Baylor Trumpet Players Place Third in National Competition

April 3, 2014

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WACO, Texas (April 3, 2014) – Students from the Baylor trumpet studio represented the Bears with great success on March 23 as they earned third place in the trumpet ensemble division at the 2014 National Trumpet Competition.
The ensemble, Baylor Gold, was composed of six students: graduate student Erika Izaguirre, seniors Tyler Brinkman and Ben Hauser, and juniors Kelsie Dunham, Daniel Gerona and David Sayers. Along with another trumpet ensemble from the studio, seven-member Baylor Green, the groups were selected to advance to semifinals from a pool of 60 entries in December.
During the recent competition at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., both groups performed in semifinals and Baylor Gold advanced to the finals. The group earned third place behind trumpet ensembles from Oklahoma State and the University of Kentucky, marking the fifth year in a row that Baylor has placed in finals.
Wiff Rudd, professor of trumpet in Baylor's School of Music, could not be more proud of his students.
"Words cannot express how happy I am that that our trumpet students have embraced the idea of preparing well and letting the results take care of themselves," he said. "When our ensembles played at the competition this year, they did not look like they were competing. They looked like they were performing a concert and having fun doing it."
Senior Baylor Gold member Ben Hauser said the group was pleased with the way they played.
"We were all very satisfied with our performance and that was always our goal," he said. "If the audience liked it, then third place and some prize money was just an added bonus. It's a rewarding feeling to be competitive with some of the best trumpet studios in the country."
Aside from the ensemble success, studio members Ben Hauser, Kelsie Dunham, Regan O'Connor and John Burton made up 10 percent of the semifinalists in the undergraduate solo division.
While Rudd is proud of their musical accomplishments, he is also happy to teach his students skills that will be useful to them for the rest of their lives.
"Above all, I love the fact that in the countless hours of preparation, these students develop an artistic aesthetic and priceless skills related to team work, leadership, conflict resolution and personal confidence that will serve them well forever."
by Kristen Bennett, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805.


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