Hailing from Blacksburg, Virginia, freshman performance major Juliana Anthony is currently
performing with the ASU Wind Ensemble, the ASU Jazz Repertory Band, and the ASU Desert Bones. In the future, Juliana hopes to continue her work as an arranger and composer while maintaining a busy performance schedule, either as a freelancer or as a member of an established professional ensemble. She is inspired by the work of Adam Neely and Andrew Huang—both are musicians who have built significant fanbases on Youtube with their non-traditional perspectives on music and music education.
Sophomore Nate Bitter, from Gilbert, Arizona, is pursuing a degree in Trombone Performance at ASU. An active ensemble player both on and off campus, Nate performs with the ASU Concert Jazz Band, the ASU Desert Bones, the ASU Symphony Orchestra, the ASU Wind Orchestra, Salt River Brass, and the SCC Jazz Orchestra. Well versed in both jazz and classical idioms, Nate hopes to find himself working in the California studio recording scene.
Doctoral Student, Performance, Teaching Assistant
Julia Broome-Robinson is a first-year DMA student at ASU. Hailing from the Seattle area, she hopes to become a university professor, teaching a full trombone studio while continuing to advance her performance career. Julia regularly performs with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, and recently joined the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble, otherwise known as ACME. She was heavily involved with the 2017 International Trombone Festival in Redlands, California; as the lead Graduate Assistant for the event, she played an integral role in the planning and organization process. During the festival itself, Julia facilitated communication between the administrative leaders (the Festival Host, the acting and incoming Festival Directors, and the ITF Board) and the on-the-ground team of student workers and other graduate assistants. Julia also worked directly with festival artists and presenters, and counts the 2017 ITF among her most inspirational and challenging experiences.
Master’s Student, Performance
Rebecca Buringrud recently received her Bachelor’s degree in Trombone Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles, studying under the direction of James Miller. Excited to embark on her new journey, Rebecca is starting her graduate’s degree in Performance here at ASU, under the direction of Brad Edwards. Having the opportunity to have lived in the Los Angeles area, she has had various gig and performance opportunities that have broadened her interests in the musical world. One of Rebecca’s favorite performance experiences had her performing with the famous DJ, electronic music producer/composer, Deadmau5, in his electronic and live orchestra collaboration, along with playing in the orchestra that recorded for his released album, “where’s the drop?” Rebecca is excited to train classically while expanding her knowledge in the field, but she also has a lot of interest in diving into different genres of music and exploring what her creativity has the ability to experiment with. When not playing the trombone, you may find Rebecca doing yoga on some mountain top to the music of wooden flutes being played by Kokopeli’s.
Sydney Forgey, a Trombone Performance major at ASU, comes to us from Kansas City, Missouri. She hopes to find herself performing in either a symphony orchestra or a pit orchestra. Sydney finds inspiration in the work of pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi, “because he brings such raw emotion to his writing and performances.” When not performing with the ASU Wind Ensemble and ASU Desert Bones, she enjoys running, weightlifting, reading, and visiting national parks.
Freshman, Music Education
Bass trombonist Raul Carrillo is a freshman music education major originally from Los Angeles, and moved to Phoenix in 2014. Raul has performed with the Vanguard Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, and was a member of the 2018 Arizona All-State Jazz II Ensemble. Raul enjoys playing in both classical and jazz ensembles, and enjoys the compositions of Eric Whitacre and Peter Graham.
Master’s Student, Performance, Teaching Assistant
Phil will begin his master’s degree this fall. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at the Eastman School of Music studying with Larry Zalkind.
A sophomore double majoring in Music Education and Trombone Performance, Gwyn Goltry
hopes to work in Germany or Austria as an active freelancer and private trombone instructor. Hailing from Fountain Hills, Arizona, Gwyn is inspired by conductor Daniel Barenboim’s interpretation of the music of Beethoven. She currently performs with the ASU Wind Ensemble and the ASU Desert Bones.
Freshman, Music Education
Will, a Texas native, begins his studies this Fall. He has been accepted into Barrett Honors College.
Senior, Aerospace Engineering (Astronautics)
Doctoral Student, Performance
Paul Lynch, bass trombone, is a Phoenix-based musician and educator. He is currently bass trombonist with Salt River Brass. He has performed with Washington-Idaho Symphony (WA), Great Falls Symphony (MT), Symphony of the Southwest, and Phoenix Theater. Paul received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, studying with Professor Alan Gemberling. He continued his education at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Here, Paul studied under Professor Douglas Yeo and completed the degree Master of Music in Performance in 2014. He is currently studying with Dr. Brad Edwards at Arizona State University, where he is in his second year of his Doctor of Musical Arts degree program. Paul was recently recognized in the International Trombone Association Journal for his work cataloging a donation made by Thomas G. Everett, founder of the International Trombone Association, to the Arizona State University School of Music Library.
Freshman, Music Therapy
Alannah, an Arizona native, is a freshman majoring in music therapy. She hopes to greatly improve her performance ability so that she’ll be able to help others with it later on. She prefers more upbeat songs when it comes to playing or even just listening. She enjoys exercising, reading, and riding horses.
Senior, Music Education
Seth Neufeldt is a junior Music Education major from Mansfield, Texas, who ultimately hopes to work in Educational Administration. Seth is a proud alumnus of the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps, and has also performed with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, the ASU Wind Ensemble, and the ASU Desert Bones.
Junior, Music Education
Phoenix native, Matt Rohrs, transferred to the trombone in January, 2018. Previously, he studied with Matt Lennex and Charles Hopkins at Glendale Community College. He served with the United States Air Force as an avionic technician and previously was employed by Applied Materials, a vendor of semiconductor equipment with clients such as Intel. Matt doubles on tenor and bass trombone and enjoys playing with both jazz well and classical ensembles.
Hasan Sannoufi is a sophomore Trombone Performance major, who is also pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and a Certificate in Applied Business Data Analytics. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Hasan hopes to one day work as a Managing Director at a Bulge Bracket Investment Bank in New York City. (According to Wikipedia, the bulge bracket “comprises the world’s largest and most profitable multi-national investment banks, whose investment banking clients are usually large corporations, institutions, and governments.”) When not pursuing his goal of a management career at the highest level of international economics, Hasan performs with the ASU Wind Ensemble, ASU Philharmonia, and the ASU Desert Bones.
Sophomore, Music Education
Nick St. Croix
Nick is from Yorba Linda, California where he has performed with the Bones West trombone ensemble, including a performance at the International Trombone Festival in 2017. Also at that festival, Nick performed with the ASU Desert Bones. In addition his studies, has performed with Will from Brazil. Previously he has performed with Bones Southwest. At ASU, Nick has been a member of the ASU Concert Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Wind Orchestra and Latin Jazz Band. He enjoys the music of Jacob Collier and finds his writing to be innovative.
Freshman Alex Thompson, from Gilbert, Arizona, is pursuing a degree in trombone performance and jazz studies where he hopes to find himself working in the studio, in the pit, playing jazz gigs, and playing alongside the LA Phil later in life. He sat first and second chair in Arizona All State Jazz Ensemble 1 the last 2 years, and has been a member of the Phoenix Youth Symphony, SCC Combos, and Nash Legacy Ensemble Red, while playing and subbing with other groups around town at the tail end of high school. Aside from music he is passionate about Tesla and SpaceX with a desire for the advancement of sustainable energy.