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School of Music to host April 2 trombone workshop, concert

ISSUED: 7 March 2023

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University’s School of Music and the Mid-Atlantic Trombone Alliance will host “The Trifecta” annual trombone workshop on Sunday, April 2, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Frank Arts Center. The 2023 event will be expanded to include euphonium and tuba and will have more professional artists and more activities, including a workshop for low brass players aged 13-17 to coincide with a low brass event for college and adult musicians.

Angela Johnson from Full-Blown Trombone will give a workshop called “From the Page to the Stage.” Former National Symphony Orchestra trombonist James Kraft will give a masterclass and the participants of which will perform together in a low brass choir. Trombone workshop participants will also hear from nationally recognized composers Frank Gulino and Madeline A. Lee about the process of composing the music on their stands.

Other workshop faculty includes Zach Bridges, tuba player for the U. S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”; Dr. Matthew Niess and Dr. Jeffrey Cortazzo of Shenandoah University; Dr. Kyle Remnant of Eastern Mennonite University; Dr. Jay Crone of Virginia Tech; Dr. Nathaniel Lease of Hagerstown Community College; internationally renowned trombonist Dr. Zenas Kim-Banther; and Shepherd University’s James Martin.

Everyone will have an opportunity to shop instruments and get repairs, with representatives from vendors Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center, Edwards Instruments, and Little Dog Band Repairs.

The day will conclude with a 5 p.m. concert in the Frank Arts Center Theater that is free and open to the public. Participation in the Trombone Workshop is free, but registration is required at the Mid Atlantic Trombone Alliance webpage. Participants are encouraged to register by March 27.

The Mid-Atlantic Trombone Alliance (MATA) is a consortium of the trombone departments at Shepherd University School of Music, Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University, Towson University, George Mason University, and George Washington University. More information about the Trombone Workshop, including guest faculty and the full schedule, can be found at the Mid Atlantic Trombone Alliance webpage.

For more information, contact Martin, Shepherd adjunct trombone professor.

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