Louisiana Trombones is an annual event for trombone enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels. Join us for a day of playing trombone, listening to trombone, and learning about trombone!
Participants are encouraged to register in advance for a day of trombone playing in one of two trombone choirs with guest conductors, guest artist recital, masterclass instruction, and a performance at the end of the day.
Louisiana Trombones 2024
Saturday, April 20, 2024
Events are held at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Angelle Hall Band Room and the Main Hall
601 E St. Mary Blvd.
Participants will be allowed to park in the EK lot (gravel lot, kitty corner to Angelle Hall).
10-10:15am- registration for participants (FREE!, Band Room 164)
10:15-10:45- warm up session (Band Room)
10:45- 11:30- participant trombone choir (Band Room)
11:30-12:30- Erica Nichols, Bass Trombone, Guest Artist Recital (Main Hall)
12:30-2:00- Lunch (more info below)
2:00-3:00pm- participant trombone choir (Band Room)
3:00-4:00- Masterclass: Erica Nichols, Bass Trombone
4:00pm- trombone choir soundcheck/rehearsal with Erica Nichols (Main Hall)
4:30- trombone choir performance (Main Hall- free and open to public)
Guest Artists 2024
Louisiana Trombones is dedicated to the education of professional, student, and amateur trombonists. Guest artists not only present a recital each year, but also provide a masterclass featuring ways of improving as a student, and conduct the participant trombone choirs.
April 20, 2024
Erica is a native from Decatur, Mississippi. She is currently the bass trombonist for the Nashville African American Wind Symphony. She has attended SAE Institute-Nashville, Tennessee for a Diploma in Audio Engineering. Before SAE, she attended The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music in Hattiesburg, MS. There, she studied with Dr. Ben McIlwain and pursued a Bachelor of Arts (BA 2020).
Announcing Louisiana Trombones 2025:
Thanks to our supporters!
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More information on the M&W Custom Trombones site.
UL Lafayette Low Brass Student Association.
Dr. Benjamin Yates, Associate Professor of Trombone at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Dr. Yates performs with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Louisiana Brass Quintet. Yates is a M&W Custom Trombones artist and a MADPipe trombone mouthpiece and lead pipe system artist.
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More information found on the MKS Cutaway Mouthpieces site.
Please contact Dr. Yates with questions or for further information about Louisiana Trombones.
Past Guest Artists
Dr. Michael Smith
Luther College, Decorah, IA
Dr. Michael Smith is currently Associate Professor of Low Brass at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he teaches low brass, low brass methods, coaches small brass ensembles, and conducts the Luther College Brass Choir and Trombone Choir. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, a Master of Music Education from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and a doctorate in Trombone Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Jason Sulliman
Dr. Jason Sulliman is Assistant Professor of Trombone at Troy University and Trombone Tutor for the North American Brass Band Summer School in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Previous teaching positions include the University of North Alabama and Vincennes University in Vincennes, Indiana. Jason has a unique background in kinesiology as well as music, and his research combines the disciplines of brass pedagogy, motor learning, and cognitive science. He has given hundreds of clinics and guest lecture appearances all over the United States including The Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, TMEA, the International Trombone Festival, the International Trumpet Guild, the Juilliard School, and the Eastman School of Music. Jason is also in high demand all over the world as the creator and consultant for the Sulliman Stability Training Method, which helps wind instrumentalists develop their embouchure utilizing research based in physiology, neuromuscular control, and biomechanics as well as traditional brass pedagogy.
Mr. Matthew Wright
Louisiana Philharmonic Symphony
Trombonist Matthew Wright joined the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in 2011. He has performed and recorded with numerous orchestras, big bands, and chamber ensembles from Carnegie Hall to Birdland, and Beijing to New Orleans. He was in the first horn section to play with the band Cake. He was a soloist with the the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, but he was dressed as Santa Claus. His primary teachers are Jeannie Little, Matthew Vaughn, Per Brevig, Steve Norrell, and Scott Hartman.