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Merit’s Bone Rangers trombone quintet shakes, rattles and rolls to big wins

Merit’s award-winning trombone quartet, the Bone Rangers – featuring trombonists Omar Tlatelpa Nieto (grade 11, Lansing), Karl Kirkpatrick (grade 11, Mundelein) and Jonah Blake
(grade 10, Chicago) and Michael Turner on bass trombone (grade 12, Chicago) – won several competitions in 2016-17.

The quintet took first in the open division at the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory Discover National Chamber Music Competition, and second place, wind division, behind Merit’s KGT Woodwind Trio at University of Michigan’s 2nd Annual M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition.

“The Bone Rangers continued their tradition of excellence in 2017, winning the open division other instruments category at the Discover National Chamber Music Competition and second prize at the 2017 M-Prize. They also participated in master classes I led at Lawrence University,” said their coach Timothy Riordan. “Omar sat principal trombone in the Illinois All State Honors Orchestra and Karl sat first chair in the All State Honors Band. Michael, who has been a student at Merit since the age of nine, was offered several full-tuition scholarships to top music schools and will attend Eastman School of Music in the fall.”

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