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Trombone Summit  

Trombone Ensemble

5th Upper Midwest Trombone Summit Concert

Sunday, October 6, 2013
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-Whitewater, Mike Dugan, Director
Concordia-Moorhead, Nat Dickey, Director
Lawrence University, Nick Keelan, Director

with Guest Artist
Marshall Gilkes, Trombone
Guest Conducting Artist
Henry Charles Smith III
(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 – 11:00 AM      High School Trombone Ensemble (HFA 143)

10:30 – 11:15 AM      Ensemble Rehearsals/Chamber Music Coaching
                                  UW-Eau Claire - Gantner Hall
                                  University of Minnesota - HFA 160
                                  Concordia Moorhead - Phillips
                                  UW-Whitewater - HFA 159
                                  Lawrence University - HFA 139

11:15 – Noon             "Auditions" - Henry Charles Smith (Gantner Hall)
12:00 – 1:15 PM        Lunch on your own

Guest Artist Recital:
1:15 - 1:45 PM           Marshall Gilkes (Gantner)

1:45 – 3:30 PM          Masterclass with Marshall Gilkes - student performers (Gantner)          

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 (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 6th will mark the fifth Upper Midwest Trombone Summit, held at the Haas Fine Arts Center of 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)  and UW-Whitewater (Mike Dugan, director), Concordia-Moorhead (Nat Dickey, director), and Lawrence University (Nick Keelan, director) in a 5 PM concert at Gantner Hall in Eau Claire.  The event will conclude with a short massed trombone ensemble performance. There will be several major professional instrument vendors at the Trombone Summit – horns will be available to try. Please contact Phil Ostrander for more information.

Events will start at 9:30 AM with a warm up and continue on with the schedule as listed below.  The high school ensemble will perform at 4:45 PM (prior to the 5 PM concert).  If you or your high school student would be interested in participating in this event, please contact Phil Ostrander at the following email address:  Please cc our high school ensemble administrator: David Behm at  As cost saving measure, music will be emailed 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.

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. 

Music for the massed ensemble:
Battle Pavane 1551
– Tielman Susato, arr. Louis Lugo
Langsam from Symphony No. 3 – Gustav Mahler, arr. Paul Runyan
76 Trombones – Meredith Wilson, arr. Tommy Pederson

The concert 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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Guest Artist

Marshall Gilkes, Trombone

Trombonist/composer MARSHALL GILKES is forging new ground and receiving high acclaim from critics around the world.  Born in Camp Springs, Maryland, Mr. Gilkes spent his childhood growing up in many different parts of the United States traveling with his father, a musician in the Air Force, including Washington D.C., New Hampshire, New Jersey, Alabama, Illinois, and Colorado. After living and working in New York for twelve years, Mr. Gilkes currently resides in Cologne, Germany where he is a member of the award winning WDR Big Band.

Mr. Gilkes has been voted a "Rising Star" each of the the past four years in Downbeat magazine's annual critics poll, and he has received critical acclaim from audiences and journalists around the world. In 2003 Mr. Gilkes was a finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. As a leader, Mr. Gilkes has three critically acclaimed releases. Marshall Gilkes Quartet "Edenderry"(2004), Marshall Gilkes "Lost Words" 2008, and Marshall Gilkes "Sound Stories" 2012. All three albums showcase Mr. Gilkes' unique composition style of which Jazz had the following to say. "As a composer Gilkes' writing will most assuredly soon show up in the repertoire of collegiate combos; it's supremely artful as a wonderful jumping off point for improvisations and intricate enough that it's performance will make wonderfully mature study material for young artists." 

In addition to his work as a leader, Mr. Gilkes is also a member of the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Edmar Castañeda Trio, and a former member of the Richard Bona Group. He has taught and presented master classes at institutions around the world including The Banff Center, Berklee College of Music, and the Brubeck Institute. Mr. Gilkes is a graduate of the Juilliard School and is an artist for Edwards Instruments.

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Henry Charles Smith III, Conducting

Henry Charles Smith won the Grammy with the Philadelphia Brass Quintet for the "Best Classical Record of the Year" in 1969. While on the conducting staff of the Minnesota Orchestra, he conducted over 1,000 concerts. As solo trombonist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, he played more than 2,000 concerts with Eugene Ormandy and many other of the 20th Century's greatest conductors. As trombone and euphonium soloist, as chamber music player, and as writer and editor, his recordings and editions are internationally known.

His guest conducting includes the Detroit, Dallas, and Kansas City Symphonies, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the National, San Antonio and Indianapolis Symphonies.

Maestro Smith has served on the faculties of the Curtis Institute of Music, Indiana University, Temple University, St. Olaf, Luther and Bethel Colleges, and the University of Texas. He is Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University.

Henry Charles Smith is frequently a guest conductor, speaker, clinician and soloist across the United States. He has conducted the Young Artist Orchestra at Tanglewood and was Music Director of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen Arts Camp for 16 years. The Maestro spent twelve seasons as Music Director and Conductor of the South Dakota Symphony. In recognition of Maestro Smith's unparalled contributions to South Dakota's appreciation of quality classical and pops music, the 2000-2001 Season of the South Dakota Symphony was officially proclaimed by Governor William J. Janklow as "The Season of Maestro Henry Charles Smith III."

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.


Mike Dugan, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

Dr. Michael Dugan, a native of St. Charles, Illinois, has recently been appointed Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Dr. Dugan teaches applied trombone, directs the Trombone Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble II, and plays in the Whitewater Brass Quintet.

In addition to his teaching duties, Dugan is an active freelance artist in the Upper Midwest. Recent engagements include the Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as many fine regional orchestras throughout Wisconsin and Iowa. Other recent performances include the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the Intergalactic Contemporary Ensemble, Thunder Bay (Ontario) Symphony, Elvis Costello, Audra McDonald, Doc Severinsen, Johnny Mathis, Irish Tenors, and The Four Tops in various capacities. During the summer of 2010, Dugan was faculty member at the 2010 International Trombone Festival at the University of Texas at Austin.

From 2001-2005, Michael was a member of the United States Air Force Band of Liberty. During his tenure with the Band of Liberty, Michael was the featured trombone soloist with the Concert Band, and the Colonial Brass Quintet. His other performance assignments included the Band of Liberty Jazz Ambassadors and Ceremonial Band.

Dugan’s formal education includes a DMA from the University of Minnesota, where he also holds a Master of Music degree. Prior to his study with Tom Ashworth at the University of Minnesota, Dugan received his undergraduate degree from De Paul University in Chicago, where he studied with Mark Fisher, Charles Vernon and Edward Kocher. Other pedagogical influences include Ed Zadrozny, Kari Sundstrom and Doug Wright. Dugan is an Edwards performing artist.


B.M. DePaul University; M.M., D.M.A. University of Minnesota


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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