Dr. Jeffrey Macomber joined the music faculty of Missouri Southern State University in August 2002. He teaches music theory and arranging. He also directs the Southern Jazz Orchestra and is a studio instructor of trombone, euphonium and tuba. Previously, Dr. Macomber was the Director of Bands at Bemidji State University in Minnesota, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and Phillips University in Oklahoma. In addition to those posts, Dr. Macomber was a Visiting Professor of Music at Armstrong State College in Georgia, and was an instructor of band, orchestra and jazz in the Tulsa Public Schools. As a trombonist, bass trombonists, and euphonium specialist, Dr. Macomber held positions with the Symphony Orchestra of Brazil, the Rio Jazz Orchestra, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Hilton Head Orchestra, the Tulsa “Starlight” Band, and performed with the Tulsa Philharmonic, Oklahoma Sinfonia, Savannah Symphony, and Quad-Cities Symphony. Currently, he is the bass trombonist of the Crowder Jazz Orchestra, a regional “big band” composed of local music educators and community musicians. Dr. Macomber also served as the conductor/music director of the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra (MN).
Dr. Macomber is a native Clevelander. He holds degrees in Instrumental Music Education and Music Performance from Bowling Green State University (Ohio). He received the D.M.A. in trombone performance and pedagogy from The University of Iowa in 1988. He is a published composer and arranger (Cantilena for brass quintet, published by Ensemble Music) with several recent premieres: Brasiliana, performed by the Louisiana Brass Quintet and Ostinati, performed by the MSSU Percussion Ensemble. At the 2004 MMEA conference at Tan-Tar-A, Dr. Macomber presented a trombone instructional clinic entitled “F-attachment Trombone: A Crash Course for Music Educators.” His presentation on trombone pedagogy, “Four Steps to Legato,” has been delivered at the Minnesota Music Educators Association convention, at Friends University (Wichita), and at The University of Tennessee-Martin.
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