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Trombone Summit  

Trombone Ensemble

6th Upper Midwest Trombone Summit Concert

Sunday, October 18, 2015
Day long events, with concert at 5:00 p.m.
Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Admission Free

Featuring Guest Ensembles
University of Minnesota, Tom Ashworth, Director
UW-River Falls, Rick Gaynor, Director
UW-Stevens Point, Patrick Lawrence, Director
Concordia-Moorhead, Nat Dickey, Director
Lawrence University, Nick Keelan, Director

with Guest Artist
Randy Hawes, Trombone
(sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Wind Division
and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs)

Event Schedule

8:45 – 9:30 AM          Registration (Lobby)

9:30 – 10:00 AM        Warm-up (Gantner)

Opening Sessions:

10:00 AM                   Reading Session with Dr. John Stewart, session leader (Gantner) - all welcome to play

10:00 – 11:15 AM      High School Trombone Ensemble (HFA 143)

10:30 – 11:15 AM      Ensemble Rehearsals/Chamber Music Coaching
                                  UW-Eau Claire - HFA 159
                                  University of Minnesota - HFA 139
                                  Concordia Moorhead - HFA 160
                                  UW-Stevens Point - HFA 126
                                  UW-River Falls - Phillips

                                  Lawrence University - Gantner

11:15 – Noon             Break-out Sessions 

Room 139 - "Jazz Improvisation" - Group playing and individuals as time permits - Phil Ostrander, session leader

Room 143 – "Trombone Performance with Physical Disabilities" - Presentation, Q&A - Pete Winslow, UWEC student leader

Room 160 – Commissioning and Recording New Works – Nat Dickey, session leader

Room 159 – "Low Brass Doubling" – Slides and Valves – John Tranter, session leader

12:00 – 1:15 PM        Lunch on your own

Guest Artist Recital:
1:15 - 1:45 PM           Randy Hawes(Gantner)

1:45 – 3:30 PM          Masterclass with Randy Hawes- student performers (Phillips)    

2:30 PM                     Concert: UWEC Alumni Choir, UW-RF, UW-SP (Gantner)

3:00 - 3:45                 High School Ensemble (HFA 143)      

3:30 - 4:00 PM           Instrument Exhibits

4:00 PM                     Massed Trombone Ensemble Rehearsal (Gantner)

4:45 PM                     High School Trombone Ensemble Concert (Gantner)

5:00 PM                     Final Concert: UWEC, Lawrence, Concordia, 
                                       U of M, Faculty, Massed Ensembles (Gantner)

Visit the instrument exhibits anytime in the HFA lobby (room provided for playing).

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About the Trombone Summit

Dear Trombonists and Trombone Fans,

Sunday, October 18th will mark the sixth Upper Midwest Trombone Summit! 
Held at the Haas Fine Arts Center on the campus of University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, the event will feature trombone ensembles from University of Minnesota (Tom Ashworth, director), UW-Eau Claire (Phil Ostrander, director),UW-River Falls (Rick Gaynor, director), UW-Stevens Point (Patrick Lawrence, director), Concordia-Moorhead (Nat Dickey, director), and Lawrence University (Nick Keelan, director).  The event will conclude with a short massed trombone ensemble performance. There will be several major professional instrument vendors at the Trombone Summit and ­horns will be available to try.

If you or your high school student would be interested in participating in this event (high school all-star trombone ensemble), please contact Phil Ostrander at the following email address:  Please cc our high school ensemble administrator: Kara Metzger at  As cost saving measure, music will be sent electronically only!  High school players who attend the event are also encouraged to perform with the concluding massed trombone ensemble. Please bring lunch or plan to buy something nearby. Music will be sent electronically.

If you wish to perform as part of the final massed trombone ensemble, ALL trombonists are certainly welcome!  There are two requirements!  First, contact Phil Ostrander at the above email address and second, come to a brief rehearsal before the concert at 4 PM in Haas Fine Arts Center, Gantner Hall.

If you wish to perform as part of the UWEC Alumni Trombone Ensemble, please contact Alex Plum at to register (include your graduation year).  Information on alumni events over the weekend of October 17-18 can be delivered electronically.  In addition, you may contact Alumni Choir Members Josh Becker, Adam Bever and Josh Hertel for details.

Music for the mass ensemble:
Abendlied  ­Josef Rheinberger, arr. Brad Palmer

Liberty Bell ­John Philip Sousa, arr. Mark Benson

The concert and event is free, although donations will certainly be accepted to offset event costs.


Phil Ostrander
Associate Professor of Trombone, UW Eau Claire

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Randy Hawes

Guest Artist

Randy Hawes, Trombone

Randall Hawes has been bass trombonist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) since winning the position in 1985. Hawes began his relationship with the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music in 2004. He has taught master classes and performed as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician in Australia, Asia, Europe, and throughout North America. Hawes received a bachelor's degree in music education from Central Michigan University, where he studied with William Rivard. From 1980 to 1982, after graduating, he was a member of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, American Wind Symphony, and the New York Harlem Opera Ensemble. In 1985, after two years on the road with the Woody Herman Orchestra, Hawes was awarded a fellowship to the Tanglewood Institute for the summer, after which he won the DSO position. In addition to the DSO, he has performed with orchestras including the Pittsburgh, Boston, and Chicago Symphonies, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra. He first performed with the World Orchestra for Peace in 1995 when Sir George Solti invited him to help celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations. His association with WOP continues with Solti's successor, Valery Gergiev, and has included multiple international tours and recordings. Chamber music groups with which Hawes performs frequently: DSO Octet, Cuttime Players, Chicago's Music of the Baroque, Chicago Chamber Musicians, and musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Hawes can be heard on recordings with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin, Neeme Jarvi and Gunther Herbig and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Sir George Solti. Hawes has recorded two cd's; an all Russian program titled Melodrama and a cd of American music titled Barn Burner. Pianist Kathryn Goodson collaborated with Mr. Hawes on both recordings.

Ensemble Directors

Phillip A. Ostrander

Phillip Ostrander, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Phil Ostrander is Assistant Professor of Trombone at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he conducts the Symphony Band and teaches private trombone, trombone ensemble and brass techniques. Prior to his work at Eau Claire, he held a faculty position in New York at SUNY Geneseo teaching trombone and jazz studies. Dr. Ostrander completed his doctoral studies in trombone performance and literature at the Eastman School of Music in the studio of Dr. John Marcellus. Dr. Ostrander received master's degrees in both trombone and wind conducting from the New England Conservatory, as well as a bachelor's and Performer's Certificate from Eastman. From 1999 to 2001, he taught trombone and conducted the wind ensemble at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. While in Kansas, Dr. Ostrander conducted the 250 member Kansas Lions Band. In the summer of 2001, he was wind ensemble director at the New England Music Camp in Sidney, Maine. He has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Kansas City Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic and the popular chamber group Rhythm and Brass. Currently, he is a member of the IRIS Chamber Orchestra in Memphis, Tennessee under Michael Stern. Dr. Ostrander has recently been named Principal Trombone of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra. An accomplished jazz trombonist, Dr. Ostrander has collaborated with jazz artists Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Jimmy Heath, Claudio Roditi and Rich Beirach. He has recorded on Sony Classical with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Naxos with the IRIS Orchestra.


Tom Ashworth, University of Minnesota

Tom Ashworth joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota in 1990. As the Professor of Trombone and Euphonium, his teaching studio includes undergraduate, masters and doctoral students. He is the coordinator of brass instruments for the School of Music, and also directs the Low Brass Choir and coaches chamber ensembles. His students have enjoyed success as public school and university educators, orchestral and military ensemble musicians and as freelance performers and teachers. Ashworth is a former member of the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, and taught trombone and jazz improvisation at the University of Kansas from 1987 to 1990.

As the featured trombonist (alto, tenor and bass) with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, he has recorded CDs for Teldec, Atlantic, Decca and EMI, and has performed with the SPCO in New York, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. In addition, Ashworth has appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago-based Music of the Baroque. He has toured with the world-renowned Summit Brass and has also performed on trombone and euphonium at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, Wyoming and at the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina.

In addition to numerous SPCO CDs, Ashworth can be heard on recordings by the Minnesota Orchestra, the Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble, the Summit Hill Brass, the Lou Fischer Big Band and Symphonia, a professional tuba-euphonium ensemble. He recorded a collection of contest solo pieces for trombone on Summit Records. Ashworth can also be heard playing lead and solo trombone on several recordings with the North Texas State University One O’Clock Lab Band.

From July 1994 to August 1995 Ashworth was the Lecturer in Trombone at the Canberra (Australia) School of Music. He performed with the orchestras of Sydney, Tasmania, and Canberra and joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for their 1995 European tour

As a freelance commercial musician, Ashworth has performed with numerous artists, including Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., Rosemary Clooney, The Temptations, Doc Severinsen, Bobby McFerrin and Al Jarreau. He has recorded music for radio and TV jingles, CDs and movies, and has extensive experience playing Broadway shows.

Ashworth has appeared on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion," Bill McGlaughlin's "Saint Paul Sunday Live," and performed with the SPCO on their National Public Radio broadcast of the premier of Garrison Keillor's opera, "Mr. And Mrs. Olsen." Ashworth has been on the faculty of numerous international brass conferences, and has appeared as a clinician, soloist and adjudicator throughout the USA, and in Australia and Europe.

He frequently organizes brass symposia at the University of Minnesota, and served as the Host of the 1994 International Trombone Workshop and the 1998 International Tuba-Euphonium Workshop. Ashworth has also hosted many guest artists and ensembles, including the American Brass Quintet, the St. Louis Brass Quintet, Vinko Globokar, Christian Lindberg, Charlie Vernon, Joseph Alessi, Raymond Premru, Michael Mulcahy, Patrick Sheridan, Gene Pokorny and Edward Kleinhammer.

Ashworth has degrees from California State University-Fresno and North Texas State University. His teachers include Larry Sutherland, Vern Kagarice, John Kitzman and Michael Mulcahy. Ashworth also studied with Swedish trombone soloist Christian Lindberg at the 1992 Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Lubeck, Germany and again in July of 1993 in Pitea, Sweden.

Ashworth is a Bach Trombone clinician for the Selmer Company and a Willson euphonium clinician for DEG.


Rick Gaynor

Nat Dickey, Concordia-Moorhead

2010dickey_natNathaniel H. Dickey serves on the Concordia College faculty as assistant professor of music, teaching low brass and conducting the Concordia Symphonic Band and the Cobber Athletic Band. As a professional trombonist, he currently holds the positions of principal trombone with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, lead trombone with the Jazz Arts Group of Fargo-Moorhead, and trombone with the Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome. He has performed with the IRIS Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Vermont Symphony, and Boston Ballet, among other orchestras. He was a founding member of the award-winning Orion Trombone Quartet and the Brass Mosaic, which performed a recital in Carnegie Hall. As a soloist, Dickey has performed with numerous ensembles, including the Concordia College Band, the Concordia College Orchestra, and the Concordia College Jazz Ensemble. He has recorded with the Paramount Brass and Boston Symphony principal trombonist Ron Barron. As a conductor, Dickey  has commissioned and premiered works from noted composers, such as Elliott Schwartz, Mark Camphouse, Carol Barnett, Mary Ellen Childs, and Allen Feinstein. With the Cobber Symphonic Band, he has initiated the annual Composers Concert series, featuring contemporary music, including the work of student composers. Dickey previously served as assistant director of bands at Harvard University.  Dickey holds degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory (B.A. mathematics, B.M. music performance), Rice University (M.M. music performance), and the University of Minnesota (D.M.A. music).

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