The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Trombone Choir had the honor
of opening for one of the leading trombonists in the world – Joseph Alessi – at the Big 12 Trombone Conference at Texas Tech University, last month.
Alessi, from California, is an active soloist, recitalist, and chamber music performer. Alessi was chosen to be Principal Trombone for the New York Philharmonic in the spring of 1995.
Prior to the Philharmonic, he was second trombone of The Philadelphia Orchestra for four seasons, principal trombone of LÃOrchestre symphonique de Montreal for one season, as well as guest principal trombonist with the London Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall led Pierre Boulez.
Texas A&M University-Kingsville Trombone Choir of 36 students were invited to attend and perform at Texas Tech.
The TAMUK Trombone Choir had a special prelude performance live-streamed to Youtube before Alessi’s recital.
“It meant huge exposure to [TAMUK] because everyone was there to see Joseph Alessi so everyone was there for our concert” said Dr. Os- car Diaz, assistant professor, trombonist.
The 36 trombone students fund raised for approximately 5 months since September.
From bake sales to chicken plates at the annual Fall Carnival, said Colleen Solis, music education major.
From Jan. 20–22 the conference was filled with performances from the trombone choirs from the
University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, Texas Tech, Round Rock, Texas State, Baylor University, and Truman State University,as well as the American Trombone Quartet.
Throughout the days, theconference featured special clinics and sessions by Dr. Aric Schneller, Dr. Chris Buckholz, Dr. Donny Pinson, and more including a Joseph Alessi Master Class.
“I definitely learned a lot. Alessi gave a lot of information and tips that will help improve my playing in the long run,” said Solis.
For more information on the TAMUK Trombone studio check out www.tamuktrombones.com.