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Dr. Bradley Palmer - Columbus State University

Columbus State University

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Dr. Bradley Palmer

Schwob School of Music


Dr. Bradley Palmer is Professor of Trombone at Columbus State University's Schwob School of Music, where he has led and developed the trombone studio since 1999. He holds the Sam and Jacquie Rawls Distinguished Professorship in Music for the 2021-2022 academic year.  He earned his bachelor's degree in music from Millikin University, his master's degree from the University of Iowa, and he completed his doctoral work at Florida State University.

An S.E. Shires Performing Artist, Dr. Palmer has appeared as a soloist in the United States, Canada, Brazil and Hong Kong. He has also performed many times in Europe and the UK. Dr. Palmer performs regularly with a number of orchestras in the Southeast and has held the principal trombone chair with the LaGrange Symphony since 2003. He has performed with many other orchestras including the Alabama Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Macon Symphony, and the Savannah Philharmonic. He has performed at seven International Trombone Festivals, and served as the host for the 2013 Festival at the Schwob School of Music at CSU. He looks forward to bringing the ITF back to the Schwob School of Music in July, 2021 where he will host a second time. He can be heard as a soloist on Summit Records, and has appeared on St. Louis Symphony bass trombonist Gerry Pagano’s CD entitled "Ubiquity" (2014) and on Pagano's 2016 release "Horizons" performing music for two trombones and piano.

At Columbus State University, Dr. Palmer is the brass area coordinator. His former students include national and international solo competition winners, college, high school, middle school and elementary school teachers, music ministers and a number of others performing professionally. He is the conductor of the Schwob Trombone Ensemble at CSU, including performances in Hong Kong, Germany, the American Trombone Workshop in Washington D.C., and numerous International Trombone Festivals. In 2013 the Ensemble finished a multi-year recording project featuring some of the finest trombonists in the US as guest soloists: Joseph Alessi, George Curran, James Markey, Denson Paul Pollard, Bill Thomas, Charlie Vernon and Ko-ichiro Yamamoto. The CD was released by Summit Records to critical acclaim and has received airtime on NPR stations in the US and in Europe. The CSU Schwob Trombone Ensemble was featured at the 2017 International Trombone Festival, and the 2013 ITF opening ceremony. 2017 marked the release of the CSU Trombone Ensemble's newest CD "Full Tilt" which followed performances at the Southeast Trombone Symposium and the International Trombone Festival. The CSU Schwob Trombone Ensemble performed on James Markey's solo CD "Psychedelia" released in 2014, performed on George Curran's 2017 CD "Vital Signs", and on Colin Williams' 2019 CD "Ash". YouTube videos of the CSU Trombone Choir and other trombone-related performances at CSU have been viewed over three million times worldwide. The Schwob Trombone Ensemble looks forward to performing again at the 2021 International Trombone Festival.

Along with members of the Atlanta Symphony and New York Philharmonic trombone sections, Palmer serves on the faculty of the Southeast Trombone Symposium and conducts the STS Professors Choir. In addition to a busy performance schedule, he enjoys presenting master classes, clinics and serving as an adjudicator from solo and ensemble competitions to marching band competitions. He has guest conducted performances with trombone ensembles at many schools in the US including Juilliard, in addition to groups in Canada, China and Brazil. He has served as a member of the brass staff of the Phantom Regiment, Pioneer, and Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps. His arrangements for trombone ensemble are published by Cherry Classics.

As a recording engineer and producer, Dr. Palmer has recorded some of today's leading brass players from the Atlanta Symphony, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony, New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Seattle Symphony. Dr. Palmer serves as the Vice Chair of the International Trombone Association Executive Board, and also serves as the Vice President of the International Trombone Festival board.

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