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.
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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.
Dr. Michael Davidson, Associate 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.
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.
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.
Trombonist Darin Cash is a native of Texas 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. Dr. Cash performs on tenor and bass trombone in a variety of musical settings throughout the Southwest, while also serving as low brass professor at South Plains College in Levelland, TX. He is the bass trombonist for the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, and also holds the position of second trombone with the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale. Formerly, Dr. Cash held the position of second/assistant principal trombone with the Austin Opera Orchestra. He has lived and worked in Lubbock, TX since 2007.
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
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