Praised for his “beautiful resonate tone” and “outstanding flexibility” (ITA Journal), Dr. Thomas W Zugger has enjoyed an international career as a performer, educator, and composer. Zugger is currently Professor of Trombone and Euphonium and Chair of Instrumental Music at the Capital University Conservatory of Music in Columbus, OH. He spends his summers teaching at the International Music Camp on the border of Canada and North Dakota at the International Peace Garden. Prior to his appointment at Capital University, Dr. Zugger taught at Adrian College in Adrian, MI and has also taught in the Walled Lake, MI public schools.
As a trombonist and euphonium player, Dr. Zugger has performed extensively. He is currently principal trombone in the Newark/Granville Symphony as well as appearing with the Ashland Oh Symphony, Mansfield Oh Symphony, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, and at the 18th Macau China International Music Festival. He has performed for national tours of numerous Broadway musicals and has backed many popular performers. Dr. Zugger also keeps a busy schedule as a clinician. Recent appearances include the NAfME National Conference, three times at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, thirty state NAfME conferences, The Big XII Trombone Conference, College Music Society regional conferences, and many colleges and universities. His latest CD, Dances and Dreams: recital music for trombone, on the Mark Record label and available on at www.zuggermusic.com, was awarded a Grammy entry list nomination. Dr. Zugger is an artist/clinician for Edwards Trombones.
As a published composer and arranger, Zugger’s works are regularly performed by artists nationally and internationally, and have been featured at the International Trombone Association International Trumpet Guild, and International Clarinet Association annual conventions. He is a member of BMI. He is on the International Trombone Association’s ITA Press Board and the ITA literature review committee. His compositions are published by Brixton Publications, TAP Music, Warwick Music, the International Trombone Association Press, and on his website www.zuggermusic.com
Dr. Zugger holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Trombone Performance from The Ohio State University. His primary teachers for trombone were Curtis Olson and Joe Duchi and for composition Ed Sarath and Jan Radzinski. He is an avid runner having completed 70 marathons and 3 ultra marathons. In his spare time he enjoys hiking traveling and cooking with his wonderful and patient wife, clarinet professor Dr. Gail L Zugger and their son Nathan.
“I purchased my Edwards back in 1991 and I have been a fan ever since. As my playing has evolved, I have been able to adjust the instrument to keep pace. It is the perfect horn for the variety of orchestral, quintet, solo and jazz playing that I do.”