Trombone Day

The Shepherd University Music Department will present a day of trombone playing, clinics, masterclasses and performances on Saturday, March 6, 2010 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Frank Arts Center on the campus of Shepherd University. The event is free and open to the public, however pre-registration is required. The performances and instructional clinics are geared toward trombonists of all ages, including students, teachers, and enthusiasts.

Sponsored by the Shepherd University Department of Music, the Trombone Day will include performances by the Shepherd Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Brett Lemley, a clinic on blues and jazz trombone by Shepherd University music technology professor Cam Millar, and a recital by Dr. James Ryon, professor of trombone at Shepherd. A performance of the trombone section of the U.S. Army Field Band will also be featured in a concert of works from the standard repertoire as well as compositions and arrangements written specifically for the group.

The day will also include an open reading session, in which all members of the audience can participate. Trombone chorales, quartets, and octets will be read through and rehearsed. All are invited and are encouraged to bring their instrument with them to the event.

Dr. James Ryon, coordinator of the event, has served as Trombone Professor at Shepherd for two years and holds similar posts at Gettysburg College and McDaniel College. Dr. Ryon received his Music Education degree from East Carolina University, his Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance from Peabody Conservatory of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Catholic University of America, where he studied with John Marcellus. He completed additional studies at Indiana University and the University of Louisville. Dr. Ryon played in the 324th US Army Band, and was an instrumental music teacher for Carroll County (MD) public schools for 31 years. As a professional trombonist, Ryon has worked with such names as Tom Jones, Elvis Presley, James Brown, Barry Manilow Englebert Humperdink, Glenn Campbell, the Ringling Brothers Circus Band and others. In 1977, he co-founded the Chesapeake Brass Quintet, one of the first groups of it kind to exist in the Baltimore area. Dr. Ryon has served as principal trombonist with the Harrisburg (PA) Symphony, and has also performed with the Lancaster Symphony, the Maryland Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony. He currently is principal trombonist for the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, and also performs with the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra and the Shippensburg Summer Festival Orchestra.

Trombone Day is a free event, but registration is required. To register, please visit For further information, contact Lisa Oswald at 304-876-5555 or Dr. Ryon can also be reached at