Trombone Day 2014

Saturday, February 1st


About Trombone Day
Trombone Day is currently in the end planning stages and is gearing up to be the best one yet of learning and fellowship. We start with the focus on our high school players, but there will be plenty of activities for all trombonist to have a rewarding experience.

To help us become the premier trombone event of the west coast, Bones West has stepped forward partner with the CSUF Music Department. Returning this year is the very popular trombone choir reading sessions open to all players in attendance at Trombone Day.

One of the highlights of Trombone Day is the High School Trombone Quartet Contest followed by a master Class. The day will conclude with a concert featuring the guest artist and friends.

Performances by Bones West, The High sSchool Quartets, and the California State University Fullerton and the Fullerton Community College combined Trombone Choirs.

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Recital Hall
Choir Room
9:00 Registration Closed
10:00 - 1045

Combined  Concert 
Fullerton College

11:00 - 11:45

Jazz Workshop/Adult    
Tom Ervin

Reading Session/H.S. & College
Robert Soto & Michael Hoffman
12:00 - 12:45

Presented by Phi Mu Alpha
(H.S. Quartet Warm-up)

1:00 - 1:45

H.S. Quartet Contest
Robert Soto,
Michael Hoffman,
Dan Bochard

2:00 - 2:45

Jazz Workshop/H.S. & College    
Tom Ervin

Reading Session/Adult
Dan Bochard
3:00 - 4:00 Master Class 
James Miller
4:30 - 6:00 Concert in Meng Hall 
Recital/Jim Miller
Quartet Winner Announcement
Door prize winners
Jim Miller with Bones West


Adults: $20.00

Students, Seniors, and Military: $10.00

Quartet members: FREE

Location and Parking

Trombone Day takes place at Cal State Fullerton at the Clayes Performing Arts Center

2014 Featured Guest Artists

James Miller is a well-known performer in both the jazz and classical venues. He also is a noted composer and arranger, writing effectively for many different groups and styles of music.

Mr. Miller earned a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa while studying trombone with Jon Hansen, and jazz improvisation with Dr. Robert Washut. He received a Masters degree in 1993 from Juilliard School of Music as a scholarship student of Dr. Per Brevig.

Mr. Miller has served with the Long Island Philharmonic, and the New York Philharmonic. In1994 he won the position as Principal Trombonist of the North Carolina Symphony. Currently he serves as the Associate Principal Trombonist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a position he has held since 1999. His performance duties include alto, tenor, and bass trombone, as well as tenor tuba and bass trumpet.

Mr. Miller is on the faculty of the California Institute of the Arts, and U.C.L.A., and is a clinician for UMI (United Musical Instruments).

He has released a solo album titled “From Coast to Coast” on All Barks Dog Records.


Tom Ervin As one of the world’s premier trombonists in both jazz and classical fields, Tom Ervin is a unique musical commodity. He has traveled widely as a sought after clinician and soloist, and has performed extensively worldwide.

Mr. Ervin attended the Juilliard School of Music with a Naumburg Scholarship, earned his B.A. in Music Ed from University of Arizona, and received a Masters of Music in Performance from U.S.C.

Mr. Ervin is Professor of Trombone Emeritus at U.A., and, as a clinician for Yamaha trombones, has conducted clinics in Australia, England, and throughout the United States. Past president of ITA, he is frequently a faculty member of their workshops, and has appeared as a guest artist premiering many new compositions, including pieces composed for him.

Mr. Ervin was principal trombone for the Tucson Symphony for 28 years. He was also a member of Jazzberry Jam, a touring Dixieland group representing the US through the State Department.

His CD release, “I’ll be Around”, has been met with rave reviews, and is available through his own label, Canyon Music.

He is also author of the books “Range Building on The Trombone,” and “Twenty Counterparts”, duet accompaniments to the Bordogni-Rochut Melodious Etudes.

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High School Quartet Competition

One of the highlights of Trombone Day this year is the high school trombone quartet contest. Quartets will compete in a “Trombone Idol” style venue to be judged by a panel of professional trombonists and educators. All quartet members must be high school students participating in their school’s music program.

The contest will consist of an onstage performance of two pieces. The music for the competition will have one required piece, "Prelude from Te Deum", and one piece of their choice that is approximately three minutes in length. The panel will comment on the performance of each quartet and eventually choose the first and second place winners.

The quartet contest winner will receive a $200.00 prize to be allocated to their school’s music department. The prize for 2nd place will be $100.00. All participants will receive four raffle tickets each and free admission to Trombone Day.

To sign up for the quartet competion, please email Len Wicks at


To download "Prelude from Te Deum" click the following links >      Parts (PDF)      Score (PDF)


Door Prizes

Trombone gear and related items will given away again this year in the afternoon. Tickets will be available at registration and throughout the day. Prize winners will be announced during the 4:30 concert.

Kanstul Musical Instruments

Jack Kanstul

                        - 2 mouthpieces

YamahaMusical Instruments
Jonathan Goldman

                        - Silent Practice system

Woodwind & Brasswind

Aaron Sklar

                        - Jo-Ral mutes

Ferguson Music
Steve Ferguson
                        - Pbone

Curtois Musical instruments
Magali Trioche;

                        - CD’s
                        - Logo hats

Bertrand’s Music and Horn Improvement
Ted Weed

                        - $50.00 gift card

Anaheim Band Instruments
Music and Arts        Greg Pate

                       - $100.00 gift certificate

Tom Ervin

                       - Range Building On The Trombone
                       - 20 Counterparts for Rochut Studies
                       - 60 counterparts for Voxman Selected Studies


Ferguson Music

Kanstul Musical Instruments

Yamaha Musical Insruments

Curtois Musical instruments

Cases by Source


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The 4:30 Concert will take place in Meng Hall

(photo by Foaad Farah)