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Young Artist Award


to provide recognition for developing young trumpeters

ITG announces the Young Artist Award to provide recognition for developing young trumpeters. Winners will receive a one-year membership to ITG and will be featured in the ITG Journal. Nominations will be accepted only from music teachers and private instructors, and nominees must be high school students (age 18 or younger) at the date of nomination. Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges.

To nominate a student, mail or email a letter of recommendation to:

David Bohnert, ITG Young Artist Awards
Director of Bands/Trumpet Instructor
Wayne State College
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Letters must include mailing addresses, phone/fax numbers, and email addresses of the teacher and nominee. Entries will be accepted at any time and will be active for one year from the date of submission. Winners will be selected on December 15, April 15, July 15, and September 15.


January 2002 Winner: Darren Ringer


ITG is proud to announce Darren Ringer of Morgantown, West Virginia as the recipient of the January 2002 ITG Young Artist Award. Ringer was nominated by his teacher, Bonnie Miltenberger, also of Morgantown.

As a high school junior, Ringer won the 2001 Music Teachers National Association’s High School Brass competition in Washington, D.C. In 1998, he won the MTNA Junior High Brass Competition. Ringer is a three-time winner of both the West Virginia Music Teachers Association and the MTNA Eastern Division Brass Competitions; and he has twice won the Fairmont State College and Community Orchestra Pre-college Concerto Competition. Ringer is a member of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as a soloist on “From the Top” on Public Radio International.

In recognition of his outstanding talents, ITG will provide Darren Ringer with a complimentary one-year membership. Coordinator Del Lyren extends his appreciation to adjudicators Al Lilly (Centennial Brass, ITG Calendar Editor), and Gary Wurtz (Stephen F. Austin University).



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About the Editor: David Bohnert is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Wayne State College where he teaches conducting, music education, applied trumpet, and brass methods, as well as serving as director for the WSC Wind Ensemble and Marching Band. He holds the Bachelor of Music (Trumpet Performance) and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Southeast Missouri State University. He earned the Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where he also served as a graduate teaching assistant with the University Bands. He has done post-graduate study at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where he completed the DMA (Trumpet Performance).

An active performer, Bohnert plays regularly with A Touch of Brass, the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and Municipal Band, in addition to maintaining an active solo recital schedule. He has recently performed at the International Trumpet Guild conference and the American Guild of Organists conference and is on the recording reviewing staff for the journal of the International Trumpet Guild.

David was selected for the 2009 State National Bank Teaching Excellence Award at Wayne State College. He resides in Wayne, Nebraska with his wife Melissa and their three sons, Ethan, Aidan, and Nolan.

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