TTU Trumpet Ensemble wins national honors

For the second year in a row, musicians from the Tennessee Tech University Trumpet Ensemble won honors at the National Trumpet Competition held recently at George Mason University. The Trumpet Ensemble, directed by Music Professor Charles Decker, was awarded second place and a cash prize in the University Trumpet Ensemble Division.

The National Trumpet Competition is the world's largest trumpet competition, awarding over $20,000 in prizes. The TTU undergraduate trumpet group placed second to Indiana University and ahead of ensembles from major schools of music including the Cincinnati Conservatory and University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The group performed Turrin "Festival Fanfare," Sclater "Soundings," and Verdi "Fanfare from the Requiem."

Comments about the ensemble's performance by the jury of distinguished trumpet professionals included "a stylish and musical group" which is "very tight and professional."

"I am so pleased to have these ambitious undergraduate music education majors recognized at the national level for their commitment to musical excellence," said Tennessee Tech Trumpet Professor Charles Decker.

"This speaks extremely well for the quality of the instruction of our department, the College of Education and the university. It is very gratifying to have this undergraduate ensemble ranked next to Indiana University, the largest music school in the nation, and higher than other competing major conservatories."

The undergraduate group winning national honors is part of the larger 17-member TTU trumpet ensemble which has premiered more than 60 compositions.

Members of the TTU Trumpet Ensemble performing at the National Trumpet Competition included Will Rachal of Crossville; Will McCrary of LaVergne; Chris Andies of Rogersville; Matt Kirkpatrick of Murfreesboro; John Gardner of Huntington, Ind.; and Bryan Crisp or Ramsey, Ind.
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