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WMU student named top bass trombonist at international event

by Deanne Puca

June 29, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of WMU trombone student Derek Lyp.
WMU trombone student Derek Lyp
KALAMAZOO--Derek Lyp, a student in the Western Michigan University School of Music, placed first in the International Trombone Association's bass trombone solo competition for students 18 and under.

A sophomore from Lambertville, Mich., Lyp won a $4,000 bass trombone in the George Roberts Solo Competition's final round June 23 at the International Trombone Festival in Nashville, Tenn., at Vanderbilt University.

The ITA's various solo competitions typically feature the most outstanding trombone talent from the United States and abroad. In the final round, Lyp competed against students representing trombone programs at Northwestern University and the University of Alabama.

He joins three other WMU students who also studied under Dr. Stephen Wolfinbarger, WMU professor of music, who were selected to compete in the International Trombone Festival in recent years. Hana Beloglavec won two ITA competitions, while Eric Bowman won one and was a finalist in another. Bass trombonist Evan Conroy also was a finalist.

Prior to coming to WMU as a freshman last fall, Lyp attended private school in Toledo, Ohio, and was chosen as the Ohio first chair all-state trombonist his senior year.

For more information contact Dr. Stephen Wolfinbarger at