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. Mark Kellogg teaches jazz & classical trombone as well as euphonium. He also serves as Principal Trombonist in the Rochester Philharmonic. Larry Zalkind was the Principal Trombonist in the Utah Symphony for over 30 years before joining the Eastman Faculty as Associate Professor of Trombone in 2014.
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, Houston Symphony, and Rochester Philharmonic. Over the years, Eastman Trombone alumni held positions in the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Pittsburgh 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, Penn State University, and The Peabody Institute.
Current studio members regularly participate in the country’s top music festivals and competitions and are exposed to the highest standard of both academic and performing opportunities available to collegiate musicians today. All studio members actively perform in some of the most elite student ensembles found in the United States, including the Eastman Trombone Choir, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Eastman Philharmonia Orchestra, the Eastman Jazz Ensemble, and the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble. Students have the unique opportunity to study with two world class educators as Professors Kellogg and Zalkind regularly collaborate as co-directors of the Eastman Trombone Choir and swap studio lessons one week each semester, enabling students to work in a more privatized setting with both professors. 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.