelor's degrees in trumpet performance and music education at the University of Southern Mississippi.


Ryan Gardner (RG) is associate professor of trumpet at Oklahoma State University. He is an avid performer and a member of the ITG Board of Directors and serves as the New York and Los Angeles artistic coordinator for Music for Autism.


Alan Klaus (AK) is assistant professor of trumpet at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.


Elisa Koehler (EK) is professor of music and director of the Center for Dance, Music, and Theatre at Goucher College. She is the author of Fanfares and Finesse: A Performer's Guide to Trumpet History and Literature and has served on the editorial staff of the ITG Journal since 2002.


Will Koehler (WK) is an active performer, educator, and writer and teaches at Bloomington High School North, Northview High School, and Tri-North Middle School in Bloomington, Indiana. He is a DM student in trumpet performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.


Marie Mencher (MM) is a music education candidate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she studies trumpet with Dr. Kevin Eisensmith. She holds a BA in Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University.


Eric Millard (EM) currently serves as third trumpet with the Tallahassee Symphony and is pursuing his doctorate in trumpet performance at Florida State University.


Kyle Millsap (KM) is assistant professor of trumpet and jazz at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He oversees the dynamic trumpet program and directs the trumpet ensembles, jazz trumpet ensembles, and Jazz Band 3.


Nick Mondello (NM) is a freelance trumpeter, educator/clinician/consultant and writer. He is the author of 365 Trumpet Lessons, writes for many jazz publications, and is the editor of the Studio/Commercial Scene column for the ITG Journal.


Paige Nelson, editorial assistant, is a master’s trumpet student at the University of Northern Colorado and a recent graduate of the University of South Alabama.


Donald K. Roeder (DR), MD, FACS, is a retired thoracic surgeon who lives in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. He serves as a bugler with the Cumberland County Honor Guard and performs with the Carlisle Town Band and the Carlisle Brass Quintet.


J. Peyden Shelton (JS) is currently assistant professor of trumpet at the University of Utah. He is also a Stomvi Flex mouthpiece artist and a Torpedo Bag professional artist.


Steve Siegel (SS) is a recordings reviewer and sheet music reviewer for the International Trumpet Guild Journal. He is the instructor of trumpet at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.


Nick Volz (NV) is associate professor of classical and jazz trumpet at Loyola University New Orleans. He performs with a variety of groups, including the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.


Rebecca Walenz (RW) is the editor of the itg journal, jr. column in the ITG Journal. She is a doctoral teaching assistant in trumpet performance at Florida State University, where she studies with Christopher Moore.


Spencer Wallin (SW) is currently a teaching fellow at the University of North Texas, where he studies with Jason Bergman. Wallin has performed with the Dallas Winds, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Utah Symphony Orchestra.


Aaron Witek (AW) is assistant professor of trumpet at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where he is a member of the Black Bayou Brass. 


Jodi Graham Wood is the assistant editor and principal proofreader of the ITG Journal and also serves as instructor of horn at the University of South Alabama.


Photography Staff

Michael Anderson (MA) is the ITG Website director and head photographer for the conference. He serves as professor of trumpet at Oklahoma City University and is a member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.


Norman Bergstrom (NB) has been a member of the Blawenburg (New Jersey) Band trumpet section since 1962. He is also the photographer for the Nova Orchestra in West Windsor, New Jersey.


Del Lyren (DL) is professor of trumpet and jazz at Bemidji State University. He has been active in many aspects of ITG, including co-hosting the 2011 conference in Minneapolis.


Brian Shook (BS) is associate professor of trumpet at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and is the editor of the Recording Reviews column for the ITG Journal. He also serves as stage manager for the ITG Conference.


John Tamer (JT) is a trumpet player living in Ellicott City, Maryland, who works as an engineer at Johns Hopkins University.


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2017 Competition and Scholarship Winners Scholarship Winners

170603-0001-73170603-0001-73Conference Scholarship winners 170601-0001170601-0001Scholarship winners and their vendors. Back row (donors, L-R): LOTUS Trumpets, Thompson Music Company, Ken Larsen's BrassWerks, Washington Music Company, Gard Bags, Smith Watkins/DF Music, Husonics, Warburton Music Products, Puje Trumpets. Front row (students, L-R): Jacob Howard, Luke Hoeft, Stephen Spink, Justin Way, Jenna Veverka, Xan Denker, Connor Holland, Max Stephenson, Jacob Fekete, Francis Chiodo, Alan Tolbert, Jackson Delany-McCudden.
15-19 Division

Chuck Levins Memorial Scholarship
Xan Denker
Teacher: Michael Miller
Donor: Washington Music Center

Smith Watkins/DF Music Scholarship
Jacob Fekete, Bowling Green State University
Teacher: Charles Saenz
Donor: Smith Watkins/DF Music

Clifton Plog Memorial Fund Scholarship
Forrest Johnston, Langley High School
Teacher: Rich Johnston
Donor: ITG Memorial Scholarship Fund

Charles Patrick Wristen Memorial Scholarship
Joseph Mysza, Clovis High School
Teacher: Keith Sacane
Donor: Friends & Family of Pat Wristen

Richard B. Lehman Memorial Fund Scholarship
Alexa York, Bowling Green State University
Teacher: Charles Saenz
Donor: ITG Memorial Scholarship Fund

19-22 Division

Donald P. Bullock Memorial Fund Scholarship
Morgan Bates, Dickinson College
Teacher: Jeffrey Wohlbach
Donor: ITG Memorial Scholarship Fund

Anatoly Selianin Memorial Scholarship
Ethan Berkebile, University of North Texas
Teacher: Jason Bergman
Donor: Stephen Chenette

Charles Patrick Wristen Memorial Scholarship
Jade Carr, University of Arkansas
Teacher: Richard Rulli
Donor: Paula Wristen

Husonics Scholarship
Frank Chiodo, University of Michigan
Teacher: Bill Campbell
Donor: Husonics

Thompson Music Company Scholarship
Luke Hoeft, Baylor University
Teacher: Wiff Rudd
Donor: Thompson Music Company

Gard Bags Scholarship
Connor Holland, Florida State University
Teacher: Christopher Moore
Donor: Talwar Brothers Ltd

Sandra Rapa Memorial Scholarship
Jacob Howard, Florida State University
Teacher: Christopher Moore
Donor: LOTUS Trumpets

Dino Tofanelli Memorial Scholarship
Michael Pranger, Illinois State University
Teacher: Amy Gilreath
Donor: Tony Johnson

Ken Larsen's BrassWerks Scholarship
Steven Spink, Baylor University
Teacher: Wiff Rudd
Donor: Ken Larsen's BrassWerks

Keith Clark Memorial Fund Scholarship
Steffi Tetzloff, Oklahoma State University
Teacher: Ryan Gardner
Donor: ITG Memorial Scholarship Fund

Warburton Music Products Scholarship
Alan Tolbert, Temple University
Teacher: David Bilger
Donor: Warburton Music Products

Chuck Levins Memorial Scholarship
Justin Way, Florida State University
Teacher: Christopher Moore
Donor: Washington Music Center

22-25 Division

Puje Trumpet Scholarship
Jackson Delany, Loyola University
Teacher: Nick Volz
Donor: Puje Trumpets

Michael Tunnell Memorial Scholarship
Olivia Funkhouser, University of Southern Mississippi
Teacher: Jason Bergman
Donor: Friends & Family of Michael Tunnell

Charles Patrick Wristen Memorial Scholarship
Emily Korth, University of Massachusetts
Teacher: Eric Berlin
Donor: Friends & Family of Pat Wristen

Sandy Sandberg Memorial Fund Scholarship
Enrico Solito, Bowling Green State University
Teacher: Charles Saenz
Donor: ITG Memorial Scholarship Fund

Chuck Levins Memorial Scholarship
Jenna Veverka, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Teacher: Alan Siebert 
Donor: Washington Music Center

ITG Legacy Fund Scholarship
Stephen Wadsack, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Teachers: Alan Siebert, Philip Collins
Donor: ITG Legacy Fund 

Renold O. Schilke Memorial Fund Scholarship
Jared Wallis, Eastman School of Music
Teacher: James Thompson
Donor: ITG Memorial Scholarship Fund

Jazz 19-25 Division

Stuart D. Shanler Scholarship
Elliot Bild, Temple University
Teacher: Terell Stafford
Donor: Stuart Shanler

Under 15 Division

Bryan & Nancy Goff Scholarship
Harrison Epstein, King Philip Middle School
Teacher: Phil Snedecor
Donor: Bryan Goff

Bill Pfund Scholarship
Beth Johnston, Cooper Middle School
Teacher: Rich Johnston
Donor: Bill Pfund Trumpets

Smith Watkins/DF Music Scholarship
Max Stephenson, Ithaca High School
Teacher: Jane Dunnick
Donor: Smith Watkins/DF Music

Scholarships Coordinator
Jennifer Dearden
170601-0001170601-0001Scholarship winners not present at banquet (L-R): Elliott Bild, Emily Korth, Joseph Mysza, Jared Wallis


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Competition Winners

Jazz Improvisation Competition
Chair: Jason Carder
Winners: Tony Glausi (first prize), Jeremy Alvarez (second), Cody Rowlands (third)
170603-0001-25170603-0001-25Jazz Competition winners (L-R): Jeremy Alvarez, Tony Glausi, Cody Rowlands

Orchestral Excerpts Competition
Chair: Robert White
Winners: Alex Wilborn (first prize), David Koch (second), Francis LaPorte (third)
170603-0001-25170603-0001-25Orchestral Excerpts Competition winners (L-R): David Koch, Alex Wilborn, Francis LaPorte

Military Band Excerpts Competition
Chair: Amy McCabe
Winners: Brent Proseus (first prize), Alex Wilborn (second), Matthew Mignardi (third)
170603-0001-25170603-0001-25Military Band Excerpts Competition winners (L-R): Alex Wilborn, Brent Proseus, Matthew Mignardi

Solo Competition
Chair: Jason Dovel
Winners: Daniel Haddock (first prize), Miguel Pais (second), Bryan Powell (third)
170603-0001-38170603-0001-38Solo Competition winners (L-R): Bryan Powell, Daniel Haddock, Miguel Pais

Youth Competition (Junior Division)
Chair: Marc Reed
Winners: Harrison Epstein (first prize), Stefan Filip (second), Sophie Urban (third)
170603-0001-38170603-0001-38Youth Competition (Junior Division) winners (L-R): Sophie Urban, Harrison Epstein, Stefan Filip

Youth Competition (Senior Division)
Chair: Marc Reed
Winners: Forrest Johnston (first prize), Charlie Jones (second), Yoojeong Kim (third)
170603-0001-49170603-0001-49Youth Competition (Senior Division) winners (L-R): Charlie Jones, Forrest Johnston, Yoojeong Kim


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ITG Conference Report - Saturday, June 3, 2017 - Evening events The 42nd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - Hershey, Pennsylvania
Special Daily Report • Compiled by Peter Wood
Photos by Michael Anderson, Norman Bergstrom, Del Lyren, Brian Shook, and John Tamer


Saturday, June 3 - Evening events


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Closing Concert - The United States Army Blues Featuring Anthony Kadleck, Dontae Winslow, and Bijon Watson

This august group opened the concert with a most apropos selection for the ITG performance, featuring the superb solo talents of members of the trumpet section. FSG Graham Breedlove, SM Kenny Rittenhouse, and MSG Craig Fraedrich spewed fire in their respective solos. The burning tempo was laid down by the terrific rhythm section, which was spearheaded by drummer Harold Summy. Pianist Dan Roberts comped along brilliantly. The group then offered up the original arrangement of the Count Basie classic Corner Pocket (also known as Till I Met You), featuring a marvelous plungered trumpet solo by Breedlove. The tune was an ultimate “Army Blues Basie” tribute.
New York studio trumpet great Tony Kadleck came onstage to perform two superb numbers. A Latin-tinged arrangement of Joe Henderson’s Recordame was performed first. Kadleck’s beautiful horn tone delivered the melody, and the Army Blues dug into the piece with vigor and superior textures, especially from the reed section. Kadleck then rendered the melody on trumpet, screaming high and hard above the ensemble in a most Maynard Ferguson-esque style. His tone, facility, and intonation in the upper register were outstanding. On How Do You Keep the Music Playing, Kadleck’s incredibly lush flugelhorn playing was on full display. He covered the melody over the ensemble impeccably.
Baltimore’s Dontae Winslow, recently of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, invigorated the crowd with his dreadlocks flying, body dancing, hands clapping, and horn (complete with red inner bell, matching his boots) screaming. Thelonius Monk’s Brake Sake was played in a hard-funk driving style by Winslow and the Blues. Highly energetic and deeply involved, Winslow incorporated an intense vocal rap segment that took the audience by surprise and garnered an extremely positive reception. It was dramatic, for sure. Winslow’s trumpet came back to solo and scream over the pulses and musical shouts of the band. A more reserved second selection, J.J. Johnson’s ballad Lament had Winslow’s trumpet spinning melody over the woodwinds. Winslow’s stage presence engaged the crowd, and his playing put them over the top.

Bijon Watson entered the stage and offered a terrific version of the hard-bop tune Black Nile. Watson held nothing back as he soared into the upper register with enormous power. His facility in that range was outstanding, and the Blues performed superbly in support. Watson then sent up You Stepped Out of a Dream in a Samba style in which he played a very warm flugelhorn. The piece included a fine solo by drummer Harold Summy. As a finale, all of the guests - including new-to-the-Blues trumpeter Joshua Kauffman - came onstage and swung into a speedball titled Commotion. Each of the guests blew multiple intensely screaming choruses. Their individual and combined playing there brought the house down. It was a perfect ending to a superb evening and an outstanding 42nd ITG Conference! (NM)
170603-0001170603-0001Tony Kadleck 170603-0001170603-0001Dontae Winslow 170603-0001170603-0001Bijon Watson 170603-0001170603-0001Dontae Winslow 170603-0001170603-0001Bijon Watson

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ITG Conference Report - Saturday, June 3, 2017 - Daytime events The 42nd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - Hershey, Pennsylvania
Special Daily Report • Compiled by Peter Wood
Photos by Michael Anderson, Norman Bergstrom, Del Lyren, and John Tamer


Saturday, June 3 - Daytime events

As usual, all good things must come to an end! The 42nd annual ITG Conference is in the books and was, by all signs, a tremendous success. The week has been filled with awe-inspiring performances by a great number of wonderful artists, and many, many trumpeters, young and old, are ready to head home and begin again refining this activity that brings joy to so many. Thanks are due to the very large number of unpaid volunteers who made it all possible. Please take a look at the list of conference reporters and photographers who took time out of their conference to write reviews of all the various conference events. They and many others deserve great credit for making the conference what it is. Please join us for another memorable music-filled week next May (2018) in San Antonio!

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Jason Crafton Warm-Up Session - From Theory to Practice: Understanding the How and Why of the Trumpet Warm-Up Routine
Jason Crafton offered an approachable warm-up routine for players of all ability levels. Incorporating both mouthpiece and leadpipe buzzing, Crafton’s focus was centered around obtaining the most resonant sound possible through all registers of the horn. Following these exercises were repeated chromatic scale studies (Clarke’s first study), which began on G4 and expanded outward. These exercises were slurred the first time and tongued on the repeat in order to warm up the tongue and develop consistency in sound between slurred and tongued passages. Crafton discussed variables in trumpet performance that can change from day to day. Variables include the physical aspects of performing, such as how one uses their air or the way their lips feel. In order to control these variables, one should focus on the constant, which is concept of sound. Crafton provided a marvelous sound quality for the audience as the call and response remained constant throughout the session. (SS)

Jessica Williams - Youth Day Warm-up Session
At Jessica Williams's morning warm-up session, she addressed the importance of a daily warmup and shared her story of how that routine helped her return to playing after time off for military basic training. She stressed the need to be mindful and honest and that it is not a maintenance time, but a warm-up time. She worked with students, got the audience involved, and reminded all that each note should be like a performance. The key elements covered were knowing what (or who) to sound like, taking a good breath using "po-to" as the model, playing the mouthpiece for a minute or two, and playing patterns that address sound, articulation, finger dexterity, range, and flexibility. The final step of her warmup is to play something pretty, which is intended to be something enjoyable that brings everything together and that can be different every day. (KM)
ITG Youth Competition: Junior Division finals
Ten young trumpet players competed on Saturday morning for the Junior Division of the ITG Youth Competition. All players, ranging in age from ten to fifteen, performed Barat’s French contest piece Fantasy in E-flat and another piece of their own choosing. The chosen works included the Arutunian Concerto played by two performers, the Geodicke Concert Etude played by four competitors, and works by Senée, Hummel, Handel, and Balay. Each work created a pleasant contrast to the Barat, expanding on the various strengths of each competitor. The morning was filled with fine trumpet playing from these most promising young musicians. Results were announced later in the afternoon at the President’s Banquet. (WK)
170603-0001-3170603-0001-3Harrison Epstein, Youth Competition (Junior Division) winner
Rebecca Walenz Presentation - Choosing Solo Repertoire: A Recipe for Success
Rebecca Walenz, editor of the jr. column in the ITG Journal, led an engaging and memorable clinic Saturday morning as she discussed useful methods for choosing solo repertoire and explained how the correct choice of music can lead to success. Emphasizing the importance of finding balance between challenge and accessibility, Walenz gave a detailed explanation of three solos selected from her new CD, In the Light. She shared how each solo would help any trumpet player learn various techniques to become a well-rounded musician. She then performed each solo with pianist Miriam Hickman, allowing the audience to view the score projected on a screen, in order to demonstrate a variety of lesser-known solo literature available to young trumpet players. The clinic was highly informative as Walenz finished with the reminder that a maintaining a good attitude, being kind to all, and working hard are essential to finding success and enjoyment while playing the trumpet. (SW)
170603-0001-2170603-0001-2Rebecca Walenz
ITG Open Members Meeting
President Brian Evans called the meeting to order by introducing the ITG Executive Committee and Board of Directors. A summary of the annual board meeting included addressing declining membership while maintaining services. While a budget deficit is expected over the next year, reserve funds are available, and the organization is in good financial order. Last year’s competitions went well, and plans for this year’s Carmine Caruso competition are underway.

New ITG commissions include a work for trumpet, piano, and percussion by Indian composer Lakshminarayana Subramaniam, completed and set for premiere in 2018. The 2019 commission will be a work for trumpet, voice (notated scat singer), and piano by the Brazilian-American Clarice Assad. Ryan Anthony’s recording of Vassily Brandt’s etudes is set for digital download as a free ITG supplement in 2019. 
Other topics discussed were the Sponsor-a-Trumpeter program, the Legacy Endowment Fund, ITG Affiliate Chapters, the newly formed Artistic Advisory Council, and international outreach, including Journal translations.

Treasurer Dixie Burress discussed diminishing revenue and strategies for addressing that. The student membership demographic has been a particular concern, and redefining membership levels and adding auto-renew were also discussed. Vice President/President-Elect Cathy Leach presented efforts to increase membership, including the creation of a new promotional video that highlights benefits of guild membership. Members were asked for input, and they brought up a number of excellent ideas for increasing outreach and membership and improving conference processes. (LE)
170603-0001-6170603-0001-6James Peyden Shelton, asking a question at the Open Members Meeting
Ryan Gardner Youth Day Presentation - Audition and Competition Preparation
Students of Dr. Ryan Gardner are consistently successful, both while studying with him at Oklahoma State University and after graduation, so he was an ideal person to present a clinic on this topic. The audience of mostly students was treated to a wealth of information presented in an interactive format with engaging doses of honesty and humor. After an initial conversation about the most important elements for which judges listen was followed by tips on what and how to practice in preparation for an audition. It was a treat to see how Gardner linked various concepts in the process of creating an optimal mindset for performance. A highlight of the session was his work with a student volunteer, in which Gardner offered simple and practical methods to work through an array of common challenges and discussed symptoms that can arise from performance anxiety. (AK)
170603-0001-7170603-0001-7Ryan Gardner
ITG Youth Competition: Senior Division finals
For the Senior Division of the ITG Youth Competition, each competitor was required to play Joseph Turrin's Caprice and another solo selection of their choice. First to perform was Michael Bauer from Quince Orchard High School. His strong tone in the upper register stood out in both the required piece and the first movement of the Böhme Concerto. Claire Bruns performed Vivaldi/Fitzgerald's Allegro with a beautiful tone and grace. The fast double-tongued passages in Noelle Geisler’s exciting rendition of James Stephenson's L'Espirit de la Trompette were well executed. Ashley Irvin selected Balay's Prelude et Ballade as her piece of choice. She demonstrated beautiful sound and clear articulation throughout. Forrest Johnston performed a very well prepared Tomasi's Triptyque and filled the ballroom with his excellent tone. The quick passages in Enesco's Legend performed by Charlie Jones was an exhilarating listen. Yoojeong Kim played an enduring, yet very successful, performance of both the required work and Arutunian's Concerto. The last two performers, Ryan Lee and David Yang, both selected the first movement of the Hummel Concerto. They each maintained great poise on stage and played with a very mature sound. (AW)

Research Room Presentations
​This year’s research room presentations encompassed a wide variety of topics. Robert Rizzo, from the Australian Institute of Music, presented his work on developing pedagogical tools in the performance of big band lead trumpet repertoire. Rizzo demonstrated the evolution of lead trumpet playing by coupling audio recordings with sheet music examples to show changing articulations, note lengths, and mutes throughout the history of jazz. Rizzo’s work is pitched at the crossover player wanting to play lead trumpet in a big band. Using recordings and visual examples, Rizzo led the audience through the evolution of the role of the lead trumpet, beginning with New Orleans ragtime bands and Buddy Bolden, through Louis Armstrong, Bix Biederbecke, and Bubber Miley.
​Fred Sienkiewicz’s research on Alexander Arutunian’s life and works for brass provides a fresh, deeper understanding of Arutunian’s compositional techniques and stylistic expression. In traveling to Yerevan, Armenia, Sienkiewicz gained access to recordings and scores that were previously locked behind the iron curtain during the Cold War. Sienkiewicz’s contextual and stylistic examination, performed in conjunction with Armenian musicologists, led to the discovery of a deeper understanding of the compositional influences of Arutunian’s work, including the use of Armenian folk melodies, absorption of the Russian tradition of the “Mighty Five,” the use of counterpoint in the tradition of ethnomusicologist Komitas Vardapet, and neoclassical influences of Shostakovich and Prokofiev.
As a result of conducting case studies with brass-playing cancer patients, Ryan Gross demonstrated how music positively affects the physical, psychological, and social lives of musicians with cancer. His research showed that music provides a psychological therapeutic effect through the expression and release of emotions. Additionally, participants in his study reported a social benefit to listening to and playing music, because they could communicate their emotions and thoughts through music. Physically, brass-playing cancer patients reported quicker recovery of their lungs with consistent trumpet practice and greatly improved breath support.
​Antonio Cardoso and Alessandro Costa, from Brazil’s Universidade Federal de Goiás, showed how recent technologies that depict graphical representations of trumpet playing can be used to illustrate the difference between proper and improper performance techniques. For example, sonic visualizer software shows the differences between fortissimo and pianissimo dynamics by clearly showing the larger amplitudes in loud playing. The visualizer also depicts the difference between various articulation styles and vibrato. Students can see the width of their vibrato and the shape of their articulations. Teachers who struggle to teach their students abstract concepts can use visualizer software to quantify auditory concepts. (OF)
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Dontae Winslow Youth Day Jazz Presentation - How to Succeed and Monopolize Every Opportunity in the Music Industry
Dontae Winslow began his career as a classical trumpet student, but he has become one of the most in-demand popular musicians in the world, having performed with Justin Timberlake, Lady Antebellum, Dr. Dre, and a host of others across the musical spectrum. His inspirational clinic opened with a performance of Chrysalis, an original composition that developed from hip-hop vocals into an intense and passionate trumpet solo. A true student of all music, Winslow referenced Mozart and Stravinsky as easily as he did Clifford Brown, Dr. Dre, and Hank Williams. Winslow’s class provided an abundance of information about harmony, rhythm, horn arranging, being on time, and building one’s reputation. However, the best lessons learned were about living life and communicating effectively to an audience. He closed with a blazing rendition of Straight No Chaser, showcasing his mastery of modern jazz and his tremendous passion for life. (NV)
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Alias Brass Youth Day Concert - Soundtrack of Our Lives
The Youth Day recital by the Alias Brass featured a great variety of works, new and old, from all different styles. Opening with Anthony DiLorenzo's exciting Fire Dance, they quickly transitioned to a beautiful horn ballad performed by Natalie Brooke Higgins, titled Saudade and composed for the group by Madeline Lee. Staying true to the tradition of brass quintets entertaining with stagecraft as well as music, the group sought to bring out the character of some of the works. Their performance of St. James Infirmary had the group creating a funeral procession, with members acting as pallbearers for the tuba, while Timothy Dueppen led the way with his trombone solo. Their Fugue on a Theme from Tetris had the ensemble stacking themselves like blocks from the game. It will be exciting to see what this ensemble continues to offer in the future. (KM)
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2017 ITG Honorary Award Recital - Allen and Laura Vizzutti
He still makes it look so easy. Allen Vizzutti, accompanied by his wife, Laura, gave yet another varied, interesting, and amazing recital. Vizzutti has been a featured artist at many ITG conferences over the years.
From the opening moments of Albinoni’s Concerto in D, performed with Vizzutti’s crystal-clear piccolo sound, to Shadows and Dragons (a dissonant and “kind of scary” - his description - work performed flawlessly on the B-flat trumpet), to his signature rendition of The Carnival of Venice, Vizzutti never fails to thrill.
He performed Three World Winds on piccolo trumpet, flugelhorn, and B-flat trumpet, representing three different types of winds: Scirocco (a warm desert wind), Chinook (a gentle wind), and Cyclone. Whether swirling eddies, a flowing breeze, or a whirling dervish, Vizzutti’s sound, intonation, and musical phrasing were breathtaking.
At the conclusion of The Carnival of Venice, Vizzutti returned to the stage, repeated the final variation and cadenza, held out his (beater) trumpet toward the audience, and, in true “drop the mic” fashion, dropped his instrument to the floor (to gasps from the audience)! This will certainly be viewed thousands of times on YouTube. And he still makes it look easy. (KE)
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Festival of Trumpets Concert

​Old and new friends gathered in the Great American Red Hall for the Festival of Trumpets to perform and hear a wide variety of repertoire for trumpet ensemble. The invigorating program featured fine players from all walks of life and performance experience.
First on the program was Walter Piston’s Salute, edited by Luis C. Engelke and Carl B. Schmidt and conducted by Engelke. This clean, crisp fanfare featured unison rhythms and repetitious triplet patterns. Although the piece was somewhat short, its impact was strong.
Jason Dovel’s Centrifuge (2014) featured a very unique opening trumpet solo that returned throughout. Creative mute effects and beautiful lyrical lines were passed through the ensemble.
ITG President Brian Evans conducted Paul Terracini’s Exaudi Orationen Nostrum (2010). Before the performance, Evans dedicated the piece to the trumpet players who had passed away in the last year. A soft, flowing ballad, the beauty of the piece likely lowered heart rates and relaxed shoulders of all.
Samuel Scheidt’s Canzona, edited by David Baldwin, was performed with four trumpets and piano and featured terraced dynamics and cascading musical lines commonly found in the early Baroque period.
James Olcott’s The Standard was conducted by David Brown. It included both flugelhorns and trumpets and featured many qualities of a traditional march. Audience members were tapping their toes to the beat of its lovely, singable melodies.
David Reynolds conducted Normand Lockwood’s Eidolons. This work featured all kinds of equipment, including flugelhorns, trumpets in various keys, and mute changes, providing endless interesting colors and timbres. Its eerie and mysterious musical qualities were in stark contrast to The Standard.
The virtuosic Segments (1978), by Fisher Tull, was conducted by Allyson Keyser. Two groups of four trumpet players were set up on stage, each with an impressive number of mutes prepared for quick changes during the performance. The piece opened with a bell-tone statement and maintained intensity and energy throughout.
Scott Belck arranged Michel Legrand’s jazzy The Summer Knows for trumpet ensemble. This piece could be described as a “power ballad” with its beautiful, singing, and memorable melodies.
The last piece on the program was Hector Berlioz’s “Judex crederis” from Te Deum, arranged for mass trumpet ensemble by David Turnbull. The sheer number of trumpet players on stage was impressive in itself, though not quite as impressive as the massive, glorious sound they produced. Celebratory melodic lines were an appropriate end to a wonderful concert of trumpet ensemble music. (RW)
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President’s Awards Reception
At the end of a delicious banquet dinner, the ITG Awards Banquet presentation began with ITG President Brian Evans introducing the ITG officers and honorees sitting at the head table and thanking everyone who worked at the conference, including executive staff, volunteers, accompanists, presenters, performers, exhibitors, and sponsors. He then acknowledged past presidents, conference hosts, and award recipients who were in attendance.
Jason Dovel, acting competitions coordinator, along with the coordinator of each individual competition, then announced the winners of the ITG competitions and scholarships. That list of winners is contained within the Competition and Scholarship Results blog post.
Following acknowledgment of the many scholarship winners, the ITG Honorary Awards were distributed. David Hickman accepted his award by telling the story of how ITG was founded in 1974 at the prodding of tuba legend Harvey Phillips. Hickman also expressed his pride at how much the ITG has grown over the years. Allen Vizzutti accepted his award by proclaiming, “I’m not dead yet or retiring!” and by reminding everyone in attendance that our main job as trumpeters is “to communicate happiness and joy to other people.” After relating a story about how he met Doc Severinsen at the age of 15, Doc came to the podium to say that Vizzutti is the best trumpeter of all time. He also praised Vizzutti as a husband and father, saying, “He is an incredible human being, and I love him.” (EK)
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ITG Conference Report - Friday, June 2, 2017 - Evening events The 42nd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - Hershey, Pennsylvania
Special Daily Report • Compiled by Peter Wood
Photos by Michael Anderson, Norman Bergstrom, Del Lyren, and John Tamer


Friday, June 2 - Evening events

There was something for just about everyone during Friday’s third full day of the jam-packed conference. Beginning with two warm-up sessions, the fast-paced schedule included thought-provoking and highly engaging masterclasses and concerts in a wide variety of styles. Spirits remain high!

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Washington Symphonic Brass Concert - Back in the USSR
​The Washington Symphonic Brass, a professional brass ensemble led by trumpeter Phil Snedecor and dexterously conducted by trumpeter A. Scott Wood, consists of some of the finest brass musicians in the Washington, DC, metro area and beyond. The theme of Friday evening's program was "Back in the USSR" and was attended by a standing-room-only audience in the large Great American Red Ballroom. Serge Prokofiev's March, Op. 99, opened the concert in splendid fashion. This march featured virtuoso work from the trumpet section, particularly through the pinpoint precision of brilliant flourishes that Snedecor himself demonstrated. Anthony DiLorenzo's A Little Russian Circus is a cinematic suite that unfolds in four movements: "Tent of Terror," "Nikolai the Magnificent," "The Clown," and "Rings of Fire." The third movement of the work offered a surprise treat with trumpeter Kevin Gebo doubling on harmonica. 
Snedecor's arrangement of Prokofiev's Suite from Romeo and Juliet is an extremely effective adaptation because of thunderous contributions of the percussion and low brass. The trumpets shined in this movement with virtuoso technique.

In place of an intermission, Snedecor took time to introduce each member of the ensemble and told some personal stories and whimsical anecdotes about his relationship with each player. The second half of the program began with Snedecor's brilliant arrangement of Borodin's Polovtsian Dances, a real highlight of the evening. This work featured all four trumpet players, which, in addition to Snedecor, included Matthew Harding from the US Marine Band, Joseph Burgstaller from the Peabody Conservatory, and Kevin Gebo from the US Army Band. Playing a wide variety of instruments and styles, the trumpet section showcased their extreme virtuosity, replete with everything the audience could ask for - exacting technique, sensitive lyricism, delicate pianissimos, and commanding fortissimos.

Prior to playing Snedecor's fantastic arrangement of Igor Stravinsky's Petrouchka ballet, Burgstaller asked for the house lights to be turned up, and he explained that rather having any of the four trumpet players on stage play the Ballerina’s Dance solo, he wished for the entire audience to sing the solo and "set the world record for most people singing the Ballerina's Dance from Petrouchka." While the Washington Symphonic Brass did a wonderful job with the piece, it is challenging to recreate the orchestral colors of this ballet with a brass ensemble, and some moments of this arrangement were greeted by friendly chuckles from the audience, likely the arranger's intended result.

The final piece on the program was Snedecor's arrangement of Dmitri Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8, which was delivered in a most excellent and exciting fashion. ​While there were many brass-playing luminaries on stage for this concert, the most remarkable quality of the group was their ability to play with a singular, transcendent, diaphanous voice. Truly, Friday's concert showed that the Washington Symphonic Brass represents the very best in American brass playing. (JD)
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Evening Jazz Concert: Thomas Gansch 
Thomas Gansch and his quartet, consisting of piano, bass, and drums, transformed the large conference ball room into a jazz club with their artistry, energy, and infectious humor. Lee Morgan's Kozo's Waltz ending on a double C, and Gary Bartz’s Libra was a perfect vehicle for showing off Gansch's powerful sound and remarkable ability to play wide intervals from low to high. Stardust and the Star Spangled Banner - containing harmonic twists - were both performed on flugelhorn. Duke Ellington’s Caravan allowed Gansch to demonstrate his virtuosic technical skills, and he fluently and humorously added several trumpet quotes to his solos, including Clarke's second study, Trumpet Voluntary, and others. For the final tune of the concert, special guest Trent Austin joined the quartet on stage to perform Irving Berlin's There's No Business Like Show Business. Austin and Gansch brought the concert to a rousing ending, showcasing their technical skills and impressive range and not holding anything back. (AW)
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2017 Conference Reporting and Photography Staff Reporting Staff

Brianne Borden (BB) currently serves as a teaching assistant at Arizona State University, where she is pursuing her Doctor of Music degree under Professor David Hickman. She travels regularly to perform recitals and present Yoga for Musicians clinics.


Jason Crafton (JC) is assistant professor of trumpet at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.


Davy DeArmond (DD) is trumpet instrumentalist with the United States Naval Academy Band and serves on faculties of The Catholic University of America, Washington College, and Anne Arundel Community College.


Kevin Eisensmith (KE) is professor of trumpet and assistant chair of the music department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He served as president of ITG from 2009 to 2011 and was recently elected to serve as secretary from 2017 to 2019.


Luis Engelke (LE) is professor of trumpet at Towson University and principal trumpet with several orchestras. He serves as editor of the Music Reviews column for the ITG Journal and chair of the ITG Commissions Committee.


Olivia Funkhouser (OF) is currently pursuing a master's degree in trumpet performance at the University of North Texas with Dr. Jason Bergman after earning bachelor's degrees in trumpet performance and music education at the University of Southern Mississippi.


Ryan Gardner (RG) is associate professor of trumpet at Oklahoma State University. He is an avid performer and a member of the ITG Board of Directors and serves as the New York and Los Angeles artistic coordinator for Music for Autism.


Alan Klaus (AK) is assistant professor of trumpet at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.


Elisa Koehler (EK) is professor of music and director of the Center for Dance, Music, and Theatre at Goucher College. She is the author of Fanfares and Finesse: A Performer's Guide to Trumpet History and Literature and has served on the editorial staff of the ITG Journal since 2002.


Will Koehler (WK) is an active performer, educator, and writer and teaches at Bloomington High School North, Northview High School, and Tri-North Middle School in Bloomington, Indiana. He is a DM student in trumpet performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.


Marie Mencher (MM) is a music education candidate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she studies trumpet with Dr. Kevin Eisensmith. She holds a BA in Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University.


Eric Millard (EM) currently serves as third trumpet with the Tallahassee Symphony and is pursuing his doctorate in trumpet performance at Florida State University.


Kyle Millsap (KM) is assistant professor of trumpet and jazz at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He oversees the dynamic trumpet program and directs the trumpet ensembles, jazz trumpet ensembles, and Jazz Band 3.


Nick Mondello (NM) is a freelance trumpeter, educator/clinician/consultant and writer. He is the author of 365 Trumpet Lessons, writes for many jazz publications, and is the editor of the Studio/Commercial Scene column for the ITG Journal.


Paige Nelson, editorial assistant, is a master’s trumpet student at the University of Northern Colorado and a recent graduate of the University of South Alabama.


Donald K. Roeder (DR), MD, FACS, is a retired thoracic surgeon who lives in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. He serves as a bugler with the Cumberland County Honor Guard and performs with the Carlisle Town Band and the Carlisle Brass Quintet.


J. Peyden Shelton (JS) is currently assistant professor of trumpet at the University of Utah. He is also a Stomvi Flex mouthpiece artist and a Torpedo Bag professional artist.


Steve Siegel (SS) is a recordings reviewer and sheet music reviewer for the International Trumpet Guild Journal. He is the instructor of trumpet at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.


Nick Volz (NV) is associate professor of classical and jazz trumpet at Loyola University New Orleans. He performs with a variety of groups, including the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.


Rebecca Walenz (RW) is the editor of the itg journal, jr. column in the ITG Journal. She is a doctoral teaching assistant in trumpet performance at Florida State University, where she studies with Christopher Moore.


Spencer Wallin (SW) is currently a teaching fellow at the University of North Texas, where he studies with Jason Bergman. Wallin has performed with the Dallas Winds, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Utah Symphony Orchestra.


Aaron Witek (AW) is assistant professor of trumpet at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where he is a member of the Black Bayou Brass. 


Jodi Graham Wood is the assistant editor and principal proofreader of the ITG Journal and also serves as instructor of horn at the University of South Alabama.


Photography Staff

Michael Anderson (MA) is the ITG Website director and head photographer for the conference. He serves as professor of trumpet at Oklahoma City University and is a member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.


Norman Bergstrom (NB) has been a member of the Blawenburg (New Jersey) Band trumpet section since 1962. He is also the photographer for the Nova Orchestra in West Windsor, New Jersey.


Del Lyren (DL) is professor of trumpet and jazz at Bemidji State University. He has been active in many aspects of ITG, including co-hosting the 2011 conference in Minneapolis.


Brian Shook (BS) is associate professor of trumpet at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and is the editor of the Recording Reviews column for the ITG Journal. He also serves as stage manager for the ITG Conference.


John Tamer (JT) is a trumpet player living in Ellicott City, Maryland, who works as an engineer at Johns Hopkins University.


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ITG Conference Report - Friday, June 2, 2017 - Daytime events The 42nd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - Hershey, Pennsylvania
Special Daily Report • Compiled by Peter Wood
Photos by Michael Anderson, Norman Bergstrom, Del Lyren, and John Tamer


Friday, June 2 - Daytime events

There was something for just about everyone during Friday’s third full day of the jam-packed conference. Beginning with two warm-up sessions, the fast-paced schedule included thought-provoking and highly engaging masterclasses and concerts in a wide variety of styles. Spirits remain high!

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Ryan Gardner Warm-Up Session - Singing Through Stamp
Ryan Gardner led a room full of early risers through his warm-up routine of Boyd Hood/James Stamp exercises. Gardner’s packet of exercises was prefaced by an organized list of all the important fundamentals that need to be addressed on a daily basis, and his routine efficiently covered the entire list in a methodical approach. Gardner emphasized that one should always play with great ease and a beautiful sound, and his playing exemplified those qualities as he demonstrated each exercise. From breathing drills to flow studies and flexibility, Gardner’s comprehensive warmup prepared the participants to be able to play anything during the day ahead. A fresh perspective on the Stamp routine, Gardner encouraged incorporating four components of trumpet playing into the warmup - playing, listening, singing, and resting. Gardner also stressed the importance of “Having Fun!” every time you play, and it is safe to say the entire class did just that. (EM)
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Judith Saxton - Non-Pro Warmup Session: Alexander Technique 

Judith Saxton’s interactive warm-up session featured principles of the Alexander Technique. Not only was mindfulness an important topic, but she also explained “bodyfulness,” saying, “The body and mind are connected; what we think is how we move.” The process of the warm-up session began with becoming aware of one’s surroundings. This transitioned into singing, playing buzzing exercises on the mouthpiece, and, finally, performing on a fully assembled trumpet. As new steps were introduced, the question “Did you lose your feet?” followed, reminding the audience of the bodyfulness concept. Saxton discussed the importance of one’s mindset while warming up. The mindset of performers should be purposefully involved in music, rather than thinking “How do I feel today?” Singing, moving with and visualizing music before one performs on the instrument will result in a clearer, more focused sound. Saxton’s class was well received as the energy of the room evolved into a welcoming, spirited environment. (SS)
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Judith Saxton Non-Pro Masterclass
Trumpet players of all ages and playing levels gathered in the Empire Ballroom to receive constructive feedback on their trumpet playing from Judith Saxton. A variety of players found the courage to perform for those in attendance, playing a portion of a solo or etude of their choice. Saxton delivered excellent and effective advice, often referencing her extensive knowledge of the Alexander Technique. Despite the early starting time of the clinic, particularly toward the end of the conference, those in attendance were energetic and actively engaged in the question-and-answer session, creating an informative and educational environment. Although Saxton provided many valuable constructive comments, this author most appreciated her ability to give feedback on performances in an honest, yet kind, fashion. (RW)
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Eric Berlin Trio Recital - Music for Trumpet, Trombone, and Piano 
Eric Berlin, a native of Manheim, Pennsylvania, proudly held up his half gallon of Turkey Hill Iced Tea and acknowledged his parents in the audience. He had traveled back to his home turf for a morning recital of twentieth-century repertoire for trumpet, trombone, and piano, including several adaptations. Berlin and trombonist Greg Spiridopoulos are longtime colleagues in the Albany Symphony Orchestra and have cultivated a superb blend after years of collaboration. Pianist Ludmila Krasin provided sensitive and versatile accompaniment, playing a wind ensemble reduction of Jeffrey Wayne Holmes’s jazzy Continuum and brass band reduction on Anthony Plog’s Concertino. The trio opened the recital with Eric Ewazen’s Double Concerto, a high-energy piece that showcased the players’ melodic and technical abilities. The trumpet and trombone lines are ever so slightly offset rhythmically, a feat that was executed with seeming effortlessness. The trio closed the recital with Herbert L. Clarke’s Cousins to honor this region’s band tradition. (MM)
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James Wood Presentation - Resumes and Recordings: Presenting Your Best First Impression
Following the prelude ensemble’s performance, Master Sergeant James Wood began his clinic. Wood currently represents The United States Army Field Band as their auditions coordinator, and he also served as a trumpet player in the ensemble for over fourteen years. He provided insight from various sides of the audition process - applying for positions, sitting on the selection committees, and coordinating and corresponding with potential candidates. Wood emphasized how important both the look and content of the resume impacts the committee’s impression of a candidate. He also shared insights on how to record for pre-screenings and on what the committees are listening for in each audition. He emphasized the importance of having the right recording devices and how different environments can impact a player’s final product despite the overall abilities of the player. (JS)
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Jordi Albert Presentation - Focal Dystonia in Brass Players: Treatment Strategies 
Jordi Albert, Stomvi artist and researcher in motor skills in brass players, presented a highly informative and detailed clinic based on his comprehensive methodology for treatment of focal dystonia (FTSD). Through his work teaching over 130 students with FTSD, Albert has developed a holistic approach to treating the condition based on “Expert Motor Program Theory,” which states that there are four motor actions required for trumpet playing, including body position, respiratory cycle, sound production, and diction. For each of these actions, there is a threshold of minimum effort that produces maximum results. When the maximum threshold of effort is surpassed, the employment of unnecessary effort can lead to focal dystonia. After an initial evaluation of the problem, Albert applies a three-step treatment approach, including rebalancing the orofacial muscles through the “Musclebrass” program, development of self-regulated treatment using auditory feedback, then eventually sending the student to another teacher for further development. (OF)
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David Hickman Tribute Concert
The Hickman Tribute Concert began with Dave's Fanfare, a world premiere composed by Anthony Plog. The recital was organized to recognize Hickman, who is receiving this year’s ITG Honorary Award. Selections were performed by colleagues and former students, highlighting his many roles as a teacher, performer, and entrepreneur. Allan Dean, Ronald Romm, and John Marchiando brilliantly performed two Rafael Méndez trios. Two large ensembles featured arrangements by Hickman for twelve trumpets, and a third performed the second world premiere of the recital, composed by Daniel Thrower. Former students Nancy Taylor, Michael Arndt, Ginger Turner, and Luis Engelke all performed duets or solos. Joe Burgstaller attempted to turn the recital into a "roast" with stories of near-death experiences with Hickman before performing a set of pieces to great applause. The recital closed with Hickman conducting a mass ensemble of his students who had performed on the recital plus Dean and Romm. (KM)
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Graham Breedlove Jazz Recital - Music of the Masters: Tunes from the Legends of Jazz Trumpet
Breedlove, along with the Conference Jazz Trio consisting of Tom Lawton, Peter Paulsen, and Chris Hanning, presented an informative, entertaining, and up-to-date retrospective of the history of jazz trumpet. The concert featured music associated with and popularized by some of the greatest jazz trumpet players. The arrangements, all by Breedlove, were written especially for this performance and provided a fresh take on familiar repertoire. First on the concert was Bobby Timmons’s Moanin’, arranged in a Latin style. Breedlove’s performance on this tune showed his considerable skills as a trumpet player and his creativity and ingenuity as an improviser. Perhaps the most exciting performance of the concert was Breedlove’s Plausible Deniability. All ensemble members demonstrated their full range of abilities and virtuosity in this hard-driving composition. Breedlove’s solo showcased his formidable technique and harmonic language. This was an impressive performance featuring four quality musicians at the top of their game. (JC)
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K.O. Skinsnes Presentation - Cheater Mouthpieces and Other Delights: Reach Your Playing Goals Faster and Easier with the Correct Gear and Approach for the Job

K.O. Skinsnes opened his presentation by stating that there is no such thing as a "cheater" mouthpiece. He went on to present how each individual trumpet player should approach finding what unique mouthpiece and horn suits them best. He emphasized intonation and how important it is to ensure that one’s mouthpiece and trumpet combination is as in tune with itself as possible. Additionally, Skinsnes demonstrated the importance of the mouthpiece gap with recordings of an in-tune setup vs. an out-of-tune setup. He stressed the fact that it is impossible to calculate the correct gap, since lip insertion is a determining factor. Before opening the session to questions, Skinses concluded by explaining the importance of aiming for good intonation, choosing the appropriate gear, and studying your trumpet with the goal of being efficient. (BB)
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ITG Military Band Excerpts Competition Finals
Matthew Mignardi, Brent Proseus, and Alex Wilborn all performed admirably in the second year of the Military Band Excerpts Competition Finals. The competitors all displayed full sounds, refined technical abilities, and lyrical expression in a rigorous audition setting. Matthew Mignardi engulfed the room with his warm vibrant sound, Brent Proseus showcased his virtuosic technique, and Alex Wilborn highlighted his finesse and control across the range of the horn. All three performed at an extremely high level and have incredibly bright futures ahead of them (perhaps in a military band). The list included standard excerpts from such band pieces as Fantasie Brilliante (Arban), Variations on America (Ives), Divertimento for Band (Persichetti), and Festive Overture (Shostakovich), among others. The judges were MGySgt Christian Ferrari of the US Marine Band, and SGM Ginger Turner and MSgt James Wood of the US Army Field Band. (EM)
170602-0001-28170602-0001-28ITG Military Band Excerpts Competition finalists and judges. L-R: MGySgt Christian Ferrari, Matthew Mignardi, SGM Ginger Turner, Brent Proseus, MSgt James Wood, Alex Wilborn, coordinator GySgt Amy McCabe  
Elisa Koehler Lecture-Recital - Arban at the Opera 
Elisa Koehler’s lecture recital, Arban at the Opera, provided the audience with an insightful look into the correlation between Jean-Baptiste Arban’s arrangements for cornet and the Bel Canto style of singing in many nineteenth-century Italian operas. Opening with a performance of Arban’s Fantasia sur Verdi’s “La Traviata,” Koehler provided beautiful examples that reflected the cornet’s true singing potential. She then briefly traced the development of the cornet to the modern trumpet and discussed various editions of the Arban method and the numerous supplemental materials that exist on the market. Koehler provided detailed research that documented the various operas from which Arban drew for his creation of The Art of the Phrase. Koehler closed her lecture-recital with a beautiful rendition of Arban’s arrangement of Variations on a Theme from “Norma.” (JS)
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Chris Legaux, Erik Morales, and Peter Pickett Presentation - Career Opportunity Beyond Performance
Chris Legaux (Trumcor Mutes), Erik Morales (composer), and Peter Pickett (Pickett Brass) led a wonderful discussion on how each of them became successful professionals in the music industry through non-performing careers. With the underlying themes of working hard, being willing to take risks, and finding ways to leave a positive impact on others, all enjoyed the opportunity to ask questions and learn from these highly successful entrepreneurs. It was particularly helpful to hear their distinct stories of success, and the audience joined in laughter as Legaux shared his struggles with making his first metal mute. Pickett and Morales agreed that people may experience small failures along any path - and not everyone may like a particular product - but ultimately, with hard work and dedication, anyone will be able to find their place in the trumpet community. (SW)
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New Works Recital
Carson Cooman’s Sonata for a Flugelhorn and Piano was the result of a commission from soloist Anne McNamara and a consortium. McNamara performed Ludus, the second of two movements, with precision and flair. As the program notes describe, “Largely lyrical material [is developed] with a distinctive nervous energy.” 
Max Matzen performed Convergence for trumpet, piano, and tape by Michaela Eremiášová, a three-movement work that represents a disagreement between the diametrically opposed worlds of man (trumpet) and woman (piano). In the second movement, contrast between the trumpet and piano was marked with wide intervals and driving rhythmic lines in the piano, juxtaposed against insistent repetitive lines in the trumpet. The electronic background acted as a facilitator, introducing new arhythmic and atonal melodic ideas that were acted upon and varied by the trumpet and piano.
Set for flugelhorn and string quartet, Stefan Schuck’s Sounds of the Wilderness received inspiration from a camping trip into the forests of Goose Creek State Park. Lyrical, jaunting melodies are heard first by only flugelhorn and followed by various textures in the strings. Buddy Deshler’s alluring flugelhorn sound and expressive lyricism complemented the work extremely well.
Sarah Herbert and the Texas Guitar Quartet (Isaac Bustos, Jonathan Dotson, Alejandro Montiel, and Joseph Williams II) gave a lively performance of John Truitt’s Fin de Fiesta for trumpet and guitar quartet. One could easily imagine a Spanish gypsy dancer as Herbert performed an energetic solo accompanied by driving Bulerias rhythms in the guitar. Herbert had few opportunities for rest, as she danced between quickly moving chromatic lines and wide intervals. The piece ended with fast accented notes, characteristic of Flamenco style.
Steven Siegel and Taylor Gustad rendered a brilliant and energetic performance of Jason Dovel’s Ascent for two piccolo trumpets. The effective and fast-paced work is appropriately described as “a flashy concert opener [with] forceful dissonances, incisive rhythms, and a sense of building, upward motion.” 
Daniel Thrower gave an impressive rendition of the fourth movement of his own unaccompanied composition, Dimensions. Opening with a lyrical flugelhorn solo, the movement, titled “Mystery of 4D Matter,” featured Thrower’s flexibility and smooth sound. Approaching the development section, the movement gradually increased in rhythmic and technical requirements, including several multiple-tongued arpeggiated lines. Although brief, this movement requires mastery of every fundamental aspect of trumpeting from lyrical playing to wide lip slurs, extended range, and fast fingering and tonguing.
Jet Lag Voodoo by Rusty Banks features the combination of flugelhorn, alto flute, and piano. Highly effective were the changes in instrumental colors that the trio was able to create and the various sound effects by flute and flugelhorn with plunger. All three musicians, including trumpeter Brian Walker and his wife, flutist Julee Kim Walker, rendered a superb, energetic performance. 
Zachary Ploeger’s Proclamation for Trumpet and Piano, commissioned by Scott Thornburg, opens with a bang and continues the theme of surprise throughout the entirety of the piece. Trumpeter Scott Thornburg engaged the audience from the very first brilliant tone, and pianist Helen Lukan continued to command attention with her aggressive entrance. If one is looking for continuity or transitions to make sense of the different sections of this piece, they will find none, as the composer sets up and then deliberately rejects the listener’s expectations. The somewhat disjointed nature of the first movement is in stark contrast to the second movement that features soft, docile lines and soaring high notes. Thornburg performed with unwavering consistency of tone and endurance throughout, and Lukan’s energy never faltered.
Robert Waugh presented the celebratory third movement from Nicole Piunno’s Refractions for Trumpet and Piano, which is appropriately titled “Cadenza-Joyful.” Waugh’s lyricism and playful articulation were highly effective in contrasting sections. 
Trumpeter Hollie Lifshey and pianist Rebecca Wilt performed the third movement of Sonata for Trumpet and Piano by Greg McLean. This movement begins with a dance-like introduction from the trumpet and continues in a gigue that slowly morphs into a Dixieland jazz style with a playful, swinging trumpet solo. The gigue returns with a restatement of the second part of the melody from the beginning of the piece, with a few modulations and the addition of several double-tongued passages, which Lifshey performed with apparent ease.
Amarillo Nascimento’s warm sound and expressiveness were highly effective in this performance of Celso Mojola’s unaccompanied Abril desconhecido (Unknown April). Mojola worked to “highlight the lyrical and transcendent personality of the instrument.” Lilting sighs in the upper register beautifully rendered by Nascimento were particularly moving. 
James Stephenson’s Concerto for Piccolo Trumpet and Piano is certainly different from other piccolo trumpet concertos in that, instead of being composed in Baroque style, it showcases jazz harmonies and rhythms. Trumpeter Joshua Ganger and Rebecca Wilt performed the third movement, featuring wildly ascending lines and syncopated patterns in the trumpet. The piano and trumpet rarely play on the same beat, making this piece a challenge to coordinate, but it is a very interesting and dynamic piece to hear. Ganger performed with impeccable accuracy and demonstrated versatility and sensitivity in his piccolo playing.
Jesse Cook’s presentation of David Sterrett’s Rhapsody was passionate throughout, with a highly charged dynamic contrast that captured a sense of longing. His cup-muted sound at the close was particularly ethereal, setting a sense of calm, peace, and resolution. 
Will Koehler and Rebecca Wilt opened Dave Hanson’s Pairs from Three Pieces for Trumpet and Piano with a quick, repeated motive moving upwards in triads. Each short melodic idea featured in this piece moved through several tonal centers and used harmonic vocabulary influenced by jazz pianists of the 1960s. The fast-paced introduction gradually transformed into a slower, more stable middle section with lyrical trumpet lines written in a more classical style. However, this did not last long, as the final section featured more of the same jazz harmonies heard in the beginning, culminating in a flashy chromatic ascent to high C.
Jason Dovel’s A Stroll Through Kalavryta is about a small Greek town that possesses “a tragic history that includes the 1943 ‘Greek Holocaust’ in which most adult men in the village were massacred by the German Army.” Flowing piano lines with a melancholy melody depict the quaintness and simplicity of parts of the town. Steven Siegel and Rebecca Wilt rendered a very moving performance.
The final work of the program, Daniel Perttu’s Torngat: a sonata for trumpet and piano, was inspired by Torngat National Park in Labrador, Canada. Tim Winfield’s opening solo with brilliant accents and powerful tones embody the majesty of the mountains, while the following peaceful muted section is akin to flowing mountain creeks. The dotted rhythms and darting notes in the piano represent the vivacious nature of the wildlife, and the piece culminates in a series of stately phrases mimicked back and forth between trumpet and piano. (LE & OF)
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ITG Jazz Competition Finals
The ITG Jazz Improvisation Competition Finals featured performances from three outstanding young jazz trumpeters, accompanied by the Conference Jazz Trio (Tom Lawton, Peter Paulsen, and Christopher Lanning). Each competitor performed Anthropology, St. James Infirmary, and a composition of his choice. The first performer was Cody Rowlands from New School for Jazz. Rowlands’ performance was notable for the breadth of styles included. He was able to demonstrate command of both the swing and bebop languages, in addition to outstanding time feel. Much to the delight of all, Jeremy Alvarez, from the Berklee School of Music, filled the space with his brash and brilliant trumpet sound. His arrangements of the required music is to be commended, as it was clear that he put the tunes together not only in a highly musical manner, but also in a way that showcased his strengths as a player. The final performer was Tony Glausi from the University of Oregon. He opened with an unaccompanied chorus before being joined by the rhythm section as he launched into All the Things You Are. Glausi’s playing was wonderfully nuanced while still able to explore the full dynamic and registral range of the trumpet. All three musicians gave outstanding performances and certainly have bright futures as jazz musicians. (JC)
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Micah Wilkinson Recital
Miriam Hickman joined Micah Wilkinson, principal trumpet of the San Diego Symphony, for a beautiful recital that opened with Hanson’s Sonata for Cornet and Piano, Op. 18. The Romantic-era sonata made for a warm opening and set a great tone for the French contest piece that followed. Wilkinson continued with Gaubert’s Cantabile et Scherzetto, which showcased Wilkinson’s technical finesse. Thanking his mentor for guidance while navigating equipment for the previous pieces, Wilkinson explained that Hickman’s pedagogy is ever evolving. Canzonetta for Oboe and Piano, Op. 48, the last piece that Samuel Barber ever wrote, was a beautiful transcription performed on C trumpet. Wilkinson concluded the recital with two standards in the trumpet repertoire, Enesco’s Légende and Neruda’s Concerto in E-flat, ably highlighting multiple facets of his outstanding playing. (WK)
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Student Meet and Greet​​​​​


The 2017 ITG Student Meet and Greet was held Friday night in the Chocolate Ballroom. Over 160 students attended to meet new friends, eat free food, and get many prizes donated by our sponsors. Grant and Marcia Manhart and Fred Powell of Powell Trumpets were the sponsors. Roger Ingram, Past President Alan Siebert, President Brian Evans, and conference host JC Dobrzelewski dropped by to spend time with the students as well. Plans for the Student Meet and Greet in San Antonio are already in the making!


The sponsors included generous donations of musical gifts by: 
A Minor Tune-Up
Art of Sound Music
Brass Herald
Chase Sanborn
Hot Chops 
Michael Thomas Music
Pickett  Music
Powell Trumpets
Qpress Music Publshing
Quintessential Brass
Reynolds Lip Renew and Lip Repair
Royalton Music
Taylor Trumpets
Triplo Press
US Marines
Vincent Bach/Conn-Selmer Corporation

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ITG Conference Report - Thursday, June 1, 2017 - Evening events The 42nd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - Hershey, Pennsylvania
Special Daily Report • Compiled by Peter Wood
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Thursday, June 1 - Evening events


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Evening Jazz Concert - Terrell Stafford and the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia 
This exciting big band, comprised of some of Philadelphia’s and New Jersey’s finest jazz professionals, launched the concert under Terell Stafford’s leadership with a fiercely played rendition of McCoy Tyner’s Passion Dance. From the get-go, the band’s rhythm section, led by drummer Steve Fidyk, set fire to this burner, featuring an outstanding, head-turning soprano saxophone solo by Jim Oatts and sky-high lead trumpeting from Nick Marchione. It was apparent early-on that this was going to an energized and swinging concert, and the remainder of the program certainly did not disappoint. 
Straight Street followed, featuring a guitar solo and swinging sax section soli, spearheaded by lead alto player Jim Oatts. Following a neat piano intro by Joshua Richman, Stafford played a gorgeous flugelhorn ballad, Blame It on My Youth. The piece also highlighted a solo from tenor saxophonist Chris Farr. Stafford’s flugelhorn playing was luscious and tasteful. Stafford introduced the next selection, Candy, as a tribute to Philadelphia native, trumpet great Lee Morgan. The standard, which Morgan recorded during his hey-day, was covered in an up-tempo style in which Terell’s solo flights brilliantly displayed his upper-register pyrotechnics and improvised ribbons played at blazing speed. Over multiple solo choruses, Stafford’s swinging style had the audience highly engaged, inspired, and definitely amazed. The 1960s Linda Scott hit (written years earlier by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II) I Told Every Little Star was delivered in a novel Mambo style by arranger Michael Mossman and featured a cool call-and-response segment between the ensemble and the tenor saxophone. Alto saxophonist Chris Oatts delivered a tasty solo, and the ensemble pulsed its way through the ending chorus. 
Stafford assumed the soloist role again on Blues on the Corner. Here and elsewhere throughout the evening, Stafford’s playing was pure, unadulterated energy and intensity. His gorgeous flugelhorn tone was mesmerizing. The Great American Standard My Shining Hour was a fast-tempo swinger in which tenor saxophone and trumpet responded to each other. Trumpeter Marchione’s spirited lead playing and ensemble drive via drummer Steve Fidyk helped command the ensemble throughout the tune. Manteca, the Afro-Cuban bebop classic from Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo, was rendered in its original style with Marchione assuming the Gillespie spotlight. Alto saxophonist Dick Oatts added a superb and intense solo. The piece ended the band’s stellar performance for the evening, and the audience left enthralled. (NM)
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Jazz Concert - Andrea Motis 

Andrea Motis, the sensational young jazz artist from Barcelona, Spain, captivated Thursday night’s audience with her spectacular performance. Her set included marvelous arrangements of such classic standards as Lazy River and Honeysuckle Rose, as well as original compositions from her newly released solo album, Emotional Dance. Although she only sang three of the songs, Motis is a phenomenal jazz singer, and her vocals make an excellent complement to her trumpet playing. Her warm, velvety tone is reminiscent of Chet Baker, only with more ease and facility on the instrument. She takes a singing approach to her improvisation that is a tasteful use of classic language with a fresh twist. Supported by a strong performance from the conference rhythm section trio of Tom Lawton, Peter Paulsen, and Chris Hanning, she provided a special treat to all in attendance. (NV)
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ITG Conference Report - Thursday, June 1, 2017 - Daytime events The 42nd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - Hershey, Pennsylvania
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Thursday, June 1 - Daytime events

Thursday's clinics and concerts featured a terrific array of performances in many different styles and genres, delivered by a truly international collection of artists. Audiences were again exposed to faces old and new, providing untold inspiration to all in attendance.

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Marco Braito Warm-Up Session
Marco Braito’s warm-up session was taught primarily through a call-and-response method between Braito and the audience. Featuring dynamic stretches, numerous breathing exercises, singing, mouthpiece buzzing, and performance on the trumpet, Braito placed a large emphasis on always performing in a singing style in order to play with one’s best sound. All breathing exercises involved inhaling without equipment. Exhalations were done with no equipment, through the mouthpiece, through the trumpet without a mouthpiece, and through the trumpet fully assembled. This approach allowed performers to become acclimated to the resistance of the equipment without adding tension to the rest of their bodies. Before beginning mouthpiece buzzing or long-tone exercises, Braito sang each phrase. This method reminded the audience of the singing style which led to softer volumes, beautiful sounds, and less tension overall. While a majority of the class was taught by modelling, one message stated repeatedly throughout the session was “always sing!” (SS)

Daniel Thrower Warm-Up Session - Warming Up for the Athletic Event of Trumpet Playing
Staff Sergeant Daniel Thrower of the US Air Force broke down the physical components of trumpet playing into four categories: air (aided by a relaxed glottis), embouchure, fingers (especially the weak third finger), and tongue. In a typical warm-up session lasting anywhere from five to fifteen minutes, he said that it is important to address each aspect. Using a running analogy, Thrower explained the primary functions of a warmup - to prepare the body for physical demands, to loosen muscles and increase blood flow, and to prevent injury and unnecessary fatigue. In fact, he stressed that the warmup should never reach the point of fatigue; this is what distinguishes it from a practice session. The warmup also serves a diagnostic function: things that are not going well become the focus of that day’s practice. As with running, the key to successful trumpet playing is relaxation; the only activated muscles are those involved in playing. (MM)
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Brian Walker Presentation - Technology in the Trumpet Studio: New Devices for Teachers and Players Alike

Brian Walker presented an engaging clinic that highlighted new technological resources for professors, performers, and students. He opened by discussing Yamaha’s Harmony Director HD-200, which offers multiple systems of tuning, including equal temperament, just intonation, and drones. Since the speaker on this device is small, he suggested the purchase of a portable keyboard amplifier like the Roland KC-60/KC-150. Walker also discussed the need for good audio and video recorders. He considered the advantages and disadvantages of the Zoom iQ7, which plugs into an iPhone; the GoPro Hero5 Black; and the Zoom Q4n and Zoom Q8. Walker then highlighted the ease of storing and reading music on a tablet. He uses the iPad Pro but also considered products by Samsung, Google, and Asus. After showcasing different foot pedals, Walker demonstrated the potential of such apps as forScore, Tonal Energy tuner, TimeGuru metronome, Drum School, Dropbox, and Scanner Pro. The highly informative session concluded with a question-and-answer session that clearly highlighted why Walker is a leading authority in this field. (RG)
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Chase Sanborn Non-Pro Clinic - How to Sustain Level on Limited Practice 
The Empire Ballroom was the venue for Chase Sanborn’s presentation, also called “Circuit Training for Brass Players.” While aimed at non-professional players, the concepts presented by Sanborn were applicable to trumpeters of all backgrounds and levels. By dividing a typical warm-up/practice routine into focused five- to six-minute segments, he is able to address a myriad of specific technical, musical, and time-management challenges on a daily basis. Sanborn demonstrated his warm-up routine in real time, utilizing built-in rest periods to explain a conceptual basis for each exercise. This session was well constructed for non-pro players who often struggle to find time to maintain their trumpet playing. By regularly utilizing Sanborn’s concepts, players will be able to increase significantly the efficiency of their practice time. (JC)
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Alexis Morales Barrientos Recital - Costa Rican Music for Trumpet and Piano
Professor of trumpet at the University of Costa Rica, Alexis Morales Barrientos is also  co-founder of the Yamaha Brass Academy for Latin America. His recital opened with Vinicio Meza’s Portrait. After a cadenza reminiscent of a traditional bullfight fanfare, ethereal-sounding piano chords set the tone for the lyrical melodies that followed. Parlor-like melodies and harmonies were featured in the second movement; floating and tearful melodies over lush harmonies in the ballad third; and bluesy, mysterious, and playful tunes in the finale. Allen Torres’s fast-paced Costa Rican Potpourri followed. Marvin Camacho is among the most prominent Costa Rican composers, and his 2012 Sonata for Trumpet and Piano is a notable contribution to the repertoire. Quartal harmonies alternate with sections featuring more South American flair. The well-crafted collaborative piano parts were beautifully rendered by Miriam Hickman throughout. Daniel Garrigues’s Reminiscencias featured the duo with magnificent ensemble and accord. Jorge Alvarado Bravos’s arrangement of Three Costa Rican Pieces for Trumpet and Piano include traditional melodies from the north, as well as virtuoso articulation, a waltz, and a calypso-inspired movement. Barrientos’ lyricism was particularly engaging here. This was an outstanding performance showcasing the rich, yet little-known, solo trumpet repertoire from Costa Rica. (LE)
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Benjamin Fairfield Presentation - From the Practice Room to the Concert Hall: The Importance of Deliberate Practice in Trumpet Performance 
Today’s clinic by Dr. Benjamin Fairfield provided both an engaging and entertaining approach to gaining the most out of each practice session. Fairfield provided specific goals in both structure and organization that a performer should evaluate during each practice session. Key elements in this approach focused on pinpointing an achievable goal for each practice session, practicing elements that take the performer outside of their “comfort zone,” and always finding ways to identify experts in our field so we may assess our progress through their guidance or performance standards. Fairfield provided extensive references in current scholarship, particularly those by Dr. Peak Ericsson on how the human body can cultivate learned skills through deliberate practice. (JS)  170601-0001-4170601-0001-4Benjamin Fairfield
Phil Snedecor Recital - Trumpet with Organ: Innovative Programming with Endless Possibilities 
Phil Snedecor opened his recital by sharing his brilliant piccolo trumpet playing on selections from Corelli’s Concerto Grosso (Christmas Concerto), Op. 6. Snedecor stated that his goal was to “take the familiar in a new direction,” so he continued with “The Swan” from Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. Snedecor was joined by cellist Erin Snedecor for a refreshing trio setting of “A Simple Song” from Bernstein’s Mass. Showcasing the various color possibilities that the duo had to offer, Snedecor and organist Paul Skevington continued with Variations on a Hymn. Insisting that performance must be “more than just the notes,” he continued with Blumine by Gustav Mahler. Written for his daughter, Air for Erin made for a very peaceful addition to the program. The program concluded with Dan Locklair’s Phoenix. This uplifting work uses E-flat trumpet throughout and created an appropriately majestic ending for the recital. (WK)
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John Marchiando Clinic - Why We Still Practice Orchestral Excerpts 

Dr. John Marchiando and five of his students from the University of New Mexico took the stage to talk about (and demonstrate) the benefits of practicing orchestral excerpts. While Marchiando acknowledged that not every trumpet player ultimately wants to play in an orchestra, he presented a strong argument for the pedagogical benefits of practicing orchestral excerpts for all trumpet players, no matter where their goals lie. Marchiando emphasized that a trumpet player, through the study of orchestral excerpts, can learn basic overall sound and sustain, singing style, volume control, articulation, musical style, and national differences. The audience enjoyed numerous performances of well-known orchestral passages, which Marchiando used to exemplify these major benefits. He emphasized that practicing excerpts is not just about playing correctly, but about knowing how the particular passages are supposed to be expressed and the context in which one plays. (BB)
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Bijon Watson Clinic - Taking the Lead: In Big Band and Beyond
Bijon Watson’s clinic focused on the skills necessary to perform successfully as a lead trumpeter. After a brief discussion of his background, Watson began a fascinating and informative talk on lead playing. His first topic related to defining the role of a lead player within a section. By encouraging all section players to “think like a lead player” and all lead players to develop consistency, Watson was effectively able to establish priorities for successful ensemble playing. Additional conversations regarding the importance of phrasing and style over simple high range were of great value. Watson spoke about a few topics related to trumpet playing in general before spending the rest of the session answering questions from the audience. His insight into trumpet playing and performance was highly informative to all in attendance. (JC)
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Reveille Trumpet Collective Lecture Recital - Performer as Curator: Presenting to Audiences in the 21st Century
The Reveille Trumpet Collective, consisting of Joel Brennan, Aaron Hodgson, and Timothy Quinlan, presented a lecture-recital that began with a performance of Harry Sdraulig’s Fanfare for 8 Trumpets, conducted by Quinlan. Brennan and Hodgson were joined by their teachers (Allan Dean and Roy Poper) and colleagues (Mary Bowden, Michael Brest, Guilian Favrin, and Alan Klaus) for the performance. The group then suggested “Five Rules for Presenting New Music,” illustrated with video examples and live performances - 1) Everybody loves a good story; 2) Know your audience; 3) Bridge the gap; 4) Play well with others; and 5) Leave room for opinions. Aaron Hodgson’s compelling performances of Aiden Hartery’s The First Recitation: The Old Hag and Patrick McGraw’s A Force of Nature for trumpet, electronics, and video were notable highlights. The works are available on Quinlan’s digital sheet music site ( (EK)  170601-0001-12170601-0001-12Reveille Trumpet Collective  
ITG Affiliate Chapters Showcase Recital
The Affiliate Chapters Showcase Recital was held at the First United Methodist Church and featured a wide variety of chapters from the United States and beyond. Chapters featured on the recital included the Alabama, Australia, Brazil, Cincinnati, Louisville, Smokey Mountain, and Texas A&M University-Kingsville trumpet guilds. Tina Erickson shared at the beginning of the event that this was the first time that there has been an affiliate chapter recital at the ITG conference. What made the event particularly unique was the cool blend of student players and seasoned professionals performing together, as well as the vast array of musical styles represented. Featured on the program were compositions by Robert Bradshaw, Tobin Stokes, José Uriciscino Duda da Silva, Frederick Speck, and Bobby Collins, as well as arrangements by Scott Belck and Martin Hebel. The recital was a wonderfully casual and friendly atmosphere and was enjoyed by all in attendance. (RW)
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Olivier Anthony Theurillat Recital - Swiss Music for Trumpet and Piano

Olivier Anthony Theurillat presented an outstanding recital with Rebecca Wilt (piano) Thursday afternoon, a program comprised exclusively of music by Swiss composers. Opening with Ernest Bloch’s Proclamation, Theurillat demonstrated his ability to play with clarity of sound, color, and technique, which continued throughout the recital. Highlights were Cyril James Squire’s 1985 Aubade, a small piece written for trumpet and bells, but performed with piano, and Arthur Honegger’s 3 Poems, written originally for piano and voice. Theurillat demonstrated a remarkable ability to play lightly and expressively, perfectly imitating the voice. These works contrasted well with Daniel Schnyder’s Concerto, in which Theurillat’s versatility as an artist was heard in the execution of long, difficult passages that were heavily influenced by jazz. Theurillat highlighted his firm command of all registers of the trumpet and the ability to adapt his tone to fit the character of each piece. The recital closed with a short, beautiful, jazz waltz by Thierry Lang, in which Theurillat once again showed his ability to perform in all styles with beautiful tone and musicianship. (SW)
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ITG Solo Competition Finals
The finals of this year’s ITG Solo Competition saw a very high level of performance. The three finalists, accompanied by Miriam Hickman, performed Brendan Collins’s Concert Gallop, along with a multi-movement work of their choice. Daniel Haddock, from Florida State University, brought a characteristically dark Russian sound to Peskin’s Trumpet Concerto. He demonstrated both technical agility and lyrical sensitivity in the cup-muted section. Miguel Pais, from Portugal’s Universidade de Aveiro, followed with a musically mature performance of Neruda’s Trumpet Concerto. Pais delivered clean articulations and huge dynamic contrast, from true pianos to full, tasteful fortes in the cadenza. Bryan Powell, from Bowling Green State University, closed the competition with a challenging contemporary piece, Fisher Tull’s Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, which was commissioned by the ITG and premiered at the London conference in 1986. Powell played with precision and a huge sound and showed off his high range. The talent in today’s competition was on full display. (MM)
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Marco Pierobon and Marco Braito Recital
Undoubtedly, a large number of those in attendance for the Marco Pierobon and Marco Braito recital had heard Gomalan Brass the evening before. If Gomalan were considered the Italian version of Canadian Brass, then Pierobon’s fiery and flashy approach to the trumpet would be the equivalent of Ronald Romm’s, while Braito’s compact, focused sound and delicate articulation would be comparable to that of Fred Mills. Just as Romm and Mills complemented each other so well, so too did Pierobon and Braito. Beautiful tone quality, impeccable intonation and lovely musical phrasing were hallmarks of this recital. The program of works by mostly Italian composers, accompanied by pianist Rebecca Wilt, began and ended with duets. In between, both Pierobon and Braito performed solo works. While many of the pieces were operatic in nature, compositions in more contemporary styles were also featured. Highlights included Pierobon’s performance of Giancarlo Aquilanti’s Sonata for Trumpet and Piano. This work, originally for solo trumpet and wind band, was in the jazz idiom, with amazingly acrobatic solo lines that sounded improvised, but, in fact, were all notated! Braito performed Corrado Maria Saglietti’s Concertino for Trumpet and Piano, reminiscent of a “kinder, gentler” cousin of the Halsey Stevens Sonata. Let’s hope that these musicians continue to be featured at future conferences! (KE)
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ITG Conference Report - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - Evening events The 42nd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - Hershey, Pennsylvania
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Wednesday, May 31 - Evening events


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Concert - Gomalan Brass

Performing with theatricality and blazing virtuosity, the Gomalan Brass dazzled the capacity audience in the Great American Red ballroom with a program highlighting music by Italian composers. Comprised of principal players and soloists from major Italian orchestras, Gomalan Brass includes trumpeters Marco Braito and Marco Pierobon, hornist Nilo Caracristi, trombonist Gianluca Scipioni, and tubist Stefano Ammannati. The program opened with an arrangement of a Gabrieli Canzona and quickly moved into operatic repertoire with a colorful rendition of “Nessun dorma” from Puccini’s Turandot, in which the solo line is passed around to each member of the group. To the delight of the audience, the musicians also took turns introducing program selections with humorous anecdotes and good-natured ribbing between the trumpets and the low brass.
The genius of Gomalan Brass was on ample display in Marco Pierobon’s medley of selections from Verdi operas. Including excerpts from La forza del destino, Nabucco, La traviata, Il trovatore, Rigoletto, and Aïda (among others), the performance featured brilliant musicianship and elaborate choreography. At one point, the musicians even burst into song! The Triumphal March from Aïda was a particular highlight, as the two trumpeters abruptly stopped playing, jumped off the stage, and ran to back of the ballroom. What followed was a slow procession up the side aisles of the ballroom as the trumpeters taunted each other to play ever louder while moving through the audience. Their colossal sound at incredible volumes was a wonder to behold. Once back on stage, the trumpeters took turns posing as Roman statues on either side of the stage and processing in front of the low brass.
Music by the eminent Italian film composer Ennio Morricone followed in a medley featuring “Gabriel’s Oboe” from The Mission and several selections from “spaghetti westerns,” including The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Once again, brilliant playing and entertaining stage action delighted the audience. Highlights included the trumpeters imitating gunfighters in a duel and a beautiful muted solo by the trombonist, Gianluca Scipioni. Morricone’s haunting theme from Cinema Paradiso was also featured. The next piece was an arrangement of silent film music titled Buster Keaton Blues, which featured a solo from horn player Nilo Caracristi, as well as some surprising Satchmo-like scat singing. The artistry and versatility of Gomalan Brass were amazing, as was their stamina, especially considering the continual passion, power, and control with which they performed. Perhaps the lengthy ovations between selections renewed their energy?
The final piece on the program was an arrangement of themes from a popular Italian television cartoon, Lupin the Third, which included a waltz, a rock-flavored tune, and some dancing. Following a thunderous, prolonged standing ovation, the group signaled that the show was not yet over by leading the audience in fast rhythmic clapping and launching into the theme from Austin Powers. Full of infectious, joyful exuberance – and more dancing! – the audience clapped along for the entire piece. The energy in the room was palpable. Following another lengthy ovation, Gomalan Brass treated the audience to a lyrical second encore. (EK)
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Evening Jazz Concert - Bria Skonberg and Her Quartet

Bria Skonberg, no longer a rising trumpet star, but one whose career as an all-around jazz artist has hit new heights, including a JUNO Award, offered the ITG audience an evening of superior “hot” and swinging jazz trumpeting and vocalizing. Backed by a superb and highly involved quartet, Skonberg and crew let all fly with terrific intensity and unbridled energy. Her program covered a marvelous variety of tempos from the “hot” classics (Louis Armstrong and Valaida Snow) to more texturally presented selections (Down in the Deep and So Is the Day), in which her sweet and sassy vocal approach engaged all. Skonberg’s arrangements of classic and original jazz standard tunes were involving and framed her soaring and swinging trumpet, superior vocal skills, and the ensemble’s outstanding group and solo efforts. This was a perfect close to a marvelous opening night at ITG! (NM)

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ITG Conference Report - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - Daytime events The 42nd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - Hershey, Pennsylvania
Special Daily Report • Compiled by Peter Wood
Photos by Michael Anderson, Norman Bergstrom, Del Lyren, and John Tamer


Wednesday, May 31 - Daytime events

This first full day of the conference saw delegates flooding the halls to see the plethora of exhibits, clinic sessions, and concerts. There is a great spirit in the air, and people seem genuinely pleased with the conference so far. The evening performances, in particular, were quite a thrill. If the rest of the conference goes like today, this will be an event to remember for sure!

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Tim Hudson Warm-Up Session - Setting the Templates: A Guide to Daily Fundamentals

“As artists, our vision and mindset affects everything we do.” These were some of the first words spoken by Tim Hudson during his warm-up class. One of the key points of the session revolved around the mental approach to and process of trumpet playing. Focusing on the process is far more important than the product, as the process facilitates many aspects of performance, including tone production, note accuracy, anxiety, etc. He stressed playing in the center of the sound with a demonstration by first performing on the high side of center and then in the most resonant part of the pitch. “Hear what you want to sound like and then sound like what you want to hear.” Hudson’s claim to be a musician who happens to play the trumpet was demonstrated exquisitely through his performance in a singing style and through his ability to answer all questions from the audience fully and clearly. (SS)

Brianne Borden Warm-Up Session - Yoga for Trumpets: Bring Your Horn!
What do yoga and trumpet playing have in common? According to Brianne Borden, doctoral candidate at Arizona State University and yoga instructor, the answer is holding a physical posture while manipulating breath. In her early-morning warm-up session, Borden guided players through a series of physical and mental exercises derived from yoga, which help trumpeters play more efficiently and prevent career-ending injuries. She began the session by establishing foundational alignment and ended with a guided meditation in which players projected themselves into a successful performance scenario. “Yoga is a practice of body awareness,” she informed the audience; and when the body is healthy, the brain functions better. Stretches targeted three areas that affect trumpet players - wrists, shoulders, and intercostal muscles. Yoga won’t get a person into the practice room, but it is known to improve two other aspects of a successful performance - mental health and physical wellness. (MM)

Jason Bergman Presentation - Adaptive Teaching: Pedagogical Insights and Techniques Used in Teaching Students with Asperger’s Syndrome
Jason Bergman’s session concerned adaptive teaching strategies for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). He was joined by his student, Olivia Funkhouser (ITG 2017 Scholarship winner), who earned her bachelor’s degree with Bergman at the University of Southern Mississippi and who will be entering the master's program to study with him at the University of North Texas next year. Bergman explained that 1 in 68 students have ASD, and Funkhouser was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome during her first year of college. The teacher and student discussed and demonstrated various symptoms of ASD, including hypersensitivity, social deficits, inflexible thinking, and repetitive behaviors. Bergman prescribed such adaptive teaching strategies as social coaching, giving specific instructions (not metaphors), using blunt and direct feedback, encouraging a growth mindset, and structuring practice schedules and lesson plans. Funkhouser was an expert co-presenter and advocate for ASD students. Bergman posted his detailed slideshow notes and handout on his website ( - click on “Blog”). (EK)
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Jeff Purtle Presentation - Hit it Hard & Wish it Well: Claude Gordon’s Approach to Trumpet Playing
Having studied with Claude Gordon for a decade, there is perhaps no one more well versed in the famous pedagogue’s methods and routines than Jeff Purtle. The presentation focused on the primary teachings of Gordon and how to incorporate his methods into developing a strong, effective practice routine. Purtle emphasized Gordon’s approach that there is no music without mastery of technique and that it is, therefore, imperative to become a master on the instrument in order to make great music. In developing a routine, Purtle emphasized that consistency in practice leads to consistency in execution. While demonstrating many of the exercises in Gordon’s method books, Purtle detailed how to utilize each drill to enhance and stretch a player’s fundamental abilities. Purtle showed how Gordon’s approach of perfecting small excerpts of exercises, repeating them, and then gradually adding material can help a player refine any etude or piece. (EM)
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James Newcomb Presentation - MusicPreneur: Making Money, Making Music 
James Newcomb presented a relaxed, informative clinic before a welcoming and interested audience. With his central message that musicians must always put music first and strive to share a story, Newcomb discussed how to harness the tools available in order to be a successful "MusicPreneur" (music entrepreneur). He encouraged audience members to find their niche in the market, establish rapport with a willingness to do things for free, and connect with audiences using every means available. There was a thought-provoking discussion about how to transition from offering services for free to actually making money, and Newcomb further stressed the importance of providing a valuable product to society. He shared that musicians should use their music to bring people together and help develop community. His clinic was enjoyable and informative. (SW)
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Bernardo Medel Recital - Rafael Méndez Extravaganza
From the very beginning of his recital, the virtuosity of Bernardo Medel, the acting principal trumpet of the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra in Mexico, was on full display. Medel’s program, in collaboration with pianist Miriam Hickman, highlighted his magnificent facility, multiple-tonguing prowess, and technical mastery throughout, and he also serenaded the audience with soft, delicate tones and vibrato. One of the most stunning aspects of his playing was the character that he instilled in every flourish. While pieces by Arban, Vizzutti, and Hartmann were included, the majority of the works were composed or arranged by the great Rafael Méndez. Through a translator, the humble Medel described how honored he was to perform at an ITG Conference and what a thrill it was to present music by "the best Mexican trumpet player." (DD)
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William Stowman Recital - A Timeless Place
The one word to describe William Stowman’s recital is clearly “versatility.” He not only performed on six different trumpets, but he also showed effortless skill in a multitude of styles. He was joined on stage with numerous colleagues, as well as past and previous students. Stowman’s repertoire ranged from a delicate and graceful performance of Bach with a powerful vocal soloist, to a more contrasting and creatively expressive performance of Shchedrin. The program included a world premiere, composed for ITG, by Leidhecker, in which Stowman stood among the Messiah College Brass Quintet and displayed his beautiful tone on the E-flat trumpet. The tear-jerker of the recital was the final piece, Jimmy Rowles’s A Timeless Place, which was dedicated to the memory of Stowman’s father, who had consistently supported his son’s musical career. (BB)
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Virginia “Ginger” Turner Presentation - Prepare to Win!!

Trumpet players of all ages filled Magnolia ballroom for SGM Turner’s clinic on preparing to win a military band audition. Turner’s wonderfully authentic and honest style of communication put audience members instantly at ease as she discussed a wide range of topics regarding the audition process. Although an array of topics emerged and resonated with those in attendance, a few subjects stood out from the others. Turner discussed at length different ways to practice trouble spots in popular military band excerpts efficiently. She also stressed the value of preparedness and reminded audience members to stay true to themselves and not to worry about what is out of their control. The clinic ended with a rousing performance of everyone in the audience buzzing Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever on their mouthpieces, ending the clinic with laughter as a wonderful sense of camaraderie filled the room. (RW)
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Terry Warburton Presentation - Finding the Right Tool for the Job: Why Equipment Matters
Prior to Terry Warburton’s clinic, an ensemble of Warburton artists, including Rob Quallich, Tyler Jaeger, Ryan Chapman, Mike Vax, Jose Johnson, Gerry Lopez, Kim Aubuchon, and Max Deforest (and conducted by JB Scott), performed a bright fanfare medley arranged by Ryan Chapman. The medley featured Gonna Fly Now, Home to Emily, MacArthur Park, and Here Comes the King. This eclectic mix of tunes had the audience eagerly engaged, as the trumpets began playing with no holds barred from the start, featuring several screaming trumpet solos. The entire group performed with energy and enthusiasm after just one rehearsal. 
After a brief introduction by ITG President Brian Evans, Terry Warburton set the tone for a playful and enjoyable clinic session with some lighthearted banter between himself and the prelude trumpeters. Warburton proceeded to discuss the importance of selecting equipment that matches each player’s unique physique and performing style. Warburton stated that many players are under the assumption that they must play with a large mouthpiece cup to demonstrate strength, but this is not true. He remarked that a mouthpiece found to be appropriate for a player twenty years ago is not necessarily the best selection for that player now, based on changing physical characteristics and playing demands. Sometimes an adjustment of one one-thousandth of an inch in diameter can make the difference between playing comfortably with a great sound and struggling unnecessarily. His presentation was followed by a dynamic question-and-answer session on mouthpiece construction and equipment choice. (OF)
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Bria Skonberg Presentation - Evolutionary Improvising 
During her afternoon clinic, Bria Skonberg discussed her life as a jazz artist and presented an approach to performing traditional jazz. She opened with a wonderful a capella version of “Happy Birthday,” showcasing her easy melodic approach with great time-feel and harmonic language. She did an excellent job of providing historical context for the development of jazz in New Orleans. She led the audience in layered hand clapping of habañera and clave rhythms, which was reminiscent of what would have been heard in Congo Square in the late nineteenth century. She explored the three primary elements of music for improvisation - rhythm, melody, and harmony. For each element, she discussed and demonstrated different approaches to practicing improvisation on “Happy Birthday.” The constant element throughout the clinic was Skonberg’s amiable personality; her wonderful sense of humor and jovial nature were a valuable lesson to all of us on how to connect with an audience. (NV)
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Huw Morgan Recital - The French Connection 
Winner of the 2016 Ellsworth Smith Competition and the 2016 Prague Spring Competition, Huw Morgan is currently the principal trumpet of the Basel Symphony Orchestra. His recital with pianist Rebecca Wilt took place before a full audience in the Magnolia Ballroom and featured a masterful and virtuosic performance of French recital repertoire. An elegant performance of Hubeau’s Sonata highlighted Morgan’s ability to contrast his full rich tone with silky smooth soft dynamics. The second work, Reynaldo Hahn’s “A Chloris,” is an approachable love song that would make a beautiful addition to student recitals. The Enesco Légende was performed with stunning lyricism, brilliant technique, and a haunting rendition of the muted ending. The recital closed with Arban’s Fantasie Brilliante, superbly showcasing Morgan’s gorgeous cornet sound, always-elegant phrasing, and polished flair. The audience gave both performers an enthusiastic and well deserved standing ovation. (AK)
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Marc Reese and Robert Sullivan Recital
Marc Reese explained to the audience that he “just wanted to play with the great trumpeter Bob Sullivan,” and the result was a varied, extremely musical, and highly enjoyable recital held at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Hershey. The recital began and ended with works for two trumpets and organ. Reese explained that the works were arranged from pieces originally performed by the Empire Brass Quintet, including Handel's Prelude in F Major for Two Trumpets and Organ (originally known simply as "Aria"), and J. S. Bach's Three Cantatas for Two Trumpets and Organ, including “My Spirit Be Joyful” from Cantata No. 146. Marc Reese performed Alan Hovhaness's Prayer of St. Gregory and the first movement of the Neruda Concerto in E-flat. Robert Sullivan chose such lesser-known works as Naji Hakim’s three-movement Sonata (written in 1994 for Håkan Hardenberger), and Gunther Schuller’s Pavane. Organist Dan Umholtz provided the able accompaniment on the church’s 2010 Letourneau organ. (KE)
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Orchestral Excerpts Competition Finals
During the final round of the Orchestra Excerpts Competition, audience members were treated to beautiful music as the competitors performed a diverse and challenging list of excerpts. David Koch (student of Paul Merkelo at McGill University) played first, demonstrating good musical understanding and expression throughout. His soft playing on Debussy’s Fêtes was impressive, with a particularly brilliant Finale from Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite. Francis LaPorte (student of Richard Stoelzel at McGill University) showed his ability to play with strength and power, particularly in the excerpts from Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben. Lastly, Alex Wilborn (student of Raquel Rodriquez at Tennessee Technology University) demonstrated beauty and finesse with an outstanding performance of the excerpt from J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. All three finalists played extremely well, and the audience thoroughly enjoyed the performance by all three competitors. (SW)

170531-0001-16170531-0001-16Orchestral Excerpt Competition finalists and judges. Front row, finalists L-R: Francis LaPorte, David Koch, Alex Wilborn. Back row judges L-R: Olivier Anthony Theurillat, Phil Snedecor, Justin Emerich

Nadje Noordhuis Jazz Concert
On Nadje Noordhuis's highly enjoyable jazz recital, all of the selections were her own and ranged in style from tributes to more conceptual, genre-inspired tunes. Le Hameau Omi is a tango that enabled Noordhuis to display her velvety sound with fiery interjections and lines that seemed to lead listeners around the dance floor. Mirror Ball was inspired by her love of 1970s cop shows and disco music, with the group sounding like a mixture of Peter Gunn, Shaft, and film-noir. A tribute to Bix Beiderbecke, called Blues 4 Bix, was an inventive blend of Beiderbecke style and Kansas City blues. Indigo allowed Noordhuis to highlight a new area of interest, using effects pedals to add delays and reverb. This was a well mixed recital and showcased well Noordhuis’s remarkable versatility as a trumpeter and composer on the jazz scene. (KM)

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Non-Pro and Comeback Players Reception
A gathering of approximately 80-100 of the non-pro members of ITG was held at Your Place Sports Bar. The group was joined by many ITG Board members, including the current and three past presidents of ITG. Non-Pro Player Committee Chairman Dan Hallock introduced the members of the committee, explained its mission, and described what has been done on behalf of this very large group of the ITG membership in the past year. ITG President Brian Evans welcomed all those in attendance and shared his greetings and appreciation to all. As always at these events, old friendships were renewed and new friends were welcomed. This annual event is always one of lively discussion and exchange of information, and this year’s gathering was no exception. It remains an event that all non-professional members of ITG should attend. (DR)

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ITG Conference Report - Day 1 - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 The 42nd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference - Hershey, Pennsylvania
Special Daily Report • Compiled by Peter Wood
Photos by Michael Anderson and Brian Shook

Tuesday, May 30

This opening evening of the 42nd annual ITG Conference was filled with the usual sense of excited anticipation of the wonderful trumpet-related events to come over the next four days and five nights. The Hershey Lodge is a warm, welcoming environment with chocolate-themed decor everywhere. As hundreds of people began arriving with both suitcases and gig bags in hand, there were plenty of smiles, handshakes, hugs, and laughs to go around with new friendships forged and old ones reaffirmed.

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Mass Trumpet Ensemble with Doc Severinsen

To kick off the 42nd annual ITG Conference, a trumpet ensemble of several hundred players of all ages performed Dennis L. Horton’s four-part arrangement of highlights from the second act of Verdi’s Aïda, under the baton of the legendary Doc Severinsen. Players stood all over the ballroom - in the rows of seats in the audience or around the room’s perimeter - with Doc conducting from the stage. Some attendees brought wire music stands, while others had sheet music propped on open cases, flat on tables, or in their left hand. The sounds of trumpeters warming up gave way to applause as Doc crossed the stage to the piano to strike a tuning note. Everyone stood as if on cue. Doc then approached the microphone and shouted, “Are you ready?” after which the room exploded into glorious sound. A couple of players stepped into the holes, and another handful screamed above the staff on the last note. It was what all mass ensembles are at their best: informal, joyful, and oh-so-loud! A good time was had by all. (MM)
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Opening Gala Concert: Eastern Wind Symphony and Soloists

The Opening Gala Concert featured both new and familiar faces. Held in the Great American Red Hall of the Hershey Lodge, five trumpeters performed solos and ensemble works, accompanied by the Eastern Wind Ensemble. Immediately evident were the surprisingly good acoustics of the hall. The wind ensemble was well balanced and generally did not overpower the soloists, and the entire range of dynamics performed by the soloists could be heard easily.

Kevin Gebo and Matthew Harding were the evening’s first soloists. Gebo is currently a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army Band, and Harding is a former member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. They performed Anthony Plog’s Double Concerto. This work is modeled after Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Trumpets, utilizing a similar instrumentation for the accompanying ensemble. Plog even goes so far as to quote Vivaldi’s work toward the end of the piece. Gebo’s and Harding’s sounds matched perfectly, using C trumpets for the outer movements and switching to flugelhorns for the Lento movement, this reviewer’s favorite.

Ryan Anthony is the principal trumpet with the Dallas Symphony. Known for creating the Ryan Anthony Foundation and for hosting a series of all-star Cancer Blows concerts during his battle with multiple myeloma, Anthony performed Peter Meechan’s Renaissance of Wonder. Anthony explained that the work is based on five inspirational quotations that he read throughout his battle with cancer. Anthony said that the piece is about hope, and his lush sound, especially in the lyrical sections of the piece, resulted in the first standing ovation of the conference.

Robert Sullivan, professor of trumpet at Northwestern University, is a familiar face to regular attendees at ITG conferences. He performed Joseph Turrin’s The Sounding of the Call. In three sections, the opening march-like theme gives way to a beautiful, at times urgent, slower middle section, before returning. Sullivan’s clarity and focus of sound were striking.

Anthony, Sullivan and Gebo returned to the stage to perform Peter Meechan’s Song of Hope. Originally the second movement of Meechan’s cornet concerto, Anthony asked Meecham to rewrite it as a stand-alone work. The result is a breathtaking work that was performed brilliantly by all three soloists.

Currently the principal trumpet of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, James Fountain performed Blaze, by British composer Philip W. Lawrence. With a bit of a “Latin” feel, the piece is reminiscent of works by Allen Vizzutti, featuring angular lines that require great agility by the soloist. While it was, at times, difficult to hear the soloist over the ensemble, Fountain’s remarkable virtuosity was clearly evident throughout.

The concert ended with two works for multiple trumpets - Anthony DiLorenzo’s Trumpets on Parade, featuring Ryan Anthony, James Fountain and Matthew Harding, and Anthony Naulais’ Le Vent des Hélices (The Wind of the Propellers), featuring all five soloists. Trumpets on Parade was a fun Bugler’s Holiday type of piece, even quoting this work near the end. Equally playful, Le Vent des Hélices again highlighted the impressive acoustics of the hall, with the audience able to hear the soloists above the ensemble, even when three of them used harmon mutes.

The audience left thrilled. What an exciting and inspiring start to the conference! (KE)
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