Alumni of the Northwestern Trombone Studio can be heard in orchestras all over the world and teaching in prominent universities across the United States. A partial list includes:

Berliner Philharmoniker (Germany), Jesper Busk Sorensen 

Orquesta Sinfónica Portuguesa (Portugal), Kevin Hakes

Pamplona Symphony Orchestra (Spain), Santi Blanco Cabaleiro 

Sydney Symphony (Australia), Scott Kinmont

Dunshan Symphony Orchestra (China), Terrilyn Handy

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Shannon Pittaway

Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Guanajuato (Mexico), Louis Olenick



San Francisco Symphony, Timothy Higgins, Nick Platoff

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Toby Oft

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Brian Hecht

United States Navy Band, James Anderson

Buffalo Philharmonic, Tim Smith

Nashville Symphony, Paul Jenkins 

Kennedy Center Washington National Opera, Doug Rosenthal 

New World Symphony, Kelton Koch

Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Reed Capshaw

Orchestra Iowa, Will Baker

Des Moines Symphony, Will Baker

Jacksonville Symphony, Jason Stein

Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, Dan Watt

Rook Early Music, Gaudete Brass Quintet, Paul Von Hoff

Billings Symphony Orchestra, Mark Souedi

Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Sean Keenan

Axiom Brass, Mary Tyler DMA in progress

Detroit Symphony, David Binder 

Naples Philharmonic, Gabe Roberson

Charlotte Symphony, Joseph Peterson

San Diego Symphony, Logan Chopyk 

Winnipeg Symphony, Keith Dyrda

Air Force Band of the West, Michael Styger

Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Luis Fred DMA in progress

Terry Leahy, formerly Finnish National Opera, freelance artist, DMA


University of Michigan, David Jackson

The Ohio State University, Ben Coy

Eastern Illinois University, Jemmie Robertson DMA

Drake University, Grady McGrannahan

Louisiana State University, Hana Beloglavec DMA

North Texas State, Steven Menard

University of Wyoming, Mark Souedi 

University of Puget Sound, David Krosschell DMA


East West Music Publishers Int., Andrey Kharlamov, founder DMA

Director of Collaborative Learning with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Dan Berkowitz



Below are some of our recent alumni. Northwestern graduates have gone on to do many great things, so take a look below. 


Sam Stewart, Bass Trombone

Transfer Student

Oregon 

Sam is a transfer student from Portland State University. Go Vikings!

Joseph Aumann, Tenor Trombone

MM 2015

Wisconsin

A native of Hartford, WI, Joe is a recent alumnus of the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire where he studied with Dr. Phillip Ostrander, Dr. Jerry Young and Dr. John Tranter. He has also studied with Megumi Kanda and Kirk Ferguson of the Milwaukee Symphony, Carl Lenthe and Dr. Per Brevig. He has enjoyed attending the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute, the Bar Harbor Brass Week, and the Aspen Music Festival in 2011 and 2012, where he was a recipient of the American Academy of Conducting Orchestral Trombone Fellowship.

Carson King-Fournier, Tenor Trombone

MM 2015

Minnesota

Canadian trombonist Carson King-Fournier graduated from the Juilliard School in 2013, and will continue his education in graduate studies at Northwestern University. An avid freelancer, he has performed with a variety of ensembles in New York and Minnesota including the West Point Military Band, Minnesota Sinfonia, and the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra. Carson also has participated in many summer music festivals including the Colorado College Music Festival, Lakes Area Music Festival, and the Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival near São Paulo, Brazil.

At Juilliard, Carson has performed as principal trombone, bass trumpet, tenor tuba (euphonium), and bass trombone in the Juilliard Orchestra, under conductors including Alan Gilbert, Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur, and Leonard Slatkin. He also has performed with Juilliard 415 on sackbut under Jordi Savall, and with the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra on bass trombone under Steve Turre and Ben Wolfe. As an educator, Carson held a teaching fellowship in Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program from 2011 until 2013, and has taught privately for six years. His students are have gone on to study music at institutions such as the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, and Juilliard Pre-College.

In 2011, he placed 5th in the International Trombone Association Frank Smith Competition, and in 2013 he was selected as a finalist for the International Trombone Association Robert Marsteller Competition. His previous teachers include Dr. John Tranter, Joseph Alessi, Dr. Denson Paul Pollard, and John Rojak.

While not playing trombone, Carson enjoys staying active by running and cycling, and also by playing soccer, Frisbee golf, and ultimate Frisbee. He also enjoys watching hockey and F1 racing. Carson is also an automotive enthusiast, and enjoys attending (and sometimes entering) car shows.

Mitchell Nissen, Bass Trombone

MM 2015

Australia

Australian Bass trombonist, Mitchell Nissen, is an Honours graduate of the Sydney
Conservatorium of Music where he studied with Scott Kinmont and Christopher Harris. Mitchell also holds a graduate certificate in Orchestral Performance from the University of Tasmania. Mitchell was a recipient of the Balmain Sinfonia prize for Winds in 2009, and in September 2012 was awarded the BBM ltd. (Big Brother Movement) scholarship to fund a period of study in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Before moving to the United States he was previously a member of the Sydney Symphony Sinfonia orchestral training program and the Australian Youth Orchestra.

Mitchell has performed with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and is a casual with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and has recently performed under the baton of John Adams, Richard Gill and Benjamin Northey.

Mitchell has been engaged to play on several film and video game sound tracks by Eminence Symphony orchestra and Clicktrack Music. In addition to his commercial and orchestral work Mitchell was a member of the Divergence Jazz Orchestra which specialises in contemporary Australian composition and has performed in numerous premiers of works commissioned by Sydney Symphony Principal Tuba Steve Rossé.

Mitchell was a finalist in the 2014 International trombone festival orchestral bass trombone competition in Rochester New York and was a fellow at the 25th annual Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo Japan where he worked with Stefan Shulz and Paul Pollard.

Despite his recent move to Evanston, Illinois Mitchell was invited to be a member of the Inaugural project by the newly formed "Sydney Bruckner Orchestra" in July 2014.

When he is not playing trombone Mitchell enjoys good coffee, fine beers and the commute between Chicago and Sydney.

Andrew Palmer, Bass Trombone

MM 2015

Virginia

Andrew is a graduate student who previously attended the Cleveland Institute of Music and Virginia Tech. Andrew is from Virginia, a state that has produced eight United States Presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.

Gabe Roberson, Bass Trombone

MM 2015

Texas

Gabe went to LSU for undergrad. LSU is one of only a handful of universities in the nation having land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant status.

Robin Schulze, Bass Trombone

MM 2015

California

"My name is Robin Schulze and I am amazing."

 Katie DeAmico, Tenor Trombone

BM, Class of 2014

Illinois

Katie DeAmico is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in trombone performance with a minor in Arts Administration from Northwestern University. This summer, Katie attended the Alessi seminar as a fellow. In the spring, she was a member of Northwestern’s trombone choir and brass ensemble, who were invited to perform at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millenium Park. She was also a member of the trombone choir in 2012 when the ensemble performed at the Eastern Trombone Workshop. In addition to Northwestern’s symphony orchestra and wind ensemble, Katie has also had recent performances with the Wheaton Municipal Band and Chicago Youth Symphony’s alumni orchestra.  In 2011, she was a participant in the Summer Trombone Workshop at Temple University and honorable mention for ITA’s Gagliardi Division.

In her spare time, Katie enjoys riding her bike and racing with Northwestern’s Cycling team. Katie also recently held an internship at the Institute for Therapy through the Arts, where she assisted music therapists and researched art’s benefits on well-being.

 Caroline Juster, Tenor Trombone

BM, Class of 2014

Nebraska

Caroline was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where she learned to appreciate great steaks and brag about her local zoo. Contrary to studio belief, she did not live on a ranch or own a magic cow named Bessie. In Omaha, Caroline studied with Omaha Symphony trombonist Jay Wise for over seven years. She has performed with many ensembles at Northwestern and is a founding member of the Orrington Brass Quintet. In her spare time, Caroline enjoys powerlifting, studying history, listening to electronic dance music, and spending time outdoors. 

During the summer of 2013, Caroline was a Fellow at the Summer Brass Institute in Menlo Park, California where she worked closely with members of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Bay Brass. She has also attended other summer programs including the Alessi Seminar and the Summer Trombone Workshop in Philadelphia. Caroline competed as a finalist in the Eastern Trombone Workshop's National Solo Competition Division II in 2013. In 2012, Caroline was awarded second alternate (5th place) in the Frank Smith International Trombone Competition. Caroline received the Interlochen Arts Camp's most prestigious award, the Maddy Summer Artist Award, both in 2009 and 2010. She is also an accomplished, recorded jazz trombonist and was selected as a member of the 2010 Grammy Jazz Band. Caroline is thrilled to be at Northwestern and living in her favorite city

Kelton Koch, Tenor Trombone

BM, Class of 2014

Texas

Kelton Koch, born in Lake Jackson, Texas, is a first-year Trombone Fellow at the New World Symphony.

In June of 2014, he completed a Bachelor of Music at Northwestern University, where he majored in Trombone Performance and Mathematics while minoring in Economics. His teachers at Northwestern included Michael Mulcahy, Peter Ellefson, Timothy Higgins, Doug Wright, Randy Hawes, and Christopher Davis.

He has been successful in several International Trombone Association solo competitions, competing as a finalist in the Gilberto Gagliardi and George Roberts competitions and placing alternate in the Robert Marsteller competition. Additionally, he was named a finalist in the National Brass Symposium Masters Division Solo Competition, an Honorable Mention in the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition, and a Runner-up in the NFAA YoungArts Jazz Competition.

Over the past three summers, Mr. Koch attended the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, where he performed several solo, chamber, and orchestral works while studying with Mark Lawrence and Ralph Sauer. He was also selected to participate as a fellow in the Alessi Seminar in 2011. While in high school, he attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute for three summers and was a member of the Houston Youth Symphony and Music for All Jazz Band of America.

In addition to playing trombone, he enjoys teaching, playing and watching sports (particularly basketball), and researching the stock market.

Harris "Teddy" Malasky, Tenor Trombone

BM, Class of 2014

Florida

Harris Malasky, 23, is a native of West Palm Beach, Florida. He graduated from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance and a minor in Political Science. Mr. Malasky spent the summer of 2014 as a Trombone Fellow at the prestigious Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA., where he studied with Mark Lawrence, Ralph Sauer, and Joseph Alessi. He has also spent three summers in residence at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he was an American Academy of Conducting in Aspen (AACA) Trombone Fellowship recipient in 2013. In addition to his trombone pursuits, Harris is also an accomplished conductor. He has studied conducting with Octavio Mas-Arocas, Mallory Thompson, Donald Nally, and Victor Yampolsky. While living in Chicago, Mr. Malasky conducted numerous chamber ensemble performances at Northwestern and DePaul universities, in addition to serving as the Associate Conductor of the New Chicago Brass. Harris is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance at the New England Conservatory, where he studies with Boston Symphony Orchestra trombonist Stephen Lange.  

Weston Olencki, Tenor Trombone

BM, Class of 2014

South Carolina

Weston Olencki is a San Francisco-based trombonist specializing in the performance and production of new music. Weston is a member of Fonema Consort (Chicago) and performs regularly with Ensemble Dal Niente (Chicago)  and Wild Rumpus (SF) - other appearances include those with Chicago Symphony Orchestra's MusicNOW series, a.pe.ri.od.ic, the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, and the Spartanburg Philharmonic - under conductors including Alan Pierson, Cliff Colnot, Marino Formenti, JoAnn Falleta, Michael Lewanski, and Matthias Bamert. He is a recipient of a Stipendenpreis for Interpretation from the 47th Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (IMD).

An active commissioner of new repertoire, Weston has given numerous premieres of works by Katherine Young, Aaron Cassidy, Ming Tsao, Elliott Carter, Dave Reminick, Hans Thomalla, and Alex Mincek, and among others. He has given solo recitals on Constellation Chicago's Frequency Series, and the inaugural Omaha Under the Radar festival. Upcoming projects include collaborative duos with Chicago-based pianist Andy Costello and LA-based trombonist Matt Barbier (respectively), and new solo works by Marek Poliks, Morgan Krauss, Andrew Greenwald, Ray Evanoff, Mauricio Pauly, and more.

He holds a B.M. cum laude from Northwestern University with degrees in trombone performance and musicology. His teachers include Michael Mulcahy (Chicago Symphony), Peter Ellefson (Indiana University), Timothy Higgins (San Francisco Symphony), and Colin Williams (Atlanta Symphony/New York Philharmonic), and additional studies with Mike Svoboda. He is currently completing his M.M. at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Nick Platoff, Tenor Trombone

BM, Class of 2014

Connecticut

Nick Platoff is a Trombone Fellow with the New World Symphony. He has been recognized in both national and international competitions, as winner of the Aspen Music Festival and School Brass and Percussion Concerto Competition, National Brass Symposium Trombone Excerpt Competition and United States Coast Guard Band Young Artist Competition, Level II winner at YoungARTS week, and finalist in the International Trombone Association’s Robert Marstellar Solo Competition.

A 2014 graduate of Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, Platoff was awarded Brass Department Honors and a Bachelors of Music degree with a double major in Trombone Performance and Music Theory.

Nick was a member of the 21st Century American Contemporary Ensemble in a Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop led by John Adams and David Robertson, and has also attended the National Orchestral Institute and Aspen Music Festival and School. During his time at Northwestern, he performed regularly with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago as an associate member and for two years as bass section leader with Chicago’s renowned St. James Cathedral Choir.

Nick Platoff is also an experienced conductor. In 2011, he founded the Players’ Operation Chamber Orchestra at Northwestern University and served as its Artistic Director. With its mission of providing additional performance opportunities for students, most POCO concert programs featured students as soloists in addition to world premieres of student compositions. Besides work on the concert stage, Platoff and POCO were active in the studio, recording soundtracks for student film productions.

Paul Niedbalski, Tenor Trombone

MM, Class of 2014

Nebraska

Paul graduated with his MM in 2014 after taking advantage of everything Northwestern has to offer. He performed with the Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra, and University Chorale and gave four solo recitals in addition to his diverse studies in performance, conducting, and musicology.

He is currently working as a substitute teacher and freelance trombonist in the Chicago area and teaching lessons and clinics at schools throughout the midwest.

Adam Bell, Tenor Trombone

MM, Class of 2014

Ohio

Adam hails from Bryan Ohio and attended Bowling Green State University, where he studied trombone with Garth Simmons and graduated in 2012 with a degree in performance. Aside from the trombone, Adam also enjoys playing accordion and has won several national competitions in his division and was involved with a Grammy nominated recording with the instrument, studying with the late Lana Gore, professor of accordion/bayan at Wayne State University. Adam is excited to be living in Chicago and to be a part of the NU trombone studio. Though he loves the trombone, Adam actually wishes to become a world-renowned vibraslap artist.

It should also be noted that Adam owns an authentic lederhosen and refuses to wear it, unless properly bribed, of course.

Orin Larson, Tenor Trombone

MM, Class of 2014

Minnesota

Orin Larson was born and raised in St. Paul Minnesota where he became serious about music when he joined the Minnesota Youth Symphonies.  He received his Bachelors Degree in Trombone Performance from the University of Minnesota in 2012 studying with Professor Tom Ashworth.  Some of Orin’s other key influences on the trombone come from Kari Sundstrom and Doug Wright of the Minnesota Orchestra.  He picked up playing golf through working at a local golf club in the summers and tries to get out and play as often as possible.  Orin was an avid baseball player in high school and can't wait for the NU Sliders!

Joseph Peterson, Tenor Trombone

MM, Class of 2014

Washington

Hailed as “brilliantly stylish” by the New York Times and for having “idiomatically executed” at the BBC Proms by the London Evening Standard, Joseph Peterson is currently a masters student at Northwestern University where his teachers include Michael Mulcahy, Randy Hawes, Doug Wright, Tim Higgins  and Chris Davis. Starting this year he is a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Joseph received his Bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School where his teacher was Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic. He has been a member of the Aspen Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, National Repertory Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center. A native of Bothell, Washington, Joseph’s teachers growing up were Ko-ichiro Yamamoto, Chris Olka, Hamod Ebu-Eid and Pete Ellefson. He has performed with the Seattle Opera along with being a soloist with the Seattle Symphony performing Ferdinand David’s Concertino. Joseph has also been involved in several teaching engagements including being an Ear Training Teaching Fellow at the Juilliard School under the guidance of Mary Anthony Cox and has been a guest trombone instructor at the NEOJIBA Youth Orchestra in Salvador, Brazil. Some of the distinguished conductors that Joseph has played under include Charles Dutoit, Alan Gilbert, Bernard Haitink, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Christoph von Dohnányi.

Joseph enjoys reading about different cultures, searching for new restaurants, shuffling cards and following various sports, especially Football, Basketball, Soccer and Golf. His favorite team is the Seattle Seahawks.

Christian Lopez, Bass Trombone

MM, Class of 2014

Arizona

A native of Arizona, Christian Lopez is currently attending graduate school at Northwestern University. During his time in Arizona, Christian Lopez found success as a well-rounded bass trombonist, and his bass trombone playing can be heard professional recordings by the Latin-Indie sensation Calexico, soundtracks scored by L.A. film composer Brian Ralston, on tour with Google Play: Best of Latin Music 2012 artist Sergio Mendoza y La Orkesta, or even on Christian’s latest CD, Photo Booth Time Machine. In his free time, Christian heads up a trailblazing music ensemble with his brother, Salvador Lopez. Known as the LoBros, Christian and Salvador combine their love of trombone playing with classical music, hot latin dance rhythms, and funky grooves. Check them out on their website, www.thelobros.com!

 Callan Millani, Bass Trombone

Master of Music, Class of 2013

California

A native of California, Callan Milani is pursuing a master’s degree at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.  His teachers include Michael Mulcahy, Randall Hawes Tim Higgins, and Peter Ellefson.  At Northwestern, he enjoys performing in variety of ensembles. 

Mr. Milani’s studies began with his dear friend and mentor, Don Kennelly of the San Francisco Opera. In 2007, he joined the first class of brass musicians at the Colburn Conservatory of Music.  He studied with Mark Lawrence and John Engelkes, the Retired Principal Trombonist and Bass Trombonist respectively with the San Francisco Symphony. He avidly performed in the Los Angeles Area and was principal Bass Trombone of the American Youth Orchestra; a position he held for three years

Mr. Milani has performed at many major music festivals in the United States and abroad including the Music Academy of the West, Spoleto Festival USA, National Repertory Orchestra, American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Escola Comarcal de Musica del Comtat in Spain, and an orchestral tour of Germany and the Czech Republic.

Mr. Milani has performed with many well-known artists and conductors including Michael Giacchino, Dr. Mallory Thompson, and James Conlon.

Mr. Milani enjoys reading graphic novels, CrossFit, and arranging music. 

 Terry Leahy, Bass Trombone

Doctor of Music

Australia

Terry Leahy is an Australian trombone player living in Chicago. He is currently in the final stages of his Doctoral degree at Northwestern University. For the past 13 years, Terry has been living in Europe, where he has held a position with the Finnish National Opera. Terry has also performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony, the Welsh National Opera, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. His performing highlight so far was recording with the London Symphony in Abbey Road studios. Terry has performed all over the world including countries such as the UK, France, Austria, Germany, Italy, Finland, Russia, Holland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Vietnam. He has worked with such conductors as Pierre Boulez, Giandrea Noseda, Daniel Barenboim, Danielle Gatti, Sakari Oramo, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Richard Armstrong and Esa Pekka Salonen. In addition to his musical life Terry also has a sommelier qualification and maintains a keen interest in the wine world.

 Keith Dyrda, Tenor Trombone

Master of Music, Class of 2013

Winnipeg

Bio coming soon...

 Steven Warren, Tenor Trombone

Master of Music, Class of 2013

Oklahoma

Steven, a native of Ponca City, Oklahoma, is pursuing a Master of Music degree at Northwestern University. His current teachers are Michael Mulcahy, Peter Ellefson, Randall Hawes, and Timothy Higgins. He received his Bachelor of Music in Performance degree from Oklahoma State Univeristy, studying under Paul Compton. While at OSU, Steven participated in the Frankenwald Brass Festival in Germany, the Eastern Music Festival, the CCM Spoleto festival in Italy, and the National Brass Symposium. 

Throughout his undergrad, he was successful in several ITA competitions: winning the 2010 ITA quartet competition , the 2008 Remington Trombone Choir competition, and the 2008 George Roberts Bass Trombone competition. He was a finalist in the Marsteller and Van Haney competitions in 2010. 
In his free time, Steven enjoys playing most sports, especially tennis, and being outside.


Daniel Lawlor, Tenor Trombone

Bachelor of Music, Class of 2013

California

Bio coming soon...

David Binder, Tenor Trombone

Bachelor of Music, Class of 2012

Illinois

David Binder is the Co-Principal Trombone of the Finnish National Opera Orchestra. A Chicago native, he was previously a Regular Member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago while studying at Northwestern University with Michael Mulcahy, Peter Ellefson, Timothy Higgins, and Randall Hawes. Additionally he has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, he won the 2012 Eastern Trombone Workshop Division II Solo Competition, the 2011 International Trombone Association van Haney Competition, and the 2008 Walgreens National Concerto Competition for winds and brass. He was also a finalist for both the 2012 WAMSO and Northwestern University concerto competitions, as well as a finalist for numerous other ITA competitions in 2011 and 2012.

Jonathan Terassi, Tenor Trombone

Bachelor of Music, Class of 2012

Wisconsin

A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jonathan Terrasi studied with Megumi Kanda until beginning collegiate studies in music at Northwestern University with Michael Mulcahy, Peter Ellefson, Timothy Higgins, and Randall Hawes in 2008. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Music performance from that institution in 2012 and currently plays with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, serving as a member of their music outreach program, MusiCorps, during the 2012/2013 season as well.

Michael Steiger, Tenor Trombone

Master of Music, Class of 2012

Oregon

Michael Steiger is the 2nd Trombone of the Wheeling Symphony (Wheeling, WV), Lansing Symphony (Lansing, MI) and an adjunct Professor of Trombone performance at Adrian College (Adrian, MI). Michael also actively freelances though out the state of MI, appearing with many of the regional orchestras of SE Michigan, the Detroit Chamber Winds, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Will Baker, Bass Trombone

Master of Music, Class of 2012

California

Will Baker is a California-born, Chicago-based musician who loves playing low brass instruments.

Will is currently the Bass Trombonist with both The Des Moines Symphony and Orchestra Iowa. He is a founding member of the Des Moines Low Brass Triumvirate (DMLBT), which has started a Low Brass movement in Iowa by performing in schools and hosting educational workshops. In the summer of 2015, he joined the faculty of the Fredericksburg Brass Institute, where he met composer Robert Tindle. In March of 2016, with the help of the Southeast Iowa Symphony (SEISO), Will commissioned a new bass trombone concerto called At 60 Miles An Hour, which he will premier with the SEISO at the culmination of his time as artist in residence

To feed the other side of his soul, Will enjoys playing Trombone in the horn section for the rock band Tynan as well as the The Sam Cockrell Band, led by Chicago Blues Hall of Fame singer/bassist Sam Cockrell. Will can be heard on the SCB's 2015 release Trying to Make a Living Playing my Guitar.  

A California native, Will moved to Chicago to pursue a  Masters Degree in Bass Trombone performance at Northwestern University where he studied with Michael MulcahyRandall HawesPeter Ellefson, and Tim Higgins.   

Will graduated Cum Laude from UCLA in 2010 with a BA in music performance, studying Euphonium and Bass Trombone with Patrick Sheridan. It was Mr. Sheridan that inspired Will to forge a career in music, and for this Pat will always be one of his favorite people in the world.

 
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