TrumpetFest 2017 is scheduled for February 9 through 12 in Gorell Recital Hall, featuring performances by IUP trumpet students and faculty, plus guest artist Ralph Dudgeon.
The programs being presented during the weekend include:
All events will be held in Gorell Recital Hall in the John Sutton Building, and are free and open to the general public.
Kevin Eisensmith, trumpet professor at IUP, will present a recital of music for trumpet on Thursday evening, February 9, at 8:00 p.m. Assisting will be Jeff Wacker, music director at Trinity United Methodist Church, and Evan Engelstad, assistant
professor of Piano in the Department of Music. David Ferguson, assistant dean for the College of Fine Arts, along with IUP alumni Timothy Winfield and Joshua Hillard, with a special appearance by bagpiper Tom McLaughlin, will perform Greg Pascuzzi’s
“Variations on a Scottish Hymn Tune” with Eisensmith.
Ralph Dudgeon will present a clinic on Saturday afternoon, February 20, at 2:00 p.m. and a recital that evening at 8:00 p.m. Dudgeon is a versatile musician/scholar who is known for historically informed performance on period instruments as well
as his performances of contemporary repertoire. Dudgeon appeared throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and China as a trumpet soloist and conductor. His debut solo album, Music for Keyed Bugle, was the first full-length recording
devoted to the keyed bugle. His keyed bugle research and performances were influential in the 20th-century revival of that instrument.
Dudgeon has recorded for Musical Heritage Society, Music Masters, Newport Classic, Nimbus, Hyperion, Innova, and Spring Tree labels. He contributed articles to Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, New Grove Dictionary of American Music, American Musical Instrument Society Journal, International Trumpet Guild Journal, Ovation, and
Historic Brass Society Journal. Dudgeon contributed two chapters to the Cambridge Companion to Brass Instruments. His 1993 book, The Keyed Bugle (Scarecrow Press), is considered the definitive research on that instrument. The
second, expanded edition of The Keyed Bugle was released in 2004. Instrumentenmuseum, Schloß Kremsegg, Upper Austria. In 2006, Dudgeon received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities from the State University
of New York.
TrumpetFest 2017 will conclude on Sunday, February 12, with a performance
by the Indiana Brass Band. The original Indiana Brass Band was in existence as early as 1842. Typical of a town band of the early and mid-19th century, the Indiana Brass Band served the community by providing music for variety of public and
private events. When the Civil War started, many members of the band joined up with other local musicians to form the Wildcat Regiment Band, the regimental band of the 105th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.
The Indiana Brass Band today is comprised of musicians of all ages and from various professional backgrounds. The current musicians perform on a variety of original brass instruments dating from the early to mid-19th century. All of the music is original
to the period, and the band performs a unique collection of social, sacred, patriotic, and military music of 19th-century America.
This concert will include several marches or quick steps, an overture, and sacred music. Two of the pieces on the program will be the world premier of the Saxhorn Band accompaniments. Ralph Dudgeon is the featured Bb Key Bugle soloist on these selections.
All of these programs are free and open to the general public. For more information about these and other events sponsored by the IUP Music Department, please call 724-357-2390 or visit the Music Department website.