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Newest member of Columbus Jazz Orchestra – Trombonist Ryan Hamilton

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by Mark Subel on June 28, 2011

After a thorough audition process, the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) is pleased to announce trombonist Ryan Hamilton as a permanent member of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra.

“We are fortunate to have yet another great talent in the CJO!,” shared Artistic Director Byron Stripling.

Ryan Hamilton is a versatile trombonist and educator, making music since the age of nine years old. His training began in fourth grade in Liverpool, New York and continued through high school in Columbus under the inspiring tutelage of Kie Watkins. While undergoing his collegiate studies, he joined the Glenn Miller Orchestra, playing trombone and singing in the vocal group, The Moonlight Serenaders. Upon finishing a two-year tour of the world he completed his degree at Capital University where he currently teaches in the jazz studies program.

Ryan is also a member of the Cathedral Brass Ensemble, Vaughn Wiester’s
Famous Jazz Orchestra, Yumbambe, New Basics Brass Band, New Orleans Funk
Orchestra as well as his own trio/quartet. In addition he performs with the
HooDoo Soul Band and pit orchestras of Broadway Columbus; has shared the
stage with such performers as Frankie Valli, Bill Dobbins, Spoon, the
Temptations, Jiggs Whigham, and the O’Jays; and world tours with the Guy
Lombardo Orchestra. You can hear him as a soloist on a recent recording by
Still Motion, in addition to recordings by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Wet
Darlings, New Basics Brass Band, Jesse Henry, and the Famous Jazz Orchestra.

As an educator, Ryan leads a big band, daily master classes and
improvisation classes, and performs in the faculty jazz combo as a faculty
member for Music for All’s Summer Symposium. He also maintains a large
private lesson studio teaching trombone, euphonium, and tuba to students of
all ages. His duties at Capital University have included directing jazz
combos, teaching the jazz improvisation and jazz audiation classes, and
teaching jazz trombone lessons. Previous teaching positions include at
Kenyon College and Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

“Having listened to the Columbus Jazz Orchestra since moving to Columbus in
high school, it is a great pleasure and honor to become a member of such an
esteemed and historic ensemble!,” expressed Ryan.

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