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Arts & Entertainment

CSULB Trumpet Ensemble Takes 3rd Place

From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 7

On 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 National Trumpet Competition has been in existence since 1992. Its past winners hold positions in major Universities and Orchestras and are highly sought-after soloists, clinicians and performers. More than 120 universities and colleges submitted audition videos in order to earn the right to be one of the 30 groups invited to Virginia to compete as semi-finalists. Six ensembles advanced to the final round held on Saturday, March 16.

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.” Devin Henderson agreed. “[We] Left it all on the stage! I couldn’t ask for a more successful performance this weekend!”

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