2014 University of Louisville Trumpet Festival
On February 22, 2014 the University of Louisville School of Music hosted their First Annual Trumpet Festival. The event was generously sponsored by the University of Louisville School of Music, University of Louisville Faculty Senate and the International Trumpet Guild. This year’s festival featured internationally renowned guest artists Chris Jaudes and Dr. Dennis Edelbrock. The festival also featured the University of Louisville Trumpet Faculty: Dr. Michael Tunnell, Dr. Herbert Koerselman and Dr. Mark J. Lynn, as well as Dr. Krista Wallace-Boaz, piano. Several trumpet vendors were on hand at the event, including Miles Ahead Music, Just for Brass, Louisville Music Company, Mel Owen Music, Maller Brass and Messina Covers. Louisville’s own Derby City Brass Band performed during the concluding evening concert.
The festival began with two master classes given by the guest artists. Edelbrock’s master class presented a look back on his long career as a member of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” trumpet section, followed by a pedagogical discussion on flexibility and agility. Chris Jaudes’ master class followed with a discussion on musicianship, focusing on a playing career in New York City and the need to be a versatile musician who is always ready to perform when the “red-light” is on.
The afternoon sessions included three recitals. The U of L trumpet faculty, trumpet ensemble and baroque trumpet ensemble performed during the first recital, presenting works by Dauverné, Balakireff, Ketting and LoPresti. Guest artist Edelbrock performed during the second recital of the afternoon, which included Herbert L. Clarke’s Carnival of Venice. His program closed with a performance of Leaning by Anthony J. Showalter. Professor Jaudes offered his rendition of the Botschinsky Jazz Sonata, A Carmen Fantasy by Frank Proto. In addition to the performances, each guest artist paid tribute to U of L’s retiring trumpet professor, Dr. Herbert Koerselman. Both Edelbrock and Jaudes gave emotional and heartfelt congratulations to their former colleague and mentor who helped shape and guide their careers.
The evening concert featured Louisville’s own Derby City Brass Band. This well-attended concert featured each guest artist as well as the U of L Trumpet Faculty. Edelbrock performed James Curnow’s Concert Piece, and Jaudes performed Bill Conti’s Gonna Fly Now. Both guest artists teamed up to perform Peter Graham’s duet Quicksilver. The festival concluded with Leroy Anderson’s Buglers Holiday, featuring trumpeters Dennis Edelbrock, Chris Jaudes, Michael Tunnell, Herbert Koerselman, Mark Lynn and Jonathan Wysong.
Source: Dr. Mark J. Lynn & Dr. Michael Tunnell, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky