DMA Essay Defense

I just passed the defense for the DMA Essay at the University of Iowa.

Student Performances

Iowa City West High School Sophomore Blake Manternach was recently featured on the ensemble’s spring concert on Bein’ Green.

Student Success – Brian Crew

Congratulations to Brian Crew who won a position in the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band. This paid municipal band has been in existence for several decades. The group plays two concerts weekly in various parks throughout the Cedar Rapids area.

They Don’t Make ’em Like They Used To

Donald Duck in “Trombone Trouble”

Student Success – Competition Advancement

Iowa trombone alumni, Austin Peiffer, advanced to the semi-final round of the Southeast Trombone Symposium competition sponsored by Shires. Congratulations, Austin, and good luck in the next round!

Austin recently accepted a Graduate Assistantship to the University of Utah where he will study with Dr. Donn Schaefer.


Free Sheet Music

Dutch composer, Steven Verhelst, has written a new trombone quartet honoring those who suffered in the recent tsunami in Japan. The work was premiered at the recent Slide Factory. Download the free quartet here.

Student Success

Blake Manternach solos at the 2011 Iowa Jazz Championships

Congratulations to Iowa City West High for placing 2nd at the 2011 Iowa Jazz Championships. One of my students, Blake Manternach, is in the ensemble and had a close-up picture that ran in the Des Moines Gazette. Congratulations to Blake and to everyone in the West High jazz band!

Student Success – Brian Crew

Brian Crew was awarded “Best in Center” at Iowa’s 2011 Solo and Ensemble competition for both the solo and ensemble category. Brian performed Arthur Pryor’s Blue Bells of Scotland and Charles Small’s Conversations. He will perform both at the winner’s recital next month.

Iowa Trombone Choir Concert

All are invited to attend the Iowa Trombone Choir April 11, 2011 at 5:30 PM at MWIB Atrium.

Student Success – Justin Gingerich

Justin Gingerich has accepted a scholarship offer to attend the University of Iowa.