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2016-17 Studio Bios

  • Walker Aldridge
    Walker Aldridge
  • Walker Aldridge
    Walker Aldridge
    Walker Aldridge is a freshman from Tuscaloosa, Alabama who graduated from Tuscaloosa County High School in 2016. Walker is majoring in Chemical Engineering and minoring 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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  • Steven Braynard
    Steven Braynard
  • Steven Braynard
    Steven Braynard
    Steven Braynard is a sophomore Accounting major and Trombone minor at the University of Alabama. He graduated from Northview High School in Johns Creek, GA and was section leader of the Marching Titan Band for 2 years. In addition, he participated in GMEA District V Honor Band throughout all four years of high school and was the principle trombonist in the inaugural year of the Georgia Piedmont Youth Orchestra. He is excited to continue his participation in the Million Dollar Band and is looking forward to continuing his journey through the Culverhouse College of Commerce and the UA Trombone Studio.
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  • Stewart Brockman
    Stewart Brockman
  • Stewart Brockman
    Stewart Brockman
    Stewart Brockman is a freshman 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 trombone for 7 years, and is looking forward to continue his musical education next year at UA.
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  • Sam Collins
    Sam Collins
  • Sam Collins
    Sam Collins
    Sam Collins is a sophomore chemistry major at the University of Alabama. He is from Huntsville, Alabama and graduated from Sparkman High School. He started playing trombone in the 6th grade. Throughout high school he participated in several honor bands and all state bands, as well as being principal in the Huntsville Youth Symphony his senior year.
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  • Taylor Duren
    Taylor Duren
  • Taylor Duren
    Taylor Duren
    Taylor Duren is currently a sophomore studying music education. She is a graduate of American Christian Academy, graduating with honors in 2015. She has been playing trombone for 7 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. Last year, she played with the University of Alabama Concert Band and is now a member of the University of Alabama Symphonic Band. Taylor is also a member of the University of Alabama Trombone Studio, Trombone Choir, and the Million Dollar Band.
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  • Matt Edmonds
    Matt Edmonds
  • Matt Edmonds
    Matt Edmonds
    I'm Matt Edmonds, from Clay-Chalkville High School in Birmingham, AL. I'm currently a sophomore Majoring in Management Information Systems, with a minor in music. I've played trombone for 8 years, and have participated in solo and ensemble, all county, all district, and played bass trombone for the Alabama Youth Symphony. I also played bass trombone for the jazz band for four years.
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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 freshman pursuing a degree in music Education. While in high school he participated in the all-state Band Orchestra and jazz band. He is now 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 junior 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.
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  • Chris Healy
    Chris Healy
  • Chris Healy
    Chris Healy
    Chris Healy is a junior trombone performance major at the University of Alabama. Chris has 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. Chris's primary teachers include Billy Bargetzi and Dr. Jonathan Whitaker.
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  • Drennan Holliday
    Drennan Holliday
  • Drennan Holliday
    Drennan Holliday
    Drennan Holliday is a fifth year senior at UA. He is from Hillsboro, Alabama and attended East Lawrence High School. He participated in the University of Alabama Symphonic Band his freshman year and with the Huxford Symphony Orchestra his sophomore, junior, and senior years. Drennan is a trombone performance major and looks forward to his next year at the University of Alabama.
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  • Jonathan Houghtling
    Jonathan Houghtling
  • Jonathan Houghtling
    Jonathan Houghtling
    Queensbury, NY native Jonathan Houghtling is a first-year DMA student at The University of Alabama. Here he holds a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, and coaches the trombone section of the Million Dollar Band. 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, North Carolina Symphony, New World Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Elgin Symphony, and Illinois Philharmonic, 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, he has performed with the award-winning contemporary ensemble, Dal Niente, as well as the award-winning brass quintet, Axiom Brass. Jonathan is a founding member of 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, as well as the Eastern Trombone Workshop's Division II Solo 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. Prior to his studies at DePaul, Jonathan completed a Bachelor of Music degree at Indiana University, where he studied with Peter Ellefson and Dee Stewart.
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  • David Kidd
    David Kidd
  • David Kidd
    David Kidd
    David Kidd is now a senior at the University of Alabama. He is on his fourth year of his trombone performance degree. During the past three years at the University of Alabama, David performed with the University of Alabama Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Trombone Choir, and Brass Choir. Also in his freshman year he received honorable mention in the Gilberto Gagliardi Trombone Competition and was selected as a participant for Southeast Trombone Symposium. During his sophomore year, David was selected as a participant for the Mulcahy Summer Trombone Masterclass as well as the Alessi Seminar. This previous year as a junior, he received honorable mention in the Robert Marsteller trombone competition. Additionally, he was selected as the first alternate for the Lewis Van Haney trombone competition. Also during his Junior year, David was selected to compete in the American Trombone Workshop Competition as well as the Texas State Trombone Competition. David’s instructors have included Billy Bargetzi and Dr. Jonathan Whitaker. He has also received instruction from Joseph Alessi, Michael Mulcahy, Jim Nova, Gerry Pegano, Alex Iles, Peter Ellefson, Carl Lenthe, Collin Williams, Brian Hecht, and Tom Gibson.
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  • Dan Kolan
    Dan Kolan
  • Dan Kolan
    Dan Kolan
    Dan Kolan, from Pittsburgh, PA, is a third year Doctoral Candidate in Trombone Performance and Jazz Graduate Teaching Assistant at The University of Alabama, studying under Dr. Jonathan Whitaker. Prior to attending The University of Alabama, Dan received a Masters of Music in Trombone Performance from University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelors of Music in Trombone Performance from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. As an orchestral musician Dan has performed extensively with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Richmond (IN) Symphony Orchestra, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra and with members of the Cincinnati and Columbus (OH) Symphony Orchestras in the touring production of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. As a jazz and commercial musician, Dan has been fortunate to have shared the stage with such musicians as Joe Zawinul, Wess "Warmdaddy" Anderson, Marcus Roberts, Rodney Whitaker, Aaron Diehl, and many other jazz luminaries. Most recently Dan has been afforded the opportunity to tour with the Grammy Award winning and Hall of Fame Artists The Temptations, The Four Tops and The O'Jays. Dan is heavily indebted to his past and current teachers and mentors: Dr. Jonathan Whitaker, Timothy Anderson and Peter Ellefson.
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  • Blake Malone
    Blake Malone
  • Blake Malone
    Blake Malone
    Blake Malone is a junior 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, Huxford Symphony Orchestra, and now the Alabama Wind Ensemble.
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  • Charlie Mercier
    Charlie Mercier
  • Charlie Mercier
    Charlie Mercier
    Charlie Mercier is a sophomore pursuing an undergraduate degree in Music Education. He is a Chelsea High School graduate from Chelsea, Alabama. During high school, Charlie was selected for NAfME’s All National Honor Band twice, and Alabama All-State three times. His senior year, Charlie placed third in the state in the Alabama All-State Solo Festival. Charlie marched with Carolina Crown drum and bugle corps in the summer of 2016, and is excited to continue with the corps for two more years learning how to build a strong band program. Charlie is looking forward to his education at the University of Alabama.
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  • Chase Moore
    Chase Moore
  • Chase Moore
    Chase Moore
    Chase Moore is a Senior Music Education Major from Fayette, Alabama. Chase plays both trombone and piano. He has a passion for conducting, and plans to pursue a master’s degree in Wind Conducting. Chase is also one of three trombone section leaders for the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band.
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  • Brenton Nash
    Brenton Nash
  • Brenton Nash
    Brenton Nash
    Brenton Nash is a Senior Music Education Major at the University of Alabama. This past summer, Brenton was a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2016 season. He also spent the 2015 season with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. He is currently serving as the Fraternity Music Director as well as one of the Executive Committee Representatives for the Omicron Phi chapter of Phi Mu Alpha. Brenton was elected as the AMEA collegiate Secretary in January and also serves as the Secretary for the University of Alabama Trombone Studio. Brenton has played with the Madison Jazz, who toured for twenty-two days in China through the U.S./China Cultural and Educational Foundation. He has also performed with U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors.
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  • Cameron Owen
    Cameron Owen
  • Cameron Owen
    Cameron Owen
    Cameron Owen is a 2013 graduate of Pelham High School and has been playing trombone for ten years, including bass trombone for the last six. During his high school career he was selected for numerous honor bands, including the Alabama All-State Festival Honor Band and the Alabama All-State Orchestra Festival, and held principal chair position with many of them. Cameron is currently attending The University of Alabama majoring in trombone performance. He was selected as a finalist for the 2014 and 2016 George Roberts International bass trombone competition. Cameron was selected as the winner of the 2016 Edward Kleinhammer Orchestral Bass Trombone Competition. Cameron has also participated in the 2013-14 Southeast Trombone Symposium, the 2015 National Music Festival, the 2015 Mulcahy Masterclass as well as the 2015 Alessi Seminar. Cameron spent eight weeks this summer at Music Academy of the West where he studied under Mark Lawrence and Ralph Sauer.
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  • Arie VandeWaa
    Arie VandeWaa
  • Arie VandeWaa
    Arie VandeWaa
    Arie VandeWaa is a third year DMA Performance student and an adjunct instructor of music at the University of South Alabama. A Mobile native, Mr. VandeWaa has worked as a freelance trombonist in Alabama since 2010 and has performed with the Mobile Symphony, the Tuscaloosa Symphony, The Mobile Big Band Society, The Mobile Pops, Band, The Druid City Big Band, and the Southeast Chamber Orchestra, as well as various Jazz, pop, second line, and chamber ensembles. While in the Mobile area Mr. VandeWaa has also maintained a healthy trombone studio, teaching private lessons to high school and middle school students in Baldwin and Mobile counties, and has worked as a low brass technician for Daphne and Spanish Fort High Schools. Arie is finishing his Doctoral Degree in Trombone Performance at the University of Alabama, where he worked as a Teaching Assistant for the Department of Music Education and the Trombone Studio, where he taught Brass Methods courses for Music Education majors and applied lessons for music majors and minors. Mr. VandeWaa has participated in and audited numerous festivals and seminars including the 2013 Alessi Seminar, as well as the Southeast Trombone Symposium, and the International Trombone Festival. In addition to his studies at Alabama, Arie has taken lessons from Peter Ellefson, James Markey, Michael Mulcahy, Brian Hecht, Craig Mulcahy, Jim Nova, Bradley Palmer, Brent Phillips, and Martin McCain, and has performed in masterclass settings for Joseph Alessi, Denson Paul Pollard, David Finlayson, Nathan Zgonc, George Curran, and Alex Iles. Mr. VandeWaa is in the process of completing his Doctoral Degree in Trombone Performance at the University of Alabama. Arie completed his Bachelor’s degree in Music with elective studies in Business at the University of South Alabama, where he studied trombone under Dr. Greg Gruner and completed his Master's Degree at the University of Alabama, where he studied with Dr. Jon Whitaker.
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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 sophomore pursuing a degree in music administration, and has a heavy interest in music technology. He is a member of the University of Alabama Marching Band 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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