June 2004 Winner: Jason Brodsky

ITG is proud to announce that Jason Brodsky, a graduate of East Meadow High School in New York is the June, 2004, recipient of the Young Artist Award. Brodsky is currently studying classical trumpet with Leon Petruzzi. For the past two years, Jason has performed in both All State and All Eastern Honors Ensembles. His membership in his school's jazz, concert, and marching bands has also been augmented with performances in the school orchestra.

Jason owes his trumpet success to a phone call from his high school band teacher, Stephen Engle, who suggested that Jason join a school brass quintet during his ninth grade year. The quintet consisted of four senior All State brass players. With this group, he participated in master classes with the American Brass Quintet, as well as with Philip Smith of the New York Philharmonic. That year culminated with the group winning the Grand Prize of the 2000 New York Brass Conference Brass Quintet Competition.

Jason has been able to expand his music performance experience through extracurricular participation in the Long Island Youth Orchestra, the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, and the Nassau Suffolk Performing Arts Wind Symphony. These groups have gone on summer performance tours to Europe, North Africa, Canada, Scandinavia, and Hawaii. Music has added a whole new dimension to Jason's life, a passion and confidence that he will always retain.

In recognition of his outstanding talents, ITG will provide Jason Brodsky with a complimentary one-year membership.

March 2004 Winner: Anne Wilde

ITG is proud to announce that Laura Anne Wilde, of Watertown, South Dakota, has been awarded the ITG Young Artist Award for March 2004. Laura is currently a senior at Watertown High School. She has been principal trumpet in the South Dakota All-State Orchestra for three consecutive years. In addition, she has been a member of the All-State Band and All-State Jazz Band for two years. Ms. Wilde studies trumpet with John F. Colson of Brookings, South Dakota.

During the summer of 2003, Laura studied at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp in Michigan where she successfully auditioned into the top band. Other notable achievements include receiving the Agnes Jardine Scholarship Award at the International Music Camp and playing principal trumpet in the band and orchestra at the St. Olaf Summer Music Camp in Minnesota.

In recognition of her outstanding talents, ITG will provide Ms. Wilde with a complimentary one-year membership.

January 2004 Winner: Jon Kratzer

ITG is proud to announce that Jon Kratzer of Sanford, Florida has been awarded the ITG Young Artist Award for January 2004. Jon, a student of John Almeida of University of Central Florida, has enjoyed a rich background of musical experiences. He has performed in concerts with his high school band, the Seminole County All-County Band, the Orlando Philharmonic, and the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra. Jon has held the principal chair in the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra for three years. In addition to performing principal with the Florida All-State Orchestra in 2003, he has occupied principal trumpet positions in the wind ensemble, symphony orchestra, honors brass quintet, and Jazz Ensemble 1 at Cannon Music Camp - Appalachian State University where he worked with Allen Vizzutti.

In recognition of his outstanding talents, ITG will provide Jon Kratzer with a complimentary one-year membership.

October 2003 Winner: Maxilmilien Darché

ITG is proud to announce that Maxilmilien David Darché of Madison, CT, has been awarded the ITG

Young Artist Award for October 2003. Maxilmilien, a graduate of Daniel Hand High School, has studied classical trumpet with Richard Green of the Eastern Brass Quintet. For each of his four years in high school, Maxilmilien was a member of the Connecticut All State Bands, and for three years he performed with the Jazz Ensemble. In addition to being a member of his school's marching, symphonic, and stage bands, he also performed with their orchestra. Max was the recipient of the Connecticut Association of Schools Arts Award in 2002, as well as the John Phillip Sousa Band Award and the National School Orchestra Award. Seeking additional jazz performance venues, Max was a member of Connecticut Youth Jazz. In this group (under the direction of Reid Gerritt) Maxilmilien had the opportunity to perform at the Essentially Ellington Jazz at Lincoln Center High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival in 2002, winning the Outstanding Trumpet Soloist Award.

Maxilimilien has pursued his love of jazz attending summer jazz camps at the Manhattan School of Music, Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Purchase College, the Eastman School of Music, and William Patterson University. Max currently is enrolled as a jazz performance major at the Manhattan School of Music where he studies with Lewis Soloff.

In recognition of his outstanding talents, ITG will provide Mr. Darché with a complimentary one-year membership.

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