Michael Dugan

Trombone Artist

Michael Dugan

Michael Dugan

Professor of Trombone, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Instrument Specs

  • Model: T396-A

Dr. Michael Dugan, a native of St. Charles, Illinois, has recently been appointed Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Dr. Dugan teaches applied trombone, directs the Trombone Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble II, and plays in the Whitewater Brass Quintet.

In addition to his teaching duties, Dugan is an active freelance artist in the Upper Midwest, performing regularly with the Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Madison Symphony, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Other recent performances include the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the Intergalactic Contemporary Ensemble, Thunder Bay (Ontario) Symphony, Elvis Costello, Audra McDonald, Doc Severinsen, Johnny Mathis, Irish Tenors, and The Four Tops in various capacities.

From 2001-2005, Michael was a member of the United States Air Force Band of Liberty. During his tenure with the Band of Liberty, Michael was the featured trombone soloist with the Concert Band, and the Colonial Brass Quintet. His other performance assignments included the Band of Liberty Jazz Ambassadors and Ceremonial Band.

Dugan’s formal education includes a DMA from the University of Minnesota, where he also holds a Master of Music degree. Prior to his study with Tom Ashworth at the University of Minnesota, Dugan received his undergraduate degree from De Paul University in Chicago, where he studied with Mark Fisher, Charles Vernon and Edward Kocher. Other pedagogical influences include Ed Zadrozny, Ron Barron, Kari Sundstrom and Doug Wright.

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