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. In the summers Ross performs with the Bellingham Festival Orchestra as both principal and second trombonist. Outside of his regular schedule Ross has appeared with numerous other orchestras, including performances as principal trombonist with the Seattle Symphony and Boston Philharmonic Orchestras, and second trombonist with the Utah Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, and the New World Symphony.
Solo engagements include concerto performances with the Spokane Symphony and Gonzaga University Wind Symphony, as well as recitals at schools such as the University of Montana, Florida State University, Gonzaga University, Whitworth University, and the New England Conservatory. Ross has also been featured as a soloist and guest performer at the Eastern Trombone Workshop as a member of the Frequency Band, and as a younger musician, 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.
As a recording artist, Ross can be heard on the soundtracks of numerous major motion pictures, video games, and theme park attractions from producers such as Sony Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment, Bungie, Warner Brothers, Electronic Arts, and the Walt Disney Company. In addition, he can be heard on commercially available recordings with the Seattle Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Jordan Winds, and the Frequency Band.
Ross currently serves on the faculties of Eastern Washington, Gonzaga, and Whitworth Universities, where his duties include teaching sudio lessons, conducting the trombone choirs, and coaching chamber music. Ross has also presented masterclasses at schools across the United States, including the University of Southern Mississippi, Washington State University, University of Tennessee at Martin, Central Washington University, Drake University, the University of Montana, and the University of South Florida. An avid composer and arranger for brass, Ross's 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, University of Tennessee at Martin, and the University of Montana.
Ross earned his Bachelor's of Music and Master's of Music Degrees 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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