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2018-19 Studio Bios

  • Stewart Brockman
    Stewart Brockman
  • Stewart Brockman
    Stewart Brockman
    Stewart Brockman is a junior 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 in the Million Dollar Band and a 2 year trombone section leader. He has played trombone for 9 years, and is looking forward to continue his musical education next year at UA.
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  • Ben Brunson
    Ben Brunson
  • Ben Brunson
    Ben Brunson
    Ben Brunson is a freshman music education major. A graduate of Fairhope High School, he has performed in the Alabama All State blue and red bands. He has performed in Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps for the past two summers where he was a soloist both years. Ben is looking forward to expanding his musical knowledge here at UA.
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  • Taylor Duren
    Taylor Duren
  • Taylor Duren
    Taylor Duren
    Taylor Duren is a senior studying music education. She is a graduate of American Christian Academy, graduating with honors in 2015. She has been playing trombone for 9 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. Taylor is also currently the secretary of UA’s CNAfME chapter and the vice president of the Trombone Studio organization. She has performed with the Alabama Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble. Taylor is also a member of the University of Alabama Trombone Studio and Trombone Choir. She is excited for her last year as a student and to finish out strong!
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  • Luke Foster
    Luke Foster
  • Luke Foster
    Luke Foster
    Luke Foster is a tenor trombonist from Birmingham who has played for 9 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, the Giatina Big Band, and the Montevallo Trombone Choir. 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 in the ASFA Brass Ensemble, and 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 Junior pursuing a degree in music Education. He is a member of the University of Alabama Trombone Choir.
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  • Justin Frederick
    Justin Frederick
  • Justin Frederick
    Justin Frederick
    My name is Justin Frederick. I graduated from Hamilton High School in Hamilton, Alabama in 2016. I am an incoming junior transferring from Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Mississippi, where I received my associates degree in music education. In high school, I participated in a multitude of honor bands, including the University of North Alabama, the University of Alabama at Huntsville, and District III. At ICC, I studied trombone under Mr. Eric Simmons, as well as performing with the jazz band, wind band, trombone ensemble, and brass ensemble. I am a member of the Million Dollar Band, and I am excited to continue my musical education at the University of Alabama.
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  • Michael Gilmore
    Michael Gilmore
  • Michael Gilmore
    Michael Gilmore
    Michael Gilmore is from Austin, Tx and a graduate of Lake Travis High School. He is currently a freshman double majoring in psychology and music with a minor in food and nutrition science. He is on a pre-med track in the honors college and part of the STEM path to MBA. Michael has been playing trombone for seven years, both in marching and concert bands, and has performed in many different ensembles and honors bands.
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  • Logan Hicks
    Logan Hicks
  • Logan Hicks
    Logan Hicks
    Logan Hicks is a freshman music education major from Brandon, Mississippi. He is a graduate of Northwest Rankin High School, where he served as principal trombone for the wind ensemble, and as drum major for the marching band. Throughout his seven years playing the trombone he has participated in multiple honor bands across the south, including the University of Alabama and University of Mississippi Honor Bands. He has also served as principal trombone of the Mississippi All State Band, lead trombone for the Mississippi All State Jazz Band, and as a first trombone for the U.S. Army All American Marching Band. Logan looks forward to continuing his education at the University of Alabama, and continuing to play trombone for years to come.
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  • Jonathan Houghtling
    Jonathan Houghtling
  • Jonathan Houghtling
    Jonathan Houghtling
    Queensbury, NY native Jonathan Houghtling is a third-year DMA candidate at The University of Alabama, where he studies with Dr. Jonathan Whitaker. Jonathan served as the sabbatical replacement for Dr. Whitaker for the 2017 fall semester, where he taught weekly lessons, conducted the trombone choir, and lead 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 2nd year DMA candidate in Trombone Performance. Michael completed his master’s degree 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 years at Texas State, Michael was a finalist for the Big 12 Trombone Conference Bass Trombone Competition, and was selected as the winner of Division III in the American Trombone Workshop Bass Trombone Solo Competition. Michael has been a part of the Performer class at the Southeast Trombone Symposium for the past two years, and was again invited to the finals for the Big 12 Trombone Conference in 2018. This past Spring, Michael was a guest soloist with the Austin Civic Orchestra, one of several Austin based ensembles he has performed with over the years. Aside from Trombone, Michael is an active composer; writing works for Trombone choir, solo Trombone, tuba/euph. ensemble, jazz band, and much more. Most recently, Michael’s Trombone concerto “Requital” was recorded on Dr. Whitaker’s second album entitled “Paceline”.
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  • Matthew Ledbetter
    Matthew Ledbetter
  • Matthew Ledbetter
    Matthew Ledbetter
    Matthew Ledbetter is a freshman from Roebuck, South Carolina currently pursuing a degree in Trombone Performance. In High School, Matthew participated in numerous festivals including Allstate Band, Allstate Orchestra, and Interlochen Arts Camp, where he was a Frederick Fennell Scholar. In addition, Matthew also attended the South Carolina Governor’s South for the Arts and Humanities for his Junior and Senior years during which time he studied trombone with David Hamilton.
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  • Alex Mayhew
    Alex Mayhew
  • Alex Mayhew
    Alex Mayhew
    Alex Mayhew is currently a Master’s student at University of Alabama studying with Jon Whitaker. He grew up in Northborough, Massachusetts where he was able to participate in many of the Boston youth groups including the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble, and the Greater Boston Youth Symphony. He also played in the semi-professional Symphony Pro Musica where he made his concerto debut playing the Morceau Symphonique in 2013. He also played the Rimsky-Korsakov Concerto with his high school Wind Ensemble later that year. During high school he studied with Ed Clough and Norman Bolter. He then studied with Doug Yeo and Brad Edwards at Arizona State where he earned a degree in music performance. In 2017, he began studying with Jim Miller for his Master’s Degree at UCLA before transferring to University of Alabama.
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  • Charlie Mercier
    Charlie Mercier
  • Charlie Mercier
    Charlie Mercier
    Charlie Mercier is a senior at the University of Alabama, finishing his degree in Music Education. He is a native of Chelsea, AL and an alumnus of Chelsea High School. Charlie is on marching band staff with Tuscaloosa County High School and Vestavia Hills High School. Charlie recently aged out from Carolina Crown drum and bugle corps after marching for three years (2016-2018). Upon graduating this May, Charlie plans to become a band director.
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  • Will Rosati
    Will Rosati
  • Will Rosati
    Will Rosati
    Will Rosati is a first-year DMA student in trombone performance at the University of Alabama. Prior to his studies at UA, Will completed his Master’s degree in trombone performance and pedagogy at Texas State University, studying under Dr. Martin McCain. At Texas State, he was a graduate assistant with the band department and played in several school ensembles, including the Wind Symphony and University Orchestra. Will also previously attended the University of South Alabama, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He has performed with several professional ensembles in Alabama, including the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and the Rhythm City Big Band, in addition to many community ensembles such as the Baldwin County Pops Band, Mobile County Pops Band, and the Mobile Second Line Society. Students of his have consistently earned places in Mobile County Honor Band, Baldwin County Honor Band, and Alabama All-State Bands.
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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 senior 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 David Kidd was selected as a 2017 Alessi Seminar Participant .

 

Senior David Kidd was selected as a Nashville Symphony Semifinalist.

 

Senior David Kidd was selected as a 2017 Lewis Van Haney Trombone Competition Finalist.

 

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

 

Senior Cameron Owen was selected as a finalist for the American Trombone Workshop Bass Trombone Solo Competition.

 

Senior Cameron Owen was selected as the bass trombonist for the Tanglewood Music Center.

 

Junior Chris Healy was selected as first alternate for the 2017 International Trombone Association George Roberts Bass Trombone Solo Competition.

 

Junior Chris Healy was selected for the Participant Class and as a semifinalist for the STS excerpts competition.

 

 

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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