Brandt Attema and Astrid Haring

Brandy Attema and Astrid Haring will present a concert at the Seretean Center on March 25 at 7:30. This promises to be a fantastic recital!

We are very excited to announce several confirmed guest trombone artists for 2013-2014.

  • Luis Fred, Principal Trombonist of the Puerto Rico Symphony and Professor of Trombone at the Puerto Rico Conservatory, will be visiting from October 12 - 16.
  • Achilles Liarmakopoulos from the Canadian Brass will be visiting for a masterclass on November 8. He will return to perform with the Canadian Brass on January 17.
  • Jim Pugh, Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Illinois, trombonist with Steely Dan, and former first call NY trombonist, will be our guest for the 2014 OSU Brass Day on February 1.
  • The headline artist for the 2014 OSU Jazz Festival on April 26 will be Wycliffe Gordon.

We are thrilled to have these wonderful artists coming to campus and we will be announcing more guest artists soon. Check back often!

Past Guests

Randall Hawes

September 2012

Randall Hawes Randall Hawes has been bass trombonist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) since winning the position in 1985. Hawes began his relationship with the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music in 2004. He has taught master classes and performed as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician in Australia, Asia, Europe, and throughout North America. Hawes received a bachelor's degree in music education from Central Michigan University, where he studied with William Rivard. From 1980 to 1982, after graduating, he was a member of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, American Wind Symphony, and the New York Harlem Opera Ensemble. In 1985, after two years on the road with the Woody Herman Orchestra, Hawes was awarded a fellowship to the Tanglewood Institute for the summer, after which he won the DSO position. In addition to the DSO, he has performed with orchestras including the Pittsburgh, Boston, and Chicago Symphonies, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra. He first performed with the World Orchestra for Peace in 1995 when Sir George Solti invited him to help celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations. His association with WOP continues with Solti's successor, Valery Gergiev, and has included multiple international tours and recordings. Chamber music groups with which Hawes performs frequently: DSO Octet, Cuttime Players, Chicago's Music of the Baroque, Chicago Chamber Musicians, and musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Hawes can be heard on recordings with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin, Neeme Jarvi and Gunther Herbig and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Sir George Solti. Hawes has recorded two cd's; an all Russian program titled Melodrama and a cd of American music titled Barn Burner. Pianist Kathryn Goodson collaborated with Mr. Hawes on both recordings.

Jeremy Wilson

February 2013

Jeremy Wilson Jeremy Wilson is Associate Professor of Trombone at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music. Prior to his appointment at Blair, Wilson was a member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and its sister organization, the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera. He joined those orchestras at the age of 25, after winning what was his first-ever orchestral audition, and in 2010 became one of just a handful of Americans to have ever been made a full member of the Vienna Philharmonic Society.

Wilson was appointed to the Vienna orchestras as a Wechselposaunist, or "switching trombonist," splitting his time between second trombone, first trombone, and bass trumpet. He performed hundreds of concerts as a "Wiener Philharmoniker," the vast majority of which were under the batons of the world's leading conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle, Christian Thielemann, and Franz Welser-Möst.

Wilson was privileged to travel extensively while with the Philharmonic, peforming in 28 countries throughout Europe, East Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and North America, often with renowned soloists such as Lang Lang, Yefim Bronfman, and Yo-Yo Ma. He performed in many of the world's most famous concert halls, including Tokyo's Suntory Hall, the Sydney Opera House, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Los Angeles' Disney Hall, London's Royal Albert Hall, and New York's Carnegie Hall, not to mention the Golden Hall of the Philharmonic's legendary home venue, the Wiener Musikverein.

At the Vienna State Opera, one of the world's finest and busiest opera houses, Wilson played more than 550 performances of 85 different operas and ballets, including five complete Wagner Ring cycles. He had the honor of performing with numerous prominent opera singers, including Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Florez, Elīna Garanča, Edita Gruberova, Thomas Hampson, Jonas Kaufmann, and Anna Netrebko.

In 2011, Wilson was invited by Seiji Ozawa to perform in the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra in Matsumoto, Japan, and tour with them in China.

Wilson is an active soloist, chamber musician, and jazz artist. He was a featured guest artist/clinician at the 2011 International Trombone Festival, and has given many solo recitals, concerto performances, masterclasses, and lectures around the United States, including at the University of North Texas, the University of Southern Mississippi, Roosevelt University, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Wilson has won numerous solo competitions, including the International Trombone Association's Frank Smith Competition and the Eastern Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition, which he won four consecutive times.

As a chamber musician, Wilson performs with the Blair Brass Quintet and other chamber chamber ensembles, especially in the medium of trombone quartet. His quartet from the University of North Texas was the winner of the ETW National Quartet Competition as well as the International Trombone Association's Trombone Quartet Competition. As a jazz artist, he was a member of the North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band and the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, and won several national and international competitions as lead trombonist for Tennessee Trombonery, a jazz trombone ensemble from the University of Tennessee.

Wilson holds degrees from the University of Tennessee (BM 2005), where he was also a Presser Scholar, and the University of North Texas (MM 2011), where he was a graduate teaching fellow. He studied with Don Hough, Vern Kagarice, Jan Kagarice, Tony Baker, and Tom Lundberg.

Abbie Conant

March 2013

Abbie Conant Abbie Conant received her Bachelor´s Degree (cum Laude) from Temple University in 1977. In 1976 she studied at Yale University, and in 1979 she received her Master´s Degree from the Juilliard School, followed by a Meister diploma from the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, Germany in 1984. From 1979 to1980 she was solo trombonist of the Royal Opera of Turin, Italy. From 1980 to 1993 she was solo trombonist of the Munich Philharmonic. The International Trombone Association Journal has featured Abbie Conant in a cover article and described her as "in the first rank of world class trombonists". She has recorded a highly acclaimed CD of trombone and organ music and performs internationally as a concerto soloist, recitalist, improviser and performance artist. This work has taken her to most of the large state theaters in Germany, where she has performed to great critical and public acclaim. In addition, in recent years she has performed as a soloist in over 60 American cities. In 1992 the Baden-Würtenburg State Ministry for Education, in recognition of her international reputation as a trombonist, named her full tenured Professor of Trombone at the esteemed Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen, Germany. In 1996 the 4200 members of the International Trombone Association elected her as their President elect. In August of 1998 she was the first woman to serve as a judicator for the International Trombone Competition in Geneva, Switzerland. Her involvement with Pauline Oliveros and Deep Listening have supported her compositional talents and have resulted in a series of music theater works concerning the Holocaust which have been performed in Germany to large audiences with critical success. For her most recent project, entitled "The Wired Goddess and her Trombone, she is working with composers to create works for computer and trombone based on the theme of the goddess.

Joshua L. Bynum

March 2013

Joshua L. Bynum Dr. Joshua L. Bynum currently serves as Assistant Professor of Trombone at the University of Georgia and trombonist with the Georgia Brass Quintet. He enjoys an active schedule, balancing roles as both performer and educator.

He is a founding member of Resonant Projection, a professional trombone quartet dedicated to promoting new and undiscovered works. In the summers, Bynum serves as trombone faculty for the Festival of Vale Veneto, in the Rio Grande de Sul region of Brazil. He also coordinates the brass studies with the Music of the Spheres Festival, located in São Paulo, Brazil.

Currently, Dr. Bynum is the first call substitute trombonist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He has held positions in the Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Tuscaloosa, and Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestras, and has also performed with the Charleston, Augusta, Arkansas, Quad City, and Shreveport Symphony Orchestras, along with the Joffrey and Stuttgart Ballet companies. Highlights include performances with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Midori.

Bynum has given solo and ensemble performances at the Eastern Trombone Workshop, the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference, and International Trombone Festival. In the fall of 2010, he gave the Georgia premiere performance of John Mackey's Harvest: Concerto for Trombone with Dr. John Lynch and the UGA Wind Ensemble. He was selected as a participant for the 2007 Alessi Seminar, and was named to the 2009 Arkansas Arts on Tour artist roster.

Bynum is a graduate of Temple University, the University of Iowa, and Jacksonville State University. His primary teachers are Nitzan Haroz, David Gier. and James Roberts. He currently serves as the Journal Advertising Manager for the International Trombone Association and is an Artist/Clinician for the Edwards Instrument Company.

Marshall Gilkes, WDR Big Band Cologne

April 2013

Randall Hawes Trombonist/composer Marshall Gilkes is forging new grounds and receiving high acclaim from critics around the world. Born in Camp Springs, Maryland, Mr. Gilkes spent his childhood growing up in many different parts of the United States traveling with his father, a musician in the Air Force, including Washington D.C., New Hampshire, New Jersey, Alabama, Illinois, and Colorado. After living and working in New York for twelve years, Mr. Gilkes currently resides in Cologne, Germany where he is a member of the award winning WDR Big Band.

Mr. Gilkes has been voted a “Rising Star” each of the the past four years in Downbeat magazine's annual critics poll, and he has received critical acclaim from audiences and journalists around the world. In 2003 Mr. Gilkes was a finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. As a leader, Mr. Gilkes has three critically acclaimed releases. Marshall Gilkes Quartet “Edenderry”(2004), Marshall Gilkes “Lost Words” 2008, and Marshall Gilkes “Sound Stories” 2012. All three albums showcase Mr. Gilkes' unique composition style of which Jazz had the following to say. “As a composer Gilkes’ writing will most assuredly soon show up in the repertoire of collegiate combos; it’s supremely artful as a wonderful jumping off point for improvisations and intricate enough that it’s performance will make wonderfully mature study material for young artists.”

In addition to his work as a leader, Mr. Gilkes is also a member of the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Edmar Castañeda Trio, and a former member of the Richard Bona Group. He has taught and presented master classes at institutions around the world including The Banff Center, Berklee College of Music, and the Brubeck Institute. Mr. Gilkes is a graduate of the Juilliard School and is an artist for Edwards Instruments.

Trombones de Costa Rica

Trombones de Costa Rica

Trombones de Costa Rica, winners of the Costa Rican National Award of Music in 1997 and the City of Passau's Special Price in Germany in 1999, is one of the most innovative and virtuosistic brass ensembles of the American Continent.

Since its foundation in 1991, TCR has distinguished itself for its clear projection to varied audiences through recitals and educational programs. The variety of this group’s repertoire is evident in their recordings entitled Contrastes, Imágenes, and Trombonismos which present a mix of standard classical and Costa Rican music. In addition, the ensemble has commissioned works from composers worldwide.

"I can assure that the Costa Rican Trombone Quartet is one of the most interesting brass ensembles I have heard in years," said the famed saxophone virtuoso Paquito D'Rivera after witnessing a recording session of the ensemble.

TCR has served as guest ensemble and faculty of the 2003 Brazilian and Latin American Trombone Festival, the 2001 and 2002 International Trombone Association annual festival, the 2003 Eastern Trombone Workshop and the 2005 Big Twelve Trombone Conference.

TCR has traveled extensively throughout the American continent the Caribbean and Europe. In addition to ensemble recitals, TCR has performed as guest soloist ensemble with mayor ensembles such as the Costa Rican National Symphony, the United States Army Band, the Oregon State University Symphonic Band, the Carroll College Wind Ensemble, the University of Miami Wind Ensemble, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador, San José National Band and the University of Costa Rica Wind Ensemble.

In 2001 the ensemble developed the Trombones de Costa Rica International Festival which brings to Costa Rica prominent guests artists and students from Latin America and United States.

The Trombones de Costa Rica was the winner of the Costa Rican National Award of Music in 1997 and the City of Passau's Special Prize in Germany in 1999. Founded in 1991, the quartet is considered one of the most innovative brass ensembles of the American continent.

Ryan Haines

October 11, 2011

Ryan Haines Ryan Haines is a trombonist, composer, clinician, and brass teacher who recently moved to Phoenix, Arizona. He is currently a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University teaching Jazz Trombone. A former student of Tom Ervin and Roy Main, he has a Bachelors Degree in Trombone Performance from the University of Arizona and a Masters Degree in Information Technology Management from Webster University. During his 20-year career with the United States Air Force, Ryan was the lead trombonist, Musical Director, Producer, and Chief Arranger for the Falconaires Jazz Ensemble based at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has composed and arranged music for 9 Air Force recordings and promotional videos by premier ensembles that include the Falconaires and the Airmen of Note, as well as Air Force Concert Bands, brass ensembles, and rock bands. Ryan has performed as a featured artist and premiered his music at international music conferences, jazz festivals, and before audiences in every corner of the United States.

Ryan has composed and arranged an extensive list of published music for jazz ensemble, little big band, brass ensemble, concert band, and various trombone and tuba/euphonium ensembles; available through Walrus Music publishing ( and Potenza Music ( He was also a runner-up in the 2011 Texas Tech trombone ensemble composition contest. A Sea Breeze Jazz recording artist, Ryan composed an 8-movement suite for big band entitled "The Sky Blue Suite" and debuted it on his recording "To the Sky" in 2001. His follow-up recordings with the Ryan Haines Big Band, "New Horizons" and "People and Places", received critical acclaim internationally. Jazz industry reviewers frequently use phrases such as: "world-class", "stellar", "exciting", "amazing" and "as good as it gets" to describe his trombone playing and writing style. For more information about Ryan's music, please visit his website at

Conrad Herwig

April 16, 2011

Conrad HerwigConrad Herwig began his professional career in 1980 with the Clark Terry Big Band and later joined the Bud- dy Rich Orch. for tours of the US and Europe. After locating permanently in New York he performed with Slide Hampton’s World of Trombones and Mario Bauza’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, as well as with the orchestras of Toshiko Akiyoshi, Mel Lewis, Bob Mintzer, Henry Threadgill, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, and Frank Sinatra.

In a small group context he has performed and recorded with Red Garland, Dave Liebman’s Sextet, the Max Roach Sextet (Sacred Drums Concerts), Bob Stewart, Danilo Perez, David Sanchez and many others. His own groups have included Randy and Mike Brecker, Dave Liebman, Richie Beirach, Stefon Harris, Bill Charlap, Tim Hagans, Ron McClure, Rufus Reid, Jack DeJohnette, Adam Nussbaum, and Jeff “Tain” Watts.

Mr. Herwig is an alumnus of North Texas State University in Denton, Texas (where he performed in the One O’Clock Jazz Lab Band), Goddard College in Plainfield, VT , (Bachelor of Arts in Afro-Caribbean ethnomusicol- ogy), and Queens College,CUNY, (Master of Arts, Jazz Studies). Conrad has conducted masterclasses, semi- nars, and workshops at major universities and conservatories around the world including the Sibelius Acad- emy, Finland; the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin; the University of Koln, Germany; Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY; the University of Southern California and literally hundreds of others.

Herwig is a recipient of performance and teaching grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is currently Professor of Jazz Trombone, Jazz Improvisation, and Jazz Comp/Arr at Rutgers,The State University of New Jersey. Conrad was elected to the Board of Advisors of the International Trombone Association for a second time in 2006.

One of the most in-demand jazz educators, Conrad Herwig is a Conn-Selmer clinician and performs exclu- sively on Bach Stradivarius trombones.

Jacques Mauger

Jacques MaugerJacques Mauger was born in Normandy and studied the trombone at the Regional Conservatoire in Rouen, and subsequently at the " Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris ". A prize-winner at international competitions at Markneukirchen in Germany, and at Toulon, he started his professional career as first trombone with the Nice Philarmonic Orchestra, and then became trombone soloist with the Paris Opera Orchestra.

Since 1990, he has concentrated on working as concert artist, and has often appeared as a soloist in France and abroad with ensembles varying from string, and symphony orchestras, to brass and concert bands. He has also made television appearances on ZDF in Germany,GLOBO in Brazil, RAI in Italy and MUZZIK in France, and has broadcast on RFI, France Inter, France Musique, France Info and the BBC, thus making himself known to a wide audience. Many international composers have composed original works or made special arrangements for him.

Jacques Mauger is still active as a teacher at the " Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris / CNR " where he was appointed in 1994, and also at the "Accademia Santa Cecilia di Roma", Italy for 3 years, in June 2004 he won the audition for the trombone professor job at the "Conservatoire Supérieur de Neuchatel", Switzerland and the professur at the Folkwang Musikhochschule in Essen, Germany. He is also guest professor at the Senzoku Gaquen University of Tokyo, Japan.

He often gives masterclasses in numerous countries: France, the U.K, Japan, Korea,China, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, the United States, and South America. In 2007 his newly developed studies collection for trombone (in collaboration with Jean Michel Defaye) will be published by De Haske publications BV. (Courtois)

Debra Taylor

Debra TaylorDebra Taylor has taught trombone and chamber music at UNM since 2000. She has been Principal Trombonist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra for eighteen years and recently joined some of New Mexico’s finest jazz players as a member of the Southwest Jazz Orchestra.

Ms. Taylor grew up in rural New York State and spent six happy years performing with her small town marching band.  She studied at Boston University and received her Bachelor’s degree from the renowned Curtis Institute of Music.  In May 2007 she completed a Master of Music degree at UNM, with a focus on jazz improvisation.

Her artistry has taken her from an appearance at Carnegie Hall, with the New York Trumpet Ensemble, to solo performances at several international brass festivals.  Ms. Taylor was the soloist for two world premiers at the University of New Mexico Composers’ Symposium.  She has been a guest artist at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and has played recitals and concertos throughout the United States.

In 2006 Ms. Taylor traveled to Beijing, China, with the New Mexico Brass Quintet.  Her master class there was so well received that a second class was added to accommodate a larger audience.  She has been a clinician at several international brass festivals and at universities nationwide.  While living in Chicago, Ms. Taylor was the Trombone Instructor at Roosevelt University.

Ms. Taylor has held positions with Chicago’s Grant Park Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, the Taipei (Taiwan) Festival Orchestra, and the Florida Symphony.  Her collaborations have included intensive work with composer Patricia Repar and a four year project with modern dance legend Bill Evans.

Ms. Taylor’s teaching is insightful, engaging, and keeps students focused on their career goals.  She has written for the International Trombone Journal and is a clinician for the Edwards Instrument Company.

She and her husband, attorney Whitney Johnson, are busy raising their two children, Noah and Ava.  The family enjoys camping, music, and outdoor sports. 

Viento Sur Trombone Quartet

Viento Sur Trombone Quartet

The Viento Sur Trombone Quartet is an innovating group, in constant search of a powerful and original sound that combines their own version of the repertoire for trombone quartet and the adaptation of tangos and milongas that are part of the musical and cultural roots of Argentina.

This group has promoted, in Argentina, an intense development of activity for the trombone and chamber music for the trombone quartet, which include recitals in numerous concert halls throughout the country, master classes at universities, conservatories, and music schools, as well as the premieres of the principal original works for the trombone quartet and orchestra, together with several of the most renowned national symphonic organizations.

In 2007 they have edited their first CD entitled "From the South & Other Winds", which is stamped with the fruits of many years of labor and investigation in chamber music, and arrives at a landmark in the history of the group for having completed a project that has the power to demonstrate the expressive possibilities of the trombone, and the development of the enormous artistic potential that the trombone quartet has.

In 2008 & 2009 they toured the USA offering recitals and master classes in several universities in the states of Oklahoma, Texas, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, New Jersey and New York. They have also been featured in the "Eastern Trombone Workshop" (Fort Myer, Virginia) and the "International Trombone Festival" (Salt Lake City, Utah), among others.

Weston Sprott

Weston SprottWeston Sprott was appointed to the position of second trombone of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in the spring of 2005. He began his musical training in his hometown of Spring, TX. Mr. Sprott attended Indiana University before completing his Bachelor of Music degree at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. His primary teachers include Michael Warny (Houston Grand Opera and Ballet Orchestras), Carl Lenthe (former Principal Trombone, Bavarian State Opera and Bamberg Symphony) and Nitzan Haroz (Principal Trombone-Philadelphia Orchestra).

While a student at Curtis, Mr. Sprott held the positions of Principal Trombone in the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra (Philadelphia) and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. He was the founding member of the Texas Trombone Octet, a group that won the Emory Remington competition and was featured in concert at the International Trombone Festival in Helsinki, Finland.

Mr. Sprott has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Festival USA, Hot Springs Music Festival, The American Wind Symphony Orchestra, and The Sphinx Symphony (Detroit). He has also performed with the St. Barts Music Festival and the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society.

Mr. Sprott has worked under the baton of many of the world's great conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, James Levine, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Christoph Eschenbach, Andre Previn and numerous others. Mr. Sprott was recently featured in the documentary film "A Wayfarer's Journey:Listening to Mahler" with actor Richard Dreyfuss and actress Kathleen Chalfant. He was also a performer in the film "Rittenhouse Square" under the direction of Robert Downey, a documentary that played in major film festivals throughout the United States to critical acclaim. In September 2007, Mr. Sprott made his Carnegie Hall solo debut performing Lars Erik-Larsson's Concertino in Weill Recital Hall at the invitation of the Bulgarian Consulate. Other engagements have led to performances with gospel and jazz artists such as Branford Marsalis, Take 6 and Donnie McClurkin. Performances and interviews with Mr. Sprott have been seen and heard on PBS' Great Performances, NPR's Performance Today, and Sirius Satellite Radio.

In demand as a soloist and masterclass clinician, Mr. Sprott has been a featured guest artist at several of America's leading conservatories and universities. He is currently on the faculty of Juilliard's Music Advancement Program, and he previously served on the faculty of The New School University, a division of the Mannes School of Music in New York City. Weston Sprott is an artist/clinician for the Edwards Instrument Company. He performs exclusively on Edwards trombones and Doug Elliott mouthpieces.

Michael Davis: November 21, 2008

Michael DavisTrombonist-composer Michael Davis does it all. Hailed as one of today’s premier instrumentalists, he has established himself as a first-call sideman, both in the studio and on the concert stage, for the entertainment world’s biggest stars, including the Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra,Tony Bennett,Nelly, Bob Dylan and Michael Jackson.
In the field of music education, he has served as a clinician around the world, while also authoring a number of highly esteemed instructional books and band arrangements for musicians of all ages and abilities.

For the past ten years Davis has been forging ahead as an entrepreneur, with Hip-Bone Music, a growing business that presently handles his publishing activities and work as a recording artist. Dedicated to increasing the popularity and stature of brass instruments and emphasizing “how hip, cool and fun it is to play music,” Hip-Bone Music is set on expanding its educational focus and becoming a viable avenue for other brass artists.

A native of San Jose, California, Davis received his musical training at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Upon graduation he hooked up with the Buddy Rich Band for a two-year stint that brought an immeasurable amount of bandstand experience and a wealth of professional friendships that continue to this day. He settled in Manhattan in the mid-1980s and before long was being regarded as one of the top trombonists around. As testimony to his versatility and wide regard, the list of jazz and pop luminaries he has worked with over the years reads like a who’s who: Sarah Vaughan, Sting, Harry Connick, Jr., David Sanborn, Beck, Branford Marsalis,Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett,Terence Blanchard, Bob Mintzer and scores of others.

A multiple recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Davis maintains his own jazz groups and projects as well. Through Hip-Bone Music, Davis has documented his efforts on five solo CDs—Trumpets Eleven, a showcase for 11 virtuosic trumpet masters; New Brass, a melding of jazz and classical brass styles; Brass Nation, a gathering together of fifty-five of the world’s greatest brass players; Bonetown, a pairing of Davis with LA bass trombone maestro Bill Reichenbach; and Absolute Trombone, yet another musical conclave, this time with eighteen New York City-based trombonists.

Acknowledged by popular musicians, fellow educators and audiences around the world as an immensely talented musical artist who’s committed to setting the highest standards possible for both jazz and his instrument, it is no wonder that legendary Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts was moved to comment, “In this ‘bone-dry’ era, it is essential to have Michael Davis around.”

Dave Gibson: September 28, 2008

Dave GibsonDavid Gibson has been recognized as a vital player in the present and future of jazz trombone.

Since moving to New York City in 1999, David has shared the bandstand with many of the icons of jazz by way of his tenure with the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Band. Playing alongside Slide Hampton, James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, Randy Brecker, Roy Hargrove, et al, offered both a firm foundation and a greater connection to the spirit of jazz. Simultaneously, he was able to explore more contemporary elements of jazz influenced music as a member of the Hot Pants Funk Sextet. The Pants resided at the jazz club, Smoke, on Wednesdays for six years and afforded all its members the chance to develop a “band sound”. Perhaps one of Gibson’s greatest achievements was his participation in the reformation of Slide Hampton’s “World of Trombones”, in 2000. The recording, “Spirit of the Horn” also features Gibson’s composition, “Maya”.

The year 2003 marked an arrival of sorts, as Gibson was a finalist in the first Monk Competition featuring the trombone, and he celebrated the release of his debut recording, “Maya”, on Nagel-Heyer Records. “Maya” was followed by “The Path to Delphi” featuring Randy Brecker and Wayne Escoffery, and most recently by “G-Rays”. In addition to his recordings as a leader, he has participated as a sideman on the recordings of Nancy Wilson, Wycliffe Gordon, John Sneider and others.

David was reared musically in the small town of Yukon, OK where he was introduced to jazz in his early teens. His interest led him to the nearby University of Central Oklahoma, where he studied with Dr. Kent Kidwell and Lee Rucker. His time at UCO saw him selected as a Yamaha Young Performing Artist, Outstanding Soloist at the Wichita Jazz Festival and winner of the International Trombone Association’s “Frank Rosolino Scholarship”.

Upon completion of his studies at UCO, Gibson continued on to the Eastman School of Music, in Rochester, NY to study with Bill Dobbins, Fred Sturm and Dr. John Marcellus. It was there that he began to hone his composition skills and was fortunate to have opportunities to compose for guest artists Gary Foster, Tim Hagans and Nancy Wilson. In addition, the Eastman Jazz Combo, of which he was a member, was named Outstanding Collegiate Jazz Combo by Downbeat Magazine.

Gibson has been successful in blending his educational background with his professional experience to help students achieve a greater understanding of music and the ways in which it can enrich their lives and the lives of those around them. He is currently on faculty at Columbia University, The State University of New York at Geneseo, The New School, and the Fraoli School of Music.

David is thrilled to announce his new relationship with Rath Trombones. “This is the most amazing instrument that I have ever played. It provides a wonderful foundation of tone and response, while also offering a malleable sound that grants a large palette of possibilities.”

David currently resides in New York City.

Brian Allen: October 19, 2008

Brian AllenTrombonist and composer Brian Allen "brings a burst of energy to contemporary creative music" (AllAboutJazzNY) and has received critical praise from The New York Times, Downbeat, and Pitchfork magazines.  He has performed with Anthony Braxton, Gerald Cleaver, Mark Dresser, Ellery Eskelin, Satoko Fujii Orchestra NY, Frank Gratkowski, Drew Gress, Roswell Rudd, and Nate Wooley. Brian's current projects include trio with Tony Malaby and Tom Rainey, solo trombone performances, Brainkiller with pianist Jacob Koller, duo with drummer Hernan Hecht who also plays in Brian's Mexican Quartet, and playing with the Austin-based Creative Opportunity Orchestra as a core member and composer.

He has toured and performed all across Canada, Mexico and the United States with notable performances in Carnegie Hall, Bang On A Can Festival, College of Santa Fe Electroacoustic Festival, The Stone, Knitting Factory, CBGB's, and Barbes. He has also performed and/or given masterclasses at over 30 universities and schools including the University of North Texas, Arizona State University, Rice University and the Oregon Festival of American Music.  He studied trombone with Don Lucas and composition with Mary Jeanne van Appledorn at Texas Tech University, receiving a Masters in Composition with additional studies at Banff and the University of North Texas.

Brian received a 2007 Meet the Composer Global Connections Grant for Mexico and was featured on NPR's Sound Clips Series for his sonic investigations of the trombone.  A composer whose works include wind and percussion ensembles, Mexican Banda, chamber groups and big band, Brian has had compositions premiered at the International Trombone Festival, Society for Composers, Eastern Trombone Workshop, Texas Music Educators Association, and many other jazz, electronic and new music festivals.  Brian was awarded a 2003 composition residency from Houston's Diverse Works for Brainkiller, was a finalist in the 2005 Antti Rissannen Jazz Trombone Competition, is a contributing composer for the innovative VoxNovus program 60x60, and composes, records and produces educational recordings of the Texas IAJE All State Jazz Etudes since 2002.

He has released six CDs: Synapse, six years L8R, Trombone and Contrabass, Brainkiller, Sketchy and Solo Trombone.

Brian is an artist/clinician for the Edwards Instrument Company. He currently teaches privately and at Brazosport College in Lake Jackson, Texas.  Also inspired by his initial interest in visual arts, Brian integrates electronics, vocals, melodica and other instruments into performance as a means to expand expressive and communicative potential.

David Vining

David ViningTrombonist David Vining is a dynamic teacher and performer who has delivered hundreds of recitals and masterclasses nationwide to critical acclaim.  Currently professor of Trombone and Euphonium at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, Mr. Vining has also served on the faculties of the University of Kansas, the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and Temple University.

Mr. Vining is a certified member of Andover Educators, a consortium of music educators dedicated to preserving and enhancing the careers of musicians through accurate anatomical information and somatic awareness as applied to music-making.  Through a unique and powerful tool called Body Mapping, Professor Vining helps students in all disciplines avoid injury and become better musicians.

Vining’s premiere solo CD, Arrows of Time, has received the following critical acclaim:  

“Vining’s performance can leave little doubt of his eminent status as one of the nation’s finest trombone soloists.” – International Trombone Association

“In a solo trombone world seemingly dominated by such titans as Joe Alessi and Christian Lindberg, it is refreshing to hear a new artist who combines compelling musical ideas with effortless facility." – The Online Trombone Journal

"What an exciting performance you gave Arrows of Time!  I was delighted to receive your CD and enjoyed every moment of it.  Your crisp phrasing and wonderful jazz feeling really caught the spirit of my piece beautifully." – Composer, Richard Peaslee

David’s solo appearances include:  the Eastern Trombone Workshop with the U.S. Army Band (Washington, DC); Lima Area Concert Band (Lima, OH); the College Band Directors’ National Convention with the University of Kansas Symphonic Band (Austin, TX); Oregon East Symphony (Pendleton, OR); Lawrence Symphony (Lawrence, KS); and Lima Symphony Orchestra (Lima, OH.)  Among the many college campuses he has visited to play recitals and deliver masterclasses are: USC, UCLA, San Francisco Conservatory, University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Missouri, Central Michigan University, LSU, Brigham Young, University of Utah, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Iowa, Bowling Green State University, University of Arkansas, University of Central Florida, Furman University, Western Carolina University, Capitol University, Stetson University, and University of South Carolina.

Mr. Vining is a popular clinician, presenting clinics and workshops throughout the country as clinician for Conn-Selmer Musical Instruments.  He has been asked to make presentations at the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors’ National Conference, the International Trombone Festival, and the Missouri Music Teachers’ Association Convention, among others.

Mr. Vining has performed orchestrally with the Flagstaff Symphony, Cincinnati Opera Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, Kansas City Camerata, Fort Wayne (IN) Philharmonic, Toledo (OH) Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestra.

As trombonist with the Chestnut Brass Company from 1985-1990, Mr. Vining toured the United Stated and Europe performing recitals, master classes, and concerts with orchestras.  Mr. Vining may be heard with the Chestnut Brass Company on the Crystal, Musical Heritage, and Newport Classics labels.

Mr. Vining holds degrees from Bowling Green State University and Florida State University.  Author of the best-selling method book Daily Routines for Trombone, he is currently working on What Every Trombonist Needs to Know About the Body.  A native of Cocoa, FL, Mr. Vining resides in Flagstaff, Arizona with his wife Leslie, daughter Sarah, and son Benjamin.

Slide Hampton

Slide HamptonWith his ever-fresh and expansive musical outlook, Slide Hampton is the personification of the composer-arranger-instrumentalist in jazz. His composing and arranging prowess have long been sought by all manner of ensembles, from small groups to orchestras, student ensembles to professional bands. His superb trombone playing once elicited an ultimate seal of approval from the father of the modern jazz trombone and Hampton mentor, J.J. Johnson. From a backstage vantage point at a Kennedy Center performance, Johnson was overheard referring to a solo Slide performed as part of a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie as "…one of the most articulate ever given on a trombone."

Growing up musically in Indianapolis, Slide was recruited for the family band by his father's order that he must fill the vacant trombone chair. So as fate would have it, and music lovers would later decree it, though initially indifferent towards the instrument, Slide Hampton became a trombone master. Luckily, besides the obvious familial influence, Slide Hampton came up at a time when Indianapolis was prosperous with budding jazz musicians who would go on to greatness; these included Johnson, Wes Montgomery, and such peers as Freddie Hubbard and David Baker.

By the time he reached 20, young Slide was prepared to pursue a career in music. Among his stellar affiliations were the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Barry Harris and Max Roach. On the big band side, where he also began earning his stripes as arranger and composer, was work with Maynard Ferguson and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. One of Slide's earliest bands, the Slide Hampton Octet, was obviously designed to further hone his writing. Although the band featured such stellar soloists as Hubbard, Booker Little, and George Coleman, a band of that size obviously afforded the young Hampton a good canvas on which to paint his compositions and arrangements. From there he spent much of the '60s as musical director for several bands and artists.

More big band work followed, including a European tour with Woody Herman that led to work in radio and television, as well as performances with some of the many expatriate jazz musicians then residing on the continent, including Benny Bailey, Kenny Clark, Kenny Drew, Art Farmer, and Dexter Gordon. He returned stateside towards the end of the 1970s, soon forming a pioneering trombone choir with rhythm section band called Slide Hampton and His World of Trombones. Since that time he has served as composer and arranger in residence with various ensembles, and as sought after clinician at education institutions. His long-standing relationship with Dizzy Gillespie culminated in his serving as co-music director with fellow 2005 Jazz Master Paquito D'Rivera of Dizzy Gillespie's Diamond Jubilee.

Scott Whitfield

Scott WhitfieldScott Whitfield (trombonist, composer, arranger, and vocalist) is rapidly gaining international recognition for his work with contemporary big bands, including the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra and the new edition of Johnny Griffin's Big Soul Band, as well as his own Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra, and the Manhattan Vocal Project. His arrangements have been performed and recorded by such artists as Diva, Maurice Hines, Bill Allred's Classic Jazz Band, and Pete Petersen's 23-strong Collection Jazz Orchestra. The discography of Scott Whitfield includes 6 albums as leader or musical director and more than 50 recordings with other artists.

A frequent clinician and guest artist for Bach Stradivarius trombones, Whitfield has appeared throughout the world, from Australia to Zurich, sharing his expertise on trombone technique, improvisation, composition, arranging, and jazz history. His "The J.J. Johnson Collection" (published by Hal Leonard) has inspired many trombonists, young and old. He is currently at work on "The Steve Turre Collection."

Upon settling in New York in 1993, Scott became a member of the Nat Adderley Sextet, which also included Jimmy Cobb, Walter Booker, Vincent Herring and Rob Bargad. The group's engagements at Sweet Basil led to fruitful associations with Nnenna Freelon, Frank Wess, and Steve Turre, among others.

From 1998 to 2002, Whitfield served on the jazz faculty at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, teaching trombone, composition and arranging, and improvisation, while also coordinating the school's combo program.

The Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra (first founded in 1986, while Scott was pursuing his Master's degree at North Texas State University) now has TWO incarnations: the SWJO East, based in New York; and the SWJO West, based in Whitfield's new home of Los Angeles. Both of these aggregations feature some of the top players in the business. Plans are in the works for a large project featuring the combined, bi-coastal orchestra.

For more than a year, the Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra East was in residence at New York's Birdland, the Jazz Corner of the World, culminating in an exciting live album, released in April 2004.

Although Scott now makes his home in Los Angeles, he continues to commute to New York for appearances. His writing has been compared to that of some of his biggest influences, including Thad Jones, Sammy Nestico, Bill Holman, Gerald Wilson, Rob McConnell, and Ernie Wilkins.

Ronald Barron

Ronald BarronRonald Barron has been Principal Trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1975. He joined the orchestra in 1970 after being a member of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and also served as Principal Trombonist of the Boston Pops for thirteen seasons. Mr. Barron is a graduate of the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati, where he studied with Ernest Glover. During his college years, he also toured with the American Wind Symphony.

In 1974, Ronald Barron shared the highest prize awarded at the Munich International Competition. This included a solo appearance, where he performed the Frank Martin Ballade for trombone and orchestra with the competition sponsor, the Bavarian State Radio Orchestra. Mr. Barron is a frequent soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra and has appeared with a number of New England area orchestras and bands. As a recitalist he has performed in the U.S., Europe and Japan. In addition to numerous recordings with the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops, Mr. Barron has recorded and performed with the Canadian Brass, Empire Brass, and Summit Brass, and has nine successful solo recordings.

Mr. Barron has been a faculty member for the International Trombone Workshop and the Keystone Brass Institute, and teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music, and the Tanglewood Music Center. He has been on the board of advisors for the International Trombone Association and has served on the juries for the international competitions of Toulon, France, and Munich, Germany. Mr. Barron received the 2005 ITA Award from the International Trombone Association. "In recognition of his distinguished career and in acknowledgement of his impact on the world of trombone performance."

During the Boston Symphony's Tanglewood season, Mr. Barron and his wife Ina operate their bed and breakfast, Echezeaux, in Richmond, MA.

Visited: Spring 2006
Performed: Trombone Ensemble, Recital
Taught: Masterclass

Alex Iles

Alex IlesAlex started the playing the trombone in the public school system in Arcadia, California. He went on to attend UCLA, where he received his B.A. in 1983. While at UCLA, Alex received several performance awards and honors, including fellowships to the Aspen School of Music and the David Joel-Miller Award for Instrumental performance. He also played first trombone in the Disneyland Collegiate All-American Band.

Alex is now a free-lance trombonist and educator and teaches low brass at Cal Arts. You can often find him performing with the New Century Players, New Millennium Players and the Jazz Faculty Ensemble. Alex also teaches jazz ensembles and has served as a chamber ensemble coach.

Alex has extensive experience performing in a wide variety of musical settings. Among the artists with whom Alex has performed and/or recorded include: Michel Legrand, Joe Cocker, Henry Mancini, The Tonight Show, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Johnny Mathis, the Pacific Symphony, Natalie Cole, Harry Connick Jr. and Prince. He has also performed on The Emmy Awards, The People's Choice Awards, and on numerous television series and motion picture soundtracks, including many of the most recent Warner Bros and Disney animated programs.

Alex has toured as lead and jazz trombonist with the Woody Herman and Maynard Ferguson big bands. He has performed and recorded with many of the top big bands and jazz groups in the Southern California area including Bob Florence's Limited Edition Big Band, the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, the Bill Cunliffe Sextet, Bob Curnow's LA Big Band, Gordon Goodwin's Big "Phat" Band and The Tom Kubis Big Band. He has also premiered works for solo trombone by Michael Patterson and Carlos Rodriguez.

Besides his teaching duties at Cal Arts, Alex appears frequently as a guest soloist and clinician for schools and organizations throughout the United States, including UCLA, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Fullerton, US 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band, the Disneyland Collegiate All Stars and the Disney Magic Music Days Program. He has also served as a faculty member at California State University Long Beach and California State University Northridge.

Alex is a UMI performing artist/clinician and plays King and Conn trombones.

Visited: Fall 2003
Performed: Trombone Ensemble, Jazz Bones, Recital
Taught: Masterclass

Andy Martin

Andy MartinAndy Martin, a gifted trombonist, grew up in a musical family. His father plays trumpet and both of his brothers are professional musicians. He began playing with top artists at the age of eighteen. Andy is widely regarded as a top jazz soloist, as well as being in high demand as a studio musician in Los Angeles.

Andy is a featured soloist on many outstanding recordings, including those of jazz greats Sammy Nestico, Dave Grusin, Horace Silver, Vic Lewis, Quincy Jones, Bill Holman, Poncho Sanchez, Gordon Goodwin, Clare Fischer and John Clayton. Andy is the featured artist on a highly acclaimed CD recorded with The Netherlands Metropole Orchestra, conducted by Rob Pronk. There are currently more than 5 CDs available on which Andy is either the leader or co-leader.

Throughout his young career, Andy has been featured in many big bands, including: Louis Bellson, Les Brown, Tom Kubis, Phil Norman, Jack Sheldon and Frank Capp.

Andy has been recorded on dozens of motion picture soundtracks, including: Monsters Inc., Planet of the Apes, Spiderman, Big Fat Liar, Enemy of the State, Armageddon, Dracula 2000, Land Before Time (II, III, IV, V and VII), Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, Mother, Vegas Vacation, Mr. Magoo, Miami Rhapsody, Patch Adams, and Romeo Must Die.

Andy’s television credits include: the Academy Awards, the Grammy Awards, the Emmy Awards, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, and the Tonight Show.

Andy has made recordings with Keely Smith, Ana Gabriel, Vikki Carr, Simone, Diane Schuur, Tom Petty, Larry Carlton, Earth, Wind & Fire, Placido Domingo, Dianne Reeves, Arturo Sandoval, Paul Anka, Boz Scaggs, Barry Manilow, Lionel Richie, Neil Diamond, Brian Setzer, Steve Allen, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

Andy’s latest CD as a leader, The Project, is already getting incredible attention. It features a long list of top arrangers and musicians, including: Vic Lewis, Tom Kubis, Gordon Goodwin, Bill Holman, Rob Pronk, Gary Foster, Bobby Shew, Dan Higgins, Pete Christlieb and Bill Reichenbach.

Visited: Fall 2004
Performed: Trombone Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Bones
Taught: Masterclass, lessons

Ben Patterson

Ben PattersonBen Patterson began life in the small “American Heartland” town of Sapulpa, Oklahoma. He started playing his uncle’s trombone at the age of ten, and enjoyed a nourishing musical upbringing in the Sapulpa public school band program.

At the age of seventeen, Ben left Oklahoma for the University of North Texas, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies. He was a member of the famed One O’clock lab band, with whom he played lead trombone and toured Japan and Hong Kong.

After graduation, and newly armed with a music degree, Ben stepped out into the world of the free-lancing musician. He became a regular member of Pete Peterson’s “Collection Jazz Orchestra,” and the touring R&B group, “Lyndi and the Look.” Ben also led his own group, “Master Plan,” and recorded his first CD with the funky, four-horn group.

In late 1997, Ben won an audition with the Airmen of Note, and subsequently moved to Washington, DC and began playing jazz trombone for the Air Force.

Today, Ben is one of the most in-demand trombonists in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He is lead trombonist for the Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra, and is a member both of DC’s top salsa and Latin jazz group, “Sin Miedo,” and the R&B group, “Time Machine.”

Ben’s first jazz CD as a leader, “The Prowl,” was released June 2004.

In his musical career, Ben has performed with numerous artists, including: Slide Hampton, Joe Lovano, John Hendricks, Dick Oatts, Jiggs Whigham, Pancho Sanchez, Pat Martino, Conrad Herwig, Mike Manieri, Frank Foster, Jimmy Heath, Jerry Bergonzi, Dave Liebman, Bill Watrous, Dave Steinmeyer, Harold Jones, Vanessa Rueben, Eddie Daniels, Peter Erskine, and Kenny Werner.

Visited: Spring 2006
Performed: Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Ensemble II
Taught: OSU Jazz Festival