Will Baker

Bass Trombone Artist

Will Baker

Will Baker

Chicago Freelance Bass Trombonist

Instrument Specs

  • Model: B502-I

Will Baker is a California-born, Chicago-based musician who loves playing low brass instruments.

Will is currently the Bass Trombonist with The Des Moines Symphony, Orchestra Iowa, and is Interim Bass Trombone with the Quad City Symphony. He is a founding member of the Des Moines Low Brass Triumvirate (DMLBT), which has started a Low Brass movement in Iowa by performing in schools and hosting educational workshops. In the summer of 2015, he joined the faculty of the Fredericksburg Brass Institute, where he met composer Robert Tindle. In March of 2016, with the help of the Southeast Iowa Symphony (SEISO), Will commissioned a new bass trombone concerto called At 60 Miles An Hour, which he premiered with the SEISO at the culmination of his time as artist in residence.

To feed the other side of his soul, Will enjoys playing Trombone in the horn section for the rock band Tynan as well as the The Sam Cockrell Band, led by Chicago Blues Hall of Fame singer/bassist Sam Cockrell. Will can be heard on the SCB's 2015 release Trying to Make a Living Playing my Guitar.

A California native, Will moved to Chicago to pursue a Masters Degree in Bass Trombone performance at Northwestern University where he studied with Michael Mulcahy, Randall Hawes, Peter Ellefson, and Tim Higgins.

Will graduated Cum Laude from UCLA in 2010 with a BA in music performance, studying Euphonium and Bass Trombone with Patrick Sheridan. It was Mr. Sheridan that inspired Will to forge a career in music, and for this Pat will always be one of his favorite people in the world.

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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 ››

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Adam Rainey
Bass Trombonist, Kansas City Symphony