TROY—Troy University’s Trumpet Ensemble I has returned from the International Trumpet Guild, marking the second time the University’s group has earned a berth before the prestigious organization.
Under the direction of John M. Long School of Music trumpet professor Dr. James Zingara, the Ensemble was selected to perform in a competitive audition conducted in December 2008.
Members of this year’s ensemble include Daniel Arute, a senior music education major from Dothan Chris Jeter, A junior music education major from Wetumpka, Alan Roberts, a junior music education major from Wetumpka; Melanie Perry, a junior music education major from Zion Chapel, Rhett Griffith, a senior music education/general music major from Ozark, Justin Compton, a junior music education major from Jemison, and Lee Hughes, a sophomore music education major from Mobile.
The concert was performed as a prelude to the “University Professor Spotlight” Recital in Harrisburg, PA at the historic Sunoco Theater. The Ensemble performed two new pieces commissioned for the occasion: “Guardians of the East” by Canadian composer David Marlatt and “Durrenhorn Passage” by Maryland composer Kevin McKee.
“We wanted to perform much more difficult music this time to show that we had grown musically over the last two years,” said Dr. Zingara. The groups first appearance before the Guild was in 2007.
“The concert was well attended and several shouts of ‘bravo!’ were heard following the final piece,” he said. “We had several great comments from colleagues across the world and it was very fulfilling to see our students come together and play as a team. I was very proud.”
The performance capped a three-month project of rehearsals and fundraising. Students raised money with trumpet carols, car washes and performances. Sponsorships and donations came from individuals and businesses in Troy, Dothan and Niceville, Florida.
Collegiate Trumpet Ensembles from Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, and Virginia also performed.