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Jazz Trombones win international competition; student honored with soloist award

The Scarlet Knights Jazz Trombones won first prize in the Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition, and graduate student Adam Machaskee (at left) won first prize in the ITA's JJ Johnson Jazz Soloist Competition on June 24, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. Both competitions were part of the International Trombone Festival. 

Mason Gross Jazz professor Conrad Herwig and alum Andy Hunter led the ensemble, whose members are: Machaskee, Philip Menchaca, Scott Smart and James Borowski. Herwig says Machaskee's solo award is significant becase the competition "identifies the most accomplished jazz trombonist under the age of 25 around the world." Herwig says jazz-trombone legend Bill Watrous said Machaskee possesses "unique ideas and [a rare] swing feel." The first place prize of the ITA Johnson competition is a Rath trombone.

View photos and learn more about the 2011 International Trombone Festival.