Atlanta Trombone Ensemble

International Trombone Festival

Voxman Concert Hall – University of Iowa

Friday, July 13th, 2018

FANFARE FOR 8 TROMBONES – By Dr. Shelley Foster Gurin

Fanfare for 8 Trombones was commissioned by the Atlanta Trombone Ensemble and was premiered on our 2014 Trombone Week performance. It is scored for six tenor and two bass trombones. The composition utilizes the whole-tone scale extensively, both melodically and harmonically. Quartal harmony is also used, both as a color changer and balance to the whole-tone sound. Traditional harmony appears sporadically for contrast.

Learn more about Dr. Shelley Foster Gurin at Dr. Shelley Foster Gurin.

THE LAST BREATH – By Jennifer Mitchell

A very dramatic work, The Last Breath paints a musical portrait depicting the feelings and emotions in the moments leading up to the final breath in this life. Commissioned by the Atlanta Trombone Ensemble, The Last Breath received its World Premier at Kennesaw State University “Brass Blast” on February 10, 2018. Today is only the 3rd performance of what we hope will be many more to come around the trombone world. The work is published by Potenza and can be pre-ordered with free shipping at the festival.

Since 2008, Jennifer Mitchell has been on the faculty of Kennesaw State University teaching Music Composition and Music Appreciation.  When she is not teaching or composing, you will find her playing trombone in various ensembles around metro Atlanta including the Georgia Brass Band, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Trombone Ensemble.

Learn more about Jennifer Mitchell at Jennifer Mitchell – KSU.

Gabriel’s Oboe – By ENNIO MORRICONE, Arr by derrick parker

Gabriel’s Oboe is the main theme for the 1986 film, The Mission, directed by Roland Joffe.  The theme was written by Italian composer Ennio Morricone and has since been arranged and performed several times by various artists and ensembles.  Arranged by Derrick Parker, the Atlanta Trombone Ensemble will be joined by professor Dr. Natalie Mannix from the University of North Texas.

Learn more about Dr. Natalie Mannix at Dr. Natalie Mannix.

LEVIATHAN – By Jack Wilds

A fanfare for 8 trombones, Leviathan was completed in 2013 and is dedicated to the Texas State University Trombone Choir, Dr. Martin McCain director.  Leviathan is energetic from the opening note to the final chord and has been performed extensively since its debut. This work is a challenge to play, but a whole lot of fun to attempt.

Learn more about Jack Wilds at Jack Wilds Music.

SHENANDOAH – Arr. Ryan Haines (Combined w/ the Rose City Trombones)

Shenandoah is an American folk song dating back to the early 19th century.  The song appears to have originated with Canadian and American voyageurs or fur traders traveling down the Missouri River in canoes, and has developed several different sets of lyrics.  By the mid 1800’s versions of the song had become a sea shanty heard or sung by sailors in various parts of the world.

This arrangement by Ryan Haines was originally commissioned by “Mr. Jeffrey’s Bones” in 2013.

Learn more about Ryan Haines at Ryan Haines.

Upcoming Performances

  • University of Iowa – International Trombone Festival – 3PM on Friday, July 13th, 2018
  • Atlanta, Georgia – Trombone Invasion: The Sequel – Coming to Cafe 290 in August 2018
  • Atlanta Georgia – A Zephyr Christmas Concert – 7PM on Friday, December 7th, 2018
  • Atlanta, Georgia – YuleSlide Atlanta – Coming in December, 2018
  • Atlanta, Georgia – Trombone Week Concert – Coming in April, 2019