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Texas A&M-Kingsville trombonist wins prestigious award

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Texas A&M University-Kingsville is home to one of the top bass trombone players in the world.


            Music student Eden Garza recently won the prestigious Edward Kleinhammer Bass Trombone Orchestral Excerpt Competition. He was one of three finalists for the competition held yearly by the International Trombone Association at their international festival.


This competition focuses on the preparation of orchestral excerpts which is essential in the growth of young trombonists. The trombonists that win or are chosen as a finalist or alternate usually go on to win a chair in a professional symphony orchestra. The 22-year-old undergraduate student has often found himself competing against graduate students.


To compete, Garza, performed and recorded the etudes—short musical compositions for one instrument— selected by a professional committee. The recording was submitted to the association and blindly judged by three professional bass trombonists that hold chairs in major orchestras. Only three finalists were chosen to compete at the International Trombone Festival.


Garza was selected as one of the finalists this year. Some of the other competitors that were finalists and or alternates were from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary; Conservatorium van Amsterdam in Amsterdam, Netherlands; New England Conservatory in Boston; Mannes College of Music in New York and many others. The professors of these students all perform for major orchestras all over the world. One of the finalists the he competed against even has a paid position in an orchestra back in his home country.


“This is basically the biggest set of international competitions in the trombone world! This is a huge win for Eden and our wonderful university,” said Dr. Oscar Diaz, assistant professor of trombone. “It was a well-deserved win for such a hard-working and talented young man. He is first to win from Texas A&M-Kingsville.”


This is not the first time that members of the university’s Trombone Studio have been honored during these same sets of competitions. The Trombone Choir was named one of the top five ensembles in the world, Garza has been an alternate before and several other trombone students have been either chosen as an alternate or received an award. 

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