Student trumpet ensemble selected to perform at international conference

Western Carolina University’s Trumpet Ensemble was recently selected by taped audition to perform at the 2009 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Harrisburg, Pa., in May. The ensemble includes (from left) P. Bradley Ulrich, WCU professor of trumpet; and students Kris Bence, Jason Stevens, Justin Chamberlin, Josh Dickens (kneeling), Chris McAllister, David Myers, Josh Belvin (kneeling), Logan Rodgers and Chris Kristich. Student members Billy Dellinger and Allison McSwain are not pictured.

Western Carolina University’s Trumpet Ensemble was recently selected by taped audition to perform at the 2009 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Harrisburg, Pa., in May. The ensemble includes (from left) P. Bradley Ulrich, WCU professor of trumpet; and students Kris Bence, Jason Stevens, Justin Chamberlin, Josh Dickens (kneeling), Chris McAllister, David Myers, Josh Belvin (kneeling), Logan Rodgers and Chris Kristich. Student members Billy Dellinger and Allison McSwain are not pictured.

The 11 student members of Western Carolina University’s Trumpet Ensemble have been selected by taped audition to perform the prelude to the Washington Symphonic Brass Concert at the 2009 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Harrisburg, Pa., in May.

The ensemble will perform “O Sinner, Come Thy Sin to Mourn,” a composition arranged by P. Bradley Ulrich, WCU professor of trumpet, and also will premiere “Synesthetic Landscape,” a new piece by Bruce Frazier, the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Commercial and Electronic Music.

The students will perform under the direction of Ulrich at the May 26-30 conference.

• Josh Belvin of Denver is a junior majoring in education. He graduated from East Lincoln High School, and his parents are Ron and Tanya Belvin.

• Kris Bence, a junior majoring in education, is from Asheville. He graduated from Roberson High School, and his parents are Edward and Laura Bence.

• Justin Chamberlin of Efland is a freshman majoring in education. He graduated from Cedar Ridge High School, and his parents are Robert and Cindy Chamberlin.

• From Vienna, Va., Billy Dellinger is a senior majoring in trumpet performance. He graduated from James Madison High School, and his parents are Bob and Barbara Dellinger.

• From Ramseur, Josh Dickens is a freshman majoring in education. He graduated from East Randolph High School, and his parents are David Dickens and Bonnie King.

• Chris Kristich, a graduate student studying trumpet performance, is from Garden City, S.C. He graduated from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, and his mother is Rebecca Kristich.

• Chris McAllister of Stanley is a junior majoring in education. He graduated from East Gaston High School, and his parents are Tracy and Phyllis Withers.

• From Blythewood, S.C., Allison McSwain is a graduate student studying accountancy. She graduated from Ridge View High School, and her parents are Tim and Mary Beth McSwain.

• David Myers is a junior majoring in music from Cumming, Ga. He graduated from Forsyth Central High School, and his parents are David and Sabra Myers.

• Logan Rodgers of Denver is a junior majoring in education. He graduated from East Lincoln High School, and his parents are Tate and Tammy Rodgers.

• From Whittier, Jason Stevens is a senior majoring in music. He graduated from Smoky Mountain High School.

The International Trumpet Guild was founded in 1974 to promote communications among trumpet players around the world and to improve the artistic level of performance, teaching and literature associated with the trumpet. It has more than 6,000 members who represent 64 countries and includes professional and amateur performers, teachers, students, manufacturers and publishers.

“Being selected as one of the top five trumpet ensembles in the United States based on our taped audition is an incredible honor for me, my students and WCU,” said Ulrich. “To perform the prelude to the Washington Symphonic Brass Concert will be a memorable experience for the students, who have worked very hard as an ensemble the entire school year. Attending the five-day trumpet conference of exhibits, clinics and concerts will likely be one of the highlights of their music education.”

For more information about WCU’s School of Music, call (828) 227-7242.