Third Coast Trombone Retreat

August 14-22, 2017 - Montague, MI

2016 Guest Artists, Faculty and Dates announced!

We're happy to announce the 2016 Third Coast Trombone Retreat will be June 9-16 in Montague, MI and will welcome the following esteemed Guest Artists and Faculty:

Guest Artists: 

James Markey, Bass Trombone, Boston Symphony Orchestra

Kenneth Thompkins, Principal Trombone, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

David Binder, Second Trombone, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Randall Hawes, Bass Trombone, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Dennis Nulty, Principal Tuba, Detroit Symphony Orchestra


Lee Rogers, Principal Trombone, Washington National Opera/Kennedy Center Orchestra

John Sebastian Vera, Principal Trombone, Pittsburgh Opera and River City Brass

Jeff Dee, Bass Trombone, Buffalo Philharmonic

Read their bios here.

Accepted Participants will receive two lessons, perform in master classes, solo, quartet, and choir concerts.  All guest artists and faculty will be available for lessons. The Detroit Symphony Low Brass will present a special orchestral clinic/performance. Other special classes on topics including the Business of Music, Performance Anxiety, Meditation, Tai Chi and more. Accepted Participants receive free housing.

Application deadline April 11, 2016. Apply now!

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Tickets available now for Special Faculty Concert at The Block

Tickets are available now for the special faculty concert featuring retreat co-founders Nicholas Schwartz and John Sebastian Vera, Wednesday, June 17 at The Block

The concert will include two world premieres, a cash bar, a rooftop terrace, advanced lighting and an after party at the Unruly Brewing Company downstairs. 

Reserve tickets($20) now by calling 231-726-3231 or purchase at the door although seating is limited.

Retreat News: Lance LaDuke to give Music Business Talk

We're thrilled to have internationally known educator, writer, speaker and performer Lance LaDuke giving our Music Business talk this year. Lance is one of the most innovative minds in music today and has expanded the boundaries of ways to have a successful and fulfilling career as a musician. The music business aspect of the retreat is one of the most important subjects that we focus on and take pride in and we're excited to have Lance be a huge part of it.

Read more about Lance on the Faculty page and check out his new YouTube series "Lance Learns to Play" launching tomorrow!