Joseph Rodriguez

Tenor Trombone Artist

Joseph Rodriguez

Joseph Rodriguez

Acting Principal Trombonist, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Instrument Specs

  • Model: T350-E
  • Bell: 384CF
  • Slide: T-STD
  • Tuning Slide: Yellow
  • Leadpipe: T2 Silver

Artist Comments

"I have found the Edwards trombones to play very evenly, with a clear, projecting sound."


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Joseph Rodriguez is currently the Acting Principal Trombonist for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He has held positions with the Philharmonia Zurich at the Zurich Opera House, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, and Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Rodriguez has served on the faculties of Northern Illinois University, Concordia University, Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and the Marrowstone Music Festival.

Mr. Rodriguez has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, American Composers Orchestra, Grant Park Orchestra and Fulcrum Point New Music Project. In 2009 and 2010 he toured North America for 17 weeks with the "Star Wars in Concert" Orchestra featuring narrator Anthony Daniels (C3P0) and HD video. Mr. Rodriguez played in the world premiere performance and recording of Shulamit Ran's Fault Line, a chamber work commissioned by the Chicago Symphony's MusicNOW series.

As a clinician, Mr. Rodriguez has given classes at Peabody Conservatory, DePaul University, Texas Christian University, The Ohio State University and many other institutions. As a chamber musician, he recorded and performed with the renowned Chicago Trombone Consort. As a soloist, he has appeared in Japan, Germany, New York, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Texas. He represented the United States at the Kyoto International Music Students Festival in Kyoto, Japan.

Mr. Rodriguez was selected as a participant for the prestigious 2005 and 2007 Alessi Seminar, the National Orchestral Institute and the Brevard Music Center. From 2003 to 2006, he was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Rodriguez has worked with world-class conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, Nello Santi, Christoph von Dohnányi and Zubin Mehta.

Mr. Rodriguez is the first trombonist to receive the prestigious Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School. He holds a Master of Music Degree from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. His primary teachers include Joseph Alessi, Mark Fisher, Jay Friedman, Charles Vernon, Darren McHenry, Dennis Bubert and Andrew Russell.

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Darren Kramer

"The Edwards Jazz Trombone is simply the best trombone I've ever played. I am NOT an equipment junky and I am not an impulse buyer, however, I visited the Edwards booth at the 2004 IAJE and ended up buying this horn on the spot! The consistency throughout the entire range of the horn is remarkable... every note feels the same! I also enjoy the response and tone flexibility - I am able to acheive a dark, lush tone on ballads as well as a full, biting tone on Funk, Jazz and Salsa when playing with my band DKO...all with minimal effort! I highly recommend this horn to any serious trombonist."

Darren Kramer
Trombonist, Bandleader, Composer