The Nittany Trombone Quartet is: Bruce Tychinski, alto and tenor trombones. Sean Reusch, tenor trombone. Jon Moyer, tenor trombone. Matt Neff, bass trombone.
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The Nittany Trombone Quartet was formed by four freshmen at Penn State University in January 1988. Our teacher and coach, Mark Lusk, helped guide us through our first performance of Leslie Bassett’s Quartet for Trombones. Later that year we performed concerts in Butler, Altoona, Pennsylvania and became frequent performers on campus and in State College. Over the next few years, we were asked to perform around the state at branch campuses of Penn State, presented workshops for public school students, began arranging some of our own music, and performing concerts throughout the northeast. In 1990, the NTQ was one of the national finalists in the MTNA Wurlitzer National Chamber Music Competition representing the northeast region. Some other highlights of our early years included a performances for former President Jimmy Carter, at the Eastern Trombone Workshop, at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, and a tour including masterclasses and concerts through Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey.
Following graduation, our individual careers sent us in four different directions, but we remained in close contact and performed together whenever possible. Over the past 10 years, as our careers stabilized, we have increased our performing schedule. The NTQ was a featured artist at St. Norbert College in 2004, the York College Summer Brass Workshop in 2005, and at the 2008 Southern Miss Trombone Day. We also presented concerts and masterclasses in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, California, Mississippi, and Virginia.
In 2008, we became the Nittany Trombone Quartet LLC with an eye on future projects and an increased performing schedule. In July 2012, we gathered for four days at the University of Delaware to record our first compact disc. This recording of Christmas music includes all original arrangements by members of the quartet and friends who have been associated with us over the years.
January 2013 will mark the 25th Anniversary of the Nittany Trombone Quartet. We are excited to mark this milestone with the launch of our website and CD release. Please explore our website and read about the individual members of the group and the amazing musical experiences we have had as professional musicians, visit our photo gallery, stop by our store, see what is coming up for us, or drop us a note. As we start a new chapter in our history, we hope you will join us along the way!