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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Trumpet Festival invites students with brass

  • Pittsburg State University will host the fourth annual Midwest Trumpet Festival Oct. 14 and 15 on the PSU campus.



    There’s a reason why the event is held on a Sunday and Monday, according to Todd Hastings, a member of the PSU music faculty and festival director.

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  • Pittsburg State University will host the fourth annual Midwest Trumpet Festival Oct. 14 and 15 on the PSU campus.
    There’s a reason why the event is held on a Sunday and Monday, according to Todd Hastings, a member of the PSU music faculty and festival director.
    “We try to involve junior and high school students, so most of their events are on Sunday, before they have to be in school on Monday,” Hastings said. “It would be ridiculous for us to try to  do anything on a Friday night during football season, because a lot of the students we would draw are in their school marching bands.”
    The strategy must be working because the festival has grown from bringing in 40 students the first year to 130 students in 2011.
    Activities include public recitals and concerts, starting at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 with a performance by the Crowder Jazz Orchestra, featuring guest artist Byron Stripling, international trumpet soloist and artistic director of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. Guest artist Ryan Anthony, principal trumpet with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15. Both will be held in McCray Hall.
    Also scheduled Oct. 15 in McCray Hall will be a public lecture at 9 a.m. by Stripling on “Pops and Mr. Gillespie.” He first played with the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1989 and appeared on the Boston Pops TV show when the orchestra was conducted by John Williams. He has also performed with numerous other pops orchestras.
    There will also be a panel discussion on careers in music at 1 p.m. Oct. 15 in McCray Hall.
    Students will have the opportunity to participate in individual and group master classes.
    “We bring in guest faculty from around the United States to share their experiences with students,” Hastings said.
    Guest artist faculty this year includes Alan Hood, associate trumpet professor at the University of Denver; Dr. Iskander Ahkmadullin, associate trumpet professor, and Dr. Natalia Bolshakova, adjunct professor of piano/accompanying, both from the University of Missouri; Dr. Jason Dovel, assistant trumpet professor, Northeastern State University; Andrew Cheetham, assistant music professor, Eastern Illinois University; Bill Richardson, associate trumpet professor, Northwest Missouri State University; Tito Carrillo, assistant jazz trumpet professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Dr. Tom Smith, trumpet professor, Edison State College.
    “It’s great to see what other people are doing around the country,” said student Matt Carter, who will be playing a solo in one of the concerts. “A lot of times it’s not so different from  what we do here.”
    Hastings’ other trumpet students are also looking forward to the festival, including Kourtney Coats, a first-timer.
    “My cousin told me about Pitt State, so I had heard about the festival before,” she said. “I’m excited, but nervous, too.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Student Dalton Williams, however, has been at PSU since the festival started.
    “Dr. Hastings brings in world-class performers in both classical and jazz trumpet,” said Dalton Williams, PSU student. “It’s great to meet these people without a trumpet between us and find out what kind of people they are.”
    He has found them to be cordial and helpful to younger trumpet players.
    “The artists who come here  are always willing to share ideas, little tricks to make playing easier,” Williams said.
    “What’s really cool is that these tricks we hear about are also heard by the high school students who come,” added student Justin Crossman. “They get to learn things that move our playing ability to higher levels.”
    Kelsey Jo DeVore is pleased that high school students will get to see that not all the PSU students involved in campus music groups are music majors.
    “They can still do something they love here without making it their life,” she said.
    Anyone wishing additional information about the Midwest Trumpet Festival may call the PSU music department office at 235-4466 or visit the web site at www.pittstate.edu/department/music/midwest-trumpet-festival.dot.
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