CSULB’s Trumpet Ensemble Gains National Attention with Third Place Win

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Coached by CSULB Director of Brass Studies Rob Frear, the CSULB Trumpet Ensemble placed third in the 2013 National Trumpet Competition.

On Sunday, March 17, the Trumpet Ensemble from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music (BCCM) at CSULB was named the third place winner of the 2013 National Trumpet Competition (NTC), behind Baylor University and Northwestern.

“The BCCM Trumpet Ensemble played well enough to win the National Trumpet Competition Finals in Virginia this past weekend,” according to Dr. Carolyn Bremer, Chair of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB. “Congratulations to them for playing an extraordinary performance under pressure; they were flawless, exciting, rock-solid, and did us proud.”

More than 120 universities and colleges submitted audition videos and just 30 groups were invited to Virginia to compete in the semi-finals. The National Trumpet Competition has taken place since 1992. Past winners hold positions in major Universities and Orchestras and are highly sought-after soloists, clinicians and performers.

This year’s trumpet ensemble, coached by CSULB Director of Brass Studies Rob Frear, is comprised of Junior Tony Belletti, Senior Devin Henderson, Senior Esther Hood, Senior Casey Martin, Junior Jackson Niebrugge, Graduate Student Drew Ninmer, and Senior Kurt Peregrine.

“The students study with CSULB trumpet teachers Dan Fornero, Christopher Still, David Washburn, and with me,” Frear explained. “Their training and professionalism was apparent throughout the weekend both in their level of performance and their wonderful demeanor. The piece they played, the Moffett-Klein Phenomenon, is a tour-de-force among trumpet ensemble compositions, and was by far the hardest piece presented this year, in my opinion. Casey Martin played the treacherous solo part with apparent ease.”

Casey Martin said, “This weekend we showed the country what Long Beach music is all about. Nobody saw us coming, but we came and we conquered…It was so amazing to hear how much everyone enjoyed the music we played and how well they thought we did. Never have I been so proud to call myself a Long Beach trumpet player.”

The professional trumpet players, judges and faculty in attendance were equally enthusiastic about the Long Beach ensemble’s performance. Judge Terry Everson of Boston University wrote “Great energy in your performance – Well Done!”

The CSULB Trumpet Ensemble performs next month, April 9 at 8pm, as part of the University Brass Ensemble Concert in the Gerald R. Daniel Recital Hall. Tickets are $10 at the door.


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