Trombone and euphonium have a storied history at the Eastman School of Music. When the school was founded by philanthropist George Eastman in 1921, Emory Remington became the first in a legacy of teaching excellence. Donald Knaub, George Osborn, and Dr. John Marcellus each carried on this tradition, continued now by Professors Kellogg and Zalkind.
Eastman trombone and euphonium graduates have become some of the finest instrumentalists around the world. Alumni of the Studio occupy premiere positions in the world’s leading ensembles, including the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Over the years, Eastman Trombone alumni held positions in the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and many more. Former students have been appointed to music faculties at various Schools of Music across the United States including Yale University, Manhattan School of Music, UCLA, Interlochen Arts Academy, Indiana University, and The Peabody Institute.
Professors Kellogg and Zalkind collaborate as co-directors of the Eastman Trombone Choir and swap studio lessons one week each semester, enabling students to work privately with both professors. Current studio members regularly participate in top music festivals and actively perform in other Eastman student ensembles, including the Wind Ensemble, Philharmonia, Jazz Ensemble, and Musica Nova Ensemble. Students also work with renowned guest artists such as Joseph Alessi, John Rojak, David Murray, Vanessa Fralick, and Gordon Wolf in the 2015-2016 school year alone.
The Eastman School has hosted the International Trombone Festival twice, first in 1991 with past president and founding member of the International Trombone Association and Co-Director of the Eastern Trombone Workshop, John Marcellus, hosting and again in 2014 with current professor Mark Kellogg and John Marcellus as co-hosts.