Twenty-two members of the IUP Trumpet Studio, accompanied by Kevin Eisensmith, professor of Trumpet, traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, on September 20, 2012, to hear the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra’s season-opening performance of Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 3 in D Minor.”
Following the performance, Michael Sachs, principal trumpeter with the CSO, met with the students for an hour and answered questions about trumpet playing and life as an orchestral trumpet player.
The following morning, the group toured the Conn-Selmer Factory in East Lake, Ohio, where brass instruments of all types are manufactured. The students also had the opportunity to try out numerous instruments in the showroom before returning to IUP. Matt Barabas, general manager of Volkwein’s Music in Pittsburgh, and Rick Hanby, regional manager for the Conn-Selmer Corporation, provided logistical and financial support for this trip.
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