Reviewer Bio

Douglas Yeo
Boston Symphony Orchestra (retired)


Douglas Yeo has been Guest Lecturer of Trombone at Wheaton College (IL) since 2019. He was Professor of Trombone at Arizona State University from 2012-2016, a position he assumed after a 27-year career as bass trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1985-2012. Upon his retirement from ASU, he was given the title of Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Music in recognition of his service to the University. Before coming to Boston, he was a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, a free-lance musician in New York City where he was a member of the Goldman Band, and a high school band director. A graduate of Wheaton College, Illinois–where he studied trombone with Edward Kleinhammer (Bass Trombonist of the Chicago Symphony, 1940-1985)–and New York University, Douglas Yeo was the recipient of the International Trombone Association’s highest honor, the 2014 ITA Award, given to him “in recognition of his distinguished career and in acknowledgement of his impact on the world of trombone performance.” He has written dozens of articles for many publications including the Historic Brass Society Journal, The Galpin Society Journal, the International Trombone Association Journal and The Brass Herald. He is the author of The One Hundred: Essential Works for the Symphonic Bass Trombonist (Encore Music Publishers) and Serpents, Bass Horns, and Ophicleides at the Bate Collection, and co-author (with Edward Kleinhammer) of Mastering the Trombone (Ensemble Publications). His most recent books are Homer Rodeheaver and the Rise of the Gospel Music Industry (2021, University of Illinois Press; co-authored with Kevin Mungons), and An Illustrated Dictionary for the Modern Trombone, Tuba, and Euphonium Player (2021, Rowman & Littlefield). International Music, G. Schirmer, Southern Music, Ensemble Publications, De Haske Music and Sarastro Music publish his many arrangements of music for trombones and other brass instruments. His five solo recordings and instructional DVD have received critical acclaim. He is also a scriptwriter and on-air host of radio programs produced by Classical Arizona PBS, broadcast weekly on KBAQ-FM. As a teacher, Douglas Yeo has given trombone master classes on five continents and has held residencies around the world including the Hamamatsu International Wind Instrument Academy and Festival (Japan), the International Trombone and Tuba Festival (China), the Banff Center (Canada), and the Dutch Bass Trombone Open (Holland). He has been a frequent guest artist at the International Trombone Festival (International Trombone Association) and has been soloist with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras on many occasions, playing solo works of Alan Hovhannes, Christopher Brubeck and John Williams among others. He is a recognized authority on historical low brass instruments including the sackbut, buccin, serpent, and ophicleide, and has championed these instruments as a performer, scholar and author. His website, (1996), was the first website on the Internet devoted to the trombone, and his blog,, was launched in 2016. Douglas Yeo is an International YAMAHA Performing artist and has worked closely with YAMAHA in the design of the YAMAHA 822-G bass trombone and mouthpiece that he plays.

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