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Music department to host 2011 Ohio Trumpet Conference

Apr 7, 2011

Ohio Northern University’s Department of Music will host the International Trumpet Guild’s 2011 Ohio Trumpet Conference on Saturday, April 9, beginning at 10 a.m. in Presser Hall. The guild consists of fewer than a dozen affiliate chapters, and the Ohio chapter is the oldest to hold annual state conferences.

The event will feature both collegiate and professional performers from Ohio State University, Ohio University, Ohio Northern University, Michigan State University, Wright State University, Cedarville University, Miami University, Bowling Green State University and Northern Kentucky University as well as the guests from the Toledo Symphony, the Dayton Philharmonic and the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra.

Performances and master classes with artists such as Dan Zehringer, trumpet instructor at Wright State University, Lauraine Carpenter, principal trumpet player of the Toledo Symphony, and Toledo jazz legend Gene Parker will take place throughout the day. The day will conclude with a performance by Night Flight, a jazz ensemble from the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight, at 6:30 p.m. in Snyder Recital Hall in Presser.

With 20 members, Night Flight is the largest ensemble from within the Band of Flight concert band. Combining the best in traditional and contemporary big band jazz, the group has performed at national and international festivals and conferences with noted jazz artists Al Vizutti, Rob McConnell and Arturo Sandoval. This highly acclaimed ensemble performs a diverse and exciting program consisting of swing music of the Big Band era, jazz, Latin and funk compositions from contemporary big bands, and original music written by members of the band.

Night Flight will perform with noted trumpeter Vince DiMartino, a sought-after trumpet performer and educator. After graduating from the Eastman School of Music in 1972, DiMartino taught at the University of Kentucky until 1993. At that time, DiMartino began a new appointment as distinguished artist in residence at Centre College in Danville, Ky., where he teaches trumpet, brass and jazz ensembles, and jazz history. He has served as the music chair and currently is the coordinator of the Centre College Instrumental Program. In addition, DiMartino has served as the lead and solo trumpet in the Lionel Hampton Band, the Chuck Mangione Band, the Clark Terry Band and the Eastman Arranger’s Holiday Orchestra.

DiMartino also will perform with Rich Illmann, associate professor of trumpet at Michigan State University’s College of Music, in the Millennium Brass Quintet at 5 p.m. in Snyder Recital Hall. Members of the Millennium Brass Quintet, one of the most innovative new chamber ensembles to appear on the national concert scene in recent years, have performed as solo and section members with many of America’s leading orchestras, including those in Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Rochester, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. Members of the Millennium Brass also perform in the world famous Brass Band of Battle Creek.

The event was organized by David Kosmyna, assistant professor of music at ONU.

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