William Combs

William C.

Broomfield, CO

About William C.

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William teaches: Ages 11 and up
Teaching since: August 2007
Last sign in: 2 days ago


William C. is currently a freelance trombonist, teacher, and arranger based in Denver, CO. This fall, he has started doctoral work at the University of Colorado - Boulder. He completed the bachelor’s degree in music education and performance at Texas Tech University, and the Master’s in trombone performance, and a Performer’s Certificate, at the University of Denver. His extensive resume a wide variety of concerts, clinics, master-classes, performances, and recording sessions; most notably: the TTU Vernacular Music Center, Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, Colorado Wind Ensemble, Denver Municipal Band, Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. Mr. C. has taught all ages of students on trombone, euphonium, tuba, and chamber ensembles for 6 years. He was the brass section leader for the world premiere of the full-length theatrical dance show Dancing at the Crossroads and his arrangements have been played by chamber groups throughout northern Colorado.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are geared towards a set of goals that are created between the student's wants and my expectations for them to be successful at what the student wants to achieve. For each student, I use a different set of pedagogical tools designed to get them to the goals they want. The main goal I have for all my students is that their fundamentals on their instrument will be at the level that they can complete their goals with ease. Over their time with me, they will have the skills to coach themselves when they practice and tackle any music they come across.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect them to provide and music stand and their music. These are both things that they need to have at their home for practice.

*** Specialties ***
I teach and perform both jazz and classical music. Almost any style that uses a trombone or brass instruments, I have performed in and have a strong foundation in.

Photos and Videos

This was a fun event I did. The Lamont Trombone Choir played at a DU hockey game. Tons of fun!



Oct 2014 - Present
The Classical Brass

I am the trombonist for a brass quintet based in Denver. We play often for churches and other events in the metro area.


Sep 2014 - Present
Douglas County School District

I am the brass teacher for an elementary age band program based at Douglas County High School.

Principal Trombone

Sep 2014 - Present
Denver Philharmonic

I am the principal trombone for the Denver Philharmonic orchestra. With the orchestra, I perform on tenor and alto trombone for our regular season concerts plus special events we are invited to perform for patrons.


Aug 2012 - Present
Colorado Wind Ensemble

I currently work as the substitute and utility trombone for the Colorado Wind Ensemble. I come in when ever an extra player is needed and sit in when the regular members are unable to play.


Aug 2011 - Present
Denver Municipal Band

I began subbing with this group when I moved to Denver before my master's degree. The 2015, I was fortunate enough to be the second trombonist for the entire season. Starting in the 2016, I became the regular second trombonist.


Nov 2014 - Jun 2015
Henry Middle School

I am working as a music assistant to the band director at Henry Middle School. I teach small groups of instruments that are pulled out of the beginner and advanced band classes.


DMA - Trombone Pedagogy and Performance

Aug 2015 - Present
CU Boulder

Performance Certificate

Sep 2013 - Jun 2014
University of Denver

Master's of Music

Sep 2011 - Jun 2013
University of Denver

Bachelor of Music

Aug 2006 - May 2011
Texas Tech University

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency
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5 Reviews on William C.

Murphy Storen Jun 13, 2016
Trombone · In home
Verified Student
He's an awesome teacher and an awesome guy. I learned a lot! I would highly recommend him.
Jeremy Jan 7, 2016
Trombone · In home
Verified Student
Jeremy really enjoyed his lesson with Bill. Bill is great with kids and I highly recommend him. If he played guitar I might take lessons from him!
Hadiyah D. Dec 31, 2015
Tuba · In studio
Verified Student
Thanks so much! We are here on vacation and appreciate the availability of Bill. My daughter has a region audition when we get back home and she needed help with her scales.
Sarah C. Dec 3, 2015
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
William has great energy and works very well with our 10 year old.
Brady B. Aug 21, 2015
French Horn · In studio
Verified Student
William is working with my 10 year old son on his french horn. William has a wonderful, structured approach and a caring, patient attitude. My son is learning and having a great amount of fun at the same time.
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