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Trombonist Darin Cash is a native of Texas and performs on tenor and bass trombone in a variety of musical settings throughout the Southwest. He is the bass trombonist for the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, second trombonist with the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale, and previously held the position of second/assistant principal trombone with the Austin Opera Orchestra. Dr. Cash serves as the professor of low brass at South Plains College in Levelland, TX and holds Doctorate of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Trombone Performance from The University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from The University of Texas at Arlington. He resides in Lubbock, TX where he has lived and worked since 2007.
Award-winning performance artist and Juilliard trained trombonist Abbie Conant is somewhat of a legend in the international orchestral brass world.
Ms. Conant played principal trombone at the Royal Opera House in Turin, Italy and then played 13 years as principal in the Munich Philharmonic. She is professor of trombone at the University of Music in Trossingen, Germany.
To read Ms Conant’s full bio, please visit the website www.osborne-conant.org
Dr. Michael Davidson, Professor of Trombone at the University of Kansas, is also principal trombonist of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and trombonist with the Kansas Brass Quintet, the Kansas City Brass Works, the I-49 Brass, and the Drei Bones trombone trio. He has performed with the Kansas City Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Tulsa Philharmonic, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra USA, the Sunflower Music Festival, the Fountain City Brass Band, and in local performances with the Four Tops, Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, Kathy Mattea, Emmylou Harris, Mel Tormé, Sandi Patty, the Indigo Girls, John Tesh, Byron Stripling, and many others.
Prior to his appointment to the KU music faculty in 2007, Mike taught at Benedictine College, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, the University of Arkansas at Monticello, Centenary College of Louisiana, and in the Louisiana public schools, where he was the band director at Airline High School, Bossier City, LA. Mike was twice selected for inclusion in Who's Who Among America's Teachers, named the 1991 Caddo Association of Educators Music Teacher of the Year, and elected to membership in the American School Band Directors Association in 1996. Mike's teachers include Donald Yaxley, Roy Pickering, Raymond Turner, Andrew Russell, Tony Chipurn, David Vining, and Richard W. Bowles.
New York-based trombonist Richard Harris has crafted an eclectic musical career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer, educator and advocate. He has appeared as a soloist and given master-classes in North & South America, Europe and Asia. Spring 2019 sees the release of a new recording of the Eric Richards Trombone Quartet Concerto with Mr. Harris as soloist and the UTEP Wind Symphony.
Richard was the acting Assistant Principal Trombone of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for two seasons and is a regular guest with many of the US’s top symphony orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, The Metropolitan Opera, & Buffalo Philharmonic. He is also a member of the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra in New York City, and he performs with many other Broadway productions. Richard recorded with pop-star Sting on his first studio album in a decade and has performed and toured alongside a diverse range of musicians, such as Puff Daddy, Snoop Dogg, Esperanza Spalding, Natalie Cole, Seth McFarlane, Boyz II Men, Megan Hilty, Roseanne Cash, Bryce Dessner, Chris Botti and classical music stars Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli.
He is a member of ‘Decoda’ a New York City based chamber music collective which is the first ever Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall. As a chamber musician he has been a guest artist at Chamber Music North West and has performed with The Canadian Brass, The Empire Brass, The Metropolitan Opera Brass Ensemble, The Lincoln Center Trombone Ensemble, the Boston based string ensemble, A Far Cry and this season he will appear with the Knights Chamber Orchestra in "The Head & The Load" directed by William Kentridge. You learn more about Richard by visiting his website www.richardtrombone.com
Bob Kastner has been the 2nd trombonist with the Naples Philharmonic since 2001. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate at the Eastman School of Music, as a student of John Marcellus and Mark Kellogg. In 2004, Robert was the winner of the International Trombone Association’s Lewis Van Haney Philharmonic Prize Tenor Trombone competition. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Sarasota Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Florida Orchestra.
Guilhem Kusnierek is a prize winner in many international competitions such as Lieksa (Finland), Porcia (Italy) and Jeju (South Korea). Most significantly, in 2015, Guilhem won the third prize at the 64th edition of the International Music Competition of the ARD in Munich. He has performed as a soloist in concerts with orchestras such as the Münchner Kammerphilharmonie, the Rundfunkorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk, the Jeju Philharmonic Orchestra and the Joensuu City Orchestra.
Guilhem was born into a musical family in Clermont-Ferrand in the heart of France, and began playing trombone and piano at the age of seven. He studied the trombone with Abel Thomas in Clermont-Ferrand in the regional conservatoire before continuing his studies with Michel Becquet and Alain Manfrin at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon.
At the age of just twenty, he won the position of principal trombonist with the Orchestre National de Montpellier and has been playing as an orchestral musician ever since. Guilhem has performed with many famous European orchestras such as the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Lyon, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Ensemble Dissonance and worked under the baton of world class conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Myung-Whun Chung, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Karel Mark Chichon and Daniele Gatti.
Since 2010, Guilhem Kusnierek is co-principal trombonist of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern.
Baroque music takes a very important place in the life of Guilhem Kusnierek.
In 2016, he won the first prize in the only existing international baroque trombone competition, of RICA in Toulouse. He has performed with many of the most prestigious baroque ensembles such as the "Concert lorrain", "Arsys Bourgogne" with Pierre Cao,"Pulcinella" with Ophélie Gaillard and "Insula Orchestra" with Laurence Equilbey.
He is a member of the group "Heavenly Wood", which is under the musical direction of Bernhard Stilz.
Guilhem Kusnierek is influenced by the French Baroque School of Daniel Lassalle, world-renown baroque trombonist and member of the "Sacqueboutiers de Toulouse".
Since 2017, Guilhem Kusnierek at the Hochschule für Musik Saar in Saarbrücken.
Mr Kusnierek plays an M&W 322 2R
Dr. Rick Mason is the Associate Professor of Trombone, Director of the GS Jazz Ensemble, and Brass Area Head at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia.
He is a former free-lance musician in the Los Angeles area, having performed with the bands of Bill Watrous, Ray Anthony, Al Hirt, Glenn Miller, Bill Holman, Jimmy Dorsey, Dick Cary, and Bill Tole. Rick also served as bass trombonist with the Burbank Symphony and La Mirada Orchestra. He has recorded in several of the major studios in Hollywood including Capitol Records, A&M Records, 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios, Walt Disney Studios, and Warner Brothers Studios. Rick has performed live concerts with Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr., Rosemary Clooney, Mel Torme, Toni Tenille, Joan Rivers, Billy Eckstine, Jack Jones, Phillis Diller, Dudley Moore, the Temptations & Four Tops, Frank Sinatra Jr. Roger Williams, Frankie Avalon, Blood, Sweat, & Tears, and several others.
Since relocating to southeast Georgia, Rick has performed on bass trombone with the Hilton Head Symphony, Savannah Jazz Orchestra, and serves as Principal Trombonist with the Hilton Head Choral Society Orchestra. Rick was a charter member of the Georgia Southern Faculty Brass Quintet & Percussion, and remains active as a trombone and jazz ensemble clinician.
Barney McCollum is a highly active performer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area performing with the Dallas Winds, East Texas Symphony Orchestra, Plano Symphony Orchestra, Imperial Brass, Dallas Opera, and many other groups.
Previously, he served as a bass trombonist in the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C., where duties included performances at the White House, Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery, as well as other prominent venues in and around D.C.
During this period, he also performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington Ballet Orchestra, Washington Opera, Baltimore Opera, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Wolf Trap Filene Center Orchestra and many other groups.
Barney hails from Stephenville, TX and holds degrees from East Texas State University (B.M. Ed) and The Catholic University of America (M.M. Performance). His teachers were Dr. Curtis Owen, Dr. Neil Humfeld, Dr. Milton Stevens and additional studies with Charles Vernon and David Fedderly.
He was one of the founding members of the professional trombone quartet, Stentorian Consort, and can be heard on group’s two recordings: “Myths & Legends” and “Diversions”.
James McNair’s experience as a musician and music educator over the past 25 years is as vast as it is varied ranging from military musician to middle school band director to elementary music teacher to private lesson teacher to college professor. Mr. McNair served as Assistant Professor of Music, Associate Director of Bands and Coordinator of Instrumental Music Education at Texas Christian University from 2005-2008. Previous to this appointment at TCU, Mr. McNair taught for ten years in some of the country’s finest band programs including Lake Highlands High School, The Colony High School and Cross Timbers Middle School. Mr. McNair has been a brass specialist and consultant for the Marcus High School Band program since 2003. He also served on the brass staff of the 2001 DCI World Champion Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. McNair is an active clinician, consultant, and adjudicator throughout the state and has been a clinician for the Texas Music Educators Convention and Texas Bandmasters Conventions in San Antonio.
Mr. McNair is a proud former member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C. where he performed regularly at the White House for the President of the United States, on many Marine Band recordings, and on national tours. Mr. McNair is also in high demand as one of the most versatile freelance trombonists in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. He performs regularly with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, the Lewisville Lake Symphony Orchestra, the Plano Symphony Orchestra, the Garland/Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Winds, Imperial Brass, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, he has performed with the Dallas Winds and twice at the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. Mr. McNair is a two-time winner of the Eastern Trombone Workshop National Classical Solo Competition in Washington, D.C.
Mr. McNair earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from East Texas State University where his primary teachers were Dr. Neill Humfeld, Jim Clark, and Ed Jones. He also earned a Master of Music in trombone performance from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Alan Morell is a North Carolina native and is the Principal Bass Trombonist of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. He holds a BA from the LSU School of Music and has performed on stage with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon, Bonerama, and Diane Reeves, among others. Alan is a board member and founding member of the Emerald Coast Music Alliance; the vision of world-renowned pianist Alon Goldstein, who serves as the festival’s Artistic Director. As a freelance artist, Alan has been a member of two of Louisiana’s premier event bands, Rewind and After 8, touring Texas, Florida and Mississippi in addition to their home state. Alan has participated in the commission of several new works, including Thomas Schipper’s new duet for trombone “Hang the Code”. Even further, he has worked as an arranger for New Orleans’ famous St. Joseph’s Cathedral, as well as Baton Rouge Music Studios and local Baton Rouge band Catbamboo. Alan has attended the Aspen Summer Music Festival and the Alessi, Pokorny, and Third Coast Seminars; and, as a result, has studied closely with many of the world’s leading brass artists, including Peter Ellefson, Toby Oft and members of the American Brass Quintet. In his free time, he enjoys doubling on tenor trombone, electric, and upright bass. Alan is currently pursuing an MFA from The Mannes Conservatory - where he studies under members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, and New York City Ballet. Alan is proud to be a member of the M&W family.
Nicholas Schwartz has a diverse career performing across North America, Europe, and Asia. After studying at The Juilliard School with then New York Philharmonic bass trombonist Don Harwood, he moved to San Francisco where he began freelancing throughout the Bay Area.
Since 2010, he has been the principal bass trombonist of the New York City Ballet Orchestra. He has also performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera, The Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Ballet, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, St. Luke's Chamber Orchestra, the New York City Opera, Atlanta Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, The Malaysia Philharmonic, Mostly Mozart Festival, and Classical Tahoe.
He is also an active teacher serving as faculty at Bard College, brass coordinator and bass trombone faculty at Juilliard Pre College, and Brass Department Chair at the Mannes School of Music. He also runs an eight day festival in West Michigan called the Third Coast Trombone Retreat for college aged trombonists.
Bass trombonist Max Seigel enjoys a diverse career performing in a wide range of musical settings. He performs frequently with groups such as the Roy Hargrove Big Band, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Max makes regular appearances on Broadway, having played for the pit orchestras of West Side Story, Porgy and Bess, On the Town, Cats, King Kong and The Lion King. Max is a founding member of Weather Vest, a mixed-wind quartet creatively exploring commonality between classical chamber music and small group jazz. An active composer and arranger, his album “Siphonophore” showcases a wild ensemble comprised of 6 bass trombonists and 6 baritone saxophonists. Max is currently touring with the Michael Bublè big band.
Dr. Jason Sulliman is the Assistant Professor of Trombone at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. Previous teaching positions include the University of North Alabama, Vincennes University, and the North American Brass Band Summer School as part of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Jason earned his doctorate in brass pedagogy from Indiana University and is finishing up his Master’s in kinesiology- motor learning/motor control from the same school. Jason has also earned Masters’ degrees in conducting and trombone performance from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor’s degree in trombone performance from the University of Massachusetts. Jason was the music manager and conductor for the Broadway show, “Blast!”, and performed multiple roles over several national and international tours including tenor trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, and tuba. Jason has performed with several orchestras all over the United States including the Alabama Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the New Mexico Symphony, and currently holds the bass trombone position with the Meridian Symphony in Meridian, MS. With a passion for motor learning and performing arts wellness, Jason has given hundreds of talks and presentations at music conferences and universities, maintains an active Youtube channel, and promotes 21st-century practice techniques through his website, www.jasonsulliman.com. Jason Sulliman is a proud to play on M & W Custom Trombones.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Dr. Jeriad Wood is currently a trombonist with the United States Air Force bands. Jeriad earned his doctorate and masters from the University of Texas at Austin, and his undergraduate degree from West Texas A&M University. While attending university Jeriad won the Eastern Trombone Workshop solo bass trombone competition, was a finalist for the Big 12 national bass trombone competition, and finalist for the Steven Zellmer Orchestral Excerpt Competition.
Prior to his appointment with the U.S. Air Force, Jeriad was a freelance trombonist and teacher throughout Texas. He has performed with well-known groups such as the Dallas Wind Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Brazos Valley Symphony, and the Round Rock Symphony. An active teacher and clinician, Jeriad has served as trombone professor at Texas Woman’s University and Blinn College. He has also been a guest clinician for the Beijing National Conservatory of Music, and the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark. Jeriad maintains an active performance schedule throughout the United States, as well as a low brass studio in the San Antonio area.
Trombonist and music educator Benjamin Yates is Assistant Professor of Trombone and Low Brass at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. At UL Lafayette, Dr. Yates teaches lessons; coaches brass chamber music; conducts the trombone and tubaeuph ensembles; and performs with the Louisiana Brass Quintet. Previously, he taught applied low brass at Luther College (IA), Marian University (WI), and Silver Lake College (WI).
As a trombone clinician, Yates presented master classes throughout the U.S., Austria, Brazil and Japan. Students of Benjamin Yates become successful professional musicians and music educators throughout the United States and the world.
Yates performs regularly with Louisiana, Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin area symphonies, bands and chamber ensembles including the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra (LA), Acadian Wind Symphony (LA), Chorale Acadienne (LA), La Crosse Symphony Orchestra (WI), and the Waterloo- Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra (IA). He has performed with the Grammy Award winning Lost Bayou Ramblers and the Grammy nominated Bonsoir, Catin. As an active soloist, Yates performs and presents master classes and recitals at high schools, colleges and universities around the United States.
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