ROCHESTER, NY — The Eastman Trombone Choir, directed by Professor John Marcellus, recently learned that it won first place in the 2001 International Trombone Association Remington Trombone Choir Competition. The competition, held in February, is named for Emory Remington, who taught trombone at Eastman for nearly 50 years and is recognized as one of the most outstanding brass instrument pedagogues of the century. He was credited with changing the style of trombone playing from a gruff, marching band sound to a smooth, lyrical, and soloistic one.
The Trombone Choir received a unanimous vote from an esteemed judging committee consisting of Blair Bollinger, bass trombone, Philadelphia Orchestra; Glenn Dodson, retired principal trombone, Philadelphia Orchestra; and Michael Mulcahy, second trombone, Chicago Symphony Orchestra. As the competition’s winning ensemble, the 16-member Choir will receive free tuition to the International Trombone Festival in Nashville, TN, in May. The group also will present a featured performance during the festival.