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OSU trombonists honored nationally

Friday, April 9, 2021

Three trombonists from Oklahoma State University received national honors at the 2021 American Trombone Workshop’s National Solo Competition. 

The competition, organized by the trombone section of the United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” is rigorous. Awards are hard-won, prestigious and can lead to national recognition, said Paul Compton, associate professor of trombone at the Greenwood School of Music. Since 2006, OSU has had five trombonists win awards in these competitions.

From left: Oklahoma State students Jordan Davenport, Jason Wolfe and Dylan Halliday.

This year, Jordan Davenport won the National Classical Bass Trombone Solo Competition. Davenport, a senior music performance major and student of Compton’s, submitted a video performance of a required solo piece, competing against trombonists across the nation ages 19-22. 

“Winning one of these competitions is extremely difficult,” Compton said. “It takes incredible dedication, and giving something truly special in your performance. In Jordan’s case, he performed memorized, which is not required, but it connected him to the music on an entirely different level.”

On April 3, Davenport was featured in the American Trombone Workshop Virtual Conference. After graduation, Davenport will continue his education, pursuing a master’s degree in music performance at the Manhattan School of Music. 

Along with his victory, two other students from the OSU Trombone Studio were recognized in the competitions: Jason Wolfe and Dylan Halliday.

Wolfe, a senior music performance major, was a finalist in the National Classical Tenor Trombone Solo Competition for ages 19-22, and Halliday, a freshman music performance major, was a finalist for the National Classical Bass Trombone Solo Competition for ages 18 and under.

“It is always special when the students have success in these competitions,” Compton said. “I am really happy for Jordan, Jason and Dylan.”


STORY BY: Kylee Sutherland | Communications Intern

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