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Trumpet Festival

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November 5, 2019





General Information


We would like to take this opportunity to invite you and your students to participate in the 2019 Central Washington University Trumpet Festival. The festival begins at 9am in the McIntyre Music building and will be finished by 5pm.


Bring your trumpets in order play on the final 4:00 pm concert piece!


Come to the 2019 Trumpet Festival and meet with representatives from Ted Brown Music, Conn/Selmer, and Yamaha to try out the latest and greatest instruments. Trumpet Fest will also showcase students, ensembles and more!!! 


2019 Trumpet Fest standard registration is $25.00. Reduced registration is $20.00 per person for groups. In order to be eligible for this discount, groups must contain 15 or more people and the educator of the group must contact us prior to signing up.

The first 20 students to register can get a free 15 minute lesson from a CWU Graduate!


2019 Special Guests:

We are proud to announce the 2019 CWU Trumpet Fest will feature Robert Slack and Christi Wans! Both have outstanding and highly successful careers as musicians and collegiate educators. They will be here all day giving clinics, masterclasses, and performances

Robert Slack received a Masters of Trumpet performance degree from Indiana University, and since then, has grown to be a respected professional in the music industry.

Mr. Slack shares with his students and faculty impressive personal and professional experience. Including several years touring professionally with Paul Anka and Buddy Rich, Mr. Slack has also performed with Frank Sinatra, Celine Dion, Ella Fitzgerald, Liza Minnelli, Kenny Rogers, Julio Igleses, Arturo Sandoval, Mel Thorme, The Spinners, The O’Jays, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Trisha Yearwood, Sammy Nestico, to name just a few.

Mr. Slack’s talents have extended into numerous recording sessions for Mattel, Toyota, Diet Coke, Pillsbury, Ford Motor, Taco Bell, Tristar Pictures, Disneyland, NBC News and CNN. Film credits include Disney’s D3: The Mighty Ducks, Casper, Dillinger and Capone, Dozens of HBO Films, Warner Bros. cartoons, and the hit movie, That Thing You Do! Mr. Slack has also performed at the White House for former President Ronald Reagan and a command performance for President Reagan “An Evening at Ford’s Theater”

Among his honors, Mr. Slack received the coveted Jazz Educator of the Year Award from the International Jazz Educator’s Association, and the Paul Harris fellow award for exemplary work as an educator.

As a Conn Selmer Artist, Mr. Slack maintains a busy performing and clinic schedule. Additionally, as the Dean of the VPA division he continues to guide and develop exemplary entertainment arts programs and professional training opportunities for the students of Citrus College.



Christi Wans is a freelance trumpet player and soloist in the Oklahoma City metro area, specializing in piccolo and other high trumpets. She is the Instructor of Brass at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and Rose State College, and serves as adjunct trumpet instructor at the University of Oklahoma.

Wans has held positions with the Yakima and Mid-Columbia Symphonies, and has recently performed with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Norman Philharmonic orchestras. Active in the brass band community, she holds the soprano cornet chair in the Frontier and Arkansas Musicworks Brass Bands, the flugelhorn chair in the Salvation Army AOK divisional band, and has performed with the Fountain City and Dallas Brass Bands. Wans traveled Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific islands as a showband member with Princess Cruise Lines, and completed a two-year run as lead trumpet with the national tour of Kinky Boots, performing in 47 states, Canada, China, and Singapore.

Ms. Wans is an active soloist and recitalist, recently performing concertos with the University of Oklahoma Symphony Band, Frontier Brass Band, Oklahoma Haydn Festival, and Oklahoma Brass Choir. She was a member of the commissioning consortium for James Stephenson’s Concerto for Piccolo Trumpet, performing the Oklahoma premiere of the work in 2019.

Wans earned her bachelors degrees in music education and trumpet performance from Central Washington University and masters degree in performance from the University of Oklahoma. She is a Doctorate of Musical Arts candidate in trumpet performance at the University of Oklahoma, where she previously served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant in trumpet and coordinator of the William Adam International Trumpet Seminar. She is currently on staff as the trumpet instructor at Norman Public Schools and also maintains a private studio.

Christi is an endorsing artist for Conn-Selmer/Bach and Robinson’s Remedies.


Feel free to contact us with any questions. 

We hope to see you soon at the CWU Trumpet Fest!



Instruments provided by:

Rich Wetzel
Bach Trumpet Artist, Clinician
Northwest District Manager, Conn-Selmer, Inc
1-253-227-0335 Cell
1-800-304-6634 Fax


Contact Information
John Harbaugh
Trumpet Professor, Central Washington University
Conn/Selmer Clinician
National Trumpet Competition Advisory Board Member


Will Miller
President, CWU Trumpet Club

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