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2017-18 Studio Bios

  • Walker Aldridge
    Walker Aldridge
  • Walker Aldridge
    Walker Aldridge
    Walker Aldridge is a sophomore from Tuscaloosa, Alabama who graduated from Tuscaloosa County High School in 2016. Walker is majoring in Chemical Engineering and Philosophy with a minor in Music; he is also in the STEM Path to MBA Program and Honors College. He has been playing trombone since middle school and has participated in a multitude of honor bands and festivals. Walker is currently in the Trombone Studio, Trombone Choir and the Million Dollar Band.
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  • Stewart Brockman
    Stewart Brockman
  • Stewart Brockman
    Stewart Brockman
    Stewart Brockman is a sophomore music education major at the University of Alabama. A graduate of Hewitt-Trussville High School, he played in middle school All State Band, High School All State Band, and All State Orchestra. He has played in both the Alabama Concert and Symphonic Bands, and was a soloist as an Million Dollar Band trombone section leader. He has played trombone for 8 years, and is looking forward to continue his musical education next year at UA.
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  • Taylor Duren
    Taylor Duren
  • Taylor Duren
    Taylor Duren
    Taylor Duren is currently a junior studying music education. She is a graduate of American Christian Academy, graduating with honors in 2015. She has been playing trombone for 8 years, and was a member of ACA’s marching and symphonic band for 6 years. She participated in many high school honor bands and solo competitions, including Alabama All-State, District V, and University of Alabama. She's currently serving as the choir and music director at Northport First United Methodist Church. She has performed with the Alabama Concert Band and Symphonic Band, and is excited to perform with the Wind Ensemble this year. Taylor is also a member of the University of Alabama Trombone Studio and Trombone Choir.
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  • Matt Edmonds
    Matt Edmonds
  • Matt Edmonds
    Matt Edmonds
    Matt Moorer-Edmonds is a junior majoring in Business Management specializing in entrepreneurship with a minor in music. He is from Birmingham, Alabama. Throughout high school he attend several honor bands, including the UA honor band. In college he has been a member of the concert band, Million Dollar Band, and trombone choir.
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  • Luke Foster
    Luke Foster
  • Luke Foster
    Luke Foster
    Luke Foster is a tenor trombonist from Birmingham who has played for 8 years. Luke studied with Jay Evans, Billy Bargetzi, Jeff Koonce, Brad Kerns, and Dr. Mark Foster. The ensembles with which Luke has played include the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, SuperJazz Big Band, and the Montevallo Trombone Choir. While in high school, Luke placed into the Alabama All-State Jazz Gold Band as lead trombone, the All-State White Band as lead trombone, and lead trombone in other honor bands throughout the state. Luke attended the Alabama School of Fine Arts, where he was Principal Trombone in the Alabama School of Fine Arts Orchestra, Lead Trombone in the ASFA Jazz Ensemble, Principal Trombone/Tuba in the ASFA Brass Ensemble, and Baritone/Bass with the ASFA Choir. While at ASFA, Luke also conducted the Alabama School of Fine Arts Orchestra, and ASFA Brass Ensemble in concert.
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  • Matthew Fowler
    Matthew Fowler
  • Matthew Fowler
    Matthew Fowler
    Matthew Fowler is from Tuscaloosa, AL and a graduate of Tuscaloosa County High School. He is a sophomore pursuing a degree in music Education. He is a member of the University of Alabama Trombone Choir.
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  • Nick Gilmore
    Nick Gilmore
  • Nick Gilmore
    Nick Gilmore
    Nick Gilmore is a Senior studying trombone performance at UA. He graduated from The Woodlands High School. He won second place in the Texas State University Symposium solo competition. He has attended Boston University Tanglewood Institute Music Camp, Mendez Institute, Eastman Music Horizons Music Camp, Brevard summer music festival, and the Cleveland Trombone Symposium. He is also in the University Huxford Symphony for a second year.
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  • Chris Healy
    Chris Healy
  • Chris Healy
    Chris Healy
    Chris Healy is a senior trombone performance major at the University of Alabama. Throughout high school, he participated in All State Jazz Band, All State Orchestra, and All State Band. Chris has also performed with the Brass Band of Huntsville and was a part of the Huntsville Youth Symphony during his senior year of high school. At the University of Alabama, Chris has performed with the Symphonic Band, Huxford Symphony Orchestra, Trombone Choir, Jazz Ensemble, and Brass Choir. During his freshman year, Chris was selected as the winner of the American Trombone Workshop Division I Bass Trombone solo competition. In the summer of 2017, Chris was selected as a member of the participant class for the Southeast Trombone Symposium. His primary teachers have been Billy Bargetzi and Dr. Jonathan Whitaker.
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  • Jonathan Houghtling
    Jonathan Houghtling
  • Jonathan Houghtling
    Jonathan Houghtling
    Queensbury, NY native Jonathan Houghtling is a second-year DMA student at The University of Alabama, where he studies with Dr. Jonathan Whitaker. Jonathan H is currently the sabbatical replacement for Dr. Whitaker for the 2017 fall semester, where he will be teaching weekly lessons, conducting the trombone choir, and leading studio class. Prior to his studies at UA, Jonathan was an active performer and educator in Chicago. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Alabama Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, New World Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Elgin Symphony, among others. Jonathan served as Principal Trombone of the Dubuque Symphony for the 2015-2016 season. He also held the chair of Principal Trombone with The Northbrook Symphony from 2011-2016. As an avid chamber musician, Jonathan has performed with the award-winning contemporary ensemble, Dal Niente, as well as the award-winning brass quintet, Axiom Brass. He is also a founding member of the brass ensemble New Chicago Brass. Jonathan has won the International Trombone Association’s Alto Trombone and Larry Wiehe solo competitions. He was a finalist for the International Trombone Association’s Van Haney orchestral excerpt competition. He has participated in the National Repertory Orchestra, as well as the Alessi Seminar, where he was a fellow. Jonathan completed a Master of Music degree and Post-Master’s Certificate in Performance at DePaul University, where he studied with Mark Fisher and Charlie Vernon, as well as a Bachelor of Music degree at Indiana University, where he studied with Pete Ellefson and Dee Stewart.
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  • Michael Johnson
    Michael Johnson
  • Michael Johnson
    Michael Johnson
    Michael Johnson is currently a 1st year DMA candidate in Trombone performance. Michael completed his Master's in Trombone Performance at Texas State University, graduating summa cum laude. At Texas State, Michael studied with Dr. Martin McCain and served as the graduate teaching assistant for the studio. During his Master's, Michael was a finalist for the American Trombone Workshop and was selected as the winner of Division III in the bass trombone solo competition. Also during his time in Texas, Michael also performed with numerous big bands in the Austin area, and subbed on occasion with the Laredo Philharmonic. Michael completed his Bachelor's here at the University of Alabama as well. Aside from trombone, Michael is also a composer; writing multiple works for trombone choir, solo trombone and piano, flugelhorn/trumpet and piano, clarinet choir, jazz big band, and much more.
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  • Blake Malone
    Blake Malone
  • Blake Malone
    Blake Malone
    Blake Malone is a senior trombone performance major from Tuscumbia, Alabama. He graduated from Deshler High School in 2014. While at The University of Alabama, he marched in the Million Dollar Band for two years and served on the leadership team for one year. He has played in the Alabama Symphonic Band, Alabama Wind Ensemble, and UA's Huxford Symphony Orchestra!
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  • Charlie Mercier
    Charlie Mercier
  • Charlie Mercier
    Charlie Mercier
    Charlie Mercier is a junior pursuing an undergraduate degree in Music Education. He is a Chelsea High School graduate from Chelsea, Alabama. Charlie is now a third-year member of Carolina Crown drum and bugle corps, where he plays euphonium for CrownBRASS. After graduation, Charlie plans to be a high school band director.
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  • Andrew Sartor
    Andrew Sartor
  • Andrew Sartor
    Andrew Sartor
    Andrew Sartor is a freshman bass trombonist pursuing majors in both computer science and trombone performance. He graduated from Bob Jones High School in Madison, Alabama in 2017. He previously studied at the University of Alabama in Huntsville under the direction of Billy Bargetzi for two years. Andrew is currently a member of the university’s symphonic band and trombone choir.
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  • Caldwell Wagenheim
    Caldwell Wagenheim
  • Caldwell Wagenheim
    Caldwell Wagenheim
    Caldwell Wagenheim is from Tuscaloosa, AL and a graduate of Hillcrest High School. He is a junior pursuing a degree in music administration, and works as the Ticketing Manager for the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra. Caldwell is also a member of the University of Alabama Jazz Ensemble, Crimson Slides, and the University of Alabama Trombone Choir.
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Student Success

2016-17

 

Senior Cameron Owen performed a week with the New World Symphony in Miami, FL.

 

2015-16

 

Junior Cameron Owen was selected as the bass trombonist for the Music Academy of the West.

 

Junior Cameron Owen was the WINNER of the 2016 Edward Kleinhammer Orchestral Bass Trombone Competition at the International Trombone Festival held at The Juilliard School in June.  He also was a Finalist for the George Roberts Bass Trombone Solo Competition.

 

Junior David Kidd was selected as 1st Alternate for the 2016 Lewis Van Haney Philharmonic Prize Orchestral Tenor Trombone Competition as well as Honorable Mention for the 2016 Robert Marsteller Tenor Trombone Competition.

 

Junior David Kidd was selected as a finalist for the Texas State Trombone Symposium Conn/Selmer Tenor Trombone Competition.

 

Juniors David Kidd and Cameron Owen (bass trombone) were selected as finalists for this year's American Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition.

 

Several UA Trombone Students Participated in Summer Festivals.

InterHarmony International Music Festival

Jeremiah Ward - 2nd year MM Bass Trombone

 

Cleveland Trombone Seminar

Nick Gilmore - sophomore

Blake Malone - sophomore

 

National Music Festival

Cameron Owen - junior Bass Trombone

 

Mulcahy Summer Masterclass

Carter Hanthorn - senior (Participant)

Lucas Kaspar - UATS Graduate

David Kidd - junior (Participant)

Cameron Owen - junior Bass Trombone (Participant)

 

The Alessi Seminar

David Kidd - junior (Participant)

Cameron Owen - junior Bass Trombone (Participant)

Dr. John Shanks - UATS Graduate

 

2014-15

 

Freshman bass trombonist Chris Healy was announced the winner of the 2015 American Trombone Workshop Division 1 Bass Trombone National Solo Competition.

 

Second year MM student Anthony Darnall was selected as one of 3 finalist for the Big 12 Bach Bass Trombone Solo Competition.

 

Current DMA student Russell Ballenger has been appointed to the faculty of the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND where he will teach the trombone studio and jazz ensembles.

 

Recent UATS graduate Dr. John Shanks has been appointed to the faculty at West Texas A&M University.

 

Recent UATS graduate Dr. Bruce Faske was recently appointed to the faculty at Arkansas State University.

 

2013-14

 

MM Bass Trombonist Jeremiah Ward was recently selected as a Participant for the 2014 Cleveland Trombone Seminar.

 

Five UA students were selected for the Participant Class for the 2014 Southeast Trombone Symposium!

Anthony Darnall (bass) - MM

Kevin Dugat - MM

David Kidd - Freshman

Cameron Owen (bass) - Freshman

Jeremiah Ward (bass) - MM

 

Freshman David Kidd was named Honorable Mention for the 2014 Gagliardi Tenor Trombone Competition.

 

Freshman bass trombonist Cameron Owen was named one of 3 finalist for the 2014 George Roberts Bass Trombone Solo Competition.

 

2012-13

 

DMA Student Russell Ballenger advanced to the finals for West Point Military Academy Band Audition.

 

DMA Student John Shanks was selected as a Participant for the 2013 Alessi Seminar.

 

DMA Student Bruce Faske was selected as a Participant for the 2013 Alessi Seminar.

 

Sophomore Ben Carrasquillo was selected as a Participant for the 2013 Alessi Seminar.

 

Sophomore Ben Carrasquillo was selected as a Finalist for International Trombone Association Solo Competition.

 

Sophomore Ben Carrasquillo attended the National Music Festival.

 

MM Graduate Lucas Kaspar was appointed Lecturer of Trombone at Muskingum University.

 

DMA Student Bruce Faske was appointed Adjunct Instructor at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

 

DMA Student John Shanks was announced the Winner of Mississippi Symphony Principal Trombone Audition.

 

DMA Student John Shanks was appointed to Faculty of Jackson State University.

 

2011-12

 

DMA Student Bruce Faske was announced the Winner of UA Concerto Aria Competition.

 

DMA Student John Shanks was announced the Winner of 2012 Eastern Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition – Division 3, Washington, D.C.

 

Freshman Ben Carrasquillo was announced the Winner of 2012 Eastern Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition – Division 1, Washington, D.C.

 

Freshman Ben Carrasquillo was announced as the 2nd Alternate for the  2012 International Trombone Association Trombone Solo Competition.

 

MM Student Lucas Kapsar was named Honorable Mention for the 2012 International Trombone Association Bass Trombone Solo Competition.

 

DMA Student John Shanks was a Finalist at the Alabama Symphony Orchestra Second Trombone Audition.

 

DMA Student John Shanks was Runner Up at the US “President’s Own” Marine Band Audition.

 

2010-11

 

DMA Student Bruce Faske was announced the winner of the second trombone audition for the Starkville Symphony.

 

DMA Student John Shanks was named a finalist for the 2011 Eastern Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition.

 

Freshman Chris Davis was named a Finalist in the 2011 International Trombone Association George Roberts Bass Trombone Solo Competition.

 

Freshman Roni Garayanala was named a finalist in the 2011 International Trombone Association Gilberto Gagliardi Trombone Solo Competition.

 

MM Student Lucas Kapsar was named Honorable Mention in the 2011 International Trombone Association Frank Smith Trombone Solo Competition.

 

DMA Student John Shanks was selected as a Fellow for the 2011 Alessi Seminar.

 

DMA Student Bruce Faske was selected as a Participant for the 2011 Alessi Seminar.

 

2009-10

 

UA Trombone Choir Performs at 2010 Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington , D.C.

 

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