Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media

Meet our Trombone players

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Andrew Watkins Alcocer is currently a first year’s master’s student at the Eastman School of Music, studying jazz trombone performance. He completed his bachelor’s degree at California State University, Fresno, where he studied both jazz trombone and bass. At Fresno State, Andrew had the opportunity to perform and arrange pieces for guest artists such as Ben Wendel and Andy Martin, as well as design and write for the program’s newest album. Additionally, Andrew was named “Outstanding College Trombonist” in both 2017 and 2018 by the Reno Jazz Festival, as well as earning a silver medal from the Global Music Awards for his large ensemble piece “Soliloquy”. While in Fresno, Andrew had to opportunity to perform with a variety of different groups, such as the Fresno Philharmonic, Oscar Hernández, Daniel Rosenboom, and The Latin Jazz Ambassadors. Outside of music Andrew is a freelance graphic designer and enjoys anime, disc golf, and philosophy. 


 

Abe Nouri 

Originally from Harrisonburg, Virginia, Abe Nouri started playing the trombone in 8th grade after studying voice, piano, clarinet, oboe, and guitar. After participating in the  District V Jazz Band his sophomore year of high school, Abe knew he wanted to study jazz in college. In 2013, he was involved in the summer jazz camp at Eastman, and fell in love with the school. Before attending Eastman in the fall of 2014, Abe participated in Harrisonburg High School’s marching band (Brass Captain and Executive Board Member) and musical theater (Les Mis- Marius, Thoroughly Modern Millie- Jimmy, and Oklahoma!- Curly) programs. He also participated in the jazz small group class at James Madison University his senior year. He has played with Mark Mullins and Craig Klein with the band “Bonerama” at multiple music festivals and venues. Abe plans to finish his performance degree at Eastman and to continue to do graduate work in New York City. 


 

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Trombonist Adrian Eldridge is a current freshman at the Eastman School of Music, studying jazz and contemporary media in addition to pursuing a BS in engineering at the University of Rochester. Adrian is from Seattle, Washington, and studied classical and jazz trombone with Jeff Hay for eight years before coming to Eastman. During his senior year in high school, Adrian had the opportunity to play lead trombone in the Shoreline Community College Big Band and the Bellevue College Jazz Ensemble. While playing with these groups, Adrian won awards at the Reno Jazz Festival and the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Festival. At Eastman, Adrian studies trombone with Mark Kellogg and plays with the Eastman Jazz Ensemble.


 

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Jack Courtright is currently pursuing Bachelor of Music degrees in both Trombone Performance and Jazz Studies at the Eastman School of Music in the studio of Mark Kellogg, playing in the Eastman Jazz Ensemble led by Bill Dobbins. Jack was the winner of the International Trombone Association’s 2016 Carl Fontana Jazz Trombone Competition. He has performed and received solo awards at music festivals in New York, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Iowa City and Eau Claire, and spent the summer of 2016 performing on the Norwegian Dawn cruise ship on its run from Boston to Bermuda. Jack’s primary teachers include Dr. John Tranter (University of Minnesota) and Mark Kellogg (Eastman School of Music).
 


 

 
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Glen Munson is a first year undergraduate jazz trombonist from Damascus, Maryland.  He is currently studying both Jazz Trombone and Music Education at the Eastman School of Music.  Glen has been musically active for most of his life and has gotten the opportunity to perform in a variety of different groups.  While Glen was in high school he earned the opportunity to play lead trombone in the Maryland All State Jazz Ensemble and the Montgomery County Public Schools All County Jazz Ensemble.  He was also lead trombonist in the Jazz Academy Orchestra under the direction of saxophonist Paul Carr.  After high school, Glen attended Montgomery College for one year and studied jazz trombone with Reginald Cyntje.  Glen has also had the opportunity to play in a variety of orchestras such as the Trinity Concert Orchestra and the Academy of Saint Cecilia Youth Orchestra.  
 
These opportunities have helped Glen to broaden his musical background and have helped him to become a more versatile trombonist. Glen plans on graduating Eastman in the spring of 2020.  Glen has a strong passion to perform and teach music to others and he is extremely thankful for all of the people and opportunities that have led him to this point.

Currently pursuing a master’s degree in jazz trombone, Josh Gagnon is a native resident of Seacoast Maine and New Hampshire. Encouraged by his musically supportive family, Josh began playing trombone at the age of nine. Josh developed a passion for jazz while surrounded by the rich improvised music scene in New England. His interests were given direction and focus by acclaimed teachers such as Chris Oberholtzer, Kendall Moore, Mark Shilansky, and Mike Annicchiarico. An avid proponent of both jazz and classical trombone playing, Josh has had the opportunity to play professionally with many New Hampshire ensembles, including the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, the Seacoast Big Band, OURBIGBAND, and Sojoy. Please visit www.jgagnonmusic.com for inquiries about booking and private lessons. 


 

Jonathan Bumpus is a first-year master’s student in jazz trombone performance. Originally from Pullman, WA, Jonathan studied jazz performance at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA, and he was the university’s 2016-17 Presser Scholar. As a member of the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble, Jonathan performed with several internationally-known guest artists including Branford Marsalis and Pat Metheny, and was a featured soloist on several recordings of the group. Jonathan is also a member of the Bob Curnow Big Band and the Spokane Jazz Orchestra, and was named an outstanding soloist at the 2017 Elmhurst Jazz Festival. Additionally, Jonathan has performed with the Spokane Symphony and the Couer d’Alene Symphony, and he won the Musicfest Northwest Young Artist Brass Division in 2016 and Whitworth’s Concerto Competition in 2017. Jonathan currently studies with Mark Kellogg and plays lead trombone in the Eastman Jazz Ensemble, and he is also a member of the Eastman Trombone Choir and the Upstate Brass Band.


Ethan Cypress is a trombonist and composer from Oneonta, NY. He completed his undergraduate degree in trombone at SUNY Potsdam in 2015. Besides playing and writing, he enjoys fishing and biking.

Upcoming Events

November 29th at 7:30 PM

Eastman Jazz Ensemble, KH

Guest artist: Danilo Pérez


December 4th at 7:30 PM

Eastman Jazz Lab Band, KH


December 6th

Visiting Bass Artist: Linda Oh


December 10th at 7:30 PM

Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, KH@ET