NPP Ensemble

The Non-Pro Player Committee provides Non-Pro/Comeback players with the opportunity to have visible support in the organization. A portion of that is afforded by providing Non-Pro/Comeback players with the opportunity to perform in an ensemble at each ITG conference. There is significant interaction and healthy communication when players work together toward a common performance goal.

An original piece is being composed by Dr. Robert Sears for the Non-Pro Players Trumpet Ensemble to perform at the 2025 ITG Conference in Salt Lake City. The ensemble will be directed by Dr. Seretta Hart.

Previous ITG Conference Non-Pro Players Ensembles:

2024 Anaheim, California – To kick off Anthony Plog's sessionPerpetual Progress: Nurturing the Lifelong Student in You, a well-versed [15 players of the] Non-Pro Trumpet Ensemble very impressively premiered the first [Prelude] movement of Brendan Collins's piece "Divertimento," [for 8 B flat trumpets, directed by Seretta Hart]. (Peter Nionakis)   [Download amateur video]  

Taking advantage of the Conference hotel’s proximity to Disneyland, the Festival of Trumpets performed two identical concerts in the outdoor amphitheater at Downtown Disney. The various ensembles performed both on stage and in different locations throughout the open quad in a fast-paced collage format. To close out the Disney shows, Jim Olcott wrote a mass trumpet ensemble arrangement of “When You Wish Upon a Star,” which included all 84 ensemble members involved in the concert and featured solo parts performed by Jens Lindemann and Jonathan Bhatia. The concerts, very smoothly coordinated by Dr. Nairam Simoes from Arkansas State University, were well attended by an appreciative public audience and a steady flow of pedestrians passing by, who have probably never heard that many trumpets perform at the same time. (Nick Volz)

2023 Minneapolis, Minnesota – David Baldwin directed the Non-Pro Player Ensemble as 13 players performed the exciting premiere of “Old American Songs” for 10 B flat trumpets, composed by David Baldwin, in the Festival of Trumpets.

"Old American Songs," conducted by Baldwin, featured many familiar folk tunes from the traditional American canon. The ensemble performed with great energy. (Julia Bell)

2022 San Antonio, Texas – directed by Seretta Hart - 17 players performed the exciting premiere of “Undercurrents” for 10 B flat trumpets composed by Gregory van der Struik in the Festival of Trumpets

2019 Miami, Florida directed by Seretta Hart - 17 players in the premiere of Jason Dovel's The Legend of Pandora for 10 Bb trumpets

2018 San Antonio, Texas directed by Seretta Hart - 14 players in premiere of Kody Euteneier's Prelude and Fugue on a Theme by Herbert L. Clarke for 6 Bb trumpets

2017 Hershey, Pennsylvania – directed by David Brown - 27 players in the premiere of James Olcott's The Standard (a Sousa-style march using the Hayden Concerto as the seed) for 10 trumpets

2016 Anaheim, California – directed by David Brown – 18 players in the premiere of David Marlatt’s Windscape for 1 Bb piccolo trumpet, 6 Bb trumpets and 3 Bb flugelhorns 

2015 Columbus, Ohio – directed by David Brown - 28 players in Eric Morales’ Within Sacred Walls for 6 trumpets and the premiere of Wesley Nance’s A Brief Adventure for 10 trumpets

2014 Valley Forge, Pennsylvania – directed by Kevin Eisensmith - 30 players in David Marlatt’s 15-part Festival Fanfare

2013 Grand Rapids, Michigan – directed by David Brown - 32 players in a premiere of David Brown’s arrangement of Gabrieli’s Canzona noni toni a 12 for 12 trumpets and Kevin McKee’s Durrenhorn Passage for 6 trumpets

2012 Columbus, Georgia – directed by David Brown –18 players in premiere of David Brown’s arrangement of Gabrieli’s Septimi toni a 8, No. 2 for 8 trumpets




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