Student achievement

Congratulations to Josh Henson, Jacob Shaffer and Nicholas Orndoff!

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This year the trumpet studio took the top two spots at the WMEA Commencement Bay regional solo and ensemble competition. Josh Henson took top honors and will be going to state performing the first movement of the Sonata for Trumpet by Eric Ewazen. Jacob Shaffer, pictured left, took second place performing the first movement of Masks by Dana Wilson.

Nicholas Orndoff competed in the Seattle giving an excellent performance of Rustiques by Eugene Bozza. His brass quintet won a chamber category performing Canzona Bergemasca by Samuel Scheidt.

Congratulations to Kira Newell

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Kira Newell was accepted on early decision as a trumpet performance major at Northwestern University to begin in the fall of 2016. Kira came to me last year to prepare for college auditions after receiving excellent instruction from Chuck Colburn and has a great future on trumpet ahead of her.

Congratulations to Eliza, Ben, Jacob, Alex and Nicholas!

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Congratulations to a graduate of the studio, Eliza Block, currently at St Olaf College, who was just accepted to the National Syphony Orchestra Summer Institute with a full scholarship.

Congratulations also to high school sophmore, Ben Sahlin, lead trumpet of the Roosevelt Jazz Band, who will be travelling to New York to compete at Essentially Ellington.

Congratulations to Jacob Shaffer who won the Commencement Bay solo and ensemble competition and to Alex Moore who was runner up!

Congratulations to Nicholas Orndoff whose brass quintet took third place at the WMEA State Competition.

Congratulations to Nicholas, Jacob and Ben

Nicholas Orndoff was accepted to the All Northwest Band and Jacob Shaffer was placed in the All State Orchestra. Congratulations on this recognition of your hard work! This past September, Ben Sahlin won the lead trumpet chair of the famous Roosevelt Jazz Band!

Last year Nicholas was placed in the All State Orchestra and Jacob into the All State Band, though I forgot to brag about them at that time.

Greg Simon is off to Michigan

Puget Sound alum, Greg Simon, is off to the University of Michigan to pursue a doctorate in composition. Still an active jazz trumpeter, Greg is a great composer; check out his music: www.gregsimonmusic.com

Studio sweeps Commencement Bay solo and ensemble competition

Congratulations to Eliza Block, Andrew Murphy, and Jacob Shaffer for coming in first, second and third in the Commencement Bay WMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest; the studio sweeps once again.

2012

Eliza Block accepted to both Oberlin and St. Olaf, among others; time to make a decision!
Eliza Block wins the Tacoma Youth Symphony concerto competition with the first movement of the trumpet concerto by JN Hummel. Congratulations Eliza!

Adam Morrell moves to Stadium High School

In August Adam Morrell accepted the position of band director at Stadium High School. Stadium has a long history of exceptional music making; I know that Adam will continue that tradition!

2011

Peter Nelson King is off to Boston University for his masters degree!

2010

Kelby Hawthorn won the Commencement Bay WMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition performing the concerto by Alexandra Pakhmutova. Eliza Block took second alternate. Congrats to both of you on excellent performances.

2009

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Peter Nelson-King wins the Puget Sound Concerto Competition!. He will perform the first movement of the Hummel trumpet concert with the University Symphony in the spring of 2010.

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Oscar Thorp was accepted at Eastman, Boston University, St. Olaf, Lawrence University and Oberlin; he will major in trumpet performance at Oberlin.
Neil Hulbert was offered large scholarships at Lawrence and St Olaf--Neil chose St. Olaf. Anna Chow received a full scholarship to study at Brigham Young University.
Congratulations to all!

Neil Hulbert won the trumpet category at WMEA state competition. Neil Hulbert and Oscar Thorp won the small brass ensemble division.

Once again the trumpet studio swept the Commencement Bay Regional Solo and Ensemble Contest:

Neil Hulbert, winner: Concerto for Trumpet by Henri Tomasi
Oscar Thorp, first alternate: Concerto for Trumpet by J. Hummel
Sam Becker, second alternate: Sonata for Trumpet by Paul Hindemith

Oscar and Neil also won the small brass ensemble division performing the Concerto for Two Trumpets by Antonio Vivaldi
Chris Hildenbrand won the Mountain Regional Solo and Ensemble.

2008


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Greg Simon '07 was selected for an "Iron Composer" competition. He will travel from Denver to Oklahoma to compete in "speed composing." www.gregsimonmusic.com
Jared Tanner was accepted at Boston University and the University of Washington for graduate studies.
Brian Kibler received a 1 rating and took first alternate in the Valley Regional Solo and Ensemble contest.
Oscar Thorp won the Commencement Bay regional solo and ensemble competition. Neil Hulbert is first alternate in the Commencement Bay solo and ensemble competition.
Neil Hulbert, Kristen Monk and Oscar Thorpe won the small brass  ensemble division of the Commencement Bay regional solo and ensemble competition playing a trumpet trio by Tomasi; they took second place in the WMEA state competition. 
Neil Hulbert, Kristen Monk--on horn--and Oscar Thorp won the Commencement Bay regional solo and ensemble competition in the large brass ensemble category performing Victor Ewald's Quintet no 1. They went on to the WMEA state competition and won. Yes, Kristen Monk competed successfully on both trumpet and horn.

2007

Neil Hulbert and Kyle Deline are chosen as co-principals of the Tacoma Youth Symphony Orchestra; Oscar Thorpe wins the second chair.
Greg Simon begins graduate studies in Composition and Jazz Trumpet at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Josh Gailey: WMEA State Competition, 3rd place; Winner of a regional WMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition.
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Neal Hulbert: WMEA State Competition, finalist, received a 1 rating at state; Winner of the Commencement Bay WMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition. Winner of the Tacoma Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and Soloist with the Tacoma Youth Symphony Orchestra. Winner of the MTNA northwest young artist competition, finalist in Toronto competition.
Kristen Monk: 1st alternate in the Commencement Bay WMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition.
Oscar Thorp: 2nd Alternate, in the Commencement Bay WMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition.
Former student, Adam Morrell, graduates from Central Washington University with a degree in music education and accets position at Stewart Middle School in Tacoma.

2006


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Puget Sound alumna, Eileen Bedlington, accepted a position with the United States Navy Band.

Eva Breitenbach: WMEA State Competition, 3rd Place; Winner of the Commencement Bay WMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition. Third Place prize winner of the Northwest Sinfonietta Young Artist Concerto Competition
Dan Rousseau: 1st alternate in the Commencement Bay WMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition
Jared Tanner performs with the brass faculty on a Jacobsen Series faculty concert.

2005

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Eva Breitenbach: WMEA State Competition , 1st Place; Winner of the Commencement Bay WMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition.
Dan Rousseau: 1st alternate in the Commencement Bay WMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition.
Greg Simon, soloist with Judson Scott on a Jacobsen Series Faculty Concert in Concerto for Two Trumpets by Antonio Vivaldi.

2004

Robin Bruce-Aijian received a Fulbright teaching assistantship and traveled to Germany.

2003

Zachary Person begins graduate studies at the University of Oregon.
Adam Morrell wins a regional WMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition.

2002

Eileen Bedlington was accepted to Manhattan School of Music for Graduate study and appeared as soloist with the UPS Wind Ensemble playing the Concerto by A. Arutiunian.

Pre 2000

Patrick Boggs receives a full scholarship to study at Northwestern University.
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Angela Gosse receives degrees from New England Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music. She now freelances in New York: www. angelagosse.com 
Jeff Castle: receives a full scholarship for graduate studies at Rice University. He is now on the faculty of Texas A & M University.