The Music Department is starting to gain recognition far beyond the state of Texas.
The Texas A&M University – Kingsville (TAMUK) Trombone Studio has been invited to perform at the International Trombone Festival (ITF) in Valencia, Spain, July 8-11.
“The International Trombone Festival (ITF) has taken place annually across the world. Past locations have included the United States, England, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Finland and now Spain,” said Oscar Diaz, associate professor of trombone.
“Attracting over 1,000 people including performers, exhibitors and delegates, the ITF represents the finest in trombone performance and pedagogy.”
In the past, the TAMUK Trombone Sstudio has received an Honorable Mention award for the Emory Remington Competition held by the International Trombone Association.
They have been invited to numerous festivals across the nation. The most recent and notable is the American Trombone Workshop in Fort Myer, VA. in the Washington D.C. area, where they have performed twice.
“It is considered a prestigious honor to be selected to perform in this venue as only a handful of trombone choirs receive this talent-based invitation,” Diaz said.
He explained the group sent recordings and a resume to the organization and that led to being chosen to perform. The students will perform a full-featured concert for many guests from around the globe, he said.
This is the first time the studio has been invited to this festival, which is considered the main festival in the trombone world.
“Typically this honor is given to ensembles, which contain graduate students,” Diaz said. “Ours does not (contain graduate students), which makes the invitation that much more extraordinary.”
The TAMUK Trombone Studio is one of only three trombone choirs for the US performing.
“Being in Spain we will be exposed to a whole different level of music and being able to perform at a festival of that caliber is very exciting,” said Tracy Gonzales, music education major.
To help make the trip possible, the trombone studio has gotten financial assistance from administrators of the university, local businesses and fundraising from the studio.
“For fundraising, the studio has had a raffle, sold beef fajita tacos, helped in the concession stands for football games, and most recently have been going to businesses around town asking for help and support,” said Mark Vasquez, music education major.
On Saturday March 28 they will be hosting a fundraising Workout of the Day (WOD) for the TAMUK Trombone Choir at 1724 S Brahma Blvd Suite 104 in Kingsville. Any donation is welcome.
The WOD will be open to the public and no CrossFit experience is necessary. The studio will play one or two songs before the workout.
“I thank Dr. Diaz for all he has done for us and I’m proud of our studio for coming together to reach these goals,” Gonzales said.