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Texas A&M-Kingsville to host nearly 1,000 trumpet players from around the country

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KINGSVILLE (March 1, 2024) — The School of Music at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will host the National Trumpet Competition Friday, March 8, through Monday, March 11. This is the largest competition of its kind in the United States and it will bring to campus between 800 and 1,000 trumpet players from middle school through graduate students.


“Events like this are important for the School of Music because it allows us an opportunity to show case, not only the talent of our students and faculty, but also the university and the first-class facilities our students get to study in,” said Dr. Kyle Millsap, associate professor of trumpet and jazz.


“When the conference coordinator came for a site visit, her first reaction to the music building was to say ’90 percent of all music students in the USA will never see facilities as nice as these’,” Millsap added.


“Many events like this don’t come to our end of Texas for a variety of reasons. The more we host, the more attention we bring to the region and the more reasons we can provide for people to consider coming to South Texas,” he added. “That provides our students and region, more learning and cultural events to benefit from. In short, it shines a light on a part of Texas that gets largely overlooked and invites the rest of the country to come see what we can offer.”


“This is a competition I competed in as a student and I am excited to have my students compete in it now. I think it’s great that it can be here,” Millsap said.


There are nine current Texas A&M-Kingsville musicians competing: eight in the large trumpet ensemble division and one in the undergraduate solo competition. There are two Javelina alumni who are competing in the graduate solo division. A third alumnus is a high school band director in Port Isabel who is bringing students to compete in the high school ensemble division.


In the ensemble divisions alone, there 95 high school performers from 15 schools representing three states, Texas, Oklahoma and Oregon. There are 59 different universities represented in the small and large trumpet ensemble divisions. These universities are in 29 different states ranging from coast to coast and north to south. Adding in the other divisions, the state count may be closer to 40, Millsap said.


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Schedule of Events


Friday, March 8

7 p.m.: Opening Concert in the Performance Hall with Caleb Hudson, Joey Tartell, and Texas A&M-Kingsville Jazz Band I


Saturday, March 9

9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Large Trumpet Ensemble quarterfinals, Performance Hall (Texas A&M-Kingsville competes at 9:56 a.m.)

9 a.m. - noon: Small Trumpet Ensemble quarterfinals, Recital Hall and Little Theatre

1 - 2 p.m.: Small Trumpet Ensemble semifinals, Recital Hall

4 - 7 p.m.: Military Band Excerpt semifinals, Performance Hall

7:30 - 9 p.m.: Jazz Solo semifinals, Recital Hall


Sunday, March 10

9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Undergraduate Solo quarterfinals, Performance Hall and Recital Hall (Texas A&M-Kingsville competes at 1:24 p.m. in Recital Hall)

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: High School Solo quarterfinals, Choir Room

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.: Warmup class, Little Theatre

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Brianne Borden masterclass, Little Theatre

1 - 2:30 p.m.: Houston Symphony trumpet section masterclass, Little Theatre

2 - 5 p.m.: Graduate Solo Quarterfinals, Performance Hall and Recital Hall

3 - 4:30 p.m.: Caleb Hudson masterclass, Little Theatre

5:30 - 7 p.m.: Graduate semifinals, Performance Hall


Monday, March 11

9 - 10:30 a.m.: High School Trumpet Ensemble semifinals, Performance Hall

9 - 11 a.m.: Undergraduate Solo semifinals, Recital Hall

9 a.m. - noon: Middle School Solo semifinals, Choir Room

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Composer Spotlight, Performance Hall (three Texas A&M-Kingsville faculty performing as part of this)

1 - 2:30 p.m.: Joey Tartell masterclass, Performance Hall

3 - 8 p.m.: Finals, Performance Hall

- 3 p.m.: Military Excerpts

- 3:30 p.m.: HS solo

- 4 p.m.: MS solo

- 4:30 p.m.: UG solo

- 5 p.m.: GR solo

- 5:30 p.m.: Break

- 6 p.m.: Jazz

- 6:30 p.m.: HS Ensemble

- 7 p.m.: Small Ensemble

- 7:30 p.m.: Large Ensemble

8 p.m.: Awards Ceremony, Performance Hall



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