The Underdog Trombonist: The Teacher’s Playbook To Equip Your Students To Be a Champion on The Trombone.

Friday, January 12, 2018
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Marriott Water Street
Meeting Room 1
Band Orchestra
Grade Levels
All Grade Levels
Sponsored By
Multicultural Network
The Underdog Trombonist (Cliff Notes)
Annotated Guide to Trombone Sources

In most middle and high school music programs, trombonists often feel inadequate compared to their brass counterparts due to the nature of the instrument. Some may feel unequipped to compete with valve instrument players in regards to tone, technique & timing. But, there’s no need for your trombonists to feel like the “odd man out” in your ensembles. This presentation will discuss and demonstrate innovative ideas to help unlock your students’ potential in order to “win” at playing the trombone.

Dunwoody Mirvil 

Florida State University
Graduate Teaching Assistant

With an innate love for the arts, passion to perform and drive to teach others, Dunwoody Mirvil is a world-traveled and well-versed trombonist from Miami, Fla. For nearly 20 years, he has honed his skills as an instrumentalist and educator, performing with various ensembles and sharing his knowledge of the trombone with musicians of all skill levels.

An active performer, Dunwoody currently is the second trombonist of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he performs regularly with multiple ensembles throughout the North Florida and South Georgia region, including the Sinfonia Gulf Coast Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, and the Big Bend Orchestra. He also has been featured with the Tallahassee Winds, in which he was privileged to serve as a guest soloist multiple times with the ensemble. Recently, Dunwoody performed with the MCoE Army Brass Band of Ft. Benning, Georgia as a featured soloist. He also performed at Carnegie Hall with the Seminole Trombone Quartet in 2016.

As a music educator, Dunwoody enjoys sharing his knowledge as an instrumentalist with other aspiring musicians. Currently, he is a doctoral teaching assistant in the Florida State University Trombone Studio, a role in which he primarily teaches undergraduate trombonists, coaches various brass ensembles and serves as a liaison between the major professor and students. His experience as an educator also includes a term as Director of Bands at Amos P. Godby High School in Tallahassee, Fla. and consistent work as a resident clinician. Recently, he presented at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Ill., as well as the Florida Music Educators Conference in Tampa, Fla., and his upcoming master class schedule includes sessions for middle and high school band students throughout Florida and Georgia.

Dunwoody is an adjudicator for the Florida Bandmasters Association, a member of the International Trombone Association, Florida Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity of America, Inc., Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society for Education and a McKnight Fellowship recipient. Dunwoody is also an endorsed Performing Artist for Conn-Selmer, Inc. and has a signature mouthpiece with Giddings Mouthpieces.

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Session Coordinator:
Moneq Scott

The FMEA Professional Development Conference and All-State Ensembles are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.