Bass Trombonist's Listening Guide: Excerpts
- Featured: Denson Paul Pollard
- Release Date: 4/15/2011
Appointed to the Bass Trombone position of the New York Philharmonic in June 2007, James Markey joined the Philharmonic as Associate Principal Trombone in 1997. Previously, Mr. Markey was Principal Trombone of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and since 2001 he has been a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. Mr. Markey has had numerous solo appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, United States Army Band, Hora Decima Brass Ensemble, New York Staff Band of the Salvation Army, and the Hanover Wind Symphony. A sought-after educator, Mr. Markey has been a featured artist at the International Trombone Festival, the Eastern Trombone Workshop and the conferences of the New Jersey Music Educators Association and the New York State School Music Association. He has also appeared as a guest recitalist and clinician at major educational institutions, including the University of Toronto's Glenn Gould School, Manhattan School of Music, James Madison University, the University of Calgary and Mount Royal College, Rutgers University and the Boston Conservatory. Mr. Markey currently serves on the Bass Trombone faculty of the Juilliard School, and on the trombone faculty at Mannes College of Music. Additionally, he was on the faculty of the Juilliard School's Pre-College Division from 1998-2007, and has served on the faculties of New York University, Purchase College (SUNY), Montclair State University, and Sarah Lawrence College. Mr. Markey appears on several recordings of the Pittsburgh Symphony and the New York Philharmonic, and released his first solo CD, Offroad, in 2003. He can also be heard as a soloist on the Hora Decima Brass Ensemble's recording of Janko Nilovic's Concerto for Two Trombones. His first solo bass trombone CD, titled "On Base", was released in 2009. Mr. Markey studied with Joseph Alessi at the Juilliard School, where he received his Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in 2005 and 2006. Denson Paul Pollard began as bass/tenor trombonist with the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in September, 2007. Pollard was the bass trombonist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic from 2001-2007. He has also been bass trombonist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Cedar Rapids Symphony, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra and the principle trombonist of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra. Pollard has played with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Houston Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His teachers have included Dr. Jim Roberts, Dr. David Gier, George Krem, Charles Vernon and Joeseph Alessi. Pollard was awarded the Master of Musical Arts degree and the Doctorate of Musical Arts in performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa, where he served as a teaching assistant in the areas of musicology, jazz and applied trombone. Pollard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. Dr. Pollard has taught at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University and Hong Kong Chinese University. During the 2000 year, Pollard was professor of trombone at the University of Northern Iowa. Currently, Dr. Pollard is a member of the brass faculty at Montclair State University, the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College and during the summers, the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. As a commercial musician, Pollard has played with numerous shows. He was the tuba/bass trombonist with tours of the revival of Showboat and the off-broadway touring production of Annie. He played bass trombone for an 18-month tour with Andrew Lloyd Weber's Music of the Night and the Barry Manilow Concert Tour. Pollard is a passionate champion of the bass trombone as a solo instrument and has played solo recitals all over the world. He has been a featured soloist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the West Point Military Academy Band, the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts Wind Ensemble, the Jacksonville State University Wind Ensemble, the University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra, the Des Moines Community Orchestra and numerous community bands across Iowa, USA. He performed a solo recital as a featured artist at the 2008 Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, D.C. and was a featured soloist at the 2009 Asia Trombone Festival in Taipei, Taiwan. Recently, Pollard was featured as a soloist with the US Army Band at the 2010 Eastern Trombone Workshop.
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