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Oklahoma State University

OSU students win at National Trumpet Competition

Wed, April 05, 2017
Dr. Ryan Gardner is flanked by national contest award winners Natalie Upton and Noah Mennenga. The trio is joined by alumnus Nick Doutrich.

For the fifth time in four years, Oklahoma State University has earned a first place award at the National Trumpet Competition, held recently in Denver, Colorado.

OSU senior Natalie Upton, from Prosper, Texas, won first place in the solo undergraduate division at the contest, held on the campus of Metropolitan State University March 25-26. Sophomore Noah Mennenga, of Cottage Grove, Wis., took third place.

OSU alumnus Nick Doutrich finished third in the large ensemble division with Southern Methodist University.

With Upton’s win, OSU becomes the only university to win every collegiate category at the competition including undergraduate solo, graduate solo, small ensemble, and large ensemble divisions.

Dr. Ryan Gardner, associate professor of trumpet, has been in charge of the trumpet studio and trumpet ensembles in the OSU Department of Music since 2011.