We are 6 weeks away from the Festival of New Trumpet Music: Flexus 2016, opening on September 19 and 20 at Threes Brewing and closing on Sunday September 25 with our concert honoring John McNeil with FONT Music’s Award of Recognition. The September 25 show features McNeil with his ensemble, as well as Jeff Beal and Laurie Frink Career Grant winner Tony Glausi. A panel preceding the show will discuss Laurie Frink, including Keyon Harrold, Nadje Noordhuis, Mike Rodriguez, and Dave Ballou.
Marquis Hill reprises Signatures in Brass, with new music thanks to our Roy Campbell, Jr. commissioning fund, and this year performing at JALC’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the first collaboration between FONT Music and JALC.
As a small, musician-led nonprofit, FONT Music needs your help to bring new music by Marquis to the 2016 Festival for New Trumpet Music. Help us fund the 2016 Roy Campbell, Jr. Commission and support the creation of new music by Marquis Hill. The 2016 Festival will run from September 19 to September 25. The performance of the new piece by Marquis Hill will be presented at Dizzy’s Coca-Cola Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center on September 21 and 22nd.
Marquis Hill, 29-year-old trumpeter and composer, Chicago native, and winner of the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition, was a highlight of the 2015 Festival of New Trumpet Music performing with a band he put together called Signatures in Brass. Six trumpet players – Marquis joined by Phillip Dizack, Keyon Harrold, Billy Buss, Josh Evans and Ingrid Jensen – and a rhythm section blew the roof off of the Jazz Gallery. The group made such an impact that they have been invited to return for the 2016 Festival. This year Marquis brings the group to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Coca-Cola Club for two shows, co-sponsored by the Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT Music) and Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC).
To make Marquis’ 2016 appearance extra special, FONT Music has commissioned him to write new music specifically for the occasion to be premiered at the 2016 Festival. FONT Music established the Roy Campbell, Jr.Commissioning Project in 2014, honoring the organization’s co-founder who died that year. Each year FONT Music recognizes a trumpeter, composer, and/or bandleader by awarding a commission for a new composition to be performed at the Festival. Marquis is the honoree for 2016.
Marquis is a perfect choice to represent the Festival of New Trumpet Music’s mission to celebrate opportunity, encourage diversity, and enable community for and among trumpet players and those with whom they work. Not only is Marquis a vital, exciting player who brings originality and freshness to the music, his composing and leadership integrate a range of styles and players greater than the sum of the parts. A new piece by Marquis will provide a fitting tribute to the commission’s namesake, Roy Campbell, Jr., and is sure to add memorable new music to the repertoire.
Please join us in making this happen!
To thank you for your donation, we have some exciting offers.
We need the help of a motivated, organized individual to help us produce the Festival. This is a great opportunity to get immersed in all tasks and responsibilities related to the production and promotion of a multiple day music festival.
FONT Music Intern
The Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT Music) is committed to supporting new music by a diverse community of trumpet and brass players, and presenting their work to the public. The Festival promotes opportunity, encourages diversity, and enables community for and among trumpet players and those with whom they work.
The organization was founded in 2002 by trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas along with the late trumpeter Roy Campbell, Jr. We produce an annual festival of concerts and workshops in New York City in September, as well as off-season and satellite events. Our dynamic programming has offered musical presentations that otherwise might not have a stage, including over 200 concerts, more than 30 commissions, and support for over 250 players, all aligned with our mission to support new music and a diverse community of brass players.
FONT Music is a small, artist-led, all-volunteer organization that needs the help of a motivated, organized individual. This is a great opportunity to get immersed in all tasks and responsibilities related to the production and promotion of a multiple day music festival.
You will be reporting to our administrator and board chair and will be assisting them on a range of tasks that support the Festival. Tasks may include:
Support Festival promotion including word of mouth at music schools, organizing street team to post flyers around venues, social media
Handle printing and distribution of postcards and programs for Festival
Help administrator with office tasks such as mailing, mail pick up, email follow up, donation tracking
During Festival, help with sound checks, rehearsals, event liaison, manage door
Help gather and organize materials to support publicist and program designer including artist bios, hires photos, program notes etc.
Help with updates to fontmusic.org
Starting Immediately. Can work remotely for part of the time, but must be available in New York City from September 1 through September 30 to help with on the ground promotion, administration, and facilitation of our annual Festival. Hours will vary from about 5-10 per week, with more time demands during the Festival.
If you’re interested please send your application to
By Thomas Bergeron, April 2016 – «When I was in college, a friend of mine played me a recording of Shane Endsley‘s composition Snake Pit from his debut album 2nd Guess. It was one of those addictive head-boppers for me, and at that time it was probably the coolest thing I had ever heard a trumpet player do. It wasn’t just the virtuosic trumpet playing that struck me. The structure of the compositions on that album were like nothing I had heard before. Like many of us trumpeters, Shane’s artistry became the doorway through which I was led to the mind-blowing world of Kneebody.»
No problem, we understand. Read all about it in the wonderful review by Jean Ballard Terepka of Theatrescene.net (CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW).
To the nearly 100 listeners who packed the room at The New School/Mannes: THANK YOU!!!!
Stay tuned as we release more videos and photos of the amazing night (see a few below from FONT Music Supporter Daniel G Hill)!
Also, soon to come, we’ll be announcing our 2016 Festival of New Trumpet Music Line Up – it’s truly going to be an amazing 6 days of music.
Block off your calendars now – Sept 19-25, 2016 – NYC!
Musically Yours, The FONT Music Team
Dave Douglas, Stephanie Richards, Aaron Shragge,
Susan Ryan & Benje Daneman