2022 Schedule

Welcome to Trombone Day!  Here’s what’s happening!

Please note: Mt San Antonio College currently requires masking on campus.  Musicians are required to use bell covers and masks in rehearsals; Masks can be removed during performances. 

For more information about COVID protocols on campus: https://www.mtsac.edu/covid19/


High School: Group Warm-up with Dr. Karen Marston, Feddersen Recital Hall
Adult/College: Group Warm-up with Bob Sanders, TENT (in parking lot)


Trombone Check opens in room M119
High School
: Reading Session with Dr. Lori Stuntz, Feddersen Recital Hall
Adult/College: Visit the exhibits in room M108


High School: Visit the exhibits in room M108
Adult/College: Trombone Choir Reading Session with Bob Sanders, TENT (in parking lot)


Opening Concert, Intercollegiate Choir


Free time/Exhibits/Break/Lunch


High School Quartet Competition, Feddersen Recital Hall
Judges: Dr. Karen Marston, Shelly Suminski, Dr Lori Stuntz, Bob Sanders


Open rehearsal with Alex Iles and Bones West, Feddersen Recital Hall


Artist Master Class, Alex Iles, Feddersen Recital Hall


Guest Recital, Empress Trombone Quartet Recital, Feddersen Recital Hall


Artist Recital, Alex Iles Artist Recital, Feddersen Recital Hall


Finale Concert, Bones West, featuring Alex Iles, Feddersen Recital Hall (Quartet Winners will be announced prior to concert)

See you on April 23!




2022 Featured Ensemble: Empress Trombone Quartet

SoCal Trombone Day is excited to announce a featured concert for 2002: Empress Trombone Quartet!

The Empress Trombone Quartet performs multi-style concerts for diverse audiences. With repertoire ranging from Medieval plainchant to swashbuckling movie scores, Empress concerts have something for every kind of music-lover, and as a female-centered trombone quartet, Empress is about breaking ground, and smashing stereotypes. Founded by Karen Marston in 2019, the Empress Trombone Quartet calls on the diverse musical backgrounds of its players, which range from orchestral and chamber music, to commercial and studio playing, to push the boundaries of chamber music.

Empress is also committed to new music, and has commissioned two brand new works for trombone quartet: The Lady of the Lake, by LA composer Stephen Mahpar, and Lotus Flowers, by Fátima Abramo Acuña, trombonist of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Congreso Nacional del Paraguay, which will be premiered in 2022.

Empress Trombone Quartet is:

Amy Bowers

Shelly Suminski
Lori Stuntz
Karen Marston

What will the Empress Trombone Quartet do at SoCal Trombone Day?

Empress will perform a recital program and serve as judges for the High School Trombone Quartet competition.

See you on April 23!


2020 Guest Artist: Peter Steiner

SoCal Trombone Day is excited to announce our 2020 Guest Artist:

Peter Steiner 

with Constanze Hochwartner, Piano

Italian trombonist Peter Steiner’s playing has been described as “beautifully controlled with a vocal sound” and he is recognized around the world as “a new trombone star within his generation”, “playing with total control”. In 2019 he was awarded Prize Winner of the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia.

At the age of 23, Peter Steiner was appointed Trombonist of the Vienna State Opera and Vienna Philharmonic for the 2016-2017 season. Prior to that engagement he served as Principal Trombonist with the Colorado Symphony for the 2014-2015 season. He has performed as guest trombonist with the Munich Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, New York Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

His 2018-2019 season involves extensive international travel and features over 100 performances, including a 3-month World Tour of the United States, Europe, Asia and South America with Constanze Hochwartner (piano/organ) as Duo Steiner-Hochwartner, as well as solo concerts with orchestras around the globe. Other highlights for this season include a CD release tour throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States in July 2019, and solo appearances at the Lille (France) Trombone Festival and International Trombone Festival (Indiana, USA).

See you Feb., 1, 2020!

Special Guest: Dick Nash

We are honored to welcome the great Dick Nash as a special guest for Trombone Day 2019!  

Amassing a whopping 3200 television and movie score credits in his long career, LA trombone great Dick Nash worked with all of the Hollywood heavy-hitters, including Henry Mancini, Jerry Goldsmith, and John Williams, and can be heard on many iconic recordings, such as Peter Gunn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Days of Wine and Roses, Sabrina, and Planet of the Apes, to name a few.  Dick will be joining Bones West and Marshall Gilkes on the finale concert at Trombone Day!  Don’t miss this incredibly special opportunity to hear a legend of the LA Studio Scene!

2019 Artist: Marshall Gilkes

The SoCal Trombone Day team is excited to announce our 2019 guest artist, Marshall Gilkes!

New York based trombonist Marshall Gilkes is a multi-style virtuoso whose energetic playing and technical brilliance set him apart on the world stage.  Educated at the Juilliard School, Marshall has been active internationally for two decades, and has performed with such jazz greats as Wynton Marsalis, Randy Brecker, Maria Schneider, and Edmar Castañeda.  His skills as both a composer and a soloist can be heard on the 2015 release, Koln, from the WDR Big Band, and he is in high demand as both a performer and a clinician at jazz festivals and schools around the world.  In addition to his work with WDR, Gilkes has three solo releases: Sound Story, Lost Words, and Edenderry, all of which are available on his website, at: https://www.marshallgilkes.com/albums.html.

For a taste of Marshall’s playing and writing chops, check out the track below!

Marshall will be performing and teaching throughout the say at SoCal Trombone Day, on Saturday, March 02, 2019!  We’ll post more information in the coming months, but in the meantime, save the date!

See you March 2!