Chris Van Hof

Trombonist-Educator-Music Arranger


2018 Ball State University Trombone FEst

We here at the BSU Trombone Studio are thrilled to announce our first-ever TROMBONE FEST! Featuring special guest artist Natalie Mannix, participants will have the opportunity to hear solo recitals from Dr. Mannix, as well as Dr. Van Hof and BSU's Jazz Trombone Professor, Freddie Mendoza. Everyone is invited to participate in the Fest Trombones Participant Ensemble, which will read some trombone choir music and then perform along with the BSU Cardinal Trombone Choir on the closing Festkonzert. There will also be the opportunity for high schoolers to apply to perform on a special high-schooler-only master class taught by Dr. Van Hof.

the event is free, but you must register. Click HERE

 Natalie Mannix

Natalie Mannix

Natalie Mannix, University of North Texas

Natalie Mannix, principal trombonist of the Delaware Symphony, is an avid soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer and educator. In fall of 2016 she began her current position as Assistant Professor of Trombone at the University of North Texas after teaching 8 years at Towson University in Baltimore. Previously, she was a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC for over 9 years where she performed with the brass quintet, concert and ceremonial band. 

Dr. Mannix will present a solo recital Friday, April 6 at 7:30, give a master class during the daytime events on Saturday April 7, and will be the featured soloist with the Cardinal Trombone Octet on the closing Festkonzert April 7 at 7:30PM.

Chris Van Hof, Ball State University

Chris Van Hof is the newly-appointed Assistant Professor of Trombone at Ball State University, and principal trombonist with the Muncie Symphony. Originally from Grand Rapids, MI, he has performed with the orchestras of Rochester (NY), Madison (WI), Fort Collins (CO), and Cheyenne (WY). He is an active performer of new music, and music for trombone and electronics, including four world premieres in the Spring and Summer of 2018.

During the day Saturday, Dr. Van Hof will teach a high-schooler-only master class, perform a solo recital, and rehearse the Fest Trombones Participant Ensemble. He will also conduct the Cardinal Trombone Choir and Octet on the closing Festkonzert

 Chris Van Hof

Chris Van Hof


Freddie Mendoza

Trombonist/Euphoniumist, Freddie Mendoza, has distinguished himself as one of the leading instrumentalist and educators on the jazz scene today. With over 40 studio recordings under his belt, he has performed across the United States and abroad, sharing the stage with many of jazz music’s greats, including Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Printup, Marvin Stamm, Clark Terry, Bill Watrous, Rob McConnell, Bob Mintzer and Harry Connick, Jr. to name a few. He is the Jazz Trombone Professor at Ball State University.

Dr. Mendoza will be performing a solo jazz recital during the daytime events on Saturday April 7.