Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Trombone Choir Invited to Acclaimed National Workshop

KINGSVILLE - March 10, 2010

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

he Texas A&M University-Kingsville Trombone Choir under the direction of Dr. Oscar Diaz Jr., assistant professor of music-trombone, was invited to play at the prestigious Eastern Trombone Workshop in Fort Myer, VA March 18.

The Eastern Trombone Workshop (ETW) has become one of the largest annual events for trombone in the world. The workshop’s mission is to give students, performers and educators an opportunity to meet and share ideas, talents and opinions about the world of trombone. The workshop is held at Brucker Hall—The U.S. Army Band’s performance center—located on historic Fort Myer, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital.

ETW regularly hosts participants throughout the nation and abroad. It is the only professionally organized and staffed trombone workshop or conference in the United States. Soloists, educators and students—as well as university and college trombone ensembles from around the world—attend the workshop annually.

According to Diaz, choirs interested in performing at the ETW submit a recording and past programs of the music that was performed. The Texas A&M-Kingsville Trombone Choir was one of five university trombone choirs from across the country chosen to give concerts at this year's ETW.

"I thought we had a good shot at being selected because I sent in some good recordings of the trombone choir, but I wasn't sure because many great trombone choirs send in great recordings every year," said Diaz. "The hard work of the students really paid off and I couldn't be more proud of them."

Past university ensembles that have been invited have been from the Julliard School of Music, the University of Texas at Austin, Louisiana State University, the University of North Texas and many other top trombone schools.

When asked what the recognition means to him personally and to the trombone choir program, Diaz said, "Although this recognition received is one of my greatest teaching accomplishments, the greater reward is the preparation that all 22 members of the trombone choir have given to perform a concert to the highest quality, especially when the choir consists of all undergraduate music majors.

"Every other university performing at the ETW has graduate students performing in their respective choirs. That is a major accomplishment for our students and our music department."

Diaz said that the ETW will provide the students with the great experience of listening to master teachers teach and master performers perform.

"They are going to hear some of the best trombone players and ensembles in the world, as well as attend master classes of great teachers. It is a chance for them to bring what they hear and see back to Kingsville, to use their gained knowledge on their own learning and performing. When they become educators or performers, they can pass that knowledge onto their students.

They will also get to visit some of our greatest treasures in our nation's capitol, including the Smithsonian museums and many other important historical places."

The ETW performance caps off a March five-performance series for the Trombone Choir, which included shows at A&M-Kingsville, H.M. King High School, Robstown High School and Tuloso-Midway High School.

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