Don Lucas


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B.M. Texas Tech University
M.M. Texas Tech University

Don Lucas, international trombone soloist, orchestral/chamber musician and teacher, originally from Falls Church, Virginia, U.S.A. was educated as a Fulbright Scholar to London’s Guildhall School of Music (“Premiere Prix” and Advanced Solo Studies Diplomas), Texas Tech University (M.M. & B.M.), North Texas State University, The University of Houston (DMA work) and The Berklee College of Music, MA. His principal teachers include; Denis Wick, Robert Deahl, Al Lube, Carsten Svanberg, Phil Wilson, Michel Becquet, Allen Barnhill, John Marcellus, Phil Wilson, Leon Brown and Dave Maser.

Mr. Lucas has performed regularly with The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (3 seasons), Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, the American Classic Trombone Quartet (founder) and also performed with The Empire Brass, Minnesota Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, North Carolina Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, New England Brass Band & others.

Internationally, Mr. Lucas has appeared frequently as a soloist, recitalist, adjudicator and clinician in engagements in the United Kingdom, Russia, Korea and China including: Wigmore Hall (London), The British Trombone Society Festival, The Repton Brass Festival, The Royal Northern College of Music and Cheathams School of Music (Manchester), The Royal Academy of Music (London), The Guildhall School of Music (London), Trinity-Laban Conservatory of Music (London), The Royal Welsh Academy of Music (Cardiff), The Royal Scottish Academy of Music (Glasgow). The Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow), The Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory (St. Petersburg), The Fine Arts Institute (Vladivostok), the JeJu International Music Festival, Korea Trombone Festival, Yonsei University, Seoul & Four South Korean Summer Trombone Festivals, Central Music Conservatory, Beijing, Shenyang Conservatory, Xinghai Conservatory, Guangzhou and the Hong Kong Academy of the Arts.

Other international engagements include: Two Brazilian Trombone Association National Festivals (Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia) the Conservatoire Superieur, (Paris, France), Trombones de Costa Rica International Brass Festival (San Jose), Melos Brass Festival, (Corfu, Greece), eight I.T.A. International Trombone Festivals (Feldkirch, Austria, Aarhus, Denmark, USA) & The International Trombone Symposium (Melbourne, Australia).

In the United States, Mr. Lucas has appeared frequently as a soloist, recitalist, adjudicator & clinician. Past engagements include: Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, Terrace Theatre at the Kennedy Center, The Julliard School, The Eastman School of Music, The U.S. Army Orchestra and Band "Pershings Own”, The U.S. Naval Academy Band, The West Point U.S. Military Academy Band, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Masterworks Festival the Eastern Trombone Workshop (Wash. D.C.), Harmony Ridge Brass Festival (VT), 76 Trombones+4 Trombone Festival, Las Vegas, College Band Directors National Association Convention, The Texas Music Educators Association Convention, Las Vegas Music Festival, Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, Interlochen Arts Academy, Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute, the New York Conference for Brass Scholarships as well as over a hundred appearances at U.S, festivals, conservatories, universities, schools & camps.

Mr. Lucas' honors included the only Premeir Prix Diploma ever awarded to a brass player in the history of the Guildhall School of Music (London); Bronze Medal L’unamite & Finalist, Toulon International Solo Competition; First Prize Winner ITA Frank Smith International Trombone Solo Competition; 1st Prize "Fellow", Harmony Ridge Brass Festival; First Place Solo & Group Competitions, National Christian Artists Seminar; & 1st Prize The American Classic Trombone Quartet in the Summit Brass International Brass Chamber Group Competition and 1st Prize in Honors Section with New England Brass Band at the North American Brass Band Championships.

Many past students have achieved numerous successes including: winning positions with Honolulu Symphony, HI, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Austin Symphony, TX, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Elgin Symphony, IL, U.S. Army Band, “Pershings Own” U.S. Naval Academy Band, U.S. Army Field Bands, “Tales and Scales”, “Blast” touring show, Cruise Ships, etc. Past students are teaching in universities and schools throughout the United States.

Past student honors include 2 1st prizes in two ITA Emory Remington Trombone Choir Competitions, 1st place in the ITA “Gilberto Gagliardi” International Trombone Solo Competition, 1st place in the National Tenor Trombone and Bass Trombone Solo Competitions, 1st Prize in the National Jazz Trombone Band Competition, Finalists in two ITA International Trombone Quartet Competitions, two National Trombone Quartet Competitions, semi-finalists in the Fischoff national Chamber Music Competition as well as acceptance into international and national summer festivals.

Mr. Lucas has served as the President of The International Trombone Association from 2008-2011 and previously as First Vice President from 2006-2008.

He has performed under the baton of many distinguished conductors including: Ivan Fisher, Leonard Slatkin, John Adams, Hugh Wolf, Christopher Hogwood and Giancarlo Guerrero.

Mr. Lucas has recorded with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the American Wind Symphony. Solo and Brass Chamber Music selections were recorded on two C.D. s for North South Recordings & Warwick Music Publishers, U.K. and Two Solo C.D.s: Hymns for Trombone and Cantabile.

He has premiered/commissioned many pieces from many composers including: Fisher Tull, Jacques Casterede, Derek Bourgeouis, Adam Gorb, Elena Roussanova Lucas, Franz Cibulka, Alun Hoddinott, Theodore Antoniou, Mary Jeanne Van Appledorn, Gary Belshaw, William Porras and Daniel Schnyder.

Mr. Lucas is Adjunct Trombone Instructor of Trombone at Gordon College, Wenham, MA in addition to Trombone Professor and Chair of Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion Dept. at Boston University. Previous teaching appointments include Texas Tech University, Guest Professor at Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, Eastern New Mexico University, Sam Houston State University & public schools in Fairfax County, Virginia, Wake County, North Carolina, Brenham & Southland, Texas.

Mr. Lucas is the founder of the annual Big 12 Area Universities Trombone Conference and is a Performing Artist/Clinician for the S.E. Shires Trombone Co. Hopedale, MA, USA.

Don Lucas