Arizona State University School of Music (Tempe, Arizona, www.music.asu.edu) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Thomas G. Everett Collection, an extraordinary archive of hundreds of works composed for bass trombone. Everett, who founded the International Trombone Association in 1972 and served as its first President, amassed the collection throughout his lifetime and in the process of writing his “Annotated Guide to Bass Trombone Literature” (The Brass Press, Third Edition, 1985). In addition to music, the collection also contains correspondence between Everett and many composers who wrote new works for bass trombone at his behest, including Vivian Fine, Gordon Jacob, Ulysses Kay and Warren Benson. As a result of discussions between Tom Everett and and his long-time friend, Douglas Yeo, former Professor of Trombone at Arizona State University and retired bass trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the collection was gifted to ASU where it is currently being catalogued; most of the music will be made available for circulation both at ASU and through inter-library loan, and the correspondence and other files will be made available for study at ASU. Bass trombonist Paul Lynch, a Doctor of Musical Arts student at ASU who is studying with ASU’s Trombone Professor, Dr. Brad Edwards, is working alongside ASU Music Library staff in documenting and contextualizing the collection for cataloguing.
“The Thomas Everett archive is an extraordinarily important collection given the significance of its content as well as its tremendous scope,” said Dr. Christopher Mehrens of the ASU Music Library. “It will serve to support both students and scholars of the trombone and its literature for years to come. We are deeply appreciative and would like to thank Mr. Everett for this significant gift. We would also like to thank Professor Douglas Yeo for his assistance in facilitating the donation of these materials.” The gift of the Thomas G. Everett Collection is currently highlighted in three display cases in the ASU Music Library. Upon the installation of the display, Tom Everett said, “It gives me great pride and appreciation to know that my personal collection of bass trombone literature will be archived and preserved by the ASU Music Library. It is my sincere hope that both present and future students, teachers, scholars and performers will benefit from this collection of original manuscript music, composer correspondence, and materials that document the creation and growth of an original solo repertoire for the bass trombone.” (Photo by Paul Lynch)