KU News Release

Sept. 20, 2010
Contact: Erin Curtis-Dierks, School of Music, (785) 864-9742

Trumpet ensemble returns from Australian performances

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LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Trumpet Ensemble, under the direction of Steve Leisring, associate professor of trumpet, performed in Sydney, Australia, at the International Trumpet Guild Conference this summer.

The ensemble performed for a large audience at Sydney’s City Concert Hall as a prelude to a gala featuring Les Trompettes de Lyon from France. The group also performed two world premieres: “Fandango,” co-written by group alumnus James Henry and Leisring; and “Fanfare For Those Who Served,” written for the KU Trumpet Ensemble by Kansas City Symphony Principal Trumpeter Gary Schutza.

Seventeen KU graduate and undergraduate students and one alumnus performed, making the KU Trumpet Ensemble the largest student group from anywhere in the world to perform at and attend the conference.

The Australia trip was sponsored by the Reach Out Kansas, Inc.

“For our students to have an opportunity to perform at a major international conference in a place such as Sydney is an experience they will take with them for a lifetime,” said Leisring. “Musicians from all over the world heard our KU students and applauded them vigorously. It doesn’t get much better than that. Many thanks go to Reach Out Kansas Inc. for making it possible.”

The KU Trumpet Ensemble comprises students from the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. The group has toured China and performed with the Kansas City Symphony, on public television and at the Kansas Music Educator’s Conference in Wichita. The group can be heard on the Potenza Music record label.

Students who performed in Australia are listed below by hometown, level in school, major, parents’ names and other schools attended.

From Atchison 66002
Evan Matthew Berry, sophomore in music; son of Marshall and Kathleen Berry; Atchison High School

From Lawrence 66047
Evan Marshall Hunter, senior in music composition; son of John and Leslie Hunter; Lawrence High School

From Lenexa 66215
Clint Ernest Ashlock, doctoral student in musical arts; two master’s degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City; bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University

From Overland Park 66221
John M. Rowland, senior in music and master’s degree student in accounting; son of James and Bonnie Rowland; Olathe East High School

From Overland Park 66223
Ann Gorsuch, senior in mathematics and Spanish; daughter of Janette Sims; Blue Valley High School

From Leavenworth 66048
Joshua Paul Hambleton, senior in music education; son of Brian and Sherri Hambleton; Leavenworth Senior High School

From West Des Moines 50265
Susannah Jane Kiener, junior in music education; daughter of Frank Kiener and Mary Schwarz; Dowling Catholic High School

From Carrollton 64633
Matthew Aaron Hedrick, senior in music education; son of Doug and Nancy Hedrick; Carrollton High School

From Chesterfield 63017
Andrew Michael Linn, spring 2010 bachelor’s degree in trumpet; son of Mark and Jennifer Linn; Parkway Central High School

From St. Louis 63131
Steven David Sharp, senior in trumpet; son of David and Lorraine Sharp; Kirkwood High School

From Falls Church 22042
Patrick Lawrence Hunninghake, senior in music education and trumpet; son of Patricia and David Hunninghake; Falls Church High School

From Beijing
Guangyu Dong, sophomore in trumpet; son of Dong Junshe
Peixiang Li, junior in trumpet

From Riga
Janis Porietis, master’s student in musical arts; bachelor’s degree from Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music

From Bayamon
Fernando L. Marcano, master’s student in music; bachelor’s degree from the Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico

From Humacao
William Munoz, master’s student in musical arts; bachelor’s degree from the Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico

From Yauco
Nitai Pons Perez, summer 2007 master’s degree in music from KU; bachelor’s degree from the Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico

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