And we're off! This week is one of the busiest of the year...with NTC (National Trumpet Competiton) and ATW (American Trombone Workshop) going on SIMULTANEOUSLY, we've got our work cut out for us!
Two shows in one week means a lot of planning, a lot of organizing, and a LOT of instruments! The team at Shires has been prepping for the past twelve weeks for these shows...meticulously building instruments, arranging exhibit space, booking travel, coordinating with artists, play-testing instruments, boxing/wrapping/shipping, etc. As you can imagine, our shipping room as been a zoo.
This year's NTC is the 25th Anniversary of the National Trumpet Competiton. Both myself and Steve Shires are making the annual pilgrimage, this time down to Columbus, GA, where we'll join our friends, colleagues, and fellow trumpet-ers for the week! Our very own Vince DiMartino is headlining the week so we're pretty proud of that :)
Steve and I are headed down a few days ahead of time to work with the students at Kennesaw State, Georgia State, and the brass section of the Atlanta Symphony. We're lucky to have friends and colleagues in every corner of the world...and the greater Atlanta area is no different. We're looking forward to a great week!
Ben Griffin and our colleague Jim Von Stetten will be representing Shires at ATW this week. They've got their work cut out for them at this show...check out this packed schedule! ATW Schedule of Events
We're also lucky to have some of our world renowned Artists headlining this event as well! Gabe Langfur, George Curran, Maureen Horgan, Tres Bone Trombone Trio, and many more! Personally, I'm jealous I'm not going to catch some of these performances...(that's a bold statement coming from a trumpet player...).
One thing I'm not jealous of? Packing up the minivan with rows and rows of trombones. Have fun with that one Ben ;)
If you're lucky enough to be headed out to one of these shows this week, PLEASE do stop by and visit us at the S.E. Shires booth. We love to see our friends from past shows...and we love to meet new friends! Also, make sure you're posting lots of photos and videos on our Instagram and Facebook pages! Some of our favorite hashtags are: #iplayshires #seshires #teamshires. Join the team online and let us all see what you and your Shires instrument are up to!
P.S. Anyone else excited for this???
The S.E. Shires Piccolo trumpet, coming to music stores near you this summer!