International Trombone Festival Features Performances by CCM Alumni

CCM alumni are preparing to take over that stages at the International Trombone Festival, which features performances and recitals from a number of alums and professor Tim Anderson. Hosted at the University of Iowa, the festival runs July 11-14, 2018.

The Elysian Trombone Consort. From left to right, Chad Arnow, Nate Silar, Brett Shuster and Timothy Anderson.

The Elysian Trombone Consort. From left to right, Chad Arnow, Nate Silar, Brett Shuster and Timothy Anderson.

The festival features a performance by the Elysian Trombone Consort, which includes Nate Siler (DMA Trombone, 2012), Chad Arnow (BM Trombone, 1997; MM Trombone, 1999; DMA Trombone, 2014), Anderson and Brett Shuster. The quartet will give a new music recital at 1:30 p.m. on July 11 at the festival.

Devoted to the development of trombone repertoire, the Elysian Trombone Consort frequently premieres and performs new works including the compositions of David Fetter, Rodney Oakes, Frank Gulino and John Siler. The group also premiered John Crouch’s Concerto for Four Trombones and Wind Ensemble with the Peabody Wind Ensemble and previously with the CCM Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble in 2012.

On the second day of the International Trombone Festival, alumnus Russ Zokaites (MM Trombone, 2010; DMA Trombone, 2017) presents a lecture on commissioning new music at 9 a.m. and a recital of new works for bass trombone at 11:30 a.m.

Russ Zokaites.

Russ Zokaites.

Zokaites will be assisted by alumna Brianna Matzke (MM Piano Performance, 2011; DMA Piano Performance, 2014) and Anderson. His recital features works by Will Timmons (MM Trombone Performance, 2009), Inez McComas (DMA Composition, 2009) and Carrie Magin (MM Composition, 2010; DMA Composition, 2013).

“I aim to increase appreciation for classical music through education and performance,” Zokaites says. “By creating a community surrounding musical pursuits, we can make music for everyone. Collaboration creates energy and excitement. This enthusiasm is contagious and encourages curiosity in audience members. We create for them.”

Zokaites has commissioned and premiered 19 works that utilize the bass trombone, and he has performed new music at the American Trombone Workshop, the International Horn Symposium, National Sawdust and the ArtSeedZ Festival in the Netherlands. He was a fellow at the 2012 Alessi Seminar and is an artist for Lätzsch custom trombones.

The International Trombone Association, whose mission is to promote the trombone and all trombone-related activities around the world, hosts the annual International Trombone Festival at a different university each year. In addition to the festival, the I.T.A. also produces a quarterly magazine, publishes sheet music, commissions new works for trombone and holds competitions, along with other activities. Visit the festival’s website for more information.

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The U.S. Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants. Photo by The United States Air Force Concert Band.

CCM Alumni Return in Concert with the US Air Force Band on Oct. 21

Several UC College-Conservatory of Music alumni will return to campus and perform as part of a community relations concert tour with the U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants at 8 p.m. Friday, October 21 in Corbett Auditorium.

The concert is free and open to the general public but ticket reservations are required. Tickets are available online at https://bit.ly/USAFBandTour or in person at UC’s Veterans Programs and Services Office.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force Band, the premier musical organization of the U.S. Air Force, which includes the Concert Band, Singing Sergeants and four additional ensembles. For three consecutive years, the Concert Band and Singing Sergeants have been the featured performing ensemble of Macy’s nationally broadcast Fourth of July fireworks show in New York City.

The tour is part of the Air Force Band’s “Advancing Innovation Through Music” (AIM) educational outreach program; students will be invited to perform on stage during each concert of the tour. Band members will also host master classes and a panel discussion for CCM students.

CCM alumni in the USAFB. Photo provided by the U.S. Air Force Band.

CCM alumni in the USAFB. Photo provided by the U.S. Air Force Band.

Eight members of the Concert Band and Singing Sergeants are former CCM students who look forward to return to the stage of their alma mater — three other CCM alumni in the Air Force Band are not part of this tour.

“I am thrilled to be playing at CCM again after almost 17 years,” says Senior Master Sgt. Julianna Arnold (MM Clarinet Performance, 1999). “My experience there as a graduate student enriched my life in many ways and prepared me for a career in music in the Air Force.”

Also represented is an alumnus of CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement. Master Sgt. Adam Green attended the preparatory program between 1980-1985, which he credits for helping him to become a professional musician.

Technical Sgt. Kaitlin Taylor (BM Oboe Performance, 2010) remembers her years at CCM fondly. “I found myself surrounded by inspiring professors with high standards and student peers very committed to their studies,” she says. “The environment was, and is, constantly striving for creative excellence.”

Join us in welcoming the U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants in concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium. Performance details and ticketing information are listed below.

*There is a University of Cincinnati Homecoming Kickoff Party on Sigma Sigma Commons from 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 21. Please be aware there may be heavier-than-normal traffic in and around campus.

About the U.S. Air Force Band (USAFB)
The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants are two of the six performing ensembles within the United States Air Force Band, the premier musical organization of the U.S. Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Air Force Band honors those who have served, inspires American citizens to heightened patriotism and service and positively impacts the global community on behalf of the U.S. Air Force and the United States of America.

CCM Alumni in the USAFB:
Technical Sgt. Kaitlin Taylor (BM Oboe Performance, 2010)
Technical Sgt. Jilian McGreen (MM Vocal Performance, 2014 and DMA Vocal Performance ABD, anticipated 2017)
Technical Sgt. Benjamin M. Bowers (BM Clarinet Performance, 2003)
Technical Sgt. Val Lukashuk (BM Trumpet Performance, 1999)
Master Sgt. Christian Pagnard (MM Trumpet Performance, 1999)
Chief Master Sgt. Erica Ann Montgomery (MM Percussion Performance, 1990)
Master Sgt. Brooke Emery (MM Clarinet Performance, 2003)
Senior Master Sgt. Julianna Evans Arnold (MM Clarinet Performance, 1999)

Alumni in the USAFB not on tour:
Kathleen Leigh Fitzpatrick (French Horn, 1997-1998)
Technical Sgt. Jess Lightner (MM Tuba Performance, 2003)
Technical Sgt. Will Timmons (MM Trombone Performance, 2009)

Performance Time
8 p.m. Friday, October 21

Location
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission
Admission is free and open to the general public but ticket reservations are required. Tickets are available online at https://bit.ly/USAFBandTour or in person at UC’s Veterans Programs and Services Office. Call 513-556-6811 for more information.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.
For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor & Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
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Story by CCM graduate student Charlotte Kies

Photography provided by the U.S. Air Force Band

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