Phil Ostrander is Professor of Trombone at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he conducts the Symphony Band and teaches private trombone. Prior to his work at Eau Claire, he held a faculty position in New York at SUNY Geneseo teaching trombone and jazz studies. Dr. Ostrander completed his doctoral studies in trombone performance and literature at the Eastman School of Music. At Eastman, he was lead trombone in the award-winning Eastman Jazz Ensemble. Dr. Ostrander received master's degrees in both trombone and wind conducting from the New England Conservatory, as well as a bachelor's and Performer's Certificate from Eastman. From 1999 to 2001, he taught trombone and conducted the wind ensemble at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. He has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Kansas City Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic and the popular chamber groups Rhythm and Brass, and also Burning River Brass. Dr. Ostrander is Principal Trombone of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra and a member of the IRIS Chamber Orchestra in Memphis, TN. Dr. Ostrander is a clinician for the Conn-Selmer Corporation. He lives in Stillwater, MN with his wife Allison and children, Lydia and Eliott.
Dr. John Tranter (alto, tenor and bass trombones, euphonium, tuba) has served as an Affiliate Professor of Low Brass at the University of Minnesota since Spring 2003, and is an active freelance musician in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. In addition to performing regularly with the Minnesota Opera, Dr. Tranter has also performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the JazzMN Big Band, and many touring Broadway shows at local venues. Outside of Minnesota, he has also performed and/or recorded with Symphonia (America’s first professional tuba-euphonium ensemble), Orquesta Sinfónica de Trujillo (Perú), the Palm Beach Opera, the Kansas City Symphony Brass Quintet, and the American Wind Symphony. In addition to teaching at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Tranter has also taught at Saint Olaf College, the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire, Concordia University—Saint Paul and Normanale Community College. During the 1999-2000 academic year, Dr. Tranter was the trombonist of the Skyline Brass, an ensemble-in-residence at Drake University, Iowa State University and Grinnell College (funded by the National Endowment for the Arts/Chamber Music America program). Dr. Tranter currently holds degrees from the University of Minnesota (Doctor of Music in Trombone Performance), Florida State University (Master of Music in Trombone Performance) and the University of Kansas (Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance, minor in euphonium). He remains active as a recitalist on all low brass instruments as a guest artist at various universities and festivals, both locally and throughout the Midwest.