North Lamar High School band student, Colton Wilson, has been selected as a finalist in The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” National Trombone Soloist Competition hosted by the American Trombone Workshop (ATW). He will compete on March 7-10 at Brucker Hall, The U.S. Army Band’s headquarters and performance center, located on historic Fort Meyer in Arlington, Virginia.
Each year the ATW hosts its National Solo Competition giving students and young professional trombonists the opportunity to compete against their peers as well as others from around the world. During the process, recordings are sent to ATW for review in November. From this semifinal round, up to three entrants per division are invited to compete in an open public recital during the workshop in front of a distinguished panel of judges. The judges select winners and provide valuable comments to the competitors.
The experience gained through making a quality audition recording and learning how to perform in a competitive environment is invaluable for musicians of any age or performance level. The ever-growing number of entries received is evidence that the National Solo Competition continues to be one of the workshop’s most exciting and anticipated events. In addition to the National Solo Competition, there is the National Jazz Solo Competition, the National Jazz Ensemble Competition, and the National Trombone Quartet Competition.
NLHS Associate Band Director Jason R. Smith said, “Colton is a wonderful student that has distinguished himself as a great musician through work ethic and talent. It is great to see him benefit from all of his hard work.”