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Biographies

Professor James T. Decker

James T. Decker is Associate Professor of Trombone at Texas Tech University, Principal Trombonist and Personnel Manager of the Britt Festival Orchestra,  trombonist with the Lubbock Symphony, and Music Director of the Texas Tech Trombone Choir.

Prior to his appointment at Texas Tech, Mr. Decker was Principal Trombonist with the Honolulu Symphony, Lecturer of Trombone at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Director of the Manoa Trombones, and Trombonist with the Honolulu Brass.

Mr. Decker has performed with many fine artists, including Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Bernstein, Yo-Yo Ma, Luciano Pavarotti, Sammy Davis Jr., The Temptations, Wycliffe Gordon, Diana Krall, Bill Watrous, Glen Campbell, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Kenny Loggins, Al Jarreau, Bill Watrous, Frankie Valli, Burt Bacharach, Don Ho, Jim Nabors, Andy Williams, Michael McDonald, Lou Rawls, and Christopher Cross.

His performing ensemble credits include the Cascade Festival Orchestra, New MExico Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Maui Symphony, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Hawaii Opera Theater Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Stamford Symphony, Greenwich Choral Society Orchestra, National Orchestra of New York, Eroica Brass, Cosmopolitan Brass, and the Grammercy Brass.

Mr. Decker is an active recitalist and clinician. He has performed and taught at many locations throughout the United States, including Boston University, University of Wisconsin, Arizona State University, Tennessee Tech University, New Mexico State University, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, University of New Mexico, University of Northern Iowa, Merkin Concert Hall, and at Riverside Church in New York City.

Mr. Decker studied at the Juilliard School, where he received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Performance. In addition, James has earned a Master of Music Education degree from Herbert H. Lehman College. He has studied with some of the finest wind and brass pedagogues, including Joseph Alessi, Steven Norrell, Edward Herman, Vincent Penzarella, Jerome Callet, Keith Underwood, Arnold Jacobs, Edward Kleinhammer, Frank Crisafulli, John Swallow, and Edward Erwin.

This information has been furnished with permission from www.jamestdecker.com.

Graduate Students

Calvin Audis
graduate teaching assistant
— instrument: bass trombone
— pursuing Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Performance
— Master of Music degree in Performance from University of Northern Arizona

Christopher Gonzales
graduate teaching assistant
— instrument: bass trombone
— pursuing Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Performance
— Master of Music degree in Performance from University of Northern Arizona

Undergraduate Students

Mason Cooke
— instrument: tenor trombone
— classification: Sophomore   
— pursuing Bachelor of Music degree with Teacher Certification

Bethany Duhon
— instrument: tenor trombone
— classification: Freshman
— pursuing Bachelor of Music degree

Christopher Earnest
— instrument: bass trombone
— classification: Sophomore
— pursuing Bachelor of Music degree with Teacher Certification

Claire Entrekin
— instrument: tenor trombone
— classification: Sophomore
— pursuing Bachelor of Music degree with Teacher Certification

Alfonso Garza
— instrument: tenor trombone
— classification: Sophomore
— pursuing Bachelor of Music degree with Teacher Certification

Mason Gillham
— instrument: tenor trombone
— classification: Junior
— pursuing Bachelor of Music degree with Teacher Certification

Bryce Keith
— instrument: tenor trombone
— classification: Freshman
— pursuing Bachelor of Music degree in Performance

Philip Killgo
Iota Tau Alpha Secretary and Community Service Representative
— instrument: tenor trombone
— classification: Sophomore
— pursuing Bachelor of Music degree with Teacher Certification

Sarah McCormick
— instrument: tenor trombone
— classification: Junior
— pursuing Bachelor of Music degree with Teacher Certification

Jacob McGee
Iota Tau Alpha Social Media Representative
— instrument: tenor trombone
— classification: Freshman
— pursuing Bachelor of Music degree with Teacher Certification

Roy Molina
— instrument: tenor trombone
— classification: Sophomore
— pursuing Bachelor of Music degree with Teacher Certification

AJ (Antonio) Musella-Gonzales
Iota Tau Alpha Vice President and SORC Representative
— instrument: tenor trombone
— classification: Junior
— pursuing Bachelor of Music degree with Teacher Certification

Dakota Perelstein
— instrument: tenor trombone
— classification: Freshman
— pursuing Bachelor of Music degree with Teacher Certification

Patrick Perry
— instrument: bass trombone
— classification: Senior
— pursuing Bachelor of Music degree with Teacher Certification

Daniel Rudning
Iota Tau Alpha President
— instrument: tenor trombone
— classification: Junior
— pursuing Bachelor of Music degree with Teacher Certification

Jesus Silva
— instrument: tenor trombone
— classification: Freshman
— pursuing Bachelor of Music degree

Shane Smith
— instrument: tenor trombone
— classification: Sophomore
— pursuing Bachelor of Arts with Pre-medical, and Minor in Music

Sam Sommer
— instrument: tenor trombone
— classification: Freshman
— pursuing Bachelor of Music degree with Teacher Certification

Edwin St. James
— instrument: bass trombone
— classification: Freshman
— pursuing Bachelor of Music degree with Teacher Certification

Ben Uzeta
— instrument: tenor trombone
— classification: Sophomore
— pursuing Bachelor of Music degree with Teacher Certification

Christopher Walker
Iota Tau Alpha Treasurer
— instrument: tenor trombone
— classification: Sophomore
— pursuing Bachelor of Music degree in Composition

Misa Womack
— instrument: tenor trombone
— classification: Freshman
— pursuing Bachelor of Music degree with Teacher Certification