Trombone Choir Concert Celebrates International Trombone Week

The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the SFA Trombone Choir in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The Trombone Choir will perform a festive concert with a selection of popular and jazz songs that will commemorate International Trombone Week,” said Dr. Deb Scott, associate professor of trombone at SFA and the director of the Trombone Choir.

“Eleanor Rigby” and “Yesterday,” arranged by Dr. A.C. “Buddy” Himes, dean of the College of Fine Arts, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Beetles first appearance in America.  Other popular songs on the program will include “Mr. Sandman,” “The Entertainer” and “On Green Dolphin Street.”

Guests accompanying the Trombone Choir will be Lufkin senior Juwan Blanton on drums, Littleton, Colo., junior Cory Meier on piano, and Athens graduate student Stephen Morman on bass.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit

Trombone Choir Concert

Join the SFA Trombones in Concert on Monday, November 4, 7:30 pm, in Cole Concert Hall.  The varied program will feature music from the 16th century as well as Presser’s Isorhythmic Toccata of the 20th century.  Three percussionists will join the split choir for this exciting work.  Also featured is the Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare arranged by our own, Michael Swann.


Trombone Choir Concert Spring 2012

The SFA Trombone Choir will present its final concert of the year–tonight at 7:30 in Cole Concert hall. The first part of the concert will showcase trombone quartets. The trombone choir will finish the concert with the Chase Rondo, Michael Swann‘s arrangement of Grieg’s Aase’s Death, and Justin Allen will conduct the ever-popular “Tower Music”! Hope to see you there!


The Big 12 Conference

Saturday morning we got up and attended our first clinic by Ronald Borror.  

Afterwards, we checked out the exhibits and then headed to lunch.  Most of us ended up at the home of the world’s best fried cheese, Spanky’s.

We headed back to the music building and warmed up for our concert.  We played great!  Here is the program we played:

Fanfare                                                                                     James Kazik

(b. 1978)

Justin Allen, conductor

Three Motets                                                                    Carlo Gesualdo

1. Ave Dulcissima Maria                                                  (1561-1613)

trans. Bradley Palmer

Justin Allen, conductor

Ecce veniet dies illa                                               Giovanni Palestrina


             ed. Stephen Gryč

Suite in F                                                                                    Gustov Holst

II.          Song Without Words                                            (1874-1934)

III.         Song of the Blacksmith           arr. Michael Swann**

Funeral March                                                                     Edward Grieg


arr. Michael Swann**

Rainbow Connection                                   Paul Williams  (b. 1940)

 and Kenneth Ascher (b. 1944)

Danny Williams**, conductor/arranger

Three Miniatures for a Giant for Robert Deahl          Richard Birk

I.            Peer Pleasure                                                   (b. 1960)

II.          Lite Motive

III.         Bob’s Rondo a la Birk


**SFA Trombone Choir Member

Stephen F. Austin State University



*Justin Allen, Klein

Michael Anderson, Sugarland

Kelly Barker, Rye

++David Carlsen, Fort Worth

Ashley Colgrove, Mesquite

Webb Gardner, Katy

Lacy LaForce, Big Sandy

+Megan Massarello, Cypress

Daniel Ramos, Fort Worth

David Robbins, Rusk

Ashley Scambray, Cypress

+Michael Swann, Plano

Jordan Torres, Anahuac

Dwight Watson, Wylie

Danny Williams, Dayton

+Samantha Williams, Mesquite

The concert went great!  (except for that constant annoying Bolero solo from the exhibits in the background) We had a lot of positive feedback, even from Viento Sur!

Dr. Scott played a solo in the afternoon: Colloquy by Goldstein to kick off the faculty recital.  Susan Wass accompanied.

Dinner was at Gardski’s Loft on Broadway:

We were blissfully unaware at that point of the incredible performance we were about to hear.  We headed back to the music building for a concert by the Argentinian Trombone Quartet, Viento Sur.  They had been at SFA in 2010.  They were remarkable then, but their playing has risen to even new heights.  They were astounding! After the concert, Kelly, Danny, and Dr. Scott hung with them at the jazz jam.  It was great fun!

We all stayed up too late!–but still made it to another clinic by Dr. Rose about doubling:

We headed back to DFW, dropping some students, and then on to Lubbock.  Fortunately, everyone got home safe.

Made it to Lubbock!

The Trombone Choir met in Dallas for the first time in five weeks.  We played a morning concert at John Horn H S–where Sam went to school.  The choir played really well–especially considering that we were playing that concert after a five week break wtihout a rehearsal!  The band directors, Mr.Todd Burke, and Mr. Scott Rives were very welcoming and supportive.  We played a great concert and then talked to the HS students for a LONG time.  They had many great questions.

Afterwards, we headed to the Ft. Worth zoo!   It was the perfect downtime between concerts.  It was really cold, so we spent a lot of time in the primate house where Danny became the target for an over-aggressive gorilla.  

We then played a concert at Southwest HS in Ft. Worth.  We played well and had a great question and answer session with the HS students.  Mr. Dunn has consistently turned out awesome students with the best tone quality I’ve heard–yes, that’s you David C. and Daniel.  Don’t get a big head.  After this concert, we headed to the Ft. Worth iconic restaurant, Joe T. Garcia’s.  We had an awesome relaxing dinner.

Afterwards, we drove to Waxahachie where we stayed in a great La Quinta right by the HS.  We got up and played a concert for Waxahachie HS and middle school.  Rich Armstrong and Jon Hinton were very welcoming to us as were the students–we got a standing ovation.  We were happy, had been a little intimidated since they had been named the 4A honor band of Texas this year.  The HS school students mingled with ours, and I met several very promising trombonists.

We headed towards Lubbock.  Some of my students were shocked at how flat and desolate W. Texas appears. 

Made it to Lubbock just in time for the opening conference concert.  Afterwards, a mass trombone choir sight read some new pieces.  Dr. Lias’ Sequoia sounded great with a 40+ choir.  Arrived at our hotel around 11 p.m.  It’s awesome–who’s your friend?