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Trumpet Ensemble named finalist in National Trumpet Competition

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The Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s School of Music Trumpet Ensemble has been named a finalist in the National Trumpet Competition (NTC).


Students entered the Virtual Trumpet Ensemble Division by submitting videos of their performances, with the goal of creating both a great performance and a memorable, creative video.


The division is open to all levels of college students - undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral. This ensemble had five undergraduates and one master’s student including Carolina De La Rosa of Los Fresnos; Jesus Mendoza Espinoza of Laredo; Ramon Garcia of Pasadena; Joshua Molina of Brownsville; Brandon O’Donohue of Harlingen and Lacey Peschel of New Ulm.


Dr. Kyle Millsap, Associate Professor of Trumpet and Jazz at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, oversees the trumpet program.


“This is the first time a group from Texas A&M-Kingsville has advanced to the final round of NTC, which is a big deal. NTC is the largest competition of its kind in the USA and attracts students from the top music programs in the country. By advancing, these students have shown what we hope for from our students, that hard work, dedication to your chosen craft/major, and a desire to constantly improve pays off,” Dr. Millsap wrote in an email. “It shows that excellence can come from those who are willing to seize the opportunity when it appears, whether they’re in a program with a long established national reputation, or one that has been growing over the years.”


Thirty ensembles were selected for the semi-final round (two of Texas A&M-Kingsville’s ensembles advanced this far), and NTC announced that the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Jalisco Trumpet Ensemble advanced to the final round, with their final place to be announced in May.


In addition to the two ensembles, two individuals also placed in the semi-final rounds. Lacey Peschel was a semi-finalist in the Graduate Solo Division and Ramon Garcia was a semi-finalist in the Military Band Excerpts Division.


According to its website, NTC has provided performing opportunities, master classes, exhibition concerts, historic and commercial exhibits and an educational, supportive environment for nearly 3,000 students. To date, these students have represented 40 states as well as six foreign countries. Nearly 100 Artist Faculty members coming from universities and symphony orchestras around the nation have donated their time and talents to judge these fine young players.



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