Anita Jerosch is an Associate Professor of Music and Department Coordinator at the University of Maine at Augusta. She holds a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary Studies; Music and Education, from the University of Maine. She holds an M.M. in Trombone Performance from the University of Maine and a B.M. in Jazz and Contemporary Music with a trombone performance concentration from the University of Maine at Augusta.
Anita is the bass trombonist with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Maine State Ballet Orchestra, Maine Chamber Orchestra, Portland Ballet Orchestra, and many others. Anita has previously studied at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College with Hal Janks, bass trombonist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; David Taylor, freelance recording artist; and Mark Manduca, of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Anita toured the U.S. with the musicals Hello, Dolly!, Cabaret, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, as well as musical revues for performers Carol Channing and Rita Moreno. With the Kit McClure Band, she toured the U.S., Europe, and Japan for five years, performed at the 1989 and 1993 Democratic National Conventions, and at President Clinton’s Inaugural Balls in 1993 and 1997. While in NYC, she performed with DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Illinois Jacquet Big Band, Charlie Persip Superman Band, and the Tom Pierson Orchestra. When Anita wasn’t touring, she subbed on Broadway and performed with orchestras throughout New York City. At home in Maine, she has backed up Don McClean, Barry Manilow, Kenny Rogers, Clem DeRosa, Marvin Stamm, Joan Rivers, the Manhattan Transfer, Jonathan Edwards, and Noel Paul Stookey.
Anita was the band director at the University of Maine at Farmington for eight years before becoming the Music Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Maine at Augusta. She is the instructor of trombone and trombone choir at Bowdoin College, a position she has held for 23 years. She plays on an Edwards B454 Bass Trombone with a Rose Brass tuning slide and a Griego .75 gold-plated mouthpiece.
“I was having a lesson with Dave Taylor 28 years ago. He had just received his Edwards and let me try it out. That was an easy sell. The only change I made was getting independent valves (he played dependent).”