UNT to host inaugural international jazz trombone competition Oct. 26

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 14:28

DENTON (UNT), Texas — Trombone players from around the world will be travelling to Denton this week for the inaugural BAC Instruments/University of North Texas Jazz Trombone Day and Competition.

Saturday’s event will include:

  • Educational workshops taught by UNT College of Music faculty and graduate students
  • Final round of a competition featuring trombonists ages 30 and younger from five continents
  • Performances by award-winning trombonist and Assistant Professor of Jazz Trombone Nick Finzer as well as UNT’s The Three O’Clock Lab Band and The U-Tubes

Home to the world’s first bachelor’s degree program in jazz studies and the Grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band, UNT is dedicated to helping develop the next generation of jazz musicians. 

With the BAC Instruments/UNT Jazz Trombone Day and Competition, Finzer hopes to bring awareness to talented young trombonists. 

“We want this event to have a profound impact on young trombonists and become one of the premier jazz trombone competitions worldwide,” Finzer said. “Through the workshops, performances and competition, participants will receive an experience we hope will educate and inspire them as they are launching their careers.”

The winner will receive recognition via social media, a BAC Custom Jazz Trombone, a cash prize and a scholarship toward a degree with a jazz trombone concentration at the bachelor's, master's or doctoral level at UNT. 

Event sponsor BAC Instruments is covering contestants’ travel and lodging. The competition also had no entry fee, removing the financial burden that might hinder some from applying.

BAC Instruments/UNT Jazz Trombone Day and Competition is open to the public, but does require pre-registration on the event’s website


9 a.m. — Registration

10 a.m. — Opening remarks by Assistant Professor of Jazz Trombone Nick Finzer and performance by The U-Tubes. 

11 a.m.–1 p.m. — Educational workshops

1:30–3 p.m. — Live finals of Jazz Trombone Competition

4–6 p.m. — Educational workshops 

8 p.m. — Finale concert featuring Nick Finzer and The Three O’Clock Lab Band; Jazz Trombone Competition winner announced 

About the UNT College of Music

The College of Music is the largest public university music program in the United States and is one of the most globally respected. The College of Music offers fully accredited degrees from the bachelor through doctoral levels. Faculty include internationally acclaimed artists and scholars in composition, commercial music, conducting, ethnomusicology, jazz studies, music education, music entrepreneurship, music history, music theory, performance, performing arts health and world music. The College presents more than 1,100 concerts and recitals annually. UNT music alumni can be found around the world in impressive, award-winning careers across a wide-range of music professions. Visit the College of Music at http://music.unt.edu and connect with the College of Music on Facebook at Facebook.com/UNTCollegeofMusicInstagram.com/untcollegeofmusic and on Twitter at @UNTCoM.

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