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Help the CSU Trombone Ensemble

Columbus State University's Schwob School of Music is becoming well-known internationally.

With two students auditioning for slots in this year's Van Cliburn International Piano Competition last week and guitarists, trumpeters and trombonists coming every year to the various symposia, another element will help boosts the music school's appeal to prospective students.

"A Beautiful Noise," a CD of trombonists performing with the CSU Trombone Ensemble, is scheduled for release in June.

But right now, the project needs a little bit of funding and Bradley Palmer, the professor of trombone, says the Kickstarter campaign has six more days to run to meet its goal.

Actually, he said the $3,500 initial goal was met in the first 24 hours. Now, he's hoping for $5,500 and more than $5,100 has been pledged. The extra $2,000 will pay for a new piece of commissioned work for the ensemble.

While all of the recording, editing and mixing of the music has been done at the school, the CD needs to be pressed and released by Summit Records.

Palmer is thrilled with the star power he got as soloists for the project.

"What I mean by 'star power' is that the CD is all pieces for trombone solo with trombone ensemble accompaniment," he said in a release. "Our soloists have been guest artists over the past six semesters, and are some of the finest soloists in the world."

The soloists are James Markey, bass trombone, New York Philharmonic (now in the Boston Symphony Orchestra), Ko-Ichiro Yamamoto, principal trombone, Seattle Symphony; Paul Pollard, bass trombone New York Mettopolitan Opera Orchestra; Bill Thomas, Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich; George Curran, bass trombone, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Charlie Vernon, bass trombone, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Joseph Alessi, principal trombone, New York Philharmonic.

In other trombone news, the International Trombone Festival will be in Columbus June 26-29. Last year's was in Paris and next year's will be in the acclaimed Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York.

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