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Allen's Trombone Quartet to Premiere Knight Work
The trombone quartet SlideHandlers will be in residence at the Bass School of Music Jan. 13, and premiere a new work written for the group by Edward Knight, Oklahoma City University's composer-in-residence. The ensemble is comprised of bass trombone Barney McCollum, an alumnus of the "President's Own" U.S. Marine Band in Washington, D.C., and tenor trombones William J. Damron, principal trombonist of the Tulsa Symphony and the Tulsa Opera Orchestras; David Begnoche, affiliates manager of the International Trombone Associaition; and John P. Allen of Oklahoma City University. Allen, principal trombonist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and adjunct professor of trombone at Oklahoma City University, was the subject of a Rick Rogers' feature story in the Nov. 23 Sunday Oklahoman. "The sound that you can make in a low brass section is absolutely stunning," Allen told Rogers. "It can be beautiful, it can break your heart or it can be brutal. Any composer that wants to bring up something from the depths of despair calls on the trombone section to create this otherworldly sound. That has always been and always will be my greatest pleasure. Before moving to Oklahoma City this year, Allen was bass trombonist of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. He is a frequent substitute with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, has toured and recorded with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and has been solo trombonist with the sextet Rhythm & Brass. An active chamber musician, he is a founding member of SlideHandlers, a touring trombone quartet, as well as the new Orion Brass, a Dallas-based septet committed to creating a repertoire for seven virtuoso brass players. Allen attended Interlochen Arts Academy, Manhattan School of Music, The Ohio State University and University of North Texas. His most influential teachers have been Joseph Duchi, David Sporny and Vern Kagarice. He has held faculty positions at Howard Payne University, East Texas Baptist University, and Texas Wesleyan University. He has been instructor of trombone and tuba at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain since 2003.