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The International Trumpet Guild Conference brings more than 1,000 aficionados of the versatile brass instrument to Richmond. 

Tooting Their Own Horns

International Trumpet Guild Conference
May 19-23
University of Richmond

Miles Davis. Dizzy Gillespie. Wynton Marsalis. These musicians are just a few of the legends that have mastered the trumpet and captivated the public with its sometimes soothing, sometimes sharp sound. The music produced by this beautiful instrument is as versatile as the audience members who appreciate it. Often associated with jazz music, the trumpet is also found in orchestras, brass bands and most recently, the punk-rock-inspired ska.

On May 19, at the University of Richmond, the International Trumpet Guild Conference will swing into town for five days. The conference will feature performances by internationally acclaimed baroque trumpeter Niklas Eklund and the well-known jazz player Clark Terry.

The International Trumpet Guild has more than, 8,000 members and is rapidly growing. Formed in 1975, its annual conference has been held in such places as Sweden, Rotterdam, and Lexington, Ky. Mike Davison, associate professor of music at the University of Richmond, entered a bid two years ago to hold the conference in Richmond. and now finds himself playing host to more than 1,000 people for the event.

The conference is divided into day and evening sessions throughout the four days. Davison's band, the Richmond on the James Brass Band, is just one of many performances participants will be able to see. Among the performers: The Great American Music Ensemble (GAME), headed by VCU's Doug Richardson with a performance by John Faddis; The Nicholas Payton Quintet, the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble with Clark Terry and Ingrid Jensen; and Rhythm & Brass will be featured during the evening concerts. The daytime sessions will begin each morning with various brass quintets from colleges from throughout the country.

The conference also offers master classes and "technology hours." Hundreds of tables of instruments, music and related paraphernalia will be exhibited throughout the Marsh Art Gallery in the Modlin Center for the Arts. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to watch an international trumpet finalists' competition. Three to four students in each field will compete in solo performance, jazz improvisation or mock orchestra excerpts. Listen closely to these students' names — they may be the next trumpet legends.

To close out the five-day event, selected trumpeters will perform at the West End Assembly of God as part of the church service on Sunday, May 23.

Tickets are limited. The Modlin Center for the Arts box office will be selling tickets each morning of the event. Day passes to attend both day and evening sessions are available for $50. Individual tickets for the evening concerts are $15 and individual tickets for the day concerts are $10. You may also purchase tickets for the entire event, prices range from $90-$170. Call 289-8696 for details.
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