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January 25, 2015


On Sunday, January 25, 2015, 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 2015 will feature trombonist Peter Ellefson


  • 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. Peter Ellefson Recital
  • 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Peter Ellefson Master Class
  • 5:00 - 5:45 p.m. Visit Vendors
  • 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Final Concert


Registration Fee: $25.00

The $25.00 covers your ticket to Mr. Ellefson's recital, master class, materials and all of the day’s events.


Please register by Friday, January 23, 2015. For online information, go to: Trombone Registration See registration form to register online, by mail, phone or fax.

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 Peter Ellefson
  • Master class by Peter Ellefson
  • 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

Peter Ellefson

Ellefson grew up in southern Oregon and now holds the rank of Professor of Music at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. He has performed, recorded and toured internationally with the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. He has also performed with the Boston, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Oregon Symphonies, among many others. From 1992-2002, he was a member of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and served as principal trombone for many cycles of Seattle Opera’s renowned productions of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. He has recorded music for over 100 motion picture, IMAX, TV and video game soundtracks. Prof. Ellefson is a frequent recitalist and soloist. Composers Anthony Barfield, James Stephenson and Kevin Walczyk have written concertos for him. Chamber music credits include the Canadian Brass, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass, Chicago Trombone Consort, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet, Proteus 7. Prof. Ellefson has taught at Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, the University of Costa Rica and the Music Academy of the West. His solo CD, “Pura Vida” was released in 2010 and his Internet home can be found at www.peterellefson.com.

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

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.

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