Illinois Trombone News Archive

11/17: Congratulations to MM-Bass Trombone Performance major, Nick Wurl for being accepted into "Innovation: From Creativity to Entrepreneurship" a new joint program between the College of Fine and Applied Arts and the School of Business.

6/17: Reid Lasley, MM bass trombone student at UIUC, has been invited by Maestro Scott Yoo, to perform at 2017 Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, CA this July in a section that includes principal players of the Atlanta and San Francisco Ballet orchestras. The offer was made during Reid's performances at the 2017 Summer Music Festival at Colorado College-Colorado Springs. Reid's teachers include Bill Stanley, John Rojak, and Elliot Chasanov.

5/17: Congratulations to Ben Yates ('11 UIUC MM Graduate) newly appointed Professor of Low Brass at University of Louisiana-Lafayette!!

9/16: Barry Hearn (MM 1998) appointed principal trombonist of the Dallas Symphony.

Saturday, October 10, 2015, 10 am -2 pm
Illinois Low Brass Day, Hersey High School, Arlington Heights, IL
free of charge
(click for info)
free of charge


8/15: O'Brass, a Belgian brass ensemble, records Elliot Chasanov's arrangement of "Night on Bald Mountain" by M. Mussorgsky.

Elliot Chasanov European Tour

Saturday, 3/22/14
Fribourg Conservatory, Switzerland

Tuesday, 3/25/14
Paris Conservatory, France

Thursday, 3/27/14
HOGENT-University of Ghent, Belgium

Saturday, 3/29/14
Masterclass with Koperensemble Bluesette
Flanders, Belgium

Tuesday, 4/1/14

Brussels American School

Friday, 4/4/14

Soloist, conductor
Belgian Trombone Choir Concert, 8 pm
Link to concert
University of Leuven, Belgium
Masterclass, 10 am -12:30 pm
Link to masterclass
Lemmens Institute-University of Leuven, Belgium

My teacher, friend and mentor, Edward Kleinhammer, a legendary member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s trombone section from 1940 until 1985, died on November 30 at his home in Hayward, Wisconsin. He was 94. Born in Chicago in 1919, Edward Kleinhammer started his musical training at age ten on the violin and switched to trombone when he was fourteen. He studied with David Anderson (CSO trombone and bass trombone, 1929–1959) and Edward Geffert (CSO trombone, 1921–1941) and joined the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in 1938 and served for two seasons, and in 1940 he joined Leopold Stokowski’s All-American Youth Orchestra following a nationwide competition. Later that same year—at the age of twenty-one—at the invitation of Frederick Stock, Kleinhammer joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as trombone and bass trombone.Kleinhammer’s tenure with the Orchestra was interrupted by military service in the U.S. Army during World War II, when he served in the 447th Army Air Forces Band from June 1942 until August 1945. His book The Art of Trombone Playing was published by Summy-Birchard in 1963, and he also was the inventor and originator of the optional E attachment for bass trombone, manufactured by the Frank Holton Company. Kleinhammer also co-authored Mastering the Trombone with Douglas Yeo, a former student and retired bass trombone with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. After forty-five years in the Orchestra—serving under seven music directors: Stock, Désiré Defauw, Artur Rodzinski, Rafael Kubelík, Fritz Reiner, Jean Martinon, and Sir Georg Solti—Kleinhammer retired in June 1985.He is survived by his wife Dessie. Services will be private and plans for a memorial service in Hayward are pending.


  • 11/13

  • Congrats to UI Trombone Alum Wilson Wong (BM '09) for being runner up in the Spokane Symphony Bass Trombone Audition.


  • 11/13

  • Dave Day, a current DMA trombone student of Elliot Chasanov, has been engaged to perform in the upcoming national tour of the musical 'Man of La Mancha'. This four-month tour will run through April and take the company to all corners of the US, with extended stays in the Los Angeles, Boston, St. Louis (Feb 7-9) and Philadelphia metro areas.


  • 1/13

  • Barry Hearn, a 1997 MM graduate of the UI Trombone Studio and former student of Elliot Chasanov, was one of three finalists in this past Fall's audition for the Associate Principal Trombone Position in the New York Philharmonic. He is currently a member of the trombone section in the National Symphony Orchestra and on faculty at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.


  • 1/13

  • Peter Deal, a 2012 trombone graduate of the UI School of Music and student of Elliot Chasanov, has been selected as a national finalist in the 2013 MTNA Solo Competition in California this Spring. Peter Deal graduated with a BM in Instrumental Performance in August 2012. He is currently the Trombone TA at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He won the Ohio And Midwest MTNA competitions to advance to national.

    ILLINOIS TROMBONE DAY, Saturday, 3/9/13

    Barry Hearn, National Symphony, Washington, DC
    Jim Pugh, Elliot Chasanov
    click here for schedule
    Music Bldg Auditorium
    sponsored by Edwards Musical Instruments, UI Trombone Studio
    and UI School of Music



  • 12/12

  • Adam Kosberg (DMA student of Elliot Chasanov) and trombone ta has been selected as a brass finalist for The 2013 Krannert Debut Competition. This marks his second selection.

    Illinois Trombone Quartet Fall Tour 2012
    The Illinois Trombone Quartet will perform on a Fall Tour, November 12 and 13, 2012 in the Chicago suburbs. On Monday, 11/12 they will give clinic/concerts at Oak Park-River Forest High School, Oak Park, Tony Svejda, director (UI music ed/saxophone grad) and John Hersey High School, in Arlington Heights, Scott Casagrande, director (UI music ed/trombone grad) On Tuesday, 11/13 they will perform at Glenbard North High School, Carol Stream, Andy Burkemper, director (UI trombone grad) and Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville, Mark Duker, director (UI music ed/trumpet grad). The quartet includes David Day (DMA student), Nathanael Engh (MM student), Adam Kosberg (DMA student) and Elliot Chasanov.


    Justin Brown (MM student of Elliot Chasanov) has been selected as a trombonist for The 2012 Bar Harbor Brass Week this summer in Maine. A small group of pre-professional participants are selected to form brass choirs and chamber ensembles to prepare for performances in Bar Harbor. Daily activities include rehearsals, coachings, masterclasses, and private lessons--all led by a prestigious faculty of many of the finest brass musicians and educators in the country.


    Adam Kosberg (DMA student of Elliot Chasanov) has been selected as the bass trombonist for The 2012 Bar Harbor Brass Week this summer in Maine.


    Peter Deal, senior in trombone performance, has been offered and has accepted the trombone teaching assistantship at Bowling Green State University in Ohio starting in August 2012. He will be Professor William Mathis' teaching assistant and will study with both Mathis and Garth Simmons, principal trombonist of the Toledo Symphony.


    Justin Brown (tenor trombone) and Adam Kosberg (bass trombone), graduate students of Elliot Chasanov, will represent the brass studio in the UISO Concerto Competition (after doing the same for the 2012 Krannert Debut Competition). Both were offered positions with the 2012 American Wind Symphony by conductor Robert Boudreau after Novermber 2011 auditions. Justin Brown was principal trombonist of the AWS in 2010 while an undergraduate at UIUC.

    Peter Deal,senior UIUC trombone performance major, was the only American invited to attend a week long course in Summer '11 presented in France by Jacques Mauger, world renowned trombone virtuoso.

    Wilson Wong (BM-basstrombone '09) was bass trombonist of the 2011 National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO under the the baton of Carl Topilow. Wilson received an MM from the Manhattan School of Music last spring, where he studied with Stephen Norrell, bass trombonist of the Metropolitan Opera. He is starting a DMA at Georgia this fall.

    Illinois Brass Quintet Fall 2011 Tour

    Mon, 11/14/11
    7 pm, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Peck School of the Arts
    Performance for Joint Brass Masterclass, Recital Hall, Music Building
    2400 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee, WI
    Host: Kevin Hartman, tpt professor

    Tue, 11/15/11
    7:30 pm, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
    Concert, Phillips Recital Hall, Haas Fine Arts, 121 Water St, Eau Claire
    Host: Phil Ostrander, trbn professor

    Wed, 11/16/11
    6:30 pm, Northern Illinois University
    Concert, Northern Illinois University Concert Hall
    Host: Mark Ponzo, tpt professor


    November 7, 2011, 5:30-6:50 pm
    Masterclass by Gerry Pagano, bass trombonist
    The Saint Louis Symphony
    Orchestra Reh. Room (Level 2)
    Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
    University of Illinois
    500 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, Illinois 61801


    Free recital and masterclass by Jacques Mauger at Illinois on April 13, 2011
    sponsored by Buffet Crampon USA, Inc
    click here for more information

    ISYM Trombone Camp, UIUC Campus
    June 26-July 2, 2011

    Apply soon, spaces are filling quickly and are limited to 24 students.

    4/2/11:Congratulations to Wilson Wong
    Wilson Wong, 2009 graduate of the University of Illinois Trombone Studio and student of Elliot Chasanov, has been appointed as bass trombonist of the 2011 National Repertory Orchestra.

    3/30/11: Congratulations to Benjamin Yates
    Benjamin Yates (MM-2011) has been appointed Adjunct Instructor of Low Brass at Luther College in Decorah, IA.

    1/1/2011:Metropolis Music Publishers of Bornem Belgium establishes "Elliot Chasanov Brass Series". Metropolis Music Publishers, founded in 1939, is one of the oldest and most respected music publishers in Flanders, Belgium. The series features Chasanov's arrangements for trombone, trombone choir, brass quintet, brass choir and other combinations.

    8/27/10: Congratulations to Alexandru Moraru, Brass TA and DMA-Trombone student, who has won the principal trombone position with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony from a field of 10 including professional players from IL and IN.


    Barry Hearn appointed acting principal trombonist, National Symphony Orchestra, DC<
    > Barry Hearn, MM, UIUC-1998 and student of Elliot Chasanov, has been appointed acting principal trombonist of the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington DC for the 09-10 season and 10-11 season as well. He won the assistant principal audition in January 2009.

    SYM Trombone Camp '10


    1st Metropolis International Masterclass for Brass Instruments, Bornem, Belgium

    1st Metropolis International Masterclass for Brass Instruments (sponsored by Metropolis Music Publishers), July 21-29, 2010 will feature the Illinois Brass Quintet as the resident faculty.
    for more information go to
    The Metropolis Masterclass Website



    '09-'10 UI Trombone Choir


    Spring 2010 UI Trombone Choir

    2010 ISYM Trombone Camp
    June 27-July 3, 2010
    University of Illinois Campus

    The ISYM Trombone Camp program focuses on increasing both technical skill and musical expression. Classes include daily masterclass, technique class, individual practice, solo literature coaching, and trombone choir rehearsal. Students are exposed to a wide range of repertoire and gain perspective on all facets of trombone practice and performance.

    For more information go to:
    The ISYM '10 Website
    ISYM '10 Application Download/Online Registration Link



    Congratulations to Wilson Wong March 2010-Wilson Wong, 2009 Bass Trombone alum, is runner up for National Repertory Orchestra Bass Trombone position. He has played bass trombone less than 3 years. Wilson is pursuing an MM at the Manhattan School of Music in NYC where he studies with Steve Norrell of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

    Congratulations to Andrew Williams
    January 11, 2010-Andrew Williams, former student of Elliot Chasanov and MM alumnus of the School of Music has just won the 2nd Trombone position with the Reno Philharmonic.

    Congratulations to Justin Brown
    Senior Trombone Performance Major is First ever undergraduate brass major to be selected as a Krannert Debut Competition Finalist by brass faculty

    Sunday, 11/8/09, 3:00 pm
    UI Brass Choir

    11/10/09, 7:30 pm
    UI Trombone Choir FGH-KCPA


    6th Annual Halloween Spooktacular

    Saturday, 10/31/09 at 7:30 pm
    The Illinois Brass Quintet with
    Kevin Kelly, WILL-FM, host
    The UIGBQ
    Yankee Ridge Dancers
    Donald Schleicher, UI Director of Orchestras
    Robert Graves, Dean, UI College of FAA


    IBQ 2009 Fall Tour

    10/20-Bowling Green State University, OH
    10/21-Eastern Michigan University,Ypsilanti
    10/22-University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    10/23-Michigan State University, East Lansing

    August 2009
    Elliot Chasanov has been invited to represent the United States on the trombone jury of the 17th Vienna International Solo Competition.

    July 2009
    Elliot Chasanov served as featured artist of the 2009 Poland Trombone Festival held at the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (formerly Chopin Academy). The event was hosted by Professor Roman Siwek, former principal trombonist of the Warsaw Philharmonic. Previous Poland Trombone Festival Guest Artists include: I:1997 John Marcellus, Eastman School of Music; II: 2000 Elliot Chasanov, University of Illinois; III: 2003 Jim Miller, LA Philharmonic; IV: 2006 Jim Miller, LA Philharmonic; V: 2009 Elliot Chasanov, University of Illinois


    January 12, 2009
    Barry Hearn, 1997 MM graduate of the University of Illinois and former student of Elliot Chasanov, has won the permanent position of assistant principal trombonist of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. Read Barry's email.

    '08-'09 UI Trombone Choir

    Congratulations to Jim Siders (UI Bass Trombone alum), recently appointed bass trombonist of The River City Brass Band in Pittsburgh, PA

    Congratulations to Dan Neuenschwander (UI EdD candidate), newly appointed Professor of Trombone and Bands, Kutztown University, PA

    Fall '08: After last summer's passing of UI Alumnus and Principal Trombonist of the National Symphony, Milton Stevens, Barry Hearn, another UI Alumnus and member of the US Army Band in DC has stepped in this season as a regular substitute in the 07-08 trombone section of the National Symphony Orchestra. Barry received the Masters degree in Trombone at UIUC in 1996 as a student of Elliot Chasanov. He was the first trombonist ever to reach the final round of the Concert Artist Guild competition in NYC and was Grand Prize Winner of the International Women's Brass Conference Solo Competition. During his time at Illinois he also won the International Trombone Association Solo Competition.

    In Memoriam
    Robert Gray (1926-2008)
    UI Trombone Professor, 1955-1991

    In Memoriam
    Michael Ewald (1948-2008)
    Professor of Trumpet at UIUC 1990-2008
    Teacher, Friend, Colleague, Mentor

    Congratulations to Wilson Wong, winner of 08-09 season bass trombone positions in the Champaign-Urbana Symphony and Sinfonia da Camera.Wilson has been playing bass trombone for 1 year and is a senior in Bass Trombone Performance.

    February 19, 2008
    Congratulations to Kiel Lauer, winner, Spring 08 Trombone Choir Bass Trombone Solo Competition.

    January 27, 2008
    Elisa Adkison was featured soloist with Champaign-Urbana Symphony
    portraying "Sue the Tyrannosaurus" in Bruce Adolphe's "A Cretaceous Concerto".

    January 22, 2008
    The 1st Annual UI Trombone Choir Bass Trombone Solo Competition
    Winner to perform with UITC on 4/17/08 concert.
    Who: Any member of the UITC is eligible to compete.
    When: 2/19/08 (Profs Chasanov & Pugh will judge)
    What: Serenade by Nick Woud is competition piece (and concert piece too).

    November 4, 2007
    Chris Trinche, bass trombonist, trombone teacher, organist, and UI Trombone alumnus passed away after a long bout with liver disease at age 51. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

    October 10, 2007
    Congratulations to Elisa Adkison, winner, Fall Trombone Choir Tenor Trombone Solo Competition.

    September 19, 2007
    The 1st Annual UI Trombone Choir Trombone Solo Competition
    Winner to perform with UITC on 11/13/07 concert (and 11/10/07 Illinois Trombone Symposium).
    Who: Any member of the UITC is eligible to compete.
    When: In 2 weeks-around 10/3/07 (Profs Chasanov & Pugh will judge)
    What: Velke �Fantasia� is competition piece (and concert piece too).

    September 18, 2007
    Hear sound clips of UI Trombone Choir performing at UIUC 9/11 Memorial Concert.
    Faure: Cantique de Jean Racine (arr. for trombone choir & organ by Tom Godfrey)
    Bruckner: Christus factus est (arr. for trombone choir by Elwood Williams)

    September 12, 2007
    Congratulations to Elisa Adkison (new UIUC DMA student), winner Principal Trombone, Champaign-Urbana Symphony.

    '07-'08 UI Trombone Choir

    Hear sound clips of UI Trombone Choir performing at the
    2007 UIUC 9/11 Memorial Concert.(click on title below)

    >>Faure: Cantique de Jean Racine
    (arr. for trombone choir & organ by Tom Godfrey)

    >>Bruckner: Christus factus est
    (arr. for trombone choir by Elwood Williams)

    September 11, 2007
    UI Trombone Choir to present campus-wide 9/11 Memorial Concert in Smith Recital Hall at 7:46 am (the time the first plane hit WTC).

    July 31, 2007
    Milton Stevens, Principal trombonist of the National Symphony in Washington, DC and UI School of Music alumnus, passed away last night (7/30/07) in his sleep at aged 65 after suffering a heart attack at the 2007 Summit Brass Festival in Denver last week. Milt received the MM Degree at UIUC as a student of Robert Gray, professor emeritus of trombone. He was also a major teacher of current UI trombone professor, Elliot Chasanov. Dr. Stevens previously served as principal of the Denver Symphony and taught at Ohio State, Maryland, and Catholic University.

    Chasanov Signature Mouthpieces
    July 7, 2007
    Karl Hammond (for years the custom guy at Schilke's in Chicago) has been making his own mouthpieces for a couple years now. Those already using them include the entire trombone section of the CSO, John Hagstrom-trumpet of the CSO, Randy Hawes-bass trombone of the Detroit Symphony and many others. Karl has just announced the Chasanov Signature Series. The alto trombone pieces are already in production. Plans are under way for a Chasanov signature tenor, bass, and euphonium line.

    Denis Wick, legendary principal trombone of the London Symphony Orchestra,
    during a masterclass at ISYM Trombone Camp, 6/27/07.

    The Continental Trombone Quartet, a group made up of 4 DMA graduates and former students of Professor Elliot Chasanov, was showcased as a featured invited ensemble at the 2007 International Trombone Festival held in Brasillia, Brazil in January 2007. The group is comprised of Dr. Douglas Farwell (Professor of Trombone and associate dean at Valdosta State University), Dr. Peter Madsen (Professor of Trombone and Jazz at the University of Nebraska-Omaha), Dr. Mark Sheridan-Rabideau (Professor of Trombone and Low Brass at the Millersville University, PA) and Dr. Steve Wilson (Professor of Trombone and Low Brass at the University of Texas-El Paso).

    Matt Cameron (MM-2006) won the Principal Trombone position in the Cedar Rapids Symphony (IA). Twenty trombonists auditioned. The decision was made on August 27, 2006 after four rounds of auditions. In addition, Matt has also been appointed trombone instructor at Grinnell College, Clarke College, and the Cedar Rapids Symphony School.

    Jamie Brothers (current DMA trombone student of Elliot Chasanov and MM-UIUC-2000) won the Trombone Competition-Professional Division at The 2006 International Women's Brass Conference held the week of June 12, 2006 in Normal, IL. The previous trombone competition winner (IWBC 2003), who also won the 2003 Grand Prize, Barry Hearn (MM-UIUC-1997) trombonist with the US Army Band in Washington, DC, performed "Trombone Concerto" by newly appointed UI Jazz Trombone Professor Jim Pugh on the 2006 IWBC Faculty Concert.

    Dan Neuenschwander (EdD candidate) has been appointed
    to a one year visiting faculty position in the UI Bands (April 2006).

    Barry Hearn (MM-1997) won the principal trombone position with Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in May '05 but declined the position. He was a finalist for the National Symphony 2nd trombone position in October '05. He is currently a member of the US Army Band in DC.