Grand Valley trumpet ensemble wins national championship

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A Grand Valley State University trumpet ensemble, under the direction of Associate Professor of Music Richard Stoelzel, won first prize by unanimous vote at this year’s National Trumpet Competition Trumpet Ensemble Division. The competition was held March 13-16, at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

All three of Grand Valley’s trumpet ensembles were accepted into this prestigious competition, making it the most represented school at this year’s competition, which included such prestigious schools as The Juilliard School, Indiana University, Boston University and others. The Grand Valley Trumpet Ensemble also won first place in 2006.

Members of the winning trumpet ensemble are Jeffrey Lewandowski, Jeffrey Northman, Hunter Eberly, Alex Wilson and Mark Peterson. In the undergraduate solo competition Grand Valley trumpeter Jeff Lewandowski won third prize. Jeff Northman was declared runner-up in the Historical Division Competition.

For more information contact Richard Stoelzel at (616) 331-3393 or stoelzer@gvsu.edu.

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