Student Spotlight Archive


Penn State Trombone Studio represented at Hersheypark!

Ryan Smith, Junior Music Education, and Bradley Snyder, Senior Music Performance, are performing at Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania during the summer. They are both members of the Slide Brigade, which is a strolling trombone quintet. As part of their job they went through a rigorous two week rehearsal process. During those two weeks they learned and memorized over 15 songs. In addition to the learning of music they met with choreographers to learn dance routines for select songs. The Slide Brigade had its first performance in the park on Memorial Day weekend and has been performing every day since. 


Sean Durkin

UPDATE! In Fall of 2015 Sean began pursuing is Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Illinois!

Sean Durkin is a graduate of the Kiski Area School District in Pennsylvania. He did his undergraduate degree here at Penn State and graduated in 2013. He returned the following year to pursue his Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance while serving as the Jazz Studies Graduate Teaching Assistant under Professor Dan Yoder. Equally skilled as a trombonist, bass trombonist, band leader and arranger he has had a great impact on the school of music. During his time here Sean has been a member of Quartastrophe, the Symphonic Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Centre Dimensions, Jazz Combo, and Trombone Choir. His arrangements have been played by numerous ensembles at Penn State. Most recently his original composition No News Ain't Good News for jazz ensemble and When You Wish Upon a Star for the euphonium quartet FivE. While be the Jazz Studies TA Sean has been the director for the Outer Dimensions Jazz Ensemble. Also, he recently represented the school and the studio proudly as a member of the Cuban Spectacular ensemble who traveled to Cuba last spring. Sean's Musicianship has left a lasting affect on members of the studio and school for years past, present, and future. Upon his graduation from Penn State this Spring Sean plans to pursue a Doctoral of Musical Arts Degree. We wish Sean the best of luck in his future musical engagements and welcome him back any time