Coal Hill Quartet

The Coal Hill Quartet

The Coal Hill Quartet was formed in 2018. Originally conceived as a way to connect various small school college and high school music programs, the group is interested in developing innovative ways to promote new and under-represented trombone quartet music at the highest possible artistic levels.  Their primary interest is in bringing world music to a broader audience in order to celebrate diverse cultures, build bridges between communities, and present trombone music to non-traditional audiences.  The Coal Hill Quartet has performed throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area and were performers/presenters at the 2020 Texas Music Educators Association Convention.  They were recently invited to perform at the 2021 International Trombone Festival in Georgia where they will also be giving a presention on global music in small ensembles. 

The founding members of the group are Dr. Tyrone Block, instrumental coordinator at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Dr. Michelle Flowers instructor of trombone at Texas Woman’s University, Shawn Smith, and Dr. Noel Wallace, instructor of low brass at Tarleton State University.  They will be joined by Dr. Chris Sharpe, instructor of trombone at University of Central Arkansas for their International Trombone Festival performance.

The Coal Hill Quartet is available for performances, masterclasses, and presentations in person and virtually.  For more information, please fill out the contact form.

Upcoming Performances and News:

The Coal Hill Quartet is excited to welcome Amanda Kana and Jerry Umholtz to perform with them at the International Trombone Festival!  Their musicianship and scholarship are welcome additions to the ensemble and we look forward to sharing their insights at the upcoming festival.

The Coal Hill Quartet was recently invited to participate in the 2021 International Trombone Festival in Georgia.  They will be performing a recital as well as presenting on how to use small ensembles to introduce global music to students and audiences.  Information about the upcoming festival can be found at

Southwestern Assemblies of God University featured Dr. Tyrone Block, the Coal Hill Quartet, and their invitation to ITF in their campus news.  The article can be found here.