University of South Carolina

School of Music site of international trumpet competition

Five trumpet finalists will compete in the 2009 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Solo Trumpet Competition, hosted by University of South Carolina professor of trumpet James Ackley and the School of Music Oct. 9 – 10.

Sponsored by the International Trumpet Guild in cooperation with the Herb Alpert Foundation, the competition is free and open to the public. It will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the school’s recital hall.

Vince DiMartino, one of America’s most sought-after trumpet performers, will hold a master class Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. in Room 6 of the School of Music.

The event will wrap up with a gala concert with the band, U.S. Army Blues, and solo performances by each of the distinguished judges and the competition winners at 7:30 p.m. in the Koger Center for the Performing Arts. The results of the competition will be announced during the concert. First prize is $10,000, and second prize is $5,000.

The finalists emerged from a list of 38 competitors that represented Finland, France, Trinidad & Tobago, Israel, New Zealand and the United Kingdom and 18 states in the U.S. All submitted audition CDs this past spring for a chance to perform in this final round.

The finalists are Pete Clagett from Denton, Texas; Matthew Holman from New York City; Kalevi Louhivuori from Helsinki, Finland; Jason Palmer from Roselindale, Mass.; and Jonathan Saraga from New York City. The alternate is Nick Roseboro from New York City.

The festival is named for and dedicated to Carmine Caruso, one of the world’s greatest teachers of brass musical instruments.

For more information, contact James Ackley at 803-777-4149 or visit

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 10/09/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 10/09/09 @ 11:39 AM | Permalink