The UI Trumpet Ensemble traveled to Denver, CO March 23-25 to attend and compete in the National Trumpet Competition! The ensemble competed in the large ensemble division of the competition, and performed at the semi-final round. Although they did not advance into finals, a lot was learned at the performance and judges’ comments. Everyone enjoyed having the experience, and attended dozens of performances throughout the event.

Before the ensemble's semi-final performance, they were greeted by the founder of the National Trumpet Competition, Dr. Dennis Edelbrock, who happens to be a former hawkeye!

Members of the ensemble include:

Kenken Gorder - Piccolo Trumpet

Evan Fowler - Trumpet

Jarrid Jaynes - Trumpet

Lee Stickney - Trumpet

Joseph Arch - Trumpet

Claire McCall - Flugelhorn

Aunna Marzen - Flugelhorn


Each member became inspired and amazed as they listened to many performers throughout the competition. Even more, it became a chance for new friends and connections to be made. Some of the members also returned with a new horn! There was a little bit of everything (jazz, ensemble music, solo music, etc.). The ensemble is eager to compete again next year.