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Trombone Day

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 10 AM - 7:30 PM

Creative Arts Center, Morgantown, WV

FREE and open to public

Our fifth annual day-long trombone seminar is designed for high-school age trombonists and hosted by WVU trombone professors Keith Jackson and Brian Plitnik. Open to any interested students, parents, teachers, and band directors, this educational experience will be packed with trombone performances and hands-on trombone education. 


The WVU Trombone Day is free and will feature Faculty and Guest Artist masterclasses, a WVU Trombone Faculty recital, performances by WVU student trombone ensembles, a special Guest Artist appearance by Christopher Bill of YouTube fame, jazz by Osteology (Bones and Rhythm), and a chance for Trombone Day participants to perform in a mass Trombone Choir alongside WVU students. 

The WVU Trombone Day will begin at 10am and end around 7:30pm and will include a complimentary lunch for participants. 

Register online now

If you are interested in attending this exciting event there are no registration costs or audition requirements, but please contact Brian ASAP as space is limited.

Trombone Solo Competition

The West Virginia University School of Music Trombone Studio is  excited to announce the second annual  WVU Trombone Solo Competition! The competition is open to all high school student trombonists (as of the start of the 2018-19 school year). The prize for winning the competition is a  $200 gift card to Hickey's Music Center (—a fantastic online resource for trombone music, mouthpieces, mutes, accessories, etc. The solo is an original composition for unaccompanied trombone by WVU Composition Major, Levi Ferrebee. 

Download the piece for the solo competition (PDF)

Rules of the Competition are as follows:
1. First Round will be a recording. Entries for the competition must be an UNEDITED quality digital recording and emailed as an attachment to in one of the following formats: MP3 or WAV. Please avoid speaking on the recording. 

2.  In the body of the email with the attachment, applicants must include the following information: Name, Mailing address, Email address, Phone number, Year in school, Name of high school. 
3. A $10 entrance fee (check or money order made payable to  WVLB,  please include the student's name in the memo section of the check ) must be mailed to the following address:

WVU College of Creative Arts
West Virginia Low Brass
c/o Brian Plitnik
One Fine Arts Drive
Morgantown, WV 26506-6111

4.  Entries must be RECEIVED by September 10, 2018 Payment must be postmarked by September 10. Entries received after September 15 will be disqualified, and entries without corresponding payments will not advance. 

5. Finalists will be expected to perform the unaccompanied selection at WVU Trombone Day on September 23 before a panel of judges. All applicants will receive written feedback. The winner of the WVU Trombone Solo Competition will be selected by majority vote of the judges. Finalists will be announced via email on or around September 17. 

Questions? Contact

Brian Plitnik,  Trombone Instructor and Director of Trombone Ensembles

School of Music/College of Creative Arts

West Virginia University

(304)293-4538 - office