Bruce Faske is Artist Instructor of Trombone at Arkansas State University, where he teaches applied trombone lessons, directs the trombone choir, and performs with the A-State Faculty Brass Quintet. He serves at Principal Trombonist of the Delta Symphony Orchestra, first trombone of the Diamond Brass Band, and second trombonist of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra in Columbia, MO. In addition, he hosts the Get Some Grit! Podcast, available on iTunes. Prior to ASU, he served as Adjunct Instructor of Trombone and Euphonium at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and maintained a large private trombone studio in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. He maintains an interest in the development of younger trombonists, particularly the teaching of students in the first year of study. Faske has performed with the Dallas Opera, San Antonio Symphony, Tuscaloosa Symphony, Waco Symphony, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, and fellowships with the Festival Institute at Round Top (2008) and the National Music Festival in Chestertown, MD (2012). In 2011 and 2013, he was a Participant in the Alessi Seminar, a week-long, international workshop led by Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombonist of the New York Philharmonic.
Faske has given solo recitals at Ouachita Baptist University and Colorado State University, and performed his first commissioned composition, Southeastern Rhapsody by Frank Gulino at the 45th Annual Festival of New Music at Ball State University in 2015. He has performed as trombone soloist with the Arkansas State University Wind Ensemble, the Diamond Brass Band, the Southeastern Symphonic Winds at the 2014 Southeastern Oklahoma Band Directors Association Clinic, the University of Alabama Wind Ensemble at the 2013 Alabama All State Festival, the Huxford Symphony Orchestra at the University of Alabama, the University of West Georgia Brass Ensemble, the Texas State University Concert Band, the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, and numerous public school bands. In addition, he was a semi-finalist in the 2006 U.S. Army Band’s Eastern Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition. Bruce Faske earned degrees from the University of Alabama (D.M.A. 2013), Baylor University (M.M. 2009), and Texas A&M University-Commerce (B.S. 2006). His teachers include Jonathan Whitaker, Brent Phillips, Jimmy Clark, John McCroskey, Joseph Cox, Don Lucas, and Larry Campbell. Bruce Faske is a proud artist for the Edwards Instrument Company.
“After many years and many more dollars spent trying to find the ideal instrument, I am happy to be back “home” with Edwards. These trombones allow me to achieve my ideal sound with minimal effort so that I can focus on making music.”