Originally from Buffalo, NY, Tony Weikel attended SUNY College at Fredonia where he received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and a Performer’s Certificate. He then attended Duquesne University where he earned his Master of Music degree in trombone performance. After graduation, he spent time freelancing in the greater Pittsburgh area. He then attended Indiana University and began a Doctorate of Music degree in trombone. After his time at IU, he spent time freelancing in the greater Bloomington/Indianapolis area. He then attended Ohio State University and finished the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in trombone.
While in Columbus, Tony has thrived as an educator. He is currently the adjunct trombone instructor at Capital University, and adjunct low brass instructor at Otterbein University, Ohio Wesleyan University, and Cedarville University. He also has a large private studio comprised of students from school districts throughout the greater Columbus area. He has also given master classes and lectures at schools and universities throughout the Midwest and beyond.
Tony is currently second trombone with the Springfield (OH) Symphony and principal trombone with the Westerville Symphony. He has had the privilege of playing with many orchestras during his career, including the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra, Terre Haute Symphony, Carmel Symphony, Canton Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Ashland Symphony, Richmond (IN) Symphony, and ProMusica. He has also had a very rewarding freelance career in four different cities, playing a vast array of gigs including opera, church services, Broadways shows, and everything in between.
Tony has also had success in a variety of chamber ensembles and is currently a member of the Columbus BrassWorks Brass Quintet and the Ohio Trombone Quartet. As a member of the Ohio Trombone Quartet, he has had the opportunity to perform a concert at the International Trombone Festival and a featured recital at the Ohio Music Education Association Conference. The group consistently performs recitals and educational concerts and presents master classes.
Tony has been extremely fortunate to study with many fine trombonists, including Barry Kilpatrick, Carl Mazzio, Scott Parkinson, Pete Sullivan, Peter Ellefson, and Joe Duchi.
“My T350-E trombone allows me to easily produce a resonant, colorful, consistent sound. I love the versatility of my Edwards. I have the confidence that I can play well in any situation and the horn will respond exactly how I expect. I’ve tried numerous brands of trombones in my career, and Edwards is simply the best instrument I have played. Most importantly, my Edwards allows me to reproduce the exact sound I hear in my head.”