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The 2018 Penn State Trombone Labor Days

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Mark L. Lusk

  • With special guest alumni:
    • Scott Slutter
    • Bruce Tychinski
    • Matt Neff
    • Michael Ketner
    • Kevin McManus
    • Faris Beshara
    • Ben David Aronson
    • Erik Shinn
    • Daniel Twenty
    • Ryan Rongone
  • Along with local artists
    • Kathy Gattuso Cinatl
    • Stephen Rudolph
    • Bob Hart
    • Kevin Lowe
  • And faculty Artists
    • Mac Himes
    • Erik Jester
    • David Stambler
  • Along with members of the Penn State Trombone Choir

In the new Esber Rehearsal Hall at Penn State!


The 2018 Penn State Trombone Labor Days Poster

The 2018 Penn State Trombone Labor Days Poster

Concert Programs

Concert with the Penn State Jazz Bone Forum

Blue Flame (Woody Herman)
Things Ain't What They Used To Be (Woody Herman)
Children Of Sanchez (Chuck Mangione)
The Shadow Of Your Smile (Henry Mancini)
In A Mellow Tone (Buddy Rich)
Intermission Riff (Stan Kenton)
Brief Intermission
Hay Burner (Count Basie)
So What (Miles Davis)
Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Nigh Of The Week (Patrick Williams)
Old Devil Moon (Trombones Inc.)
Wolf Eyes (Paul Winter Consort)
Cousins (Woody Herman)

Mark Lusk's 62nd Faculty Trombone Recital

Serenity (Gjeilo/Shinn)
performed by all the current and alumni trombonists withunder the direction of Erik Jester
Pastorale (Ewazen)
with Ryan Rongone
5 Hornsongs (Brahms/Reynolds)
with Ben David Aronson
Suite for Four Trombones (Hornoff)
with Bruce Tychinski, Michael Ketner and Scott Slutter
Sonata (Crosby/McManus)
with Wade Judy, Dan Sherman, Faris Bashara, Daniel Twentey and Erik Shinn
The Road Home (Paulis/Slutter)
Professor Lusk conducts a mass trombone choir
with special guest vocalist, Olivia Lusk


Schedule of Events

Saturday evening, September 1st

8:00-10:00 p.m.
There will be an open reading session with special guest alumni Kevin McManus. Our current trombone studio members will be playing music from the library of the Pittsburgh Bone Forum, a 10-piece trombone jazz group. Kevin is the leader and chief arranger for this unique and exciting ensemble. It will be a great opportunity for our students to be put in a "one rehearsal only" setting for the jazz concert the next day!

Sunday, September 2nd

12:00-2:00 p.m. 
There will be another open rehearsal featuring the 10 PSU alumni returning to be a part of this Labor Days event. Professor Lusk and the alumni guests will be putting together works that are to be performed on the Faculty Trombone Recital on Monday; yet another awesome opportunity for the students to observe these professionals in action!

2:00-4:00 p.m.
This time will be an open discussion with between our guest alumni, with all their collective experieince and our students who are eager to understand what it take to be successful in today's music business. 

5:30-7:00 p.m.
Open dress rehearsal/sound check with our alumni soloists and the Penn State Jazz Bone Forum,
this time with our outsanding rhythm section:
Stephen Rudolph, piano
Mac Himes, guitar
Bob Hart, bass
Kevin Lowe, drums
along with Professor David Stambler, saxophone

7:30 p.m.
Concert with the Penn State Jazz Bone Forum
lead by Kevin McManus with alumni guests:
Scott Slutter, Dr. Bruce Tychinski, Matt Neff, Dr. Mike Ketner, Faris Beshara, Dr. Ben David Aronson,
Dan Twentey, Erik Shinn and Ryan Rongone. 

Monday, September 3rd

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Open rehearsal for the faculty recital with our our special guests along with pianist, Kathy Gattuso Cinatl.

1:00 p.m.
Professor Lusk's 62nd Faculty Trombone Recital

The event will be live streamed at:


You can now see photos and video from the concerts on our media page here!

Earlier Event: October 30
Trombone Choir Concert