Faculty and Staff
Professor / Trombone
School of Music
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School of Music Room 307
"Edwards' tone was pure as silk, particularly in the lower register, and he created a wonderfully romantic feeling. "
With a style that has been variously described as "passionate," "fiercely vigorous," and even "humorous," Brad Edwards has appeared as a soloist before audiences around the country. His solo credits include radio and television broadcasts, premieres of new music, guest recitals at colleges and regional workshops, and concertos with student and professional orchestras and wind ensembles. He was a featured soloist and recitalist with the United States Army Band at the Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington D.C. As a member of the United States Air Force Concert Band in Washington D.C., he was twice featured as a soloist. He has performed with such ensembles as the Baltimore Symphony, the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, the brass choir of the National Symphony, Hartford Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Charlotte Symphony and the Baltimore Opera Orchestra and the 2011 Cabrillo Festival Orchestra. He has shared the stage with such diverse artists as Ray Charles, Dave Brubeck, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Olivia Newton John, Wynona Judd, the Gatlin Brothers, Robert Merrill, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Roger Daltry. In 2007 he was selected to be participant at the prestigious Alessi Seminar in New Mexico.
Dr. Edwards teaches trombone at the University of South Carolina and currently performs with the Symphony Orchestra Augusta and the South Carolina Philharmonic. Previously he taught at the University of Northern Iowa and played principal trombone Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony. Edwards has also taught at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster Pennsylvania, the Peabody Institute of Music, the Hartford Conservatory of Music and Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut as well as the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Kinhaven Music School in Vermont.
He has published three compositions, “Blue Wolf,” “Four Impromptus for Low Bone Alone,” and “Five American Folk Song Sketches” for horn and trombone duet. He has also published a number of books. His earlier books, “Introductory Studies in Tenor and Alto Clef” and “Lip Slurs” are available through Ensemble Publications. More recent books, including the "Lip slur Melodies," “Simply Singing for Winds” and “Trombone Craft” series are currently self-published. He has composed a number of fanfares for various International Trombone Weeks and was commissioned to write a fanfare for the University of Texas-Austin trombone choir. This work was premiered at the International Trombone Festival in Austin, Texas as well as in Europe.
Edwards is slated to release his first CD, “Trombone and…” in early 2013. This recording will feature concert duets for trombone and a variety of other instruments, including trumpet, horn, soprano, marimba and saxophone. Most of the works on this recording were written for Edwards.
Edwards holds degrees from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Hartt School of Music. His primary teachers have been Jim Olin, Tony Chipurn, Ronald Borror and Henry Schmidt. He has also studied with Arnold Jacobs, Dave Fedderly and Milt Stevens.