Will Porter is currently Instructor of Trombone at Eastern Illinois University. Originally from England, Will received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Leeds, which included a year studying abroad in the United States, at the University of Illinois. Will holds a Master of Music degree and LRAM teaching licentiate from the Royal Academy of Music, where his principal teachers were Ian Bousfield, Dudley Bright, Denis Wick, and Mark Templeton. Whilst studying in London, Will performed with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. From 2009-2014 Will held the position of co-principal trombone with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Santiago, Chile, until deciding to move to the United States to pursue his DMA in trombone performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with Mark Hetzler. During his doctoral studies, Will was also Adjunct Professor of Trombone at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Will's research interests examine the relationships between classical-music education and social development, and from 2016-2017 he spent 12 months living, performing, teaching and researching in Mozambique. His previous research in East Africa has included working with brass bands in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Will’s work in Africa has led to an interest in helping vulnerable populations in the United States, and he now works with juvenile detention centers in the Midwest to give music workshops and teach trumpet and trombone lessons to court-involved youth.
“I’ve been playing Edwards trombones from the first day of my university studies to all the way through my professional career, and have yet to find a trombone that can better suit my needs. One key criterion for my choice of trombone is flexibility; I play with symphony orchestras, jazz combos, in brass quintets, and on solo recitals. I also collaborate with musicians from other parts of the world, who appreciate different colors and tonalities to those that a Western symphony orchestra musician might choose to emphasize. I have always been able to find the sound and level of responsiveness on my Edwards trombone that different musical situations have required of me.”