The trumpet ensemble from California State University, Long Beach took third place in a national competition of top university and college groups.
The National Trumpet Competition, held March 14-17 at George Mason University, featured 30 invited groups selected as semi-finalists from a field of more than 120.
Baylor University came in first and Northwestern University came in second place, according to a news item on the CSULB website.
The ensemble is made up of juniors Tony Belletti and Jackson Niebrugge, seniors Devin Henderson, Esther Hood, Casey Martin and Kurt Peregrine, and graduate student Drew Ninmer. The group is coached by Rob Frear, CSULB director of brass studies.
“Their training and professionalism was apparent throughout the weekend both in their level of performance and their wonderful demeanor," Frear is quoted as saying on the university website.
"The piece they played, the 'Moffett-Klein Phenomenon,' is a tour-de-force among trumpet ensemble compositions, and was by far the hardest piece presented this year, in my opinion. Casey Martin played the treacherous solo part with apparent ease.”
The public can hear the trumpet ensemble on Tuesday, April 9, at 8 p.m. at the University Brass Ensemble Concert in the Gerald R. Daniel Recital Hall. Tickets for $10 can be purchased at the door.