A NEW WORK FOR SOLO TROMBONE & BAND
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About the project...
On behalf of myself and Dr. Jon Whitaker (University of Alabama), we are pleased to announce the opening of a consortium for a new work for solo trombone and band. With this work, we are aiming to give middle/high school music students the unique opportunity to interact and perform with professional musicians- as well as creating a unique new work for the young band idiom.
We are now inviting band programs to join us in this unique project and become members of the consortium. By joining, you will have exclusive performance rights to the work between its completion (est. November 2017) and July of 2018. The work can be performed any capable trombone soloist, any members who would like to have Jon Whitaker as a guest soloist will receive a special discounted appearance rate (details below). The work is also scheduled to be recorded on Jon Whitaker's new solo album featuring the University of Alabama Wind Ensemble.
- Estimated Duration: 3.5-5 minutes
- Grade level: 3 (Trombone solo: advanced)
- Estimated completion: November 2017
- Instrumentation: standard young band instrumentation
CONSORTIUM MEMBER LEVELS:
- GOLD ($250): includes complete set of parts and score, exclusive performance rights for work until July of 2018, and school/director name(s) printed in published score, discounted appearance rate for Jon Whitaker* and Tyler S. Grant*.
- SILVER ($500): includes free skype session with Tyler S. Grant, and autographed copy of the new album (plus all GOLD level benefits- limited to 5).
- DIAMOND ($1000): includes FREE day-long appearance by Tyler S. Grant* (plus all GOLD and SILVER level benefits- limited to 2)
* Scheduled based on availability. Does not cover cost of travel, meals, or lodging.
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About Jon Whitaker...
Dr. Jonathan Whitaker joined the faculty of the University of Alabama in the fall of 2009. At Alabama, Whitaker’s students have been tremendously successful in national and international solo competitions as well as being placed in some of the nation’s top summer music festivals. The University of Alabama Trombone Choir has given performances at the 2010 Eastern Trombone Workshop, the 2011 International Trombone Festival in Nashville, TN and the 2013 International Trombone Festival in Columbus, GA. Whitaker has also appeared twice as a performer and clinician at the Eastern Trombone Workshop and two International Trombone Festivals. Whitaker is in great demand as a guest artist and has appeared at some of the most prestigious music schools in the country including The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Yale University, Indiana University and many more.
In 2012, Whitaker made his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist at the New York Wind Band Festival. He has appeared as a soloist with all of the wind groups at Indiana University, the Augustana College Symphonic Band, the Purdue University Symphony Orchestra, the Henderson State University Wind Ensemble and performed a premier performance of John Mackey’s Harvest: Concerto for Trombone with the University of Alabama Wind Ensemble in the fall of 2010. He also performed the American premier of Johan de Meij’s T-Bone Concerto with the Murray State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
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About Tyler S. Grant...
Tyler S. Grant has written numerous award-winning works for concert bands, marching bands and chamber groups; many of which have been performed across the world and by musicians of all levels. His wind band music is regularly found on Editor’s Choice List’s from various international music distributors in addition to being performed by various district and state-wide honor bands. He regularly accepts commissions for new works and produces new publications for bands and chamber groups each year. Notable performance venues of his work include: The Midwest Clinic, The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Carnegie Hall, and numerous state-wide, national, and international music conventions. In addition, Tyler regularly serves as guest conductor/clinician for school districts and honor bands at the elementary, junior-high, and high-school levels. His rehearsal style has been described as “engaging and energetic, sprinkled with humor and the occasional life lesson”. Tyler has contributed numerous interviews to articles in School Band & Orchestra Magazine, The Instrumentalist Magazine, and recently was a contributing author in Alfred Music Publishing Company’s Sound Innovations: Ensemble Development series.
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