Meet the Artists
With a style that has been described as "passionate," "fiercely vigorous," and even "humorous," Brad Edwards has appeared as a soloist before audiences in the United States and Europe. His solo credits include radio and television broadcasts, premieres of new music, guest recitals at colleges and regional workshops, and concertos with student and professional orchestras and wind ensembles. He has twice been featured as a soloist with “Pershing’s Own” Army Band at the American Trombone Workshop in Washington D.C. As a member of the Air Force Concert Band he was twice featured as a soloist.
His CD, “Trombone And…” features concert duets pairing the trombone with other instruments. It includes several works written for and premiered by him as well as one of his own compositions, Five American Folksong Sketches.
Dr. Edwards began teaching trombone at Arizona State University in Fall, 2016. Previously, he taught at the University of South Carolina and the University of Northern Iowa.
He is best known for his pedagogical books including Patterns and Snippets, Lip Slurs, Lip Slur Melodies as well as the Trombone Craft and Simply Singing for Winds series. His latest book is The Intermediate Trombonist. He has published a number of pieces through the International Trombone Association Press (available from Warwick Music) including Blue Wolf which has been recorded three times and Four Impromptus for Low Bone Alone, which was selected for the national solo competition of the American Trombone Workshop. More recently, he was commissioned by the state of South Carolina to compose all-state audition solos for all woodwinds and brass on a three-year cycle. He has extended this project into a website, AuditionSolos.com. His latest project is a set of 24 concert pieces for trombone and piano targeted at the intermediate-advanced ability level.
In addition to the Air Force Band, Dr. Edwards has held positions as Principal Trombonist of the South Carolina Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra Augusta and the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony. He has also been the bass trombonist of the Cedar Rapids Symphony and the Arlington Symphony in Virginia. He has performed with such ensembles as the Phoenix Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, the brass choir of the National Symphony, Hartford Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Charlotte Symphony and the Baltimore Opera Orchestra as well as the Wintergreen and Cabrillo Festival Orchestras.
Brad Edwards is an S. E. Shires Performing Artist.
Collegiate Choir Conductor
Canadian trombonist Stephen Ivany is an active soloist across North America. He has commissioned and premiered many new works for the trombone and trombone ensemble, recorded his first solo album, This Shall be for Music, with pianist, David Chafe. He recently appeared as a soloist with the Triangle Area Youth Brass Bands (2018), the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra (2017), the Florida State University Wind Orchestra (2017), and both the ECU Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble (2018). This coming Fall, he will perform Nino Rota’s Trombone Concerto with the ECU Symphony Orchestra.
As an active orchestral player, Stephen has held positions with orchestras across North America and is currently a regular substitute with the North Carolina Symphony, as well as other triangle area ensembles. He formally held various positions with Sinfonia Gulf Coast, the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, the Gainesville Orchestra, the Northwest Florida Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra.
His passion for orchestral music is not outmatched by his love for chamber music. He currently performs with the Seminole Trombone Quartet, performing dozens of recitals and clinics across the United States, making their Carnegie Hall debut in May 2016. In December 2016, they presented at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, the world's largest instrumental music education conference. He also performs with horn player, Candace Neal in a duo called Height Difference. They will make their debut this Fall at the National Association for College Wind and Percussion Instructors 2018 conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Also, this Fall will mark the debut of the Eastwind Duo, where he will perform alongside Canadian trumpeter, Aaron Hodgson. This academic year that will be giving many recitals across the South East Region.
Stephen is currently the Assistant Professor of Trombone and Euphonium at East Carolina University and is a faculty member of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. He received his Doctor of Music from The Florida State University, Masters of Music from the Yale School of Music, and Bachelor of Music from Memorial University.
He is an Eastman Euphonium performing artist and an S. E. Shires Trombone performing artist.
Trombone Day Host
Dr. Bruce Tychinski is Professor of Trombone at the University of Delaware where he teaches applied lessons, trombone pedagogy and literature, directs the trombone choir and UD Slides jazz trombone ensemble, and hosts an annual Trombone Day event. Dr. Tychinski is a member of the Washington Trombone Ensemble, the Nittany Trombone Quartet, principal trombonist of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and second trombonist of the Lancaster Symphony. He is also co-founder of the First State Middle School Trombone Choir, an ensemble comprised of middle school trombonists from northern Delaware. During his career, Dr. Tychinski has performed with orchestras, chamber groups, and jazz ensembles throughout the United States and also with many well-known popular artists including Rosemary Clooney, the Four Tops, Little Anthony and the Imperials, the Drifters, Leslie Gore, Lou Christie and Connie Francis. In recent years, he has appeared at the International Trombone Festival, the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, International Horn Symposium, American Trombone Workshop, and the International Festival of Composers, Conductors, and Collaborators. Dr. Tychinski spearheaded the Stamp Trombone Commission Consortium that resulted in the composition Divertimento for Trombone and Band by Jack Stamp which he premiered at the 2013 Eastern Trombone Workshop with the United States Army Band. His first solo CD, Interplay: New Music for Trombone and Band, was released in Fall 2017.
Dr. Tychinski holds Bachelor and Master of Music in Trombone Performance degrees from Penn State University and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Trombone Performance degree from the University of Kansas. Prior to his appointment at the University of Delaware, Dr. Tychinski taught at the University of Southern Mississippi, St. Norbert College and the University of Northern Iowa.
Bruce Tychinski is an S. E. Shires Performing Artist.
Festival Choir Conductor
Dr. Jon Moyer is an adjunct faculty member at York College of Pennsylvania teaching all low brass – trombone, baritone/euphonium and tuba. He is also adjunct professor of trombone at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., and directs the school’s trombone ensemble. Jon is music department chairman and instrumental music instructor at Central York (Pa.) School District, where he works with approximately 300 beginning band students per week. CYSD has been named one of the National Association of Music Merchant’s “Best Communities for Music Education” for 13 consecutive years.
Jon is a founding member and tenor trombonist of the Nittany Trombone Quartet, principal trombonist and soloist with the Spring Garden Band of York, a member of the First Capital Brass Quintet and performs with numerous ensembles throughout the Central Pennsylvania area.
Dr. Moyer hails from Butler, Pennsylvania. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Penn State University, Master of Science in Music Education from Towson University and the Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University. Jon, his wife Angeline and their children Lauren and James reside in York, Pa
Director of First State Middle school Trombone Choir
Katelynn Griess Bedell co-founded the First State Middle School Trombone Choir in 2013 and has been one its primary conductors and music arrangers. Later that year, she engineered a partnership between the ensemble and The Music School of Delaware. The FSMSTC is comprised of students in grades 5-8 from schools in the northern Delaware region and performs two or three concerts a year, appearing regularly at Delaware Trombone Day and an annual Halloween concert.
Mrs. Bedell is a music teacher in the Brandywine School District and has a passion for educating middle school students. She has been the trombone instructor at The Music School of Delaware and served as a graduate assistant with the University of Delaware Marching Band and Trombone Choir. Mrs. Bedell holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Music in Trombone Performance degree from the University of Delaware.