September 20, 2017  

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School of Music to present Trombone Day Feb. 25

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Colin Williams

Colin Williams, associate principal trombone for the New York Philharmonic, will headline the 2017 Southern Miss Trombone Day Saturday, Feb. 25 on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. The event runs all day with several free public offerings: a master class at 10 a.m. in Intermezzo @ Woods Gallery; a recital by Williams at 2:30 p.m. and a finale event featuring him at 4 p.m., both in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium.

Ben McIlwain, Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professor of Trombone at Southern Miss, says, “I have seen and heard his world-class playing and teaching first-hand, and am thrilled that we can bring someone of his caliber to Southern Miss.”

Williams joined the New York Philharmonic as associate principal trombone in September 2014. He previously served as principal trombone of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for 12 seasons, and principal trombone of the San Antonio Symphony for three seasons. He has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra (of Washington, D.C.), and Houston Symphony.

Mr. Williams made his solo debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2003, performing Paul Creston’s Fantasy for Trombone. He has been a guest soloist with the San Antonio Symphony, U.S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own), U.S. Military Academy Band, Georgia Brass Band, Atlanta Wind Ensemble, Juilliard Orchestra, and James Madison University Brass Band. He has also appeared as a soloist at the Eastern Trombone Workshop and the International Trombone Festival.

In addition to performing and teaching, there will be a Q/A session with Mr. Williams for all Trombone Day participants that will provide attendees with a glimpse inside the work ethic and drive that it takes to succeed as a top-tier orchestral musician. The day also includes several exhibits and a solo competition for high school trombonists.

To register, or for more information, visit www.usm.edu/music/trombone or contact Dr. Ben McIlwain via email at ben.mcilwain@usm.edu. This event is sponsored in part by a generous grant from Partners for the Arts.