UNH alum Chris Burbank ’07 has earned a spot as a semi-finalist in the 2014 Thelonious Monk international trumpet competition in Los Angeles. Burbank earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and studied trumpet with UNH Professor Robert Stibler.
This year’s competition will feature 13 of the world’s most outstanding young jazz trumpeters who will perform before a panel of jazz greats including Ambrose Akinmusire, Randy Brecker, Roy Hargrove, Quincy Jones, Jimmy Owens and Arturo Sandoval.
The semifinals of competition will be held on Saturday, November 8th at Schoenberg Hall on the UCLA campus from 12 to 5 p.m. Three finalists will be selected to participate in the finals on Sunday, November 9th at the Dolby Theatre. They will vie for scholarships and prizes totaling more than $100,000 including a $25,000 first place scholarship and a guaranteed recording contract with Concord Music Group.
Immediately following the finals on Sunday, an All-Star Gala Concert will bring together some of the most renowned artists of our time. Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and Kevin Spacey will host the event. Special guests will include Pharrell Williams, John Mayer, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Wayne Shorter, Queen Latifah, Jimmy Heath, Don Cheadle, Chaka Khan, and many others. President Bill Clinton will receive the Maria Fisher Founder’s Award.
Chris Burbank, a native of Bedford, N.H., has played the trumpet since middle school. He has performed with jazz greats including Terence Blanchard, Maria Schneider, Clark Terry, Kenny Barron, Benny Golson, Mulgrew Miller, Paquito D’Rivera and Benny Green. Burbank has led clinics and other education programs in the United States, Japan, England and Spain on behalf of The Juilliard School, where he recently earned a master’s degree in jazz studies. He is currently completing his doctorate in jazz performance at the University of Miami under the direction of Brian Lynch.