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UW-Eau Claire Trombone Ensemble invited to perform at prestigious festival

April 14, 2014
 UW-Eau Claire Trombone Ensemble, front row from left: Abby Frawley, Pete Winslow, Kara Metzger, Caleb Domeye. Back row from left: Chris Caine, Corey Feiock, Josh Huot-Gallus, Garrett Aalfs, Jennings Henderson, David Behm, Matt Halverson, Colin Marusek, Anton Williams, Walker Delaney, Robyn McFaul, Collin Hough, Scott Mattison, Dr. Phil Ostrander (director). Missing from photo: Henry Bergmann.

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Trombone Ensemble has been invited to perform at the 2014 International Trombone Festival, to be held June 4-7 in Rochester, N.Y.

A panel of International Trombone Association judges selected the ensemble from a submitted performance recording.

"This a fantastic honor for the ensemble," said the group's director, Dr. Phillip Ostrander, associate professor of music. "The world's finest trombone performers, teachers, students and fans will be at the 2014 festival. UW Eau Claire students will get the chance to play a concert at the festival, then attend numerous recitals, concerts, master classes, jam sessions and more."

Ostrander also will conduct the festival's jazz participant trombone choir and perform with the 2014 Cramer Choir.

UW-Eau Claire's ensemble currently consists of 18 student musicians. It has performed at the International Trombone Festival once previously, in 2004. Since then, it has performed at the Eastern Trombone Workshop, the Minnesota and Wisconsin Music Educators Association state conventions and, in fall 2007 and July 2013, Minnesota Twins home games in Minneapolis, where the group played the national anthem (see videos of the 2007and 2013performances).

The International Trombone Festival is a prestigious annual event that allows trombonists to come together and share their common passions for the trombone in all types of musical environments. It features concerts, recitals and master classes from world-renowned trombonists as well as the opportunity for participants to perform for each other.

For more information, contact Dr. Phillip Ostrander, associate professor of music, at ostrenpa@uwec.eduor 715-836- 4156.



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