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  • Ross Holcombe
    Ross Holcombe
    Trombone Studies
    Phone: (509)359-2241
    Fax: (509)359-7028

    Ross Holcombe is the principal trombonist of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, and also holds the position of associate principal/second trombonist of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Ross has previously served as the principal trombonist of both the Plymouth and Neponset Valley Philharmonic Orchestras in Massachusetts. Outside of his regular schedule Ross has appeared with numerous other orchestras, including performances as principal trombonist with the Seattle Symphony, Bellingham Festival, and Boston Philharmonic Orchestras, and second trombonist with the Oregon Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, New Bedford Symphony, and the New World Symphony.

    Solo engagements include performances with the Spokane Symphony of John Mackey's Harvest: Concerto for Trombone. Ross has also been featured as a soloist and guest performer at the Eastern Trombone Workshop as a member of the Frequency Band, and has presented solo recitals at the Florida State University, Gonzaga University, and New England Conservatory. As a younger musician, Ross was heard as a soloist on NPR's radio show, From the Top. Ross is a founding member of the Spokane Brass Quintet, and has collaborated in other chamber music performances with members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

    Currently serving on the faculties of Eastern Washington, Gonzaga, and Whitworth Universities, Ross has also presented masterclasses at schools across the United States, including Drake University, the University of Montana, and the University of South Florida. An avid composer and arranger for brass, Ross' music has received performances by the Atlantic Brass Quintet, the Vermont Symphony Brass Quintet, and the Spokane Brass Quintet, as well as by the trombone choirs at the New England Conservatory, Eastern Washington University, and the University of Montana.

    Ross earned his Bachelor's of Music Degree in Trombone Performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston. His primary teachers have included Norman Bolter, John Drew, Grady McGrannahan, Joseph Frye, and Dale Moore. Ross has also received fellowships to attend the Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival, and the National Orchestral Institute.

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