NWC News Desk

Trumpeters: come blow your horn

Posted December 20, 2007

P O W E L L, W y o. - Trumpet players across the region are invited to add their sound to the Northwest College 2008 Trumpet Festival.

Trumpet players are encouraged to e-mail Neil Hansen , director of bands at NWC in Powell, or call him as soon as possible toll-free (800) 560-4692 to receive music in time to prepare for the Saturday, Feb. 2, event. Participation is free.

"All players middle school age and older who want to improve their technique or who just want to blow their horns are welcome," Hansen said. School-age trumpeters can also earn scholarships and trumpet items as prizes in a Trumpet Solo Competition. Hansen predicts veteran players will be most interested in the festival's master classes, clinics and demonstrations.

This year's featured artist is James Stokes, a trumpet professor at the Capital University Conservatory of Music in Columbus, Ohio. Among many other things, Stokes is an artist/performer/adjudicator for the National Trumpet Competition and chaired the Orchestral Competition for the 2006 International Trumpet Guild Conference. He's also a clinician for the Vincent Bach Corporation.

The NWC Festival of Trumpets gets underway at 10 a.m. in the Nelson Performing Arts Center at Northwest College with a warm-up session with Stokes. A display of historical trumpets owned by a private collector and a music industry display of contemporary trumpets, accessories and trumpet literature opens at 11 a.m. In addition, a Wednesday, Jan. 30, evening rehearsal is not mandatory but highly recommended.

Click here for detailed information on the "Festival of Trumpets."

The 2008 Festival of Trumpets is sponsored by the Northwest College Music Department and the Wyoming Arts Council.