UW-Whitewater Trombone Day

On Sunday, January 27, 2019, UW-Whitewater will host Trombone Day from 10:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. at the Light Recital Hall in the Greenhill Center of the Arts Building. Middle school trombonists (grades 7-8), high school trombonists (grades 9-12), college trombonists, adult-amateur and professional level trombonists are all eligible to participate in University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Trombone Day. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater alumni are also welcome to participate in the day's events. Trombone Day 2018 will feature trombonist Jim Pugh.  This camp is available to all ages. 

Date: January 27, 2019



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Registrations accepted online until noon on 1/25/19. We do accept walk up registrations at event check-in, if space is available.

Fee: $40

Fees Include

The fee covers your ticket to guest artist' recital, master class, case sticker, polishing cloth, materials, all of the day's event's and insurance.


All registrant accounts must be paid in full three weeks (21 days) prior to the start of event. Registrants with outstanding balances after payment is due in full are subject to being removed from the event roster without refund. Please contact Continuing Education Services at cesevents@uww.edu prior to this deadline if extenuating circumstances prevent you from completing a payment.

In the event of a cancellation, Continuing Education Services should be notified no later than 21 days before the start of the event session in order to receive a refund, less 20% administrative fee. Cancellation request received less than 21 days from the start of camp will receive a refund minus 50% late cancellation fee of event cost. Cancellations due to medical reasons will receive a full refund, less the 20% administrative fee, if the cancellation is requested and medical documentation is provided prior to the start of event. Valid medical cancellations must include a signed letter from a licensed physician to qualify. NO REFUNDS will be given for withdrawal due to early departures, disciplinary reasons or no show after the event has started.

All cancellation requests must be submitted to cesevents@uww.edu; provide registrant’s name, camp and medical documentation, if applicable. Refunds will be returned to name an address of payer.

We reserve the right to cancel any event due to low enrollment; in such as case, all fees paid will be refunded.

What to Bring

  • Trombone
  • Friends and Family
  • Bag lunch or money to purchase lunch.  Plenty of restaurants are within walking distance.
  • A Clinic Health Information Form to check-in.

Check In

Participants can check-in at 9:15 a.m. at Greenhill Center of the Arts, Atrium.

Driving Directions

Directions to the campus can be found online by clicking here. A campus map can be found here.


Parking permits are required on all vehicles parked on campus at all times, with the exception of 5 p.m. Fridays to 11:00 p.m. Sundays.  More information on parking is on the Visitor Center website.

Registration Terms & Conditions

By registering for an event, you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions. Please review the Registration Terms and Conditions for more details.

Be aware that we advise you to leave all non-essential, portable electronic devices at home (iPod, Fitbit, cell phones, etc), but ultimately it is your decision. We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items and we do not have open Wi-Fi for electronic devices.


  • Participate in one of the Trombone Choirs
  • Recital by Jim Pugh
  • Master class by Jim Pugh
  • Group warm-up session with Dr. Michael Dugan
  • Shop the exhibit area for instruments, sheet music and accessories
  • Final concert featuring the Participant Trombone Choirs.

Skill Levels

Ensemble placement for the final concert will be based on ability level (i.e. middle school, high school, college, adult-amateur, professional).

Typical Daily Schedule

9:15 - 10:00 a.m. Check In and Registration
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Group Warm-up Sessions
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Rehearsal
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Break
1:00 - 1:50 p.m. Rehearsal
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Guest Artist Recital
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Guest Artist Master Class
5:00 - 5:45 p.m. Visit Vendors
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Final Concert


*All times are subject to change, the pre-camp info will have the accurate schedule

2018 Featured Artist: Jim Pugh (2019 TBA)Jim Pugh

Jim Pugh joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty in 2005. Jim is a distinguished trombonist, composer, and educator. The inspiring virtuosity and incredible versatility he has demonstrated during the course of his career has caused Jim to be often honored as the “musician's musician”. Whether he is performing as a concerto soloist in a symphonic setting, recording and touring with legendary artists in the fields of classical, jazz, and rock, or bringing forth his own exciting new compositions that expand the role of brass in contemporary music, his creativity knows no boundaries.

Jim began studying piano at age five and trombone at age ten. After studies with the legendary Emory Remington at the Eastman School of Music, he toured extensively as lead and solo trombone with the Woody Herman Band and with Chick Corea before opting to settle down in New York City. Jim became New York's top-call freelance trombonist for film scores, records, and music for television and radio advertising: over the past thirty-years he has lent his special talent to more than four thousand recording sessions. His trombone can be heard in recorded collaboration with leading classical and popular artists and orchestras such as Yo-Yo Ma, Steely Dan, Eos, Concordia, St. Luke’s Orchestra, André Previn, Paul Simon, Barbara Streisand, Tony Bennett, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Pink Floyd, and Frank Sinatra. Jim has been called on to add his solo trombone to feature film soundtracks including A League of Their Own, When Harry Met Sally, Meet Joe Black, and on hit Broadway cast recordings City of Angels, Fosse and Victor/Victoria. Since 2000 he has been the solo trombonist with the seminal jazz/rock group Steely Dan, both recording and touring.

In 2003 Jim "re-premiered" the Nathaniel Shilkret Trombone Concerto to a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops Orchestra. This mid-twentieth century masterpiece, originally written for Tommy Dorsey, can be heard in its first recording, along with Jim's own Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra and Jeff Tyzik’s Trombone Concerto, on his CD “X-Over Trombone”, released by Albany Records (TROY926).

Jim is the only recipient of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Virtuoso Award for Tenor Trombone, awarded after being voted Tenor Trombone MVP by the New York recording community for five years. Jim's original music and arrangements can be heard on National Public Radio (Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, Performance Today), in film scores and jingles, on record and since 2009, on the Tony Awards TV Broadcast. His composition, "Lunch with Schrödinger's Cat", received a Lincoln Center premiere in 1989 by Marin Alsop and the Concordia Chamber Orchestra and was most recently performed at the Krannert Center in 2012 by Sinfonia da Camera. Jim premiered his Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra in May 1992 with the Williamsport Symphony. It received its New York premiere in March 2000 with soloist Joseph Alessi and Leonard Slatkin conducting the New York Philharmonic. The piano reduction version has been recorded by Peter Ellefson, Professor of Trombone at Indiana University.

A founding member of the Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble, several of Jim’s compositions can be heard on the group’s CDs “The Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble Plays The Music of James Pugh and Daniel Schnyder” and “Scenes of Spirits”, both available on the Signum label. Prior to his appointment at Illinois, he taught at SUNY-Purchase College, the University of the Arts (Philadelphia) and at New York University.

Jim appears frequently at schools and universities throughout the country as a guest artist/clinician and has been a clinician/soloist at numerous Eastern Trombone Workshops (now the American Trombone Workshop) and International Trombone Festivals. Although Jim currently performs on a BAC Custom trombone, he was instrumental in the development of small-bore instruments for both the Edwards and S.E. Shires Instrument Companies. A multi-decade long, close association with David Monette resulted in David’s development of the Monette TS6 and TS11 tenor trombone mouthpieces. Jim is also a consultant for the Facet Mute Company. Not formally a fan of mutes, Jim now enjoys stuffing anything made by the Facet Mute Company into his bell. He endorses all of these products and uses BAC horns, Monette mouthpieces and Facet mutes exclusively. 

Camp Staff

J. Michael Allsen

Prof. J. Michael Allsen joined the UW-Whitewater faculty in 1996.  He holds a Ph.D in Musicology from UW-Madison, and is a specialist in Medieval and Renaissance music. Allsen has published several scholarly articles, reviews, and editions (including work in the International Trombone Association Journal), and is a contributor to the New Grove Dictionary, Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, and other reference works. He has written program notes for the Madison Symphony Orchestra since 1984 and today annotates for several other orchestras as well.  As a trombonist, Allsen has performed primarily with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, as the orchestra’s bass trombonist since 1990.  He has also played with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Sacra Sinfonia, and other orchestras, as well as dates with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and Frank Sinatra, Jr., and occasional performances on sackbut.  Allsen also founded the Glenwood Moravian Trombone Choir and led the group in nearly 500 performances from 1983-2006.

Michael Dugan

Associate Professor, Michael Dugan, a native of St. Charles, Illinois, joined the music faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2009. Dr. Dugan is the Music Department Chairperson, teaches applied trombone, directs the Trombone Ensemble and plays in the Whitewater Brass Quintet.

In addition to his teaching duties, Dugan is an active freelance artist in the Upper Midwest. Recent engagements include the critically acclaimed Isthmus Brass, Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as many fine regional orchestras throughout Wisconsin and Iowa. Other recent performances include the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the Intergalactic Contemporary Ensemble, Thunder Bay (Ontario) Symphony, Elvis Costello, Audra McDonald, Doc Severinsen, Johnny Mathis, Irish Tenors, and The Four Tops in various capacities.

From 2001-2005, Michael was a member of the United States Air Force Band of Liberty. During his tenure with the Band of Liberty, Michael was the featured trombone soloist with the Concert Band, and the Colonial Brass Quintet. His other performance assignments included the Band of Liberty Jazz Ambassadors and Ceremonial Band.

Dugan’s formal education includes a DMA from the University of Minnesota, where he also holds a Master of Music degree. Prior to his study with Tom Ashworth at the University of Minnesota, Dugan received his undergraduate degree from DePaul University in Chicago, where he studied with Mark Fisher, Charles Vernon and Edward Kocher. Other pedagogical influences include Ed Zadrozny, Kari Sundstrom and Doug Wright. Dugan is an Edwards performing artist.

Alex Rambo

Alex Rambo, a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater alumnus (2010), is the Instrumental Music Teacher at New London High School.  Alex is also one of the instructors at the UW-Whitewater Summer Band Camps.  Alex has previously taught in the Oshkosh and Fall River School Districts.  Alex is active as a freelance musician performing in groups across Wisconsin.  It is Alex’s desire for every student to develop a lasting appreciation of music, and to use music as a recreational and emtional outlet. Alex resides in Greenville with his wife Molly and dogs Bailey and Addy.



Registrants are encouraged to have their own health insurance as accident insurance provided by the University is limited. Each registrant will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $10,000. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.

Special Notice

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

Registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. You will  be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events.  You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.