Composer and Bass Trombonist, Arlington, VA
- Model: B454-DE
- Bell: 1119CF
- Slide: B-STDN
- Tuning Slide: Rose Single Radius
- Leadpipe: B3 Brass
"Playing Edwards trombones has benefited me tremendously as both a performer and a composer. Not only does my Edwards provide me with the finest playing experience available, but the outstanding flexibility and other characteristics of the horn continue to inform my writing for the instrument. I look forward to writing for the trombone for a very long time, due in no small part to Edwards having redefined the musical possibilities for this instrument."
Frank Gulino, a native of New York City, now lives in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, where he maintains an active schedule as a composer and has appeared with the Prince George's Philharmonic, Capital Wind Symphony, and Maryland Choral Society. Frank is a graduate of The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Bass Trombone Performance. At Peabody, he studied with Randy Campora and Jim Olin of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO). Frank has also studied with David Fedderly of the BSO, Vincent Belford of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and jazz artist Bob Ferrel.
As a trombonist, Frank has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Music Center at Strathmore, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, home of the BSO. While at Peabody, Frank appeared with the BSO brass section and served as the bass trombonist of the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Concert Orchestra and the Peabody Wind Ensemble, one of the nation's premier collegiate wind bands. Frank can be heard on a number of recordings with the Peabody Wind Ensemble, each released on the Naxos record label. Frank is an artist/clinician for the Edwards Instrument Company and performs exclusively on Edwards trombones and Griego mouthpieces.
As a composer, Frank has had works commissioned, performed, and commercially recorded by some of the world's foremost brass players, including euphonium virtuoso Steven Mead, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra bass trombonist Gerry Pagano, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra bass trombonist Brian Hecht, National Symphony Orchestra principal trombonist Craig Mulcahy, and Christopher Dudley, solo trombonist of the Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester in Bergen, Norway. In addition, Frank's works have been performed at venues around the world, such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.; the Joseph Alessi Seminar in Fossano, Italy; the International Trombone Festival; the American Trombone Workshop; the International Tuba Euphonium Conference; the Lasnamäe Muusikakool in Tallinn, Estonia; the Korskirken in Bergen, Norway; the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, Latvia; the Jeju Arts Center in Jeju Province, South Korea; and dozens of colleges, universities, and conservatories, both domestically and abroad. Frank is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and received ASCAP Plus Awards in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
A flattering 2009 review of Frank's early work, Sonatina, in the International Trombone Association Journal first brought attention to his contemporary brass compositions. The 2010 season featured the premiere of Tornado by Steven Mead with members of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, and culminated in Frank's first major commissioned work, Capriccio for trombone and wind ensemble, written for Christopher Dudley. Following the completion of several new works and favorable reviews in both the ITA and ITEA journals, Frank was awarded the inaugural commission project of the EuphoniumCommissions.org consortium, a group formed expressly for the purpose of funding new additions to the low brass repertoire. The resulting work, Infinite Escape, was premiered by Steven Mead in July of 2012. Since then, Frank's music has appeared regularly on concert programs domestically and internationally, as well as on Ubiquity, a bass trombone solo album released by Gerry Pagano in October of 2014, and as the leading track on Dream Times, a euphonium solo album released by Steven Mead in June of 2016. Frank's first work for concert band, Skyline, was named a 2015 Editors' Choice by J.W. Pepper, one of the world's premier sheet music distributors.
Frank's works, published by The FJH Music Company, Cimarron Music Press, and 200 Miles to Arnstadt Publications, are available from major music distributors all over the world, including J.W. Pepper, Hickey's Music Center, SheetMusicPlus, and many others. Additionally, Frank's work has appeared on both the Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA) and the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) repertoire lists, while Worlds Apart and Aces were selected to be the required final round repertoire for the 2017 ITA George Roberts Bass Trombone Competition and the 2017 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Competition, respectively.
Also in frequent demand as a guest speaker, Frank has presented on a variety of business and legal issues in the entertainment industry at such prominent venues as SXSW (Austin, TX), the Washington West Film Festival (Reston, VA), and the National Press Club (Washington, DC).
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Edwards is proud to be a sponsor of the 2018 Georgia Trombone Summit, which will take place at the University of Georgia on May 23 – 26. This four-day event, hosted by Josh Bynum, will feature a stellar cast of musicians, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra trombone section (Toby Oft, Stephen Lange, and James Markey), Marshall […] more ››
In Their Own Words
"I choose to play Edwards for the even control throughout the horn's entire range. Just as we as musicians are constantly evolving, so too are the Edwards trombone designs. Case in point- my old Edwards valve (which had never given me ANY problems) began showing signs of old age, so I took a look at a new one. I couldn't believe how much more free-blowing and smooth it was!
"When playing in a section of Edwards instruments, blend is immediate and the sound is gorgeous. Much of the work in section playing is removed by the nature of the full, round sounds of the Edwards trombones.
"Additionally, I would recommend playing Edwards trombones for any audition that should come up. The reason is simple- I want to eliminate as many possible hindrances (intonation difficulties, uneven sound) and concentrate on playing each round. The Edwards design leaves you free to promote your music!"
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