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. Their ITF performance will take place at 5pm (PDT) on Friday, June 30, 2017. This is the U of I Jazz Trombone Ensemble’s second time winning this top award from the ITA. They won previously in 2012 which culminated in a trip to Paris and a performance at the Paris Conservatoire. The competition rules made this the first year the U of I JTE was able to re-enter the competition after their win in 2012.
In keeping with the “clean sweep” spirit, Connor Frederick (BM; Class 0f 2018) has also been named a finalist in the 2017 Carl Fontana Jazz Trombone Soloist competition. This competition is also sponsored by the ITA and Connor will participate in a “play-off” with two other finalists at the ITF in CA, also on Friday, June 30, 2017. Connor was previously named a finalist in the National Jazz Trombone Soloist competition, sponsored by ATW and the US Army Band.
The U of I Jazz Trombone Ensemble and Connor will be traveling to Ft. Myer, VA in March and to Redlands, CA in late June to participate in both of these prestigious Festivals.
The JTE is directed by and Connor Frederick is a student of Professor Jim Pugh
The JTE consists of:
Frank Niemeyer, David Fletcher, Sean Durkin, Ben Carrasquillo, Austin Seybert - TROMBONES
Ryan Tomski - PIANO
José Guzman - GUITAR
Jon Small - BASS
Tyler Shields - DRUMS
Jim and the entire Jazz Division are exceptionally proud of this group and Connor!!
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