The KU Trumpet Ensemble/KUTE, under the direction of KU Trumpet Professor Steve Leisring, performed in Sydney, Australia, at the International Trumpet Guild Conference this summer.
The KUTE performed in front of a large audience in Sydney's City Concert Hall as a prelude to a gala featuring Les Trompettes de Lyon from France, and the group also performed two world premieres: Fandango, co-written by group alumnus James Henry and Professor Leisring; andFanfare For Those Who Served, written for the KU Trumpet Ensemble by Kansas City Symphony Principal Trumpeter Gary Schutza. Seventeen KU graduate and undergraduate students performed along with one recent alumnus, making the KU Trumpet Ensemble the largest student group from anywhere in the world to perform and attend the 2010 Sydney Conference.
Under Professor Leisring's direction, the KUTE is made up of KU students from the US, Europe, Asia, and Latin America, and have toured China, performed with the Kansas City Symphony, on public television, at the Kansas Music Educator's Conference in Wichita. The group can be heard on the Potenza Music record label. The KUTE trip was sponsored by the Reach Out Kansas, Inc.
"For our students to have an opportunity to perform at a major international conference in a place such as Sydney is an experience they will take with them for a lifetime," said Professor Leisring. "Musicians from all over the world heard our KU students and applauded them vigorously. It doesn't get much better than that! Many thanks go to Reach Out Kansas, Inc. for making it possible."
For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436. www.music.ku.edu