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.