James T. Decker
Phone: (806) 834-8865
Office: School of Music, Room 210
James T. Decker, Associate Professor of Trombone, holds the Master of Music Education
degree from Herbert H. Lehman College, the Master of Music degree from the Juilliard
School, and the Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School. He has performed
with a wide range of ensembles, including the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, where he
served as Principal Trombonist for 17 years, the Britt Festival Orchestra, the Tucson
and New Mexico Symphony Orchestras, and various brass chamber groups.
Mr. Decker's solo career has included several recitals at premier universities throughout the United States as well as several solo performances of significant works with ensemble accompaniment, including the Samuel Jones Trombone Concerto “Vita Accademica” and the John Mackey “Harvest Concerto”. His commercial experience includes performances with Wycliffe Gordon, Diana Krall, Michael McDonald, Al Jarreau, Toto, Ray Charles, Burt Bacharach, Toni Tennille, Lou Rawls, Sammy Davis Jr., Natalie Cole, The Temptations, and Christopher Cross.
His teaching experience is extensive, with experience as an instructor of trombone, euphonium, jazz, and full symphonic band at the elementary, junior, and high school levels, in addition to private studio and classroom teaching at the college level. His principal teachers were Joseph Alessi, Steve Norrell, Jim Pugh, Edward Herman, Vincent Penzarella, and Jerome Callet.
You can find the Texas Tech Trombone studio home page at http://www.texastechtrombones.com