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The late Emory Remington founded the Eastman Trombone Choir at the
Eastman School of Music in 1941. Its current Director is Professor Larry
Emory Remington, professor of trombone for nearly fifty years at the
Eastman School, established the concept of the present day Trombone
Choir as a pedagogical extension of the private trombone class to
include a musical ensemble experience. This concept has been imitated
throughout most colleges and universities in the United States and
Remington’s successor, Professor Donald Knaub, directed the Choir
from 1972 to 1977, and expanded the scope of the Choir to include more
contemporary music and concert activities.
Professor John R. Marcellus, who directed the ensemble from 1978 to
2014, continued this tradition. Under his leadership, the Choir went on
its first tour of Germany and Holland in 2000, performing at the
International Trombone Festival in Utrecht. The Choir also appeared at
the International Trombone Festivals in Nashville in 1979 and 1987. In
2001, the Choir was the winner of the Emory Remington Trombone Choir
In 1991, the Choir performed at the International Trombone Workshop,
which was held at the Eastman School to celebrate the centennial of
Emory Remington. Other appearances include many Eastern Trombone
Workshops and New York Brass Conferences, Western Mass Trombone
Workshop, Montreal Low Brass Workshop, National MENC, and NYSSMA
conventions in Buffalo and Rochester.
Other local concerts and performances have been with the Rochester
Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester Oratorio Society, Hochstein School of
Music, and churches throughout the Rochester area. For many years the
choir was a feature of the Rochester Bach Festival. The Choir has also
recorded for Mark Records, Stolat Records, and for Williams Music.
The sound of the Eastman Trombone Choir has been described as “majestic,” “noble,” “brilliant,” “soothing,” and “exciting.”
Larry Zalkind and Mark Kellogg, Co-Directors
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