First of all, we have had a plethora of wonderful guests coming through including Stephen Burns, Fred Holmgren, Mark Reese, Vince DiMartino,
and most notably, the 2015-16 academic year featured a day long residency with Doc Severinsen and a week long residency with Charles Schlueter (retired BSO principal trumpet).
The trumpet studio continues to distinguish itself. In 2014 the UMass Trumpet Ensemble took 4th place at the National Trumpet Competition and accompanied Eric to perform at the Schagerl International Brass Festival in Melk, Austria. To celebrate, Eric commissioned composer James Stephenson to write a new work “Unplugged” which they premiered at the following year’s NTC.
UMass Trumpet Studio alumni Andrew Stetson, Alex Lee-Clark and Tom Bergeron have given wonderful performances and masterclasses. Alumni Gary Bernice was given UMass’ “Outstanding Young Alumni Award” for his incredible work at SciTech High School in Springfield.
UMass Alumni Steve Felix, who took 2nd place in the NTC undergraduate division a few years ago, topped that with a win in the Graduate Division
Several alumni have joined Eric in performances with the Albany Symphony and Boston Philharmonic Orchestra which is always a thrill for him.
And, in case you hadn’t heard, the Eric’s recent solo recording with the UMass Wind Ensemble got a Grammy Nomination. It was a project featuring all works which Eric commissioned for trumpet and wind ensemble. The Stephen Paulus Concerto for Two Trumpets and Wind Ensemble was nominated for best contemporary composition. It is a thrill for all involved!
The studio is thriving and our alumni are out doing great work and performers and teachers. There is too much to say in this single post, but we hope to update this page with more detail about the great things going on in the future.
Among all of the wonderful news, our family suffered a severe loss last May. One of our own left us far too young. Mike Valerio, you will be sorely missed. rest in peace.