Evan Clifton

Michigan Freelance Artist

Evan Clifton is a bass trombonist and music educator based in Lansing, Michigan. Born and raised in Michigan, he has become a sought-after bass trombonist throughout the region, performing with The Cleveland Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, and Kalamazoo Symphony, among others. Additionally, he is a tenured member of the West Michigan and Battle Creek Symphonies. Clifton was also formerly an interim bass trombonist of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra for the 2013-14 season. Frequently doubling on tenor trombone, euphonium, and tuba; he is well versed in a variety of musical styles, having performed in big bands, pit orchestras for musicals and opera, solo recitals, and symphony orchestras.

In addition to his orchestral experience, Clifton has enjoyed a great deal of success as a soloist. He has made concerto appearances with the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra and Michigan State University Wind Symphony. Evan has also competed as a finalist in the National Solo Competition sponsored by the U.S. Army Band in 2012, and the George Roberts and Donald Yaxley Bass Trombone Solo Competitions sponsored by the International Trombone Festival in 2012 and 2015, respectively. He has also given solo recitals, masterclasses, and lectures at high schools and universities throughout the Midwest including Grandville High School (MI) and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Clifton completed a Bachelor of Music degree at Western Michigan University and a Master of Music degree at Michigan State University as a recipient of the University Distinguished Fellowship. His primary teachers include Randy Hawes, Jan Kagarice, Ava Ordman, and Dr. Steve Wolfinbarger.

Clifton is a performing artist for Edwards Instrument Company and Dansr, Inc. He performs on Edwards trombones and Denis Wick London mouthpieces and mutes.

“Edwards trombones simply allow me to play with my own musical voice more easily than any other instrument I’ve played. In every playing situation, they just plain work. I’m also very impressed by the customer service provided by Christan and Mike, and their constant commitment to improving the instruments.”

Evan Clifton