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Loyola University New Orleans Student Trumpet Ensemble Wows Crowds at International Trumpet Guild Conference

Loyola press release - June 21, 2018

Rising junior Brian Maassen ’20 of Mandeville, La. Wins Stuart D. Shanler Jazz Performance Scholarship Award

The Loyola University Trumpet Ensemble performed in early June at the 43rd annual conference of the International Trumpet Guild in San Antonio, Texas. The group, under the direction of Dr. Nick Volz, Associate Professor of Classical and Jazz Trumpet and the Rev. James C. Carter S.J. Distinguished Professor of Music at Loyola University New Orleans, was chosen by recorded audition to be among a handful of trumpet ensembles from around the world to perform at the conference. One Loyola student, Brian Maassen ‘20 of Mandeville, La., received the conference’s Stuart D. Shanler Jazz Performance Scholarship Award.

The ITG is the largest organization for trumpet players in the world, and the invitation to represent New Orleans and to perform before thousands of trumpet players was a distinct honor for Loyola students. Founded in 1974, the nonprofit ITG is designed to promote communications and collaboration among trumpet players, and it aims to improve the artistic level of performance, teaching, and literature associated with the trumpet.

A review of the Loyola ensemble stated: "the performance exhibited tremendous enthusiasm, power, and excitement throughout." Loyola’s trumpet ensemble includes Michael Bauer ‘21, Chris Drennan ‘19, Brian Maassen ‘20, Peter Nionakis ‘18, and Jack Wright ‘19. In addition to giving a feature performance for an international audience, these students had the opportunity to interact with many of the world's leading trumpet artists and scholars.

Each year, the ITG holds a juried competition to award conference scholarships and cash prizes to exceptional students based on submitted solo recordings. This year, Brian Maassen, ’20, received the Stuart D. Shanler Jazz Performance scholarship award. Maassen, a rising junior from Mandeville, La., who is majoring in Music Education with a Jazz Studies minor, received his award at the annual banquet and will be acknowledged in the next ITG Journal.

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