29 August 2015

Will trumpet players get a leg up in Ivy League admissions?

From “Yale Students Campaign for All That Jazz:”

[Yale University Director of Bands Thomas C. Duffy] said he had encountered a shortage of qualified trombone and trumpet students, a situation he observed at other Ivy League schools trying to muster a big band. While he offered to lend music to the collective as it tried to reconstitute the jazz ensemble, he said he would be “stunned” if they could sustain 17 top-flight section players throughout the year.

Hmm… Tuba players have always been in short supply, but maybe the brass players will start getting ranked up there with the fencers and the squash players.

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