Many of our alumni have gone on to successful careers as both educators and performers. These include three of our guest artists for 2010-2011: Tom Brantley (Associate Professor of Trombone, University of South Florida), Tom “Bones” Malone (professional jazz musician) and Steve Wiest (Associate Professor of Jazz Studies, University of Denver). Other alumni include Jason Booth (United States Navy Band-Norfolk, VA), Eddie Elsey (Assistant Professor of Trombone, University of North Alabama), Martin McCain (Assistant Professor of Trombone and Jazz Studies, Texas State University- San Marcos), Dr. Clifton Taylor (Associate Director of Bands at Mississippi State University), 1SG Tom MacTaggart (SHAPE International Bandmaster), Wes Parker (Director of Jazz Studies, North Carolina State University), Jerrick Matthews (Instructor of Trombone, Jackson State University), and Zach James (Instructor of Trombone, William Carey University). In addition, countless USM alumni have gone on to lead and direct highly successful middle school and high school band programs throughout the South.
USM Trombone Studio alumni please keep us updated on your successes and accolades.