Jazz Trombone Ensemble wins National Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition
The New York Times highlighted Tomeka Reid (DMA 2016) among leading women instrumentalists in jazz enjoying “a year of reckoning and recognition.”
Allerton Barn Music Festival Features Broadway and Be-Bop
A fall tradition, the 2017 Allerton Music Barn Festival features the UI jazz faculty in a centenary tribute to Be-Bop pioneer Dizzy Gilespie and two performances of the Broadway musical [title of show].
For [title of show] student tickets are only $10 and a free shuttle is available for both performances.
Jazz Trombone Ensemble and Competition Finalist, Connor Frederick, perform at International Trombone Festival
This past February, it was announced that the U of I Jazz Trombone Ensemble, directed by Professor Jim Pugh, had been selected winners of the Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition, sponsored annually by the International Trombone Association.
Jazz Trombone Octet Performs for Chicago Fire
On Saturday, April 1, 2017, The University of Illinois Jazz Trombone Octet performed Anthems for the Opening of the Chicago Fire Soccer match against the Montreal Impact. For the occasion, they played the Canadian and American National Anthems, both arranged by U of I graduate and current Chief Arranger for the US Marine Band, "The President's Own", Scott Ninmer (Bachelors in Jazz Trombone, 2011). For those keeping score, the match ended in a 2-2 tie.
Justin Copeland Wins First Place Prize in the National Trumpet Competition (NTC) Jazz Division
Justin Copeland (DMA, Jazz Trumpet) placed first in the Yamaha Jazz Solo Division of the 2017 National Trumpet Competition. The competition took place at Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado on March 23-25. Ten semifinalists were drawn from a nationwide search and competed for 3 finalist spots. The three finalists performed 3 selections of their choice with a professional rhythm section. Copeland performed Nardis by Miles Davis, Body and Soul by Johnny Green, and Au Privave by Charlie Parker.
Connor Frederick wins National Jazz Trombone Competition
Connor Frederick (Jazz Trombone Performance, Class of 2018) has won the National Jazz Trombone Soloist Division 1 Competition, sponsored by the US Army Band and the American Trombone Workshop. He competed in a live 'play-off' with 2 other finalists. Connor will have the opportunity to be a featured soloist in concert with the US Army "Blues" on Thursday, March 9, 2017.
The U of I Jazz Division and School of Music are very proud of Connor and this wonderful acknowledgement of his talent, abilities and hard work.
U of I Jazz Trombone Ensemble and Connor Frederick DO IT AGAIN!!!
Following hot on the heels of winning of the 2017 National Jazz Trombone Ensemble competition (sponsored by the American Trombone Workshop and the US Army Band, Ft. Myer, VA), the U of I Jazz Trombone Ensemble (JTE) has also been named winners of the Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble competition. This competition is sponsored annually by the International Trombone Association (ITA) and culminates in a performance by the winning ensemble at the annual International Trombone Festival (ITF), this year being held at and sponsored by Redlands College, Redlands, CA.