Trombone Day

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800 West Main Street
2005 Roseman
Whitewater, WI 53190
Phone: (262) 472-3165
Fax: (262) 472-5241

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Whitewater, WI 53190
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Trombone Day

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On Sunday, January 26, 2014, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will host its third annual 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 2014 will feature the internationally acclaimed trombone quartet, Maniacal 4.


  • 9:15 - 10:00 a.m. Check In and Registration
  • 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Group Warm-up Sessions
  • 10:45 - 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. Maniacal 4 Recital
  • 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Maniacal 4 Master Class
  • 5:00 - 5:45 p.m. Visit Vendors
  • 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Final Concert


Registration Fee: $20.00

The $20.00 covers your ticket to Maniacal 4 recital, master class, materials and all of the day’s events.

Skill Levels

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

What Should You Bring?

  • Trombone
  • Friends and Family
  • Bag lunch or money to purchase lunch. Plenty of restaurants are within walking distance of the Center of the Arts.


  • Participate in one of the Participant Trombone Choirs
  • Recital by Maniacal 4
  • Master class by Maniacal 4
  • 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

Featured Artist and Faculty

Maniacal 4

Maniacal 4 is an internationally acclaimed group of ‘four great musicians telling one unified, inspiring musical story after another’. Hailed as ‘a force to be reckoned with,’ the trombone quartet has performed on three continents, entertaining audiences with a wide range of styles and time periods. Originating from Denton, Texas, the group is well versed in classical, jazz, Latin and rock music, and is also at home playing with a rhythm section or other media. M4 peforms its concerts almost exclusively from memory, projecting a ‘clear, unified, uplifting and committed musical vision on par with great CHAMBER ensembles.’ With all four members early in their musical careers, ‘M4 has the goods to become one of the finest trombone quartets performing today.’ Maniacal 4 is sponsored by Buffet Group USA and Dansr Inc., and performs exclusively on Antoine Courtois Paris trombones and Denis Wick mouthpieces.

J. Michael Allsen

J. Michael Allsen teaches Music History I (Medieval/ Renaissance) and several General Studies courses offered by the Music Department. An active performer, he is bass trombonist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and freelances with other classical and jazz ensembles in Wisconsin. Allsen received the College of Arts and Communication Excellence Award for
teaching in 1998 and 2005, and in 2004 he received the College’s Excellence Award for research. Since 2001, he has served as an artist-in-residence (sackbut) and music historian at the Madison Early Music Festival.

Michael Dugan

a native of St. Charles, Illinois, is one of the newest faculty members at the University of Wisconsin
Whitewater. Michael teaches applied trombone, plays with the Whitewater Brass Quintet, directs the trombone ensemble and jazz ensemble two. In addition to his teaching duties, Dugan
is an active freelance artist in the Upper-Midwest. Dugan has recently performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Madison Symphony, Green Bay Symphony,
Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Isthmus Brass Ensemble. Dugan is an artist/clinician for Edwards Trombones.

Alex Rambo

Alex rambo,a UW-Whitewater alumnus, is the instrumental music teacher for the Fall River School District where he directs the middle school, high school and fifth grade bands. It is his desire for every student to develop a lasting appreciation of music, and to use music as a recreational and emotional outlet. Mr. Rambo is an accomplished trombonist in both the classical and jazz idioms, and has a knack for playing 80’s rock songs on the piano.


Each camper will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $7,500 and $300 maximum dental insurance. 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.

I understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. I agree 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. I relinquish all rights that I may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.