Trombone & Euphonium
About the Area:
At the Fredonia's School of Music, trombone and euphonium majors work individually, in small groups, and together under the guidance of three studio instructors:
- Barry Kilpatrick has taught at The State University of New York at Fredonia since 1979. Principal trombonist of the WNY Chamber Orchestra (since 1982) and Erie Philharmonic (1988-2008), he has also recorded the critically acclaimed American Music for Euphonium.
- Carl Mazzio, a member of the faculty since 2002, is former principal trombonist of the Buffalo Philharmonic. His degrees were earned at the Juilliard and San Francisco conservatories, where he studied trombone with Joseph Alessi and Mark Lawrence.
- Jeff Dee joined the Fredonia faculty in fall 2009. He has been bass trombonist with the Buffalo Philharmonic since 2007, and was bass trombonist with the Jacksonville Symphony from 2002-7. He earned degrees at the Juilliard School and Southern Methodist University, studying bass trombone with Donald Harwood, Joseph Alessi, and John Kitzman.
Although each teacher has a primary focus (tenor trombone, bass trombone, or euphonium), each has extensive teaching experience with all three instruments. Lessons are tailored to the individual student's needs, with attention given to healthy tone production, mastery of technical skills, increasing the knowledge of repertoire, and establishing a record of successful performances.
Our graduates have gone on to graduate school at major universities and music schools, are playing in orchestras and in pit orchestras on Broadway, and hold teaching positions in schools throughout the northeast region.
All trombone & euphonium majors participate in Recital Seminar, a weekly class that alternates between “Brass Area Recital” (where all trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, and tuba majors meet together) and “Studio Recital” (where trombone and euphonium majors meet with the three studio instructors). This requirement gives music majors many opportunities to perform – in a supportive environment – several times each semester, and to benefit from feedback from all three teachers.
All trombone & euphonium majors play in quartets or trios – rehearsing independently, receiving faculty coaching, and performing in Recital Seminar.
Trombonists have the opportunity to join their peers in weekly rehearsals and occasional performances by the Fredonia Trombone Choir, led by Mr. Carl Mazzio.