The seven members of the Missouri Southern State University Trumpet Ensemble have been invited to perform during the 41st annual International Trumpet Guild Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

The 2016 conference, to be held May 31-June 4 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County, will celebrate legendary trumpet players from around the world with a wide variety of educational sessions and vendors. Last year, nearly 1,500 performers attended the event.

“This is the second time the ensemble has been invited to perform,” said Freddie Green, assistant professor of music and director of the ensemble. “We were invited to perform last year as well. People from around the world attend the conference – performers, scholars, researchers. A certain number of groups are selected to perform. It’s a great honor.”

The ensemble consists of trumpet majors and minors. Members are Tony Sfortunato, Tyler Jones, Trevor Berger, Oliver Smith, Jemetris Brown, Cayla Roanhorse and Austin Kinard.

A crowdfunding effort has been launched to help the ensemble raise $8,000 to cover expenses for the trip. Giving level benefits range from a thank-you card to a private performance and a trumpet with an autographed case.

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