Texas A&M University-Kingsville

A&M-Kingsville Trumpet Students Compete at National Competition

KINGSVILLE - January 15, 2009

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4143

Third appearance at competition in last four years for A&M-Kingsville

For the third time in four years, five trumpet students from the Texas A&M University-Kingsville trumpet studio will be competing as semi-finalists in the National Trumpet Competition at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia March 12-15.

Music students Isaac Aldaco, a junior from Del Rio; Lucio Diaz, a junior from La Grulla; Daniel Garcia, a sophomore from Laredo; Noe Garcia, a sophomore from Harlingen; and Jaime Ochoa, a freshman from Rio Grande City, submitted an audition tape and were selected as one of thirty university trumpet ensembles from a field of over fifty applicants from across the country.

The trumpet ensemble, under the direction of assistant professor of music Dr. Chris Carrillo and lecturer of music Dr. Christine Ennis, submitted a recording of a trumpet quintet entitled Cityscapes by noted New Orleans composer Erik Morales.

“I am so proud of the diligent work that these students put forth to return to this nationally recognized event for the third time,” said Carrillo. “Our students can once again see first hand that their musical education at Texas A&M-Kingsville is on par with several nationally-ranked music programs from across the country.”

This event is a partial activity of Carrillo and Ennis’ MUSI 4399 Advanced Trumpet Ensemble course offered through the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan. As part of this course, students learn techniques of small ensemble rehearsal, recording technology and intensive chamber ensemble performance.

While at the National Trumpet Competition, the A&M-Kingsville trumpet ensemble will compete head-to-head with trumpet ensembles from a number of universities with notable music programs, including The Juilliard School, Indiana University, The University of Texas at Austin, the University of North Texas and Syracuse University.

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