Bio

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Will Baker is a versatile low brass musician with a passion for powerful orchestral classics, dramatic new compositions, and sizzling horn bands.

Will is the Principal Bass Trombonist with the Monterey Symphony, and the Bass Trombonist with The Des Moines Symphony. While living in Chicago he held positions in Orchestra Iowa and the Quad City Symphony, and subbed in many midwestern orchestras including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony, and the Elgin Symphony.

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.

An active teacher and clinician, Will has presented recitals and masterclasses at universities in Iowa and Missouri. He is a founding member of the Des Moines Low Brass Triumvirate (DMLBT), which has started low brass education workshops in Iowa and Chicago, and is on the faculty of the Fredericksburg Brass Institute in Virginia. 

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 MulcahyRandall HawesPeter 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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