Alumni Spotlight 

Bradley Snyder (B.M. 2016) was selected as one of three finalists for the International Trombone Association’s Donald Yaxley Bass Trombone Solo Competition. The Yaxley Solo Competition is an international competition that is open to bass trombonist under the age of 25. The final round of the competition will take place during the International Trombone Festival at University of the Redlands in Redlands, California from June 18-July 1.

A Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native, Brad received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Trombone Performance from Penn State University and is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Brad has performed with the Agora Brass Ensemble, the Balcony Big Band, the Williamsport, Altoona and Pennsylvania Centre Symphony Orchestras, the Pittsburgh Trombone Project, and the Trinity Jazz Orchestra. In addition he has been a Participant at the Cleveland Trombone Seminar (’13,’14,’16), and performed as a musician in Hersheypark’s Slide Brigade trombone quintet (’15).  In May 2016 Brad was part of a group of Penn State Trombone Studio Alumni that traveled to Santiago de Cuba, Cuba to perform a series of concerts and work with students at the Esteban Salas Conservatory. He has performed in master classes for Shachar Israel, Blair Bollinger, Nitzan Haroz, Toby Oft, Steve Lange, Randy Hawes, Mike Powell, John Rojak, and Dave Ritt. His primary teachers include Allen Barnhill, Mark Lusk, Robert Matchett III, and Bruce Lazier. 

Brad performing David and Goliath by Mike Forbes with the Penn State Trombone Choir at Messiah College in Spring 2015. 

Brad performing David and Goliath by Mike Forbes with the Penn State Trombone Choir at Messiah College in Spring 2015.