William Combs
Lubbock, TX
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William Combs

William C.

Lubbock, TX
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As a part of my music education certification, I am trained to teach beginner levels in all brass instruments.

About William C.

William Combs provides music teaching, performing and arranging services to the community of Lubbock, TX. In 2019, he completed doctorate work at the University of Colorado - Boulder. He completed his bachelor’s degree in music education and performance at Texas Tech University, and his Master’s in trombone performance, and his 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. Dr. Combs 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.


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12 Reviews
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My son thought he was very nice and we noticed an improvement after his first lesson.

Posted Sep 23, 2020
Kevin H.
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Both my wife and myself are string players and we enjoyed watching our son's trombone lessons, thank you Bill!

Posted Sep 4, 2020
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Taking lessons with William has been a very positive and enriching experience for my son. Bill is patient and encouraging. His lessons are always very educational and fun!

Posted Aug 31, 2020
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William is a great teacher for my son. He is very friendly, kind and polite. He works on anything my son requests and has helped him to improve a lot. He is very accommodative with respect to time and adjusts upon request. I highly recommend William for trombone lessons.

Posted Dec 15, 2019
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Very patient and methodical in his approach for our beginner

Posted Jan 6, 2019
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I am former music major and long time amateur trombonist and was looking for someone to help bring my playing (back) up to the next level. Bill has been amazing at being able to spot areas for improvement and clearly provide several suggestions and approaches to correct them. Very pleased and highly recommend!

Posted Jun 10, 2018
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Bill is a stand-up guy. My 11-yr-old beginner daughter is happy with her lessons so far and he interacts with me in a friendly and polite manner. He is respectful of our time and does what he says he's going to do. Can't ask for much more. We are looking forward to a summer of trombone lessons with him.

Posted May 23, 2017
Murphy Storen
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He's an awesome teacher and an awesome guy. I learned a lot! I would highly recommend him.

Posted Jun 13, 2016
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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!

Posted Jan 7, 2016
Hadiyah D.
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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.

Posted Dec 31, 2015
Sarah C.
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William has great energy and works very well with our 10 year old.

Posted Dec 3, 2015
Brady B.
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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.

Posted Aug 21, 2015

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Jan 2020 - Present

Frontier Arts Society

I am a trombonist for the Frontier Arts Society, I perform as trombonist for the newest fully-professional jazz ensemble in Lubbock, TX, the Frontier Big Band. We perform challenging concert repertoire for big band. I also perform as the trombonist for the dance band, "David Box and the Hot Eight".

Principal Trombone
Jan 2020 - Present

Lubbock Civic Orchestra

I perform as Principal Trombone as well as help with the education of section members who are new to orchestral playing.

Subsitute Trombone
Aug 2019 - Present

Lubbock Symphony Orchestra

Instructor of Brass
Aug 2019 - Present

Lubbock ISD

I am teach sectionals for all trombone/euphonium students at Monterey HS and Atkins MS

Aug 2011 - Aug 2019

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.

Oct 2014 - Jul 2019

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.

Instructor of Low Brass
Sep 2017 - Jun 2019

Arapahoe HS

I am planning and teaching sectionals for the low brass at Arapahoe HS and also assigning audition material for the low brass.

Principal Trombone
Sep 2014 - May 2019

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 - May 2019

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.

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.

Sep 2014 - May 2015

Douglas County School District

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


DMA - Trombone Pedagogy and Performance
Aug 2015 - Aug 2019

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



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Honorable Mention
Jul 2020

Online Trombone Compeition - Hungarian Trombone Camp


International Trombone Association
Jan 2007
The general purposes of the International Trombone Association shall be: To promote communications among trombonists around the world, to improve the artistic level of performance, teaching, and literature associated with the trombone family and to function as a clearing house for trombone-related ideas and information
Texas Music Educators Association
Jan 2007
Begun in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of over 10,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TMEA is comprised of five divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College. On behalf of its members and Texas schoolchildren, TMEA carefully monitors the actions of all state decision-making bodies on issues affecting fine arts instruction in Texas. In addition to many member benefits, TMEA offers professional development opportunities for its members with Region workshops and especially with its annual Clinic/Convention. TMEA supports the future of music education by offering scholarships to music education majors and by sponsoring the Texas Future Music Educators, an organization through which high school students interested in careers in music education learn more about what to expect in their college education and future careers.

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