STILLWATER — The Oklahoma State University Trumpet Ensemble Orange outperformed 27 other ensembles in the semifinals to win first place in the National Trumpet Competition held in Harrisburg, Pa.
Members of the ensemble are all undergraduate students who competed against ensembles with graduate students, many from much bigger and better-known programs, OSU ensemble director Ryan Gardner said.
“They competed with master’s and doctoral students from conservatories and other major universities to win this,” Gardner said. “I am so proud of these talented students and truly honored and humbled by this achievement.”
Members of the winning ensemble include Cleon Chai and Nick Doutrich, both of Moore, Tyler Murray, of Checotah, Natalie Upton from Prosper, Texas, and Matt Register from Boerne, Texas.
After a preliminary audition, the ensemble advanced to the semifinals and on to victory by performing an arrangement of Dubussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of Faun,” arranged by OSU graduate student and Mustang Middle School Band Director Greg Mangus.
The ensemble was one of two OSU trumpet ensembles that qualified for the semifinals this year.
OSU students who advanced to compete in the individual competition of the semifinals this year included Cleon Chai in the undergraduate division and Randall Self, of Denison, Texas, in the graduate division.