January 2008 Winner: Case O'donnell

The January ITG Journal Young Artist Award recipient is Case O’Donnell, a senior at Olympia High School in Orlando, Florida.

At Olympia High, Case is principal trumpet in the wind ensemble and lead trumpeter with the top jazz band. Throughout his middle and high school years Case has been a member of the Florida Bandmasters Association All-State Bands as well as the Orange County Honor Band. Additionally, he has received superior ratings at both district and state solo and ensemble festivals since the 8th grade. Repertoire from these occasions has included the Goedicke Concert Etude, the Hummel Trumpet Concerto, and Oskar Boehme’s Concerto in F Minor.

Case performed as lead trumpet in the 2007 Florida All-State Jazz Band, and later that summer after rigorous auditions, O’Donnell was selected to perform as lead trumpet in the top jazz band at the first annual Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band Camp in Los Angeles, California. His summer continued with music as a camper at the Cannon Music Camp held on the campus of Appalachian State Uni–v–ersity in Boone, N.C. During that time, Case performed with the wind ensemble and symphony orch–estra, and as lead in the jazz band.

Aside from his musical activities Case volunteers with his church youth group, coaches middle school band students, and belongs to the Olympia High School Beta Club—a service organization that promotes developing leadership roles and community service projects. Case also enjoys golf and football, and is an excellent bowler in his leisure time.

O’Donnell’s career goal is to become a professional musician and to perform in the Los Angeles music industry. Currently he studies trumpet with John Almeida, professor of trumpet at the University of Central Florida. Congratulations and best wishes for a successful future career in music!

In recognition of his outstanding talent, ITG will provide Case O’Donnell with a complimentary one-year membership.

October 2007 Winner: Colton Crandell

Colton Crandell of Centennial, Colorado, is the recipient of the October 2007 ITG Young Artist Award.

Colton has just completed his senior year at Arapahoe High School under the direction of Edward Cannava and has had a busy and productive high school music career. During his junior and senior high school years Colton was the principal trumpeter in The Warrior Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Pep Bands, Pit Orchestra, and Symphonic Orchestra. He also performed on cornet with the Dry Creek Dixie Dawgs, a traditional Jazz Combo that has won three Downbeat Awards.

Highlights of his many honors include his selection to the 2006 and 2007 Colorado All State Jazz Bands and Symphonic Bands. This past year he was named principal trumpet of the Continental League Orchestra in conjunction with appointments in the University of Colorado All State Orchestra and Honor Band. Mr. Crandell has the distinction of being only one of four Arapahoe music students to have been selected for all of these groups during his high school career.

As a soloist Colton has received the Superior rating at the State Solo and Ensemble Contest during all four years in high school. As a scholastic standout Colton has maintained a high grade point and received the Academic Letter for Excellence in his junior year while balancing a full schedule of activities in bands, orchestras, pep groups, study time, private lessons, and numerous weekend commitments. His senior year culminated with two prestigious awards; the Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence and the Outstanding Senior Award for 2006 - 2007 at Arapahoe High School.

Dr. Cannava hails Colton as "a highly dedicated young man, serious, positive, compassionate, focused, and committed to excellence in both his music and personhood. A student every teacher dreams of having in their program!" Tireless in his dedication to music and the Arapahoe High School Band Program, Colton is also recognized as a fine role model for other music students and the school at large.

Colton Crandell is now in his first semester as a music performance major at The University of Colorado in Boulder in the studio of Professor Terry Sawchuck. Congratulations to Colton for this recognition as October ITG Young Artist, 2007. Best wishes to him in his future musical endeavors and continued efforts to be a role model for other young trumpeters.

In recognition of his outstanding talent, ITG will provide Colton Crandell with a complimentary one-year membership.

June 2007 Winner: Ryan Beach

It is with great pleasure that we introduce Ryan Beach as the June ITG Young Artist recipient.

Ryan was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. He studied privately with Dennis Schneider, long time professor of trumpet at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and principal trumpet of the Lincoln Symphony. He attended Lincoln High School where he was under the direction of Mr. Terry R. Rush. He is now attending the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University studying with Michael Anderson in pursuit of a trumpet performance degree. At OCU he is a member of the Wind Philharmonic and the Freshman Brass Quintet.

At Lincoln High, Ryan was section leader and featured soloist in the marching band, principal trumpet of the Symphonic Band and Orchestra, and shared lead duties in jazz band. In 2002, he traveled to London where the band marched in the New Year's Day parade and the Symphonic Band performed in concert at Westminster Central Hall. He had the privilege of performing in the pit orchestra of Cole Porter's Anything Goes, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He had the opportunity to perform A Trumpeter's Lullaby with the Symphonic Band as well. Ryan was the 2006 recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award.

In addition to his positions at Lincoln High, Ryan served as principal trumpet of the Lincoln Youth Symphony for two years. With the Youth Symphony, he toured Austria where the symphony performed concerts in Vienna, Graz, and Bad Ischl. He won the senior solo award in the Lincoln Youth Symphony, performing Herbert L. Clarke's Carnival of Venice at the February 2006 concert.

Ryan was a member of several honor bands. He was a member of the Hastings College (Nebraska) Honor Band in 2005 and 2006, sitting first chair in 2006. He was also first chair in the 2006 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Winter Winds Festival. He was a member of the 2005 Nebraska Music Educators All-State Orchestra, and the 2006 Nebraska Wesleyan Honor Band.

Ryan has been active in the community, volunteering at Arts Incorporated and his local church. He was a student member of the Nebraska Trumpet Ensemble and regularly performed with the group from 2002 - 2006.

In recognition of his outstanding talent, ITG will provide Ryan Beach with a complimentary one-year membership.

March 2007 Winner: Adrianna Droz

Adrianna is a student at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, Wash?ington. As a promising student at Harbor Pointe Middle School under the guidance of band director Steve Moody, Adrianna performed in the concert band, jazz ensembles, and participated in solo and ensemble contests while studying privately with Joseph Gudorf, band director at Evergreen Middle School in nearby Everett. As a middle school student, Adrianna was awarded the John Phillip Sousa Award for outstanding musicianship and leadership, serving as a role model for other trumpeters in the program.

In her sophomore year at Kamiak High School, Adrianna received a superior rating with her performance of the Goedicke Concert Etude at State Solo Contest while continuing to work diligently on the transposition studies of Bordogni and the characteristic studies of Arban.

Currently a junior and one of Kamiak's top trumpeters, Adrianna is a member and soloist with the marching band; top concert band under the direction of Toby Bathurst; and the jazz ensemble, conducted by Scott McKinlay. Both conductors praise Adrianna's beautiful sound, musicianship, dedication to teamwork, mentoring, and, above all, her impeccable work ethic.

Rounding out this year's many accomplishments, Adrianna has been selected to perform with the National Wind Ensemble and will perform in May in Carnegie Hall under the direction of Professor Emeritus (University of Michigan) H. Robert Reynolds.

Aside from her busy high school musical life Adrianna, is a shortstop and catcher for an area select softball team as well as her high school girl's softball team. She is even known on occasion to hit one

out of the park! Best wishes and congratulations to Adrianna. Bravo to her many supporters and excellent teachers.

In recognition of her outstanding talent, ITG will provide Adrianna Droz with a complimentary one-year membership.

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