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The Twenty-FIrst Annual Big 12 Trombone Conference will take place from January 12 - 14, 2024. We are pleased to announce that this year's feature guest artists are NYC Ballet Principal Trombonist Carlos Jimenez Fernandez and Metropolitan Opera Bass Trombonist Denson Paul Pollard

Proposals for clinics, faculty performances and student ensemble performances are now being accepted.  Please click on the 'Call for Proposals' link below for details.  

Please check back for solo competition and itinerary updates.  


Call for Proposals

If you would like to submit a clinic proposal for the 2023 conference, or if your student or professional ensemble would like to perform at the conference, please email conference coordinator James T. Decker.

2024 Conference Faculty and Guest Artists

Competition Information 



We are pleased to announce the repertoire for the 2023-24 Big 12 Solo Competitions!    They are:


Big 12 Tenor Trombone Solo Competition 


Preliminary Round: 

Jongen – "Aria and Polonaise"

(play the original notes only; no “cued” notes)


Final Round:

Bozza - "Ballade"


Additional Tenor Trombone Competition detials may be found here.


Big 12 Bass Trombone Solo Competition Winner


Preliminary Round:

Dossett –“Trilogy for Bass Trombone and Piano”,  Movements 2 and 3


Final Round:

Koetsier “Allegro Maestoso”


Additional Bass Trombone Competition Details may be found here.



Entry Deadline:  Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Maimum age as of January 14, 2024 is 26. Recordings are to be made with piano accompaniment.  










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2024 Preliminary Schedule

Conference itinerary subject to change


Friday, January 12


6:00pm:: Registration opens

7:00pm: Opening Night Performance - featuring the NTX4 Trombone Quartet, the Missouri State University Trombone Octet, and the Texas Tech Trombone Choir - TTU Student Union's Allen Theater.

8:00pm: Clinic: Dr. Frank Gazda - "The Trombone Teacher's Guide to Teaching Tuba and Euphonium".   - Choir Room


Saturday, January 13


8:00am: Registration opens – Hemmle Recital Hall Lobby

8:30am: Warm-up Session - Profesor William Rose - Band Room

9:30am: Visit and Explore Exhibits

10:00am: Clinic:  Dr. Gretchen McNamara - “Driving Down Tension and Playing Efficiently” - Choir Hall

10:00am: Feature Performance - “UTRGV Trombone Choir" TTU Student Union's Allen Theater.

11:00am: Denson Paul Pollard Master Class - TTU Student Union's Allen Theater - with a special prelude performance by the Northern Arizona University Trombone Choir.

1:30pm:  Feature Performance: Drei Bones - TTU Student Union's Allen Theater.

1:30pm:  Clinic: David Vining - "The Truth About Breathing" - Choir Hall

2:30pm:Visit and Explore Exhibits

3:00pm: Feature Performance:  Dr. Luis Fred - "Latin American Music Cosmopolitanism, examples of musical mestizaje" - Choir Room

3:00pm: Clinic:  Dr. Sterling Tanner - "The Programmatic Use of the Trombone in Dmitri Shostakovich's Music: " - Band Hall

4:00pm:Visit and Explore Exhibits

4:30pm:  Clinic:  Professor William Rose - "Trombone Technique - Routines the focus on specific repertoire" - Choir Hall

4:30pm:  Performance"   The REbL Trombone Quartet - TTU Student Union's Allen Theater.

5:30pm: Big 12 Faculty Showcase – - TTU Student Union's Allen Theater.

8:00pm:  Feature Guest Artist Recital: Internationally Renowned Trombonists Denson Paul Pollard and Carlos Jiminez Fernandez with a special prelude concert by the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Trombone Choir - TTU Student Union's Allen Theater.

10:00pm:  Post Concert Gathering at the Overton Hotel, 2322 Mac Davis Lane Lubbock Texas 79401 Tel. 833-993-3837


Sunday, January 14


10:00am: Clinic:  Andy Russell- "Beginning Trombone - First Things First: " - Choir Room

11:00am:  Carloz Jiminez Fernandez Master Class - Choir Room

12:00pn: Big 12 Solo Competitions - TTU Student Union's Allen Theater.




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.

For additional details regarding lodging, local travel and other special items of interest, please click on the Visit Lubbock Link

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

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 Peter Steiner's feature performance and any of the concerts through the registration and order forms below. Credit and debit cards are accepted.

You do not need to purchase tickets for Peter Steiner's feature performance if you have already registered for the entire conference. The General Admission ticket prices apply to all concerts other than the feature concert and to non-registered audience members only.  

Conference Prices





Denson Paul Pollard/Carlos Jimenez Fernandez Master Class Admission - $15.00

Feature Guest Artists' Performance - $15.00

General Performance Admission - $10.00

MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL Full Registration - $15.00



To register for the conference or to purchase concert tickets, 

click here