About the Trombone Studio

Trombone Day

Deadline to register – February 8, 2017 2017_registration_form.pdf

  • High School Competitionwith prizes by Greg Black Mouthpieces, Sheridan Brass, and Mississippi Music
    • Required repertoire: Mississippi All-State Lion’s Band Etudes
      • (from Voxman’s Selected Studies)-- Page 19 (Largo cantabile by Gatti) and Page 15 (Vivace by Bohme)
    • Audio recordings should be emailed or shared via dropbox or google drive with Dr. McIlwain (ben.mcilwain@usm.edu) by Feb. 8, 2017 . Finalists will be announced no later than Feb. 13, 2017 and will compete for prizes at Trombone Day.
  • Vendors attending include Greg Black Mouthpieces, Sheridan Brass, and Mississippi Music.
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2016

  • Taylor Jones (BM) – Winner of the Bass Trombone position in Meridian Symphony
  • Mark Whitfield (DMA) - Adjunct Instructor of Trombone at Jackson State University
  • Jonathan McNeer (BM/BME) - Accepted to the Hot Springs Music Festival
  • Jonathan McNeer (BM/BME) - Accepted to the Miami Summer Music Festival.
  • Spencer Hudson (BM/BME) – Accepted into the Performers Class at the Southeast Trombone Symposium
  • Erica Nichols (BM) - Accepted into the Performers Class at the Southeast Trombone Symposium
  • Taylor Jones (BM) – Accepted into the Participant Class at the Southeast Trombone Symposium and advanced in the Orchestral Excerpts Competition
  • Kyle Moore (BM/BME) - Accepted into the Participant Class at the Southeast Trombone Symposium and advanced in the Orchestral Excerpts Competition
  • Jonathan McNeer (BM/BME) - Accepted into the Participant Class at the Southeast Trombone Symposium and advanced in the Orchestral Excerpts Competition
  • Grant Futch (MME) – Accepted into the MM program at Yale University 
  • Jonathan Holladay (BM/BME) - Accepted into the MM program at Louisiana State University
  • Jonathan Holladay (BM/BME) - Accepted into the MM program at Valdosta State University
  • Jonathan Holladay (BM/BME) - Accepted into the MM program at the University of South Florida
  • Jonathan McNeer (BME/BM) – Offered contract to perform as Second Trombone in Gulf Coast Symphony for remainder of 2016
  • Jonathan Holladay (BM/BME) - Accepted into the MM program at The Florida State University. 
  • Grant Futch (MME) - Winner of the Principal Trombone Audition for the Gulf Coast Symphony
  • Kyle Moore (BM/BME) - Second Alternate in Edwards Bass Trombone Competition at the Texas State Trombone Symposium.
  • Craig Watson (DMA)- trombonist on the national Broadway tour of Annie
  • Jon Hunzeker (MM)- participant in The United States Air Force Band's 2016 Collegiate Symposium

 

2015

  • Jonathan McNeer (BM/BME)- Honorable Mention in William T. Gower Concerto Competition
  • Mark Whitfield (DMA) - a winner of the Southern Miss Band Concerto Competition
  • Kyle Moore (BM/BME) - has been accepted to the Sewanee Summer Music Festival
  • Kyle Moore (BM/BME) - has been accepted to the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso (Tuscany region of Italy). 
  • Jonathan McNeer (BM/BME) - has been accepted to the Sewanee Summer Music Festival
  • Jean-Paul Brion (BM) - accepted to Michael Dease's Jazz Trombone Institute at the Brevard Music Center
  • Grant Futch (MME) -  advanced to semi-final round for Second Trombone Position with Jacksonville Symphony
  • Craig Watson (DMA) - advanced to the live round of the bass trombone audition with the US Air Force Ceremonial Band in Washington DC
  • Jean-Paul Brion (BM) - advanced to the live round of the Walt Disney All-American Collegiate Honor Band
  • The following students were accepted as participants to the Southeast Trombone Symposium: Jon Hunzeker (MM), Spencer Hudson (BME), Mark Whitfield (DMA), Kyle Moore (BM/BME), Jonathan McNeer (BM/BME),, Jonathan Holladay (BM/BME).
  • Steven Hooper (MM) – has been assigned to play trombone in the United States Naval Forces Band in Naples, Italy
  • Grant Futch (BM / MME) – was winner of the Principal Trombone for Mobile Symphony
  • Jonathan McNeer (BM/BME) – finalist for the Principal Trombone for Mobile Symphony
  • Grant Futch (BM / MME) – was runner-up in the Sinfonia Gulf Coast Orchestra Principal Trombone
  • Joseph Short (BME) – new band director at Biggersville High School in Corinth, MS
  • Trent Patterson (BME) – new band director at N. R. Burger Middle School in Hattiesburg, MS
  • Lara Pitts (MME) – new assistant band director at South Forrest Agricultural High School

2014

  • Steven Hooper (MM-2013) - offered a position in the United States Navy Band program
  • Grant Futch (MME)- Finalist in the American Trombone Workshop's National Solo Competition (Division 3)
  • Kyle Moore (BM/BME) has been accepted to participate at the Latzsch Trombone Festival held at the ArtEZ Conservatory in Enschede (The Netherlands) and the Music Academy North Rhein Westfalen in Heek (Germany) in December 2014.
  • Grant Futch (MME)- Runner-up at audition for Principal Trombone of the Mississippi Symphony
  • Jonathan Holladay (BM/BME) will be studying abroad in Budapest, Hungary during the fall 2014 semester. His trombone study will include lessons with Gustav Hona at the Franz Liszt Academy
  • Jerrick Matthews (BM)- Instructor of Trombone at Jackson State University
  • Zach James (BM/BME)- Instructor of Trombone at William Carey University
  • Kyle Moore (BM/BME) Accepted with Scholarship to Sewannee Summer Music Festival
  • Jonathan McNeer (BME)- Accepted with Scholarship to Sewannee Summer Music Festival
  • Kyle Moore (BM/BME) accepted into Participant Class at the Southeast Trombone Symposium
  • Joey Short (BME) accepted into Participant Class at the Southeast Trombone Symposium
  • Jonathan Holladay (BM/BME) accepted into Participant Class at the Southeast Trombone Symposium
  • Adam Tackitt (BME)- band director at Gulfport Central Middle School
  • Helen Echazabal (BME)- music teacher at East Rankin Academy

2013

  • The Southern Miss Trombone Choir- invited to perform twice at the International Trombone Festival in the June of 2013.
  • Grant Futch (BM)- Winner of the Southern Miss Bands Concerto Competition.  He will perform William Goldstein's Colloquy in Spring 2013 with the Southern Miss Wind Ensemble.
  • Zachary Walley (BME) : Band Director N.R. Berger Middle School, Hattiesburg, MS
  • Zachary James (BM/BME): Asst. Band Director: Sumrall High School, Sumrall, MS
  • Grant Futch performed Goldstein’s Colloquy with the USM Wind Ensemble as winner of the Band Concerto Competition (Spring 2013)

2012

  • Zach James (BM/BME), Steven Hooper (MM) and Craig Watson (DMA)- selected as participant and performers at the Southeastern Trombone Symposium in Columbus, GA!  The faculty for this event include Dr. Denson Paul Pollard (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), Colin Williams (Atlanta Symphony), Nathan Zgonc (Atlanta Symphony), George Curran (Atlanta Symphony) and Dr. Brad Palmer (Columbus State University).
  • Zach James (BM/BME)-  Honorable Mention in International Trombone Association’s Donald Yaxley Solo Bass Trombone Competition. 
  • Craig Watson (DMA)- Winner of both the the William T. Gower Orchestra Concerto Competition and the Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition.  He performed the Brubeck Bass Trombone Concerto twice in less than a week with both the USM Wind Ensemble and Orchestra!

2011

  • Craig Watson (DMA)- Winner of the bass trombone position with the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra.
  • Steven Hooper (MM)- Winner of the second trombone position with the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra.
  • Jerrick Matthews (BM)- Graduate Assistantship at Michigan State University.  At MSU, Jerrick will study with jazz trombonist, Michael Dease.  Jerrick was also accepted into the graduate programs at Manhattan School of Music and the University of North Texas.
  • Craig Watson (DMA)- Fellow at the Alessi Seminar.  This week-long seminar is led by Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic and Juilliard School.
  • Zach James( (BM/BME)- Bass Trombonist in the Blue Lake International Orchestra.

2010

  • Grant Futch (BM)- Winner of Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition.  He performed the David Concertino with the USM Wind Ensemble.