World-Class Trombone Events March 11-14 in Colorado

imagesColorado has many world-class musicians living and performing here, and of course, most high profile international acts make this one of their stops on tour. After all, Denver is one of the most vibrant cities between Chicago and Los Angeles. In just the last 48 hrs, I’ve been alerted to several great trombone events happening this week along the Colorado front range that are worth noting. I strongly encourage all local area trombonists to try and attend any or all of these fabulous trombone clinics, concerts and workshops. My personal connection to each event is somewhat interesting:

1. I toured with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1998, and Denver’s own Rich Charlucci will be playing alto sax with them tomorrow.
2. I’ve been a huge fan of Marshall Gilkes since meeting him at the 2008 Int’l Trombone Festival in Salt Lake City, UT. His command of this difficult instrument is astounding, and he’s a real cool guy too!
3. I’ve been asked to present an iPad clinic at the debut CSU Brass Workshop, which ironically makes it impossible for me to attend the Marshall Gilkes clinic at DU! (big time bummer)

Here are some great trombone events happening in the Denver area this week (in chronological order):

Tommy Dorsey Orchestra – Wed March 11 @ 6pm
Forney Museum of Transportation, Denver CO
Swing Among The Cars Event








Marshall Gilkes Clinic – Thurs March 12 @ 1pm
University of Denver, Denver CO – FREE ADMISSION!
DU Clinic Info

images-1For those of you that aren’t familiar with Marshall, he is truly one of the most accomplished and technically proficient jazz trombonists in the world. He actually spent his youth in Colorado Springs but was a steady member of the world-renowned WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany (who just released a new CD feat. his compositions) and now freelances in NYC and is a steady member of the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra.


3-Day Brass Workshop – Thurs-Sat March 12-14
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Brass Workshop Info


Come experience the first-ever comprehensive brass workshop at CSU. Participants will enjoy a wide variety of master classes, recitals, ensemble performances, clinics, and brass fellowship. There will also be an exhibition hall with all the latest gear.

Guest artists include: trumpeter Jim Thompson, professor, Eastman School of Music; hornist Johanna Yarbrough, 4th horn, Detroit Symphony Orchestra; trombonists Mark Hetzler, professor, University of Wisconsin; Nick Finzer, NYC freelance artist; and tubist Alex Lapins, professor, University of Northern Arizona.

The workshop features an opening night concert. Registration required: $125 for full registration; the one-day rate for just Friday or Saturday is $75 per day.

I’ll also be presenting this clinic at the Brass Workshop

Thursday March 12 @ 3-4pm CSU Campus
“How the iPad can help YOU as a brass player”
by Darren Kramer
Trombonist & CEO/Co-Founder of TheGigEasy
TheGigEasy will exhibit 2-6pm in exhibit hall with product to sell
iPad Mounts, Hands Free Page Turners, Folding Mic Stands, etc


…and an upcoming trombone event in April led by my trombonist friend Steven Dunn

Glenn Miller In The Mood  – Thurs April 16
Ellie Caulkins Theater, Denver, CO
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More than a concert, IN THE MOOD takes a retro look at the life and time of America’s greatest generation. With music and dance performed to up-tempo big band rhythms and mellow intimate ballads, a mood was set to inspire a future filled with hope, promise and prosperity. This was a time like no other in our Nation’s history, a time when music moved the Nation’s spirit. Attend IN THE MOOD and experience the swing, rhythm, jazzy, brassy, sentimental and romantic music of this important time.


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