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The Fifteenth Annual Big 12 Trombone Conference was a big success!

With Feature Guest Artist Charles Vernon,
principal bass trombonist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and many great faculty and guest ensembles, the atmosphere was stimulating.

See the conference activities below.  If you are interested in recordings from the conference, please email the TTU School of Music Recording Studio.

Call for Proposals

If you have questions regarding the conference, a clinic proposal to submit, or if your student or professional ensemble would like to perform at the conference, please email conference coordinator James T. Decker.

Conference Faculty and Guest Artists

Competition Information


The TTU Trombone Ensemble Composition Competition's grand prize winner is Gladiator, by Benjamin Horne.

Gladiator will receive its world premiere during the Big 12 Trombone Conference on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 7:00pm courtesy of the TTU Trombone Choir and featured soloist Charles Vernon.



The winners of the Big 12 Solo Competitions have been determined!  There are: 


Big 12/Yamaha Tenor Trombone Solo Competition Winner:

  • Timothy Maines (University of Texas - Austin)

Big 12/Bach Bass Trombone Solo Competition Winner:

  • Zachary Haas (Yale University)



Friday, January 12

5:00pm - 7:00pm / Hemmle Recital Hall lobby

7:00pm / Hemmle Recital Hall
Opening Welcome Concert
— featuring the University of Northern Colorado Graduate Trombone Quartet and the Texas Tech Trombone Choir

— presenting the premiere of the winning selection from the TTU Trombone Ensemble Composition Contest,  "Gladiator' by Benjamin Hornefeaturing Charles Vernon  

8:30pm / Choir Hall (Room 010)
Clinic: Anthony Triplett – Redefining Success Outside of the Orchestra

9:30pm / La Diosa Cellars (901 17th Street, 806-744-3600)
Blues Night with the "Smokehouse Blues", $5.00 Cover


Saturday, January 13

8:00am / Hemmle Recital Hall lobby

9:00am / Band Hall (Room 011)
Trombone Choir Reading Session

visit and explore exhibitors

10:30am / Hemmle Recital Hall
Masterclass: Charles Vernon
— featuring a prelude concert by the Walsh Middle School Trombone Choir

1:00pm / Hemmle Recital Hall
Recital: University of Louisiana Monroe Trombone Ensemble

1:00pm / Choir Hall (Room 010)
Round Table Discussion: Freelance Playing Etiquette

visit and explore exhibitors

2:30pm / Hemmle Recital Hall
Recital: Drei Bones Trombone Trio

2:30pm / Choir Hall (Room 010)
Clinic: Tim Burt – The Gospel Trombonist

visit and explore exhibitors

4:00pm / Hemmle Recital Hall
Recital: Missouri State Trombone Octet

4:00pm / Choir Hall (Room 010)
Clinic: Adam Johnson – The Four Fundamental Components of Trombone Technique

5:00pm / Hemmle Recital Hall
Big 12 Trombone Conference Faculty Showcase

8:00pm / Hemmle Recital Hall
Charles Vernon Feature Recital
— featuring a prelude concert by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Trombone Choir

10:30pm / Overton Hotel (2322 Mac Davis Lane, 806-776-7000)
Post-Concert Gathering


Sunday, January 14

10:00am / Hemmle Recital Hall
Recital: University of Tennessee Trombone Choir

11:00am / Hemmle Recital Hall
Solo Competition Finals

12:00pm / Hemmle Recital Hall
Trombone Quartets Recital featuring the  "Bulldog Trombone Quartet"  from Texas Lutheran University and the Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Trombone Quartet

Lodging and Local Travel Information


The Texas Tech University School of Music is located at the corner of 18th & Boston Avenue in Lubbock. The parking lot in front of the School of Music is free-to-park on Saturday and Sunday. If you arrive on Friday for Registration, you will need to pay the automatic parking kiosk in order to ensure that you do not receive a ticket. The kiosks do accept debit/credit cards. Friday parking regulations are in effect until 8:00p.m.

For an interactive campus map of Texas Tech University, please click here.


If you are flying into Lubbock and are relying on ground transportation, the city features a bus system that has dedicated routes to Texas Tech University. For further information about the "CitiBus" schedules and fares, please visit their web site.

For your return trip, some hotels also offer a complimentary airport shuttle. Please refer to each hotel's web site for further details.


Woodrow House Bed & Breakfast
2629 19th Street
Lubbock, TX 79410
(806) 793-3330

Staybridge Suites
2515 19th Street
Lubbock, TX 79410
(806) 765-8900

Baymont Inn & Suites
3901 19th Street
Lubbock, TX 79410
(806) 792-5181

Country Inn
4105 19th Street
Lubbock, TX 79410
(806) 795-5271

Days Inn — Texas Tech & Downtown
2401 4th Street
Lubbock, TX 79415
(806) 747-7111

La Quinta Inn & Suites — Lubbock West Medical Center
4115 Marsha Sharp Freeway
Lubbock, TX 79407
(806) 792-0065

Overton Hotel & Conference Center
2322 Mac Davis Lane
Lubbock, TX 79401
(806) 776-7000

MCM Eleganté Hotel & Suites
801 Avenue Q
Lubbock, TX 79401
(806) 763-1200

La Quinta Inn & Suites — Lubbock Downtown Civic Center
601 Avenue Q
Lubbock, TX 79401
(806) 763-9441

Registration and Tickets

/>You may pay your conference registration fees or purchase tickets for Charles Vernon's feature performance by using the "Buy Now" buttons below. Credit and debit cards are accepted.

You do not need to purchase tickets for Charles Vernon's feature performance if you have already registered for the entire conference.

Individual ticket buyers should first purchase their tickets below, then fill out the following ticket order form.


Concert Ticket Order Form


Tickets for the feature performance will be held at the door for you following their purchase.  

After paying the conference fees, please visit either of the following registration pages to enter in your names and general information:

Individual Registration Form

Group Registration Form


Big 12 Conference Admission Prices