Trombone Studio

  Megumi Kanda  

2019 Southern Miss Trombone Day
February 16, 2019

featuring Megumi Kanda
Principal Trombone of the Milwakuee Symphony    

Deadline to register: January 30, 2019



  • Required repertoire (for high school solo competition only!) includes for Tenor Trombone - Concerto (Mvts. 1 and 2) by Rimksy-Korsakov and for Bass Trombone - Sonata (Mvts. 1 and 2) by McCarty
  • Audio recordings (without piano accompaniment) should be emailed or shared via Dropbox or Google Drive with Dr. McIlwain by January 30, 2019. Finalists will be announced no later than February 4, 2019 and will compete for prizes at Trombone Day.
  • Vendors attending include Greg Black Mouthpieces, Sheridan Brass, and Mississippi Music

Trombone Studio


The Trombone Studio 

A large and active group, the Southern Miss trombone studio includes music majors pursuing undergraduate degrees in music education, jazz studies, performance, BA; master's degrees in performance and music education; and doctoral degrees in performance and music education. In addition to a weekly lesson, each studio member attends a weekly studio class, trombone octet, and choir rehearsals.  Many members of the studio perform in trombone quartets and join our jazz trombone ensemble, Hub Bones.   



 Ben McIlwain 2014

Ben McIlwain

Phone: (601) 266-6103



The Southern Miss Trombone Choir and Select Octet

Since the days of William Cramer and Emory Remington, the trombone choir has emerged, not only as a pedagogical tool, but also as a viable performing ensemble.  With groups such as the New Trombone Collective, the trombone choir has received attention of new composers and many aspiring college trombonists.  Numbering between 16 and 25 members, the Southern Miss Trombone Choir includes undergraduate and graduate student trombonists performing on alto, tenor and bass trombones.  Typical performances include campus concerts, the All-South Honor Band Festival, and other regional appearances at local churches and schools.  In addition to performing a wide variety of standard literature, the Choir remains committed to seeking out new works for trombone choir by upcoming composers and student composers.

The Southern Miss Trombone Choir and Select Octet have been invited to perform at both the International Trombone Festival and the American Trombone Workshop.  Most recently, the Trombone Choir joined James Nova of the Pittsburgh Symphony to perform his “Trombones at the Movies” arrangements of various John Williams’ scores as found on his critically acclaimed overdub album, From Light to Dark.

Hub Bones

Winner of the National Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition at the Eastern Trombone Workshop in 2002, Hub Bones follows in the tradition of groups like the Capitol Bones, a professional jazz trombone ensemble based in Washington D.C.  Hub Bones utilizes 5 to 10 student trombonists accompanied by a rhythm section and performs a wide variety of jazz literature.


Recent Performances

  • Sondheim’s Send in the Clowns (Watch Video)   

  • DiLorenzo’s Full Tilt (Watch Video  

  • Crespo's Bruckner Etude (Watch Video 

  • Bourgeois Osteoblast (Watch Video 

  • And our recent live stream (Trombones at the Movies!)
    Note: the concert starts 27 min into the stream (Watch Video)

Student Accomplishments

Jonathan McNeer (BM-2018 - studying MM at Northwestern University)
  • Accepted a 90% scholarship to Northwestern University to pursue his MM with Michael Mulcahy of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, along with similar offers at other schools such as Indiana University, Manhattan School of Music, Western Michigan University. Was also a finalist at the Colburn School and Curtis Institute.
Taylor Jones (BM-2018 - studying currently MM at Duquesne University) 
  • Bass Trombone with the Meridian Symphony and finalist for SE Shires Competition at STS, 2nd Place Prize Winner at STS Orchestral Excerpts Competition, and a finalist in the Delta Symphony Orchestra's 27th Annual Young Artist Solo Competition.

Spencer Hudson (BM 2018 - studying currently MM at Oklahoma State University)
  • Following successful audition submissions - frequently invited to attend the Cleveland Trombone Seminar, Southeast Trombone Symposium, Rafael Méndez Brass Institute, Miami Summer Music Festival, and numerous others on multiple occasions.

Craig Watson (DMA - current student)
  • Performed on domestic and international tour of  Annie- The Musical
  • Currently, performing on the domestic tour of A Bronx Tale - The Musical
Joshua Mize (DMA- current student)
  • Invited to perform Brian Sadler's Soundtrack for Trombone and Orchestra at the American Trombone Workshop in Washington, DC as part of the guest artist recital series. This new composition by Sadler was commissioned by Josh Mize in 2017.



Taylor Jones (BM, 2018)
  • Winner of Second Trombone, Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra 
Steven Hooper  (MM, 2013) 
  • United States Naval Band - Europe - Naples, Italy 
Jonathan Holladay (BME/BM, 2016) 
  • United States Naval Band - Pacific Fleet - Honolulu, Hawaii 
  • Band Director at the Richton School District


Upcoming Events

  • February 16, 2019
    Trombone Day with Megumi Kanda, Principal Trombone of the Milwaukee Symphony (ALL DAY)
    Bennett Auditorium and Intermezzo @ Woods Gallery

  • March 26, 2019
    Kirsten Lies-Warfield Guest Artist Residency 
    Master Class | 1:30 p.m. | Intermezzo @ Woods Gallery
    Recital | 7:30p.m. | Marsh Auditorium

  • March 27, 2019
    Matthew Wright Guest Artist Recital | 7:30 p.m. | Marsh Auditorium
  • April 10-11, 2019
    Dr. Rai Morales Guest Artist Residency  
    Recital | April 10  | 7:30pm | Marsh Auditorium
    Master Class | April 11 | 1:15pm  | PAC 100

  • April 22, 2019
    Trombones @ Southern Miss  
    8 p.m. | Bennett Auditorium