Baylor Trombone Quartet Wins National Competition

Trombone quartet
Courtesy photo:( L to R) Jared Dickerson, Matthew Harris, John Romero and Andrew Crixell
Jan. 16, 2014

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WACO, Texas (Jan. 16, 2014) - The Baylor School of Music trombone quartet, appropriately named "Bearbones," recently won the Eastern Trombone Workshop's National Trombone Quartet Competition. The quartet members are seniors John Romero and Andrew Crixell, junior Matthew Harris and sophomore Jared Dickerson.

Bearbones submitted their contest recording in November and heard the results from the competition coordinator in December.

"Everyone was really excited," Romero said. "The news came to my email and I texted everyone. I got replies with lots and lots of exclamation points."

Each year, the workshop is hosted by the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" in Fort Meyer, Va. The distinguished adjudication panel at the workshop was made up of members from the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra and the National Symphony.

The competition allows both professional and student ensembles to submit recordings and does not have any age restrictions. Entries were also received from major music schools including Yale, Boston University, Louisiana State University, the University of Georgia and the University of Maryland.

"I was really surprised that we won," Romero said. "Not because I thought we couldn't, but because we could have been even more prepared."

The quartet members are all students of Brent Phillips, associate professor of trombone in Baylor's School of Music.

"I am thrilled for them, but I know this is just the beginning," Phillips said. "This group has all the elements of a competitive and exciting young chamber ensemble. They are teachable and hungry for success."

"Each member is a technician on his instrument, but has kept the goal of high artistry and musical expression as the main priority," he said. "They are mentally strong."

As a result of their win, the group has been invited to perform a full recital for a large national and international audience on March 19, 2014, at the Eastern Trombone Workshop conference.

by Kristen Bennett, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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