May 9, 2001

Trombone Choir will perform
at International Trombone Festival

The Arkansas State University Trombone Choir will perform at the upcoming International Trombone Festival in Nashville Monday, May 21.

This annual convention of the International Trombone Association, an organization formed in 1971 to promote the performance and teaching of the trombone to musicians world wide, has been held in Germany, Great Britain, Australia and Japan.

"The Trombone Choir has been working to raise funds for travel to the festival and we wish to thank the churches and civic organizations for the financial support given thus far," Bartee said. "We especially want to express our gratitude to the ASU Department of Music, instrumental music program, and the Student Government Association for allotting action funds for additional monies."

The Trombone Choir has previously performed at the festival when it was held in Champaign, Ill., in 1997. Arkansas State is one of several schools representing the United States in the series of concerts on the campus of Belmont University.

Other schools performing include the University of Nebraska, the University of Tennessee, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Oklahoma.

ASU students will be able to participate in daily workshop sessions on all aspects of the trombonistís profession. Students will hear performances and talk to some of the outstanding musicians in the world about topics such as teaching, literature, equipment and building a career.

Personnel for the Trombone Choir includes Brice Evans of Bald Knob; Celia King of
Benton; Jeremy Culbreath, Tony Mirabella, both of Brinkley; Landon Heidbreder of Corning; Margo Lusk of Highland; Robby Bennett, Russell Dupwe, James Halbrook, Justin Hall, Stan Hall, Travis Kimberling, Matt Strawbridge, all of Jonesboro; Tom Mason of Manila; Patrick Barger of Paragould; Chris Davis, Brian Sutton, both of West Memphis; and Cory Spencer of Wynne. Accompanying the choir will be David Robinson of Newport, piano; Grant Garland of Corning, guitar; David South of Jonesboro, bass; and Mike Duncan of Marion, drums.

The ASU Trombone Choir was formed by Bartee in 1973 as an extension of the private studio and an aid to developing the skills of the jazz band and contemporary ensembles. Many graduates have now established careers in performance, teaching and other professional activities.

The ensemble has performed numerous concerts in this region of the country, including church services and school recruiting programs.

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