Anthony Collins

Anthony C.

Rohnert Park, CA

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Anthony delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:
September 1983

Trombonist Tony C. is in demand as one of the top freelance trombone artists in the San Francisco Bay area. He frequently performs with many of the professional symphony orchestras in the area including Symphony Silicon Valley, The Santa Rosa Symphony, The Oakland East Bay Symphony, The Marin Symphony, The Fresno Philharmonic, The Monterey Symphony, The Napa Valley Symphony, The California Symphony, The San Francisco Opera and Opera San Jose. He holds the position of principal trombone with the Stockton Symphony and second trombone with the Modesto Symphony and during the summer months Mr. C. is the principal trombonist of the Sunriver Music Festival in Sunriver, OR.

Tony graduated from the Manhattan School of Music and has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, The Atlanta Symphony, The San Francisco Symphony and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

Among the jazz, and pop artists that Tony has performed with are The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Moody Blues, Yes, Lou Rawls, Tony Bennet, Dianne Schurr, Franky Valley, Vicky Carr, Johnny Mathis and Chris Botti.

Tony is on the low brass faculty of Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College. He is also formerly on faculty at San Francisco State University and U C Santa Cruz and has been a guest artist teacher at The University of Oregon. He performs regular educational concerts with his brass quintet the Silicon Valley Brass.

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Lessons generally focus on how to be a better musician and how to easily play with the least amount of effort.

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Principal Trombone
Aug 2012 - Present
Stockton Symphony Orchestra

I am the contracted principal trombonist with the SSO and I perform in the subscription concerts as well as the pops and educational concerts.

Low Brass Applied Teacher
Aug 2011 - Present
Santa Rosa Junior College

I teach private lessons to all low brass students.

Low Brass Applied Teacher
Aug 2009 - Present
Sonoma State University

I teach private applied lessons to all low brass music majors

Section Trombone
Sep 2008 - Present
Modesto Symphony Orchestra

I am the contracted second trombonist with the MSO and I perform in the subscription concerts as well as the pops concerts.

Principal Trombone
Aug 2001 - Present
Sunriver Music Festival

Each August I play principal trombone in the Sunriver Music Festival Orchestra in Sunriver, OR.

Freelance Trombonist
Jan 1984 - Present
Freelance Musician

I perform in over a dozen professional orchestras in the San Francisco Bay area and California Central Valley. I also perform in jazz concerts and musical theater as well as solo and chamber music concerts.

Lecturer in Applied Trombone
Feb 2002 - Aug 2013
San Francisco State University

I taught private lessons to all trombone music majors.


Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance
Sep 1990 - Jun 1995
Manhattan School of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency


National Association for Music Education
Sep 2014

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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