Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Will Baker is one of the most sought after young Bass Trombonists working today. He is the Principal Bass Trombonist of the Monterey Symphony and Des Moines Symphony, and has played with the San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Alabama Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Malaysian Philharmonic in the past year alone.
Before moving to Northern California, Will was the premier bass trombonist in the state of Iowa, performing as the tenured member of Orchestra Iowa from 2013-17 and the Des Moines Symphony since 2014-18. In 2016, while artist in residence with the Southeast Iowa Symphony (SEISO), Will commissioned a new bass trombone concerto by composer Robert Tindle. The resulting piece titled At 60 Miles An Hour can be heard HERE. Later that year, he was appointed Interim Bass Trombonist with the Quad City Symphony by maestro Mark Russell Smith for the 2016-2017 season.
An Edwards Artist and Clinician, Will has presented recitals and masterclasses at universities in Iowa and Missouri. He is a faculty member of the Fredericksburg Brass Institute, and is a founding member of the Des Moines Low Brass Triumvirate (DMLBT). The DMLBT has started low brass education workshops in Iowa and Illinois, and presented recitals and masterclasses at regional brass conferences in the Midwest.
To feed the other side of his soul, Will enjoys playing Trombone in the horn section for the The Sam Cockrell Band, led by Chicago Blues Hall of Fame singer/bassist Sam Cockrell. Will can be heard on the SCB’s 2015 release Trying to Make a Living Playing my Guitar.
Will earned a Masters Degree in Bass Trombone performance at Northwestern University where he studied with Michael Mulcahy, Randall Hawes, Peter Ellefson, and Tim Higgins. He graduated Cum Laude from UCLA with a BA in music performance, studying Euphonium and Bass Trombone with Patrick Sheridan. It was Mr. Sheridan that inspired Will to forge a career in music, and for this Pat will always be one of his favorite people in the world.
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