October 1st, 2011: The First Annual UMass Trumpet Day!
October 1st, 2011 was the date of the first UMass Trumpet Day.? This event was hosted by the newly established Pioneer Valley Trumpet Guild based in the UMASS trumpet studio (open to all trumpeters in the Pioneer Valley who have an active ITG membership) and funded with the generous support of Shires and Yamaha Trumpets. The day began with a recital by UMASS Professor of Trumpet, Eric Berlin and Professor of Piano, Nadine Shank, in a recital of Eric?s favorite pieces. The UMASS Trumpet Studio started it all off with Professor Jeffrey Holmes?s Herald Emeritus Fanfare, followed by a multi-movement work by American composer Robert Russell Bennet, entitled Rose Variations, originally scored for cornet and band.? Each movement was composed to represent a different rose, and highlights Bennett?s flair for musical comedy. A third piece on the program was Joseph Turrin?s Two Portraits, which Turrin wrote to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the International Trumpet Guild ? obviously very appropriate and significant for this event!? This was followed by a Robert Bradshaw piece, which Professor Berlin commissioned, entitled Notes For Buddy.? This multi-movement work was composed for Eric, in loving memory of his late, beloved lab/retriever companion of 14 years, named Buddy.? Next on the program was Nightsongs by Richard Peaslee, followed by the final selection, Portrait of a Trumpet, composed by the great Sammy Nestico.? The common theme with the pieces on this recital ? other than that each brilliant work is among Eric?s favorites ? is that they were all composed by American composers. Following Professor Berlin?s recital, there were many events throughout the day, including a clinic by Professor Holmes about Big Band style, a district solo clinic with professor Berlin ? assisted by members of the studio performing the senior district solos from across the state (Steve Felix, John Mange, Dan Fleury and Allison Cockshaw). The main draw for everyone was, however, the guest artist for the day, Vince DiMartino. We were blessed to have with us a man who is known around the world for his outstanding musicianship, versatility, virtuosity, and pedagogical prowess.? He gave a clinic on practicing in which spoke about some wonderful ideas and musical food for thought from which we all can benefit. The main event was the evening concert, which featured Vince.? It was started with a performance of Professor Jeffrey Holmes? Suite For Four Trumpets and Rhythm Section, followed by a few small group tunes, highlighting various UMass jazz students with Vince and our faculty rhythm section.? The second half of the concert featured Vince as a guest artist with the UMASS Jazz Ensemble 1, our top big band. Among the most exciting experiences during my time here at UMASS was performing in this evening concert, and having the opportunity to solo next to and trade improvised solos with the great Vinny DiMartino.? He has been a long-time influence and jazz hero of mine, so to stand next to him and perform the music I love was quite literally a dream come true!? The tune one which we traded was Professor Holmes? arrangement of Byouba? which he wrote to feature the finalists of the 2007 International Trumpet Guild Carmine Caruso Jazz Competition. There were about 100 trumpeters (or trumpet enthusiasts) in attendance, traveling to the Valley from a grand total of 6 different states! – by Micah Maurio, MM — Jazz Composition and Arranging