Dr. Drew Leslie, a native of Ann Arbor, MI, joined the faculty of the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University in the fall of 2011 and is currently the Associate Professor of Trombone.
Active as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician, Drew Leslie has performance experience in a wide variety of settings. He has played with the symphony orchestras of Charlotte (NC), Kansas City (MO), Eugene (OR), Winston-Salem (NC), Greensboro (NC), Austin (TX), Toledo (OH), Kalamazoo (MI), and Lansing (MI), as well as the Santo Domingo Festival Orchestra of the Dominican Republic and the Aspen Festival Orchestra and Chamber Symphony. He has also performed at the Jungfrau Music Festival (Switzerland), the Mid-Europe Festival (Austria), the Wiltz Open-Air Festival (Luxembourg), the Festival Veranos de la Villa (Spain), and has been featured in performances at the International Trombone Festival, the American Trombone Workshop, the Big XII Trombone Conference, and the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference. In 2001, he played a midwest tour with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble and has accompanied a variety of other artists including Ray Charles, Bernadette Peters, Michael Brecker, Slide Hampton, John Clayton, Michael Feinstein, Steve Turre, and Grady Tate. Dr. Leslie has also given numerous solo recitals at universities and festivals throughout the country and has been a featured soloist with the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra, Appalachian Wind Ensemble, the MU University Band, the University of Texas Wind Symphony, the Longhorn Summer Band and the Ann Arbor Concert Band. He is currently a member of the North Carolina Brass Band and the Blue Ridge Trombone Quartet and maintains an active performance schedule with both of these groups.
Equally as passionate about music education, Leslie has maintained active private studios in Michigan, Texas, Missouri and North Carolina and has served on the faculty of the Cannon Music Camp and the Longhorn Summer Music Camp. In addition, he worked as a teaching assistant at the University of Texas at Austin and was the Visiting Assistant Professor of Trombone at the University of Missouri for two years.
Dr. Leslie received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trombone performance from the University of Texas at Austin, his M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, and his B.M. from the University of Michigan. Additionally, he spent four summers studying and performing at the Aspen Music Festival and School, including two as a fellowship student. His primary instructors include Nathaniel Brickens, Per Brevig, Michael Powell, David Jackson, H. Dennis Smith, and Jonathan Holtfreter. He is a member of the International Trombone Association, the College Music Society and the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity.
Drew Leslie is a Conn-Selmer Artist/Clinician and performs on Vincent Bach trombones and mouthpieces.
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