Thomas Zugger

Tenor Trombone Artist

Thomas Zugger

Thomas Zugger

Professor of Trombone and Euphonium, Capital University

Instrument Specs

  • Model: T350-E
  • Bell: 336CF
  • Slide: T-BCN
  • Tuning Slide: Yellow
  • Leadpipe: T2 Brass

Artist Comments

"I purchased my Edwards back in 1991 and I have been a fan ever since. As my playing has evolved, I have been able to adjust the instrument to keep pace. It is the perfect horn for the variety of orchestral, quintet, solo and jazz playing that I do."

Thomas W. Zugger is currently Associate Professor of Trombone and Euphonium at the Capital University Conservatory of Music, a position he has held since 1998. Prior to his appointment at Capital University, Zugger taught at Adrian College in Adrian MI and was also an assistant band director in the Walled Lake Michigan public schools.

As a trombonist, Zugger has performed extensively. He is currently principal trombone in the Newark, OH symphony as well as appearing with the Columbus Symphony, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, the Richmond, Indiana Symphony, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, and at the 18th Macau China International Music Festival. He has performed in orchestras for national tours of numerous Broadway musicals and has backed many popular performers including Aretha Franklin, The Moody Blues, and Barry Manilow. Zugger also keeps a busy schedule as a performer and clinician. Recent appearances include the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Ohio OMEA Conference, Michigan MMEA Conference, Illinois IMEA Conference, College Music Society Great Lakes Chapter Convention, Bowling Green University Contemporary Trombone Festival, and many colleges and universities. Zugger is a Clinician with the Edwards Trombone Company.

As a published composer and arranger Zugger's works are regularly performed by artists nationally and internationally, and have been featured at both the International Trombone Association and International Clarinet Association annual conventions. He is a member of the ASCAP and is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, and Who's Who International. He is on the International Trombone Association's ITA Press Board and also frequently contributes literature reviews to the ITA journal through the ITA literature review committee. His compositions are published through Brixton Publications, TAP Music, Timber Ridge Publications, Warwick Music, and the International Trombone Association Press. Zugger holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Trombone Performance from The Ohio State University.

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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.┬áThis 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

John McGinness

"My Edwards trombone is a joy to play in every situation. It allows me to create the sounds I want to make and doesn't get in the way of the music I'm trying to create. It allows the flexibility I need in solo and chamber settings but has the breadth of sound necessary to contribute in the orchestra.

"The bottom line is that whether I'm playing ballads to myself or launching an assault on the viola section, my Edwards trombone just works."

John McGinness
Bass trombonist, Delaware & Roanoke Symphony Orchestras