About the Trombone Studio


Trombones 2012 

Trombone Studio 2013

Under the direction of Dr. Ben McIlwain, The University of Southern Mississippi Trombone Studio averages between 20 to 25 trombonists with various majors ranging from music education and performance to jazz studies and liberal arts.  We offer graduate degrees—both master’s and doctoral in trombone performance.  In addition, we have graduate assistantships available.






Congratulations to The Southern Miss Trombone Choir on being invited to perform at the International Trombone Festival in the June of 2013.

Congratulations to Grant Futch (BM), a Winner of the Southern Miss Bands Concerto Competition.  He will perform William Goldstein's Colloquy in Spring 2013 with the Southern Miss Wind Ensemble.

Congratulations to Helen Echazabal (BME) - awarded a spot in the prestigious McNair's Scholar Program.

Congratulations to Craig Watson (DMA)- Winner of the bass trombone position with the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra.

Congratulations to Steven Hooper (MM)- Winner of the second trombone position with the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra.

Congratulations to Jerrick Matthews (BM)- Graduate Assistantship at Michigan State University.  At MSU, Jerrick will study with jazz trombonist, Michael Dease.  Jerrick was also accepted into the graduate programs at Manhattan School of Music and the University of North Texas.

Congratulations to Zach James (BM/BME), Steven Hooper (MM) and Craig Watson (DMA) for being selected as participant and performers at the Southeastern Trombone Symposium in Columbus, GA!  The faculty for this event include Dr. Denson Paul Pollard (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), Colin Williams (Atlanta Symphony), Nathan Zgonc (Atlanta Symphony), George Curran (Atlanta Symphony) and Dr. Brad Palmer (Columbus State University).

Congratulations to  Zach James (BM/BME)-  Honorable Mention in International Trombone Association’s Donald Yaxley Solo Bass Trombone Competition. 

Congratulations to Craig Watson (DMA)- Winner of both the the William T. Gower Orchestra Concerto Competition and the Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition.  He performed the Brubeck Bass Trombone Concerto twice in less than a week with both the USM Wind Ensemble and Orchestra!

Congratulations to Craig Watson (DMA)- Fellow at the Alessi Seminar.  This week-long seminar is led by Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic and Juilliard School.

Congratulations to Zach James, Bass Trombonist in the Blue Lake International Orchestra.

Congratulations to Grant Futch (BM)- Winner of Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition.  He performed the David Concertino with the USM Wind Ensemble.