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76 Trombones

Hampshire County Council's Music Service, in collaboration with Southampton and West Sussex music services, hosted a sparkling weekend trombone extravaganza at Ferneham Hall, Fareham on the 29-30 January 2011.

The weekend brought together young trombonists from Hampshire and West Sussex and world renowned performers Bones Apart, Mark Nightingale and Oompah Brass.

Hampshire County Youth Band and the 76 Trombones

During the day the students participated in workshops and master classes given by the professional performers. Each evening was given over to performances from not only the young trombonists, but also concerts by the all-female trombone chamber ensemble Bones Apart, the acclaimed jazz trombonist Mark Nightingale, and the leading exponent of ‘Oom-Pop’ Oompah Brass. The Sunday evening performance culminated in a finale of the piece ‘76 Trombones’ with a total of 76 student trombonists taking part, backed up by more than 40 members of the Hampshire County Youth Band.

Helen Walton, Assistant Head of Hampshire Music Service said, "It’s amazing to be able to show these upcoming musicians how versatile the trombone is. The workshops and master classes really opened up their idea of what is possible!”

76 Trombones

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