Photo credits: Olivia Moonitz
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.
Senior, Music Education
Doctoral Student, Performance, Teaching Assistant
Adam Dixon was born in Ashland, Kentucky and began playing the trombone at the age of thirteen. He earned his Bachelors of Music Education at Morehead State University, his Master of Music Performance degree at the Arizona State University, and is currently pursuing his Doctoral of Musical Arts at the Arizona State University. He is an active performer, appearing in groups such as the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, East Valley Millennial Choir and Orchestra, and Desert Bones Trombone Choir, Arizona State University’s Wind Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra, Horizon Brass Quintet, and various chamber ensembles throughout the country. In addition to performing, Mr. Dixon has taught the trombone to students throughout the state of Kentucky and Arizona as a Teaching Assistant at Arizona State University. His primary teachers of the trombone include Dr. Jeanie Lee, Dr. William Mann, Dr. Nathan Dishman, Douglas Yeo, and Dr. Brad Edwards. He has performed on master classes with Joseph Alessi, Dr. Brett Shuster, Donna Parkes, Randall Hawes, Norman Bolter, James Miller, Clint Woltering, Brad Kerns, Dr. Thomas Zugger, Tim Smith, Pete Ellefson, Dr. Martin McCain, Chris Wolf, and Dr. Natalie Mannix.
Sydney Forgey, a sophomore 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.
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.
Junior, Aerospace Engineering (Astronautics)
Senior Bass Trombone Performance major Collin Logsdon has dreams of performing in either a professional symphony orchestra or a military band. Hailing from Chandler, Arizona, Collin has performed with the Phoenix Youth Symphony, the PRISMA Festival Orchestra, the Scottsdale Musical Theater Co., and the Interlochen Philharmonic. He counts his experiences at Interlochen and PRISMA as some of his most memorable, and takes inspiration from cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s ease of performance.
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.
Junior, 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.
Hannah Raschko is a Senior Trombone Performance major with a minor in Nonprofit
Management and Leadership. She is passionate about increasing and diversifying audiences for all art disciplines as well as engaging in interdisciplinary work. During her time at Arizona State University, Hannah has worked with artists and designers to create projects and events such as “Creatives for Change,” “My Man,” and “It’s NOT Black and White: a Spoken Word and Trombone Performance about Sexual Violence.” Currently, Hannah works in the box office for the Phoenix Symphony, is a peer mentor for the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and is the Arts Learning and Community Engagement Intern for the City of Phoenix.
Sophomore 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.
Senior Trombone Performance major Liam Russell, hailing from Fairfield, CT, has an active and diverse resume of ensemble performances. Liam has performed with the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Chandler Symphony, the Salt River Brass Band, itch new music ensemble, the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, the Camelback Trombone Quartet, Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), and Palmetto Brass. Liam has attended the Brevard Music Center’s summer program, as well as the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. He hopes to win a position with a professional symphony orchestra, and ultimately find time to pursue his hobby of fishing.
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.
Freshman, 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.