Erik Shinn

Bass Trombone Artist

Erik Shinn

Erik Shinn

Adjunct Lecturer of Trombone, University of Florida
Bass Trombonist, The Gainesville Orchestra, Ocala Symphony Orchestra

Instrument Specs

  • Model: B454-GE
  • Bell: 1149CF
  • Slide: B-DB
  • Tuning Slide: Yellow Single Radius
  • Leadpipe: B2 Brass

Erik Shinn was appointed Adjunct Lecturer of Trombone at the University of Florida in the fall of 2015. An active trombonist in the southeast United States, Erik has worked with middle school, high school, and university students across the region and has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and with orchestras throughout North and Central Florida. Erik's research interests are centered on trombone literature; his treatise is titled An Annotated Bibliography of Works for Solo Bass Trombone and Wind Band.

Erik holds bass trombone positions with The Gainesville Orchestra and the Ocala Symphony Orchestra and regularly performs as a substitute musician with other orchestras throughout the Florida panhandle. He has also played with the Texas Festival Orchestra at the Round Top Festival-Institute (Round Top, TX) and the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra (Brandon, MO). As a chamber musician, Erik performs with the University of Florida Faculty Brass Quintet and was a founding member of the Seminole Trombone Quartet, which was named 1st Alternate in the International Trombone Association's Trombone Quartet Competition during their 2014-15 season.

As an arranger, Erik has completed works for a variety of brass ensembles, specializing in works for trombone choir and mixed low brass. His arrangements have been commissioned and performed by professional organizations including the St. Louis Low Brass Collective, Washington Trombone Ensemble, Nittany Trombone Quartet, and the Cramer Trombone Choir of the International Trombone Festival, as well as collegiate ensembles at Baylor University, the Eastman School of Music, Florida State University, Henderson State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Ithaca College, Pennsylvania State University, University of Alabama, and the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Erik earned a Doctor of Music from Florida State University, Master of Music from Baylor University, and a Bachelor of Music Education from Pennsylvania State University. His primary teachers include John Drew, Brent Phillips, and Mark Lusk, with additional instruction from Brian Hecht, Gerry Pagano, John Kitzman, Lee Rogers, Grant Moore II, and Paul Ebbers. He is a member of the International Trombone Association, College Music Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. Erik is also a member of the literature review staff for the International Trombone Association Journal.

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David Taylor’s Winter News

David Taylor has a few things happening this winter. First, he and his Calithumpians (Ron Stabinsky, Moppa Elliot, and Kevin Shea) will be at Roulette on December 7. This concert is presented by Interpretations and will include Dave’s Big Stories for a Small Group. Roulette is at 509 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. There are musicians in this […] more ››

In Their Own Words

Gerry Pagano

"I've been playing Edwards for a long time. I won my job in St. Louis on an Edwards in 1995! Lately, I've been working with Christan on the B502. In it, he has created a wonderful instrument. I prefer dependent valves, which I know puts me in the minority. I just like the response, and I'll sacrifice a few options in favor of the "straight pipe".

"With this horn, I've never been happier. It is centered, consistent through out all registers, and does it respond! The sound is clear - not spread out and "foggy". The B502-D sounds and feels like a trombone, not a slide tuba. The valves are extremely fast, and I never have to do anything, they just work! Paired with a good mouthpiece (see Griego Mouthpieces!), it just allows me to hear the music, and the horn is not in the way. And I happen to think its a beautiful horn as well. Smooth lines, well balanced, fits well in my hand, no extra support with some "rest bar" or other contraption. Just me, my horn, and some tunes! I will be playing this one for a long time... or until Christan makes another one that's even better!"

Gerry Pagano
Bass trombonist, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra