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Evan Clifton is a bass trombonist and music educator based in Nashville, Tennessee where he is also the Trombone Specialist for Edwards House Southeast. Clifton teaches privately and performs in a variety of settings on many instruments, including recording sessions and symphony orchestras on tenor trombone, contrabass trombone, euphonium, and tuba. Born and raised in Michigan, he has become a highly sought after bass trombonist throughout the Midwest, performing with The Cleveland Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, and Kalamazoo Symphony, among others. Additionally, he is a tenured member of the West Michigan Symphony and a former member for the Lansing and Battle Creek Symphonies.
Over the years, Clifton has become increasingly devoted to new music, commissioning and performing pieces from living composers, including Tyler S. Grant and Nicole Piunno, among others. He has made solo appearances with the Ball State University Wind Ensemble, Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra, and Michigan State University Wind Symphony. Clifton has also given performances and masterclasses as a guest artist at Vanderbilt University, University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point and Western Michigan University. Clifton was also named a finalist in many competitions, including those sponsored by the Eastern Trombone Workshop (now American Trombone Workshop), and the International Trombone Festival.
A devoted music educator, Clifton has taught trombone, euphonium and tuba students privately and in masterclasses in Grand Rapids, MI, Kalamazoo, MI, and Chicago, IL prior to moving to Nashville. He is dedicated to teaching students of all levels by challenging them to think critically and maximize their individual potential through music. His teaching is focused on helping students play their instruments in the most healthy and efficient ways, based on his own experience with physical fitness, meditation and the techniques he learned while recovering from Task Specific Focal Dystonia.
Clifton completed a Bachelor of Music degree at Western Michigan University and a Master of Music degree at Michigan State University as a University Distinguished Fellow. His primary teachers include Randy Hawes, Jan Kagarice, Ava Ordman, and Dr. Steve Wolfinbarger.
Clifton is a performing artist and clinician for Edwards Instrument Company and Denis Wick, performing exclusively on Edwards trombones and Denis Wick mouthpieces and mutes. www.edwards-instruments.com www.dansr.com/wick/artists/evan-clifton