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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2018 Georgia Trombone Summit to Feature BSO Section, Gilkes, Resonant Projection

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 ››

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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