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thumb DonLucas-headshotIn the world of brass musicians, Don Lucas is a pretty big deal, and Tennessee Tech University students will have the opportunity to take a master class and perform with him during the 2013 TTU Trombone Day.

Lucas has performed and won awards in competitions around the world and in the United States. Selected as a Fulbright scholar to London’s Guildhall School of Music, he was the first brass player in that institution’s nearly 150-year history to win its prestigious Premier Prix Diploma.

TTU trombone students will take a master class with him at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6. After the class, which is open to the public, Lucas will give a 7:30 p.m. recital with TTU accompanist Paul Thurmond. In the second half of his concert, Trombones at Tech: The Tennessee Tech Trombone Choir, directed by professor Joshua Hauser, will take the stage as well to feature Lucas as a guest soloist and conductor.

Earlier in the day, trombone students Dan Bendeck and Andrew Petty will perform together, accompanied by Thurmond and fellow trombonists Jeremy Brown and Daniel Riggsbee. That recital starts at 3 p.m.

The event series, Trombones at Tech, will end with two recitals by the TTU trombone studio with accompaniment by Thurmond at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Monday, April 8. The campus events are part of International Trombone Week, which was created more than a decade ago by the International Trombone Association to promote the instrument.

The events are sponsored by TTU’s Center Stage.

All concerts will take place in Wattenbarger Auditorium, which is in the Bryan Fine Arts building at 1150 N. Dixie Ave. on the TTU campus. All these events are free and open to the public.