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BC student named top jazz trumpet player

BC student named top jazz trumpet player

Mon Mar 2, 2015

Brazosport College student Chris Cermak was recently selected as the first-chair trumpet for the Texas Community College Band Directors Association All-State Jazz Band.

This is the second consecutive year Cermak was named by the organization as the top community college jazz trumpet player in the state.

“I’m really fortunate to be able to do this both this year and last year,” Cermak said of the honor. “It’s definitely a blessing.”

The 20-year-old Cermak, who has been playing the trumpet for 10 years, is planning to transfer to Sam Houston State University in the fall to pursue a degree in Music Education.

"We've known that Chris is a tremendous talent for our program and I’m very proud of him,” said Brazosport College Coordinator of Music Richard Birk. “Being selected as lead trumpet of the TCCBDA All Jazz Band means he is the best community college trumpet player in the state, and it's great that the rest of the state now knows. We're going to miss him when he transfers to Sam Houston State next year. He has been a huge asset to all the BC music groups.”

As a member of the all-state jazz band, Cermak attended the Texas Music Educators Convention in San Antonio from Feb. 11 to 14, where he spent four days in rehearsals with other community college jazz students from across the state.

The band performed a concert at the TMEA Convention on February 14. The guest clinician for the TCCBA All-State Jazz Band was Baylor University Jazz Program Director Alex Parker.