UIndy Trumpet Conference

The University of Indianapolis, locally known as UIndy, hosted its second annual trumpet conference on Sunday, March 18, 2018, on the UIndy campus.

UIndy Trumpet Professor and Conference Committee Chair, Larry Powell, along with Dr. Brenda Clark, Department of Music Chair at UIndy, and the remainder of the planning committee, put together a program of events with opportunities for trumpet players of all ages and abilities. ITG President Cathy Leach was on hand for the day’s sessions and the evening conference. 

The day began with Larry Powell presenting a group warmup with almost forty trumpeters attending an 8:30am session. The Chicowicz-based session covered the flow studies, Clarke Technical Studies, 1-3, and some personal adaptations of Arban’s flexibilities.

The conference featurered artists Doc Severinsen and Rex Richardson. Richardson presented a morning master class stating and clarifying fundamentals as they apply not just to trumpet, but also to music. Richardson was eager to chat with conference attendees.

Doc Severinsen presented a master class moderated by ITG President Cathy Leach. Leach prompted Severinsen for stories about his life. 

Larry Powell, Doc Severinsen, and Rex Richardsond

The conference featured three other clinicians: Rob Parton, Scott Belck, and Fred Powell. Parton spoke on the aspects of lead playing and provided insight on how to prepare for and navigate the perceived and real dangers of a lead and commercial trumpet career. Scott Belck of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music presented a fundamentals session. Fred Powell of Powell Trumpets presented a clinic on trumpet design.

Scott Belck

Between sessions and throughout the entirety of the conference day, vendors were open with many different trumpets, flugelhorns, mouthpieces, and accessories for the conference attendees to trial and purchase. This year’s conference location took place in the UIndy Schwitzer Student Center.

The day concluded with a concert featuring guest artists in concert with the Indiana Wind Symphony, conducted by long-time ITG member and supporter Dr. Charles Conrad.

(Source: Larry Powell)

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