Elliot Chasanov Retiring After a 41 Year Career

After a 41 year tenure, Elliot Chasanov is retiring as Professor of Trombone at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Highlights include hosting the 1997 ITA festival, solo tours to Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Poland, and placing students in major orchestras, DC bands, college and public school positions. He started his career as Principal Trombonist of the USAF Band in Washington DC, followed by a 6 year term on the faculty of Kent State University. Chasanov spent 10 years as principal trombone of the Illinois Symphony, Champaign-Urbana Symphony and has subbed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, National Symphony, and Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Opera and Ballet.


-Written and submitted by Elliot Chasanov

Carsten Svanberg Trombone Seminar

The Carsten Svanberg Trombone Seminar was held at Boston University from May 30-June 2, 2022. During the week, students attended clinics, lessons, and masterclasses. As part of the seminar, Svanberg and Don Lucas, Trombone Professor at Boston University, performed a recital that included works by Cibulka, Verdi, Jørgensen, and Andraschek. The event concluded with a recital featuring seminar participants performing solos and as part of a trombone choir. Special thanks to Yamaha Japan/Europe and Steve Johnson for sponsoring Svanberg’s trip.
Carsten Svanberg is one of the absolute cornerstones of trombone performance and pedagogy in the world today. He performed as Principal Trombonist of the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen for 15 years, and is one of the world’s most prominent tenor/alto trombone soloists. Svanberg taught for 19 years in Austria at the University of Music in Graz, Austria, and is a Yamaha Performing Artist Clinician.

Trombonists Gather for 2022 All-American Alumni Band

Over Memorial Day weekend 2022, 51 alumni of the McDonald’s All-American High School Band from 32 states gathered for a reunion and performances as the All-American Alumni Band (established in 2019). Between 1967 and 1992, McDonald’s Corporation selected two high school seniors from each state and Washington DC, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, to form a marching band that participated in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and additional performances including the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, and concerts in Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, and many other venues. Conducted by Dr. Russel Mikkelson, director of bands at The Ohio State University, the band gave a concert on the Town Green in Worthington, Ohio where Wycliffe Gordon was the featured soloist and the band also collaborated with the Worthington High School jazz ensemble. The All-American Alumni Band also marched in the 102nd Worthington Memorial Day Parade.

Trombones made up the band’s largest section, and its members included, (back row, left to right) David Read (1980, Kentucky), Curtis Jackson (1979, Mississippi), Robert Fleming (1985, Massachusetts), Bryan Corbett (1978, South Carolina), Mitch Kauffman (1978, Kansas), (front row, left to right) Mike Engstrom (1978, California), Douglas Yeo (1972, New Jersey), Wycliffe Gordon (1984, Georgia), Kim Scharnberg (1977, Iowa), and Carl Trevathan (1976, Kentucky).

For more information about the All-American Alumni Band, visit www.AllAmericanAlumniBand.org.

-Article written and submitted by Douglas Yeo, photo by Edward Crockett

2nd Biannual Trombone University at UNAM

The 2nd Biannual Trombone University will occur from June 20-23 at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. The featured guest artists include Blair Bollinger, bass trombonist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Dr. Oscar Diaz, Professor of Trombone at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The conference will include group warm-ups, masterclasses, and concerts.

For further information, please contact Marcia Medrano, Professor of Trombone at Facultad de Música del UNAM.

College Vacancy: Lecturer in Music – Applied Low Brass at Northwest Missouri State University

The Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Northwest Missouri State University invites applications for a full-time, one-year term appointment in Applied Low Brass (trombone, euphonium, and tuba) beginning August 2022. Other teaching duties will be assigned per department need and the candidate’s expertise. The successful candidate must have professional performance experience in various musical genres and possess a strong record of recruiting music majors and maintaining a studio of low brass students at the collegiate level.

  1. Teach coursework as described above
  2. Serve on committees as assigned
  3. Hold seven office hours/week
  4. Actively recruit students for the music program
  5. Continued efforts in performance and scholarly/creative activity
  6. Perform other duties as assigned by the department


  • Master’s degree in Music or Music Education is required.
  • Successful university teaching experience in Applied Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba.
  • A consistent record of professional experience as a performer/scholar on trombone, euphonium, or tuba.
  • A strong record of recruiting music majors and maintaining a studio of low brass students at the collegiate level.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin June 6, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.   

DATE AVAILABLE: August 2022 

TO APPLY: Please fill out a Northwest application online by clicking http://agency.governmentjobs.com/nwmissouri/default.cfm to reach our employment opportunities listing. You will also need to submit the application materials listed below in order for them to be complete. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 660-562-1127 or email bbadger@nwmissouri.edu for more information.

APPLICATION MATERIALS: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) names, addresses, and contact information (email and phone) for four professional references, (4) recordings of solo performances (provided via link to YouTube, Dropbox, etc., please do not email files), (5) applied lesson videos, and (6) unofficial copies of transcripts (official copies required prior to hire).


Dr. William Richardson

Professor of Music


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College Vacancy: Assistant Director of Bands/Trombone & Euphonium Instructor at Southern Arkansas University

Southern Arkansas University (SAU), Magnolia, is seeking applications for the position of Assistant Director of Bands/Trombone & Euphonium Instructor. The position will be housed in the Department of Performing Arts and Mass Communication. The department offers the following: Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Performing Arts with concentrations in Music with Studies in Business, Music Education, Music Performance, Musical Theatre, and Theatre and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in Mass Media. The department also houses various vocal and instrumental ensembles.

Duties include:

  • Direct or assist with the marching band during the fall semester and a concert band in the spring semester
  • Teach trombone/euphonium applied lessons
  • Other ensembles and music courses as needed and other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree in music and public-school teaching experience required
  • Previous collegiate or university-level teaching experience desired.

All SAU faculty and staff demonstrate a commitment to inclusion and diversity of the University community and excellence in interpersonal behaviors and effective collaboration with colleagues. Joining the SAU family requires a commitment to our culture of Continuous Quality Improvement.

Interested individuals should send:

  • letter of application
  • curriculum vitae
  • unofficial transcripts
  • Contact information of three (3) references
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation

to HR@saumag.edu or the Office of Human Resources, Southern Arkansas University, 100 E. University 9288, Magnolia, AR 71753. AA/EOE. Non-listed references may be contacted. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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Colin Prichard Premieres New Trombone Concerto

On May 13, 2022, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra will perform the world premiere of Joe Chindamo‘s Ligeia – Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra. Colin Prichard, principal trombone, will be the soloist. The concert also includes music by Respighi, Sibelius, and Illean.

Ligeia was commissioned by the ASO. Written in three movements, the concerto is influenced by the works of Edgar Allen Poe (Ligeia is the title of one of Poe’s earliest stories). The piece deals with the nature of duality, which is a central theme in much of Poe’s writings. This is heard as the piece alternates between tonal and atonal sections, as well as sections that alternate between full orchestra and minimalist passages.

Prichard has served as principal trombone of the ASO since 2018. He has performed with many ensembles throughout Europe and Australia.

Domingo Pagliuco to Perform World Premiere by Adolphus Hailstork

On Monday, May 15, 2023, the Palm Beach Symphony will perform the world premiere of the orchestral version of Adolphus Hailstork’s Monuments. Domingo Pagliuco, principal trombone, will be the soloist. The piece was premiered by David Jackson with the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings in 2022. Originally for trombone and string quintet, this version is for trombone and string orchestra. The concert also includes music by Mozart and Franck.

Pagliuco is a Latin Grammy Award-winning trombonist who performs with the Boston Brass. Please visit his website for more information.

Hailstork is an American composer and educator. He has written numerous works for chorus, solo voice, piano, organ, various chamber ensembles, band, orchestra, and opera. Please visit his website to learn more about his music.

Brittany Lasch Premieres New Sonata by Reena Esmail

Trombonist Brittany Lasch and pianist Thomas Weaver present a program as part of the Astral Artists Recital Series in Philadelphia. In addition to other outside repertoire, a highlight of the program is a world premiere by Indian-American composer Reena Esmail. Reena Esmail was recently featured on PBS Great Performances: Now Hear This “New American Voices.”

The recital is on Saturday, May 7th, 2022, 7 PM at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia.

Other works in the concert include:

  • Paul Hindemith’s Sonata for Trombone and Piano
  • Anthony Plog’s 4 Themes on Paintings of Goya for Trombone and Piano
  • Eric Ewazen’s Sonata for Trombone and Piano.

Tickets can be purchased here.