June 15, 2000

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ROCHESTER, NY – Before flying to Frankfurt, Germany, for a 10-day, five-concert tour of Germany and Holland with conductor John Marcellus, the Eastman Trombone Choir will present a free concert of its tour program in the Main Hall of the Eastman School of Music (26 Gibbs St.) at noon, Thursday, June 29. The performance is free and open to the public.

The 16-member choir – all current Eastman students or graduates of the class of 2000 – will perform in Detmold, Germany, at the Marienmünster Monastery; in Bremen at the Frau Leibe Church; and in Utrecht, Netherlands, for the International Trombone Festival (July 4-8). Along with classics by Bach, Handel, Verdi, and others, the choir will perform works composed or arranged by Eastman faculty and alumni.

This is the first international tour of the Eastman Trombone Choir in its 58-year history.

It is sponsored by the Eastman School and its alumni.

Founded by Emory Remington in 1941, the Eastman Trombone Choir is known throughout the world as a pioneer of the trombone choir tradition. Its sound has been described as "majestic," "noble," and "brilliant." Marcellus, professor of trombone and chair of Eastman’s Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion Department, became conductor in 1978. The ensemble can be heard on a recent CD, The Legacy of Emory Remington, published by Williams Music Company. The CD is available from the Trombone Department of the Eastman School.