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Taylor Fong

Bass Trombone

 

A California native, Taylor is currently bass trombonist of the Sacramento Choral Society Orchestra. After completing his Master of Music Degree at Carnegie Mellon University, Taylor is an active freelancer living in Pittsburgh, PA, where in addition to being a member of The Brass Roots, his diverse performance schedule has ranged from the River City Brass Band and the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass, to performing with rock & roll legends The Who, the band Evanescence, and entertainer Hugh Jackman. Taylor has also had the pleasure of playing with the Johnstown Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, and the Westmoreland Symphony.

 

A lover of travel, Taylor has been fortunate to participate in various Summer music festivals including The National Repertory Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival and School, the Third Coast Trombone Retreat, and the Summer Brass Institute at Menlo. His primary teachers include Jeffrey Dee, Murray Crewe, and Joel Elias. When not playing music, Taylor loves running, exploring, and cooking up new and delicious recipes.

Taylor Jones

Trombone

 

Taylor Jones is a musician from Birmingham, AL. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music
Performance from The University of Southern Mississippi, where he gained experience in both
classical and commercial idioms.


In addition to The Brass Roots, he currently holds the position of second trombone with the
Pittsburgh Opera. Taylor has also performed with the Mississippi Opera, Wheeling Symphony,
Johnstown Symphony, Westmoreland Symphony, and the River City Brass Band. Before Taylor
moved to Pittsburgh in 2018, he held the position of Bass Trombone in the Meridian Symphony
Orchestra (MS).


Taylor has also performed with musicians such as The Who, Mac McAnally and the Coral
Reefer Band, Weird Al Yankovic, Patti Austin, James Galway, and many others.


In addition to keeping an active performing schedule, Taylor also greatly enjoys teaching and
maintains a private trombone studio in the Pittsburgh area. He plays exclusively on S.E. Shires
instruments and Greg Black mouthpieces.

Mike Ross

Trombone

 

Originally from Grand Rapids, MI, Mr. Ross began his musical career brought up in a household of musicians. Throughout his formative years his most impactful teacher was Mr. Dan Mattson, the Second Trombonist of The Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. He attended Michigan State University for his undergradate work and while there he studied with Professor Ava Ordman. During his time in East Lansing he played with many orchestras around the State of Michigan and, with The Spartan Hoplite Quartet, was a finalist for the International Trombone Association's Trombone Quartet Competition in 2015. Mr.

 

Ross relocated to Pittsburgh where he began graduate studies with Peter Sullivan, the Principal Trombonist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Since then Mr. Ross has played with many groups around western Pennsylvania including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and The River City Brass Band and, along with his Pittsburgh quartet members, made finals for the first International Women’s Brass Conference Ensemble Competition in 2017. In 2017, Mr. Ross and several musicians of The Brass Roots gave the American premiere of Sir James MacMillan’s “Gloria” in collaboration with Resonance Works | Pittsburgh.

Mr. Ross is heavily invloved with 2 commercial music groups around the City of Pittsburgh: The Employees of Funk, an all brass funk band that he helped found and Gavas, a Latin band that plays a wide range of popular Latin American music. 

Morgan Wynn

Trombone | Director of Educational Outreach

 

A native of Aliquippa, PA, Morgan Wynn is a trombonist and educator based in Pittsburgh, and is the Director of Educational Outreach in the Brass Roots. She enjoys performing and teaching music of all styles including classical, commercial, jazz, and new music. 

 

As a freelance trombonist, Morgan has performed with the River City Brass Band, the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, City Music Cleveland, and Resonance Works | Pittsburgh. 

 

Morgan is passionate about sharing music with students of all ages. As an educator and clinician, she has worked with groups such as YMCA Lighthouse, West Virginia University School of Music, Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras, and Youth Chamber Connection. Morgan’s favorite part of teaching is introducing students to new genres, and she enjoys working with a small studio of private students. 

 

In 2017 Morgan performed in the American premiere of Sir James MacMillan’s “Gloria” in collaboration with Resonance Works | Pittsburgh. She has been a finalist in the IWBC Ginger Turner Ensemble Competition, and has performed as a soloist with the Dana Symphony Orchestra in Youngstown, OH.

 

Morgan holds a Master of Music from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Music Education from Youngstown State University, where she was also a University Scholar. Her primary teachers include Rebecca Cherian, Pete Sullivan, Dr. Michael Crist, and John Olsson. 

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