OSU Trumpet Ensemble Wins Second-Straight National Competition

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 – at news.okstate.edu

“OSU Small Trumpet Ensemble” (Left-to-right) Cleon Chai, Benjamin Miles, Tyler Murray, Natalie Upton, Nick Doutrich

My cmnt: I include this post because I took up the trumpet in Oct of 2020, after 46 yrs of playing the flute, and appreciate the magnitude of their accomplishment. Follow this link to hear them play on youtube. You will be amazed.

For the second consecutive year, the Oklahoma State University Small Trumpet Ensemble is national champions, beating 63 other programs at the 2015 National Trumpet Competition.  OSU also placed third in the Large Trumpet Ensemble Division. 

“Winning the National Trumpet Competition for the second consecutive year is truly inspiring and a testament to the students’ talent and strong work ethic,” OSU assistant professor of trumpet Ryan Gardner said.  “I am so proud of these students, who played with such heart and musicality.” 

In total, 15 OSU students competed, including six in various solo competitions.  Making up the Small Ensemble were: Cleon Chai (Moore,  music education), Nick Doutrich (Moore, music performance), Benjamin Miles (Stillwater, music performance), Tyler Murray (Checotah, music education), and Natalie Upton (Prosper, Texas, music education and business management).

Oklahoma State University, the winner in the Getzen Trumpet Small Trumpet Ensemble Division performs J.S Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in d minor” at the 2015 National Trumpet Competition at Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania on Saturday, March 21, 2015.

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