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International trumpet conference includes public concerts

Posted on May 06, 2013

More than 50 music artists and presenters will provide highly charged classical and hot jazz performances in Grand Rapids during the 38th Annual Conference of the International Trumpet Guild, sponsored by Grand Valley State University. ITG will also sponsor several on-going competitions and contests that offer cash prizes and scholarships.

Each day of the conference, June 11-15, provides concerts open to the public. Tickets range from $10-40, and include the June 12, afternoon performance by the father and son team and Grand Rapids natives Brandon and Rich Ridenour, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. The June 15 evening Grand Finale Concert will feature Arturo Sandoval, Jens Lindemann, Rex Richardson, Bill Lucas, Adam Rapa, and Allen Vizzutti with Walter White, Small Medium @Large, at DeVos Place.

“While the conference will be filled with classes and lectures for educators and trumpeters of all ages, the public concerts provide a rare opportunity to hear, in a few short days, performances by many of the top international trumpet artists,” said conference cohost Rich Stoelzel, Grand Valley professor of trumpet who also maintains an active career as an international soloist, chamber and orchestral musician.

Sandoval, one of many featured performers, has won an Emmy Award, six Billboard Awards and eight Grammy Awards. Born in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, he was granted political asylum in the U.S. in 1990 and obtained citizenship in 1999. Sandoval, the protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, was voted Cuba’s Best instrumentalist from 1982-1990. A tenured professor at Florida International University, he has performed with music icons from Woody Guthrie and Frank Sinatra, to Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys.

Grand Valley alumnus Hunter Eberly, who recently won the principal trumpet position with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, will also be performing and teaching at the conference, as will Bill Lucas, a member of the DSO trumpet section since 1988.

“I think that this conference, which for the first time in ITG history is offering educators and students alike the chance to partake of educational classes, will be the model for all others to follow,” said Lucas.

For more information about the conference, participating artists and concerts, call cohost Valerie Stoelzel in the Department of Music at (616) 331-3678, or visit the conference website,


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